Leslie Fisher

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I brought my first dog home at the tender age of 5 and according to family lore, said “Mom, look what I found.” Tramp, as he became, was bleeding from a gunshot wound, but survived to be a wonderful and colorful family pet, succumbing at the age of 16. And so it went over the years, a long line of furry faces and names coming to recollection.

I wish my Mother lived on, to witness the success of Look What I Can Do! Dog Training, founded in December of 2006. As the saying goes, the apple does not fall far from the tree. These days, I am owned by three labs, and live in the waterfront area of Earleville MD, an ideal location for my gang. Many a morning we are off to the Bohemia River, so Talley, Bridget CGC RN RA and Doobie can do what labs do best. My boyfriend Argil “adopted” all three labs, and turned not a hair at three large dogs taking up occupation.

In addition to running my business, volunteer work for Lab Rescue of the LRCP, Inc occupies some of my time, doing post adoption home checks, and providing assistance with behavioral issues. As I spend more time doing behavior consults, I frequently see that these troubled dogs often share a history of training methods that are forceful and ineffective. One of my main goals is educating clients that positive force free training produces happy willing dogs, and a wonderful dog-human relationship. No dog ever needs to be hurt in the name of training. Appropriate education needs to be provided to clients, so they can advocate for their dogs.

There has been much professional growth since 2006, including the March 2010 professional designation of CPDT-KA (Certified Pet Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed) after sitting for national licensure exam. PMCT (Pat Miller Certified Trainer) also goes behind my name, and I am equally proud of this title. Pat Miller was a strong early influence in my career and has very high standards in her Internships. I excelled in three of them to earn the PMCT title.

Reading articles and attending seminars on a regular basis, I feel, is a professional responsibility, to bring clients the most recent information in the field. To that end, maintaining a professional presence on twitter and Facebook has become like another non-paying job, but a richly rewarding one, making friends with so many like-minded professionals, from literally around the world. The journey so far has been exciting and fulfilling; I trust the years to come will bring nothing less.

Leslie Fisher PMCT, CPDT-KA CGC Evaluator ABC Student Mentor Member: APDT, MAAPPPT, TrulyDogFriendly

Blog posts by Leslie Fisher

Bridget poses with the medicine basket.

Multiple Dogs, Medications and Pill Problems

Do you have a multi-dog household? If so, you will especially relate to meeting the needs of each dog, and challenges that arise from your dogs having behavioral issues. Talley is anxious and deals poorly with changes in her environment. Doobie was afraid of everything when rescued from a puppy mill and training is ongoing.  Bridget is, well, determined to do what Bridget wants, a true escape artist, has pancreatitis, and throw in some separation distress for good measure. And yeah, neurotic. While there are many adventures and stories to share, it seemed timely, given recent events, to discuss medications and problems encountered in the dispensing. 

 
Free spirit Doobie doing what he loves best.

Born To Be Free

 

Doobie: free spirit, a dog on the move, a dog on a mission, a dog in perpetual motion. Who said that dogs cannot experience emotions? Certainly Doobie is unable to verbally communicate his sheer joy to be running, but it is shouted out in the gleam of his eyes and in the lithe fluid movements of his Labrador body virtually airborne over the ground. My boyfriend often says he is nearly flying.  Do you recall car commercials talking about going from zero to sixty in seconds? Yup, this is Doobie. Full stop to flat out racing in a heart beat, launching into action when called from across a field.  This dog goes nowhere slowly. Can you imagine this dog living in a cage?

 
This pic made The Bark online smilers!

Learning By Association: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

 

Since Talley, my 5 year old Enlish Lab is the least able of all three labs to relax while I work with other dogs, she accompanied me to the kennel today for a training session with a board and train dog. One problem is that her stocky little self is quite food driven, and she hates to be missing out! However, she also has learned the behavior, while on leash, to bark and lunge at approaching dogs. Relaxing and working around other dogs is wonderful for her. During our session, Talley was reinforced for calm down/stays, while I worked with the little Eskimo mix nearby. Then Talley got a turn to do the fun stuff! Consequently, she is learning by association that having the other dog nearby really makes good stuff happen. Such a soft and anxious little dog is she, I cannot imagine inflicting any kind of punishment on her.

 
Dirt Dog Talley

Let Them Grind It In!

 

 
Talley loves her Tuffies.

How Many Ways Do We Love Them?

 

HOW MANY WAYS DO WE LOVE THEM?

 

 Reflecting on the early morning stentorian rumbling snoring of Talley, my English Lab, inspired the content for this, my initial Dog Star Daily blog. Let me add that I am honored to be rubbing elbows (or blogs) with the talent that comprises the Dog Star Daily team. What do we really love about our dogs? For myself, this is infinite, too many ways to count. As I reflected on this, I decided to list things that perhaps we take for granted, the little things that make us smile, the things we would dearly miss, things that would leave a gaping void. Certainly every single dog loving reader could easily construct such a list, or maybe already has one floating about in their thoughts.  Here are but a few of the things I love about the Look What I Can Do! labbies, things that make me smile, things that would be dearly missed:

 

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