Margaret's love for dogs goes way back. After her first encounter with obedience clubs and choker chains 35 years ago, she started training her own dogs and helping friends & colleagues to train theirs in benign ways that were directly opposed to force based methods. After retiring from a lifetime of teaching high school students, Margaret decided to take up dog training as a hobby. She obtained a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through the Delta Society of Australia and is currently studying for a certificate through CASI. What started as a hobby has now become a rather busy business in a location where force free training has been little understood and still less practised.

Changing Perspectives

I don’t know if it’s the same in the UK and the US but, here in Australia, I hear frequent laments from force-free trainers about the difficulty of competing with hard sell trainers of some of the more, shall we say, “traditional” methods. Often these laments relate to difficulties in getting access to vet clinics for their puppy classes. My problems were […]

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