I wanted a dog from the time I could take my first step. As a toddler, I hugged every dog in the neighborhood and this concerned my parents, not because they were aware that hugging strange dogs could get me bitten, but because they were afraid I’d start asking for one or two! They humored me, by taking me out on that New Years Day back in 1958, knowing full well that all the kennels were closed, but with my 5th birthday approaching at the end of January, they relented and I finally got a puppy! Now I had EVERYTHING I could possibly want…that is until I wanted a horse, but that’s a different story!

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Ask the Trainer

Hello Fran,
I have a question regarding my dog’s behavior. I’ve had Bailey since he was 8 weeks old and he’s always been shy of people, and now that he’s an adult his fear of people is getting worse. Lately when people come into the house he growls and hides. I pick him up and tell him everything is going to be okay, but I’ve been told that I’m only reinforcing his behavior when I do this. I don’t know how to stop this bad behavior around people. Is this something you can help me with?


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"GofidoGoodFido: On the Go or Good at Home"

It’s just behavior; let’s change it!


  1. Dog doesn’t listen
  2. Barking
  3. Pees and poops in house
  4. Pulling while walking
  5. Jumping on visitors
  6. Digging in the yard
  7. Leash aggression
  8. Resource guarding
  9. Separation anxiety



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As part of my dog training certification, Fran was my trainer mentor.  Over the course of 20 weeks, I was continually impressed with the care and patience that Fran showed in working with shelter dogs…

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