August 23, 2017

In mid-September, I will be relocating to Santa Cruz County in Northern California, within short drives of most Bay Area cities including San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco.

Though I will continue to support my many clients in Los Angeles County and the remainder of So...

January 23, 2017

Do you have a dog that “won’t eat,” or that you’re free-feeding, and would now like to get on a meal-time schedule? Too often, we end up teaching our dogs not to eat when presented with food. They wait for better food or scraps to be added in, or they know they’ll get...

July 27, 2016

Swim vests

With summer here, many dogs are sharing in water sports with their owners. Which is wonderful--but please, PUT A WATER SAFETY VEST ON YOUR DOG!!

Many dogs are good strong swimmers. But they can, and still do, drown. Dogs panic, they tire, they get lost or inju...

February 2, 2016

Dogs “Not Good” With Children

By Jill Kessler-Miller, Grad. Cert., CPDT


I received an email the other day from a rescue group picturing dogs available for adoption. Three of the five dogs were described as “not good with children.”
Let me be clear: This is unacceptable.


December 7, 2015


Service Dogs and their handlers are commonly mishandled and even mistreated in restaurants. Service is
often denied, illegal questions asked,
and documentation demanded that is,
by federal law, unnecessary. The fallout
of such an altercation can run into the hundreds...

Judge the Deed, not the Breed.
And, more importantly, what lead up to it. 

Calls often come in asking me to opine on the inherent dangerous nature of certain breeds (i.e., American Pit Bull Terrier or Rottweiler). Attorneys are often both surprised and annoyed when I t...

October 21, 2015

Carsickness in puppies is a common occurrence, and it is often related to a still-immature inner ear. Thankfully, most puppies usually outgrow it by the age of six months. A little work into making sure your canine pal is happy and relaxed in a moving vehicle can help.

October 15, 2015


One of the first things I teach all my dogs is to eat off a utensil. I rotate what I use: spoon, fork, wooden spoon, butter knife, whatever, it doesn’t matter.

Cream cheese is my food of choice--delicious, thick but not too sticky, nice aroma, goes down easy--not onl...

October 10, 2015


When Flexi-leads first came out (in the late ‘80s), they were not for the pet market; they were designed as an aid for obedience training, for teaching the recall, retrieve, and reinforce distance work. But over time, they trickled into pet stores, and people began to...

October 10, 2015


​We all read about mindfulness--minding your words, your food, your actions, but what about when your with your dog? 
Do you go out for a walk or to gathering such as coffee or dinner with a friend and then immediately get on your phone, put in your earbuds, look off...

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