Get Out With Your Dog This Summer

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

I’m proud to report that I have a new article in the June Whole Dog Journal with many ideas and tips about recreating with your dog.  We are lucky to have so many beautiful and dog welcoming places in the Capital District – so read my article and do it!



Sailor – Beautiful, Happy Pitbull Dog Needs a Home

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

I met this handsome guy this past weekend.  He is gorgeous but more importantly – very happy – loving people.  He has some basic cues such as sit, down and shake but needs more training.  He is strong and active so would be best with a family that enjoys getting out and exercising.  He plays […]



Summer School

On Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Starting a 6-week Family Manners class at Daisey’s Doggie Retreat in Voorheesville.  Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.  Class will be held outdoors so weather dependent.  First session is an orientation without dogs.  We will be working on the basics – sit, down, attention, wait/stay, loose leash walking and recall in addition to general good doggy […]



Patience Pays

On Friday, March 17th, 2017

I have a new client who adopted a stunningly beautiful foxhound – the dog didn’t meet foxhounding standards so fortunately the club sought a pet home for her.  Having gone from the communal life of a foxhound kennel to that of a home – she had a lot of transitions to make.  She is shy […]



Fall Family Manners Coming to Good Choice Dog Training

On Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

For those looking for a basic manners refresher for an older dog or a starting point for a young or new dog, please consider coming to Family Manners to be held at Good Choice Dog Training at 14 Railroad Avenue, Albany, NY.   In addition to basic cues, the class will cover much foundation information to […]



To Crate or Not to Crate

On Friday, April 8th, 2016

Crating can be excessive and unfair. But it can also provide dogs with a safe peaceful place to go to when injured, when needing alone time or just to enjoy a nice bone when not wanting to share. All dogs should learn this skill. Here is a client’s dog who was getting into spats with […]



Helene’s Harmonious Hounds Article in WDJ

On Thursday, April 7th, 2016

http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/19_4/features/City-Dogs_21437-1.html City Dogs: Keeping Courtesy | Whole Dog Journal www.whole-dog-journal.com How you and your dog can minimize disturbances like barking, accidents, chewing and aggression while living in a high-density environment like a city.



Time for School!

On Thursday, April 7th, 2016

School may be out in a couple of months but it’s the perfect time to involve the whole family in teaching your family dog basic manners.  Family Manners starts June 1 at 6:30 at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.  We talk about a lot of dog related management topics and train the basics: sit, stay, […]



Not About Cats

On Monday, January 4th, 2016

Here I was, truly minding my own business, looking for kitty food for our two new barn cats, Mavis and Mark Spitz a/k/a Hillary and Bernie, when I see out of the corner of my eye, a woman dragging her English Bulldog across the floor (he was literally being slid across the vinyl floor at […]



New Family Manners Graduates

On Sunday, December 13th, 2015

  Today Barb Hollis and I had the pleasure of graduating this fine group of dogs and their dedicated owners.  Unbelievably, mid-December day in Albany and we could work outside!  Did some great loose leash walking and recalls. If a new  dog is joining your family or you’d like to brush up on skills, please […]