There are many good articles out there that may be helpful (or fun), and some websites with good information. This area is going to be links to some. It may be sparse now, but check back–it will be a work in progress. You can email me at if you have suggestions, or leave a comment at the end of the post. Tell us if you find an article or website particularly helpful.



This article goes over how dogs differ in what motivates them, what engagement is, and how all this applies to your training.  Click here to check out the article.


Should you go hiking with your dog on leash or off leash?  This article has some helpful hints if you would like to take the leash off, but aren’t sure your dog will stick around.  Click here to check out the article.


Clicker Training– is a fun website showing tricks by a dog, a cat, rats and ferrets.  It has some good information on clicker training, also.  Those of you who don’t think you can train a cat to do tricks should check it out.  Same as with dogs, it is a matter of finding what will motivate them, have them wanting to learn.

Training and Relationship--  has articles on training your dog and your relationship with your dog.  It also has a short but helpful book list.

Clarisse, Certified Therapy Dog

Therapy Dogs– is the website for Therapy Dogs International.  This group certifies teams (dog and handler) as therapy dog teams.  The site has information on requirements, how to get started, what you can do as a therapy dog team.  And yes, you can certify in the southern Utah area.

Service Dogs–Service dogs are trained to help an individual with a disability.  For some information about them, in a question and answer form, put out by the Department of Justice click on  This will take you to the site, then search for service dogs q and a and it will take you to Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA.  This is the federal law pertaining to service dogs.  And no, there is no required certification.  Yes, there are behavior and training requirements.  The certifications you can buy on line are a scam.

If you are interested in training for your dog as either a Therapy Dog or a Service Dog, contact me at


BarkBox is a monthly subscription for your dog.  You sign up and your dog receives a monthly box with 2 innovative toys, 2 all-natural bags of treats, and a chew.  You tell them your dog’s size, allergies (if any), and if you want a monthly, 6 month or 12 month subscription.

It’s a great way to find new treats and toys that your dog likes. Variety is the spice of life, right?  Price wise, it is definitely cheaper than if you were buying each item individually.  For more information you can go to their site by clicking here.

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