September 14, 2016
SOFTLY BUT firmly, the dog trainer admonished me. That's what Cesar Millan does, he says: He trains owners, not their dogs. That's how he achieved worldwide fame with his TV series The Dog Whisperer. Millan and his son Andre were in town getting footage for Dog Nation, his new Nat Geo WILD TV series that will air in 2017. Philadelphia was the first of seven cities to be visited. The show's publicist had emailed me to ask whether I would like an interview with him. "No, but my dog would," I replied.
August 11, 2015
L ARRY FINE, 43, of Bala Cynwyd, is founder and owner of Doggyality, which offers cognitive training for dogs and their owners. Fine started the business in 2010 as a part-time endeavor while managing a Center City valet-parking service. He has since expanded it to include video tutorials and a recently published book. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I was visiting my cousin in Israel who was a dog trainer, and when I interacted with his group of dogs I was told I had a certain energy that dogs could relate to. I left the valet job and switched to a part-time dog-walking job in November 2010, and after a few years my training business took off and became full-time.
August 8, 2015 |
Question: Three generations of family, 18 people, have rented a large house for vacation. Two of the couples want to bring dogs, but one person does not want any dogs because the person's child is afraid of them. One dog has had incidents with some of the kids, the other dog is friendly. The house has more than enough space. If precautions are taken by the dog owners to keep the kids safe, is it still appropriate that one person can dictate the dog policy? Should only the dangerous dog be banned, or both?
March 8, 2015 |
Robin Michelle Yoder, 49, of Abington, a mother, animal lover, and dog trainer, died Monday, Feb. 23, of complications from cancer in Abington Hospice at Warminster. She had become ill in January. Mrs. Yoder's dream was to become an animal behavioral specialist. At the time of her death, she had just completed the courses in an online animal training program, was certified, and had her business registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor. She had three clients for dog training, either at her home or the client's, said her husband, John E. Jr., an electrician with Sunoco.
August 25, 2014 |
I am the old woman who lived in a shoe, who had so many dogs she didn't know what to do. OK, not exactly, but I'm having dog issues. In that the dogs are all wonderful individually, but together, it's a zoo. And I know it's politically incorrect, but I think it might be gender-related. Let me give you some context. A few years ago I had three wonderful golden retrievers, all of whom were female. They were always happy and they never fought with each other. Goldens think life is a party and they're the guest of honor, and you're always welcome if you bring a keg. Sadly, the goldens passed away, and I found myself in collect-them-all mode with four Cavalier King Charles spaniels, which are adorable little dogs, but somehow I ended up with three boys - Tony, Boone, and Kit - and one female, Peach.
May 16, 2014 |
A legal fight between a Moorestown woman and Burlington County animal welfare workers ended in Municipal Court on Wednesday when 66 charges were dismissed. The charges - 33 criminal and 33 civil - against Kate Decker alleged that she neglected her dogs, because some did not have water. Investigators also said some stacked crates did not have a barrier between the top and bottom, as required by law. Decker, 69, a widow, cares for rescued animals, mostly dogs, in her home and garage.
November 30, 2013 |
MOORESTOWN Kate Decker worries about her pets as she fights allegations of animal neglect by Burlington County animal welfare workers who raided her home nearly a year ago. The 68-year-old widow faces a municipal trial next month in Moorestown, where her two houses have become orphanages filled with 24 dogs, a cat, and at least two cages of small birds. "What they are doing is trying to extort money from me," said Decker, who is fighting 66 charges filed against her last year by the Burlington County SPCA.
May 10, 2013 |
The series so far: New Leash on Life has been working with 12 inmates since late October, teaching them to train six dogs, rescued from shelters. The men have almost completed their life-skills courses, preparing for employment after their release. Nearly all the inmates and their dogs have developed strong emotional bonds, but some of the men have failed to change their way of thinking. On Christmas Eve, Ike and Mike got into a serious fight. After weeks of preparation, the dogs are about to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test.
May 8, 2013 |
The series so far: The 12 inmates of Mod 3 and their six dogs, who were rescued from area shelters, have been living together since late October. The first few weeks were difficult. One of the dogs, Heath, quickly grew aggressive and had to leave. He was replaced by Peanut Chew, a white pit bull who had been confined to a basement for a year. And Mike and Ike got into a fight when their inmates disobeyed the rules to keep them apart. Third of six parts. Plastic chairs clattered into place around the long table in the small prison library.
May 7, 2013 |
The series so far: Twelve inmates in Philadelphia detention unit Mod 3 met the six dogs they will live with and train for three months. The dogs, most of them pit bulls, were rescued from area shelters. The men, ranging from a 19-year-old former football star to two 54-year-old career criminals, were chosen for the program because they seemed ready to turn their lives around. Second of six parts. Ike's face was scratched. A three-inch bloody gash cut across Mike's neck. And Heath was gone.