An important component of my training method is my well-socialized and well-trained pack. The benefits manifest themselves in the following ways:
1. My dogs are trained to meet new dogs who may be unbalanced, aggressive, frightened, or previously incarcerated. All 3 of my dogs have their own personalities. Each personality easily transforms into a cohesive obedient unit once given a command.
2. Owners who need their pets to live in a household, behave on walks, get along with their other pets, and greet or pass by strange dogs in an appropriate manner, benefit from having their precious pooch live in my household among a calm, confident and balanced group of dogs.
3. Dogs often mimic the behavior of other dogs. I can accomplish more training targets in a shorter period of time, in part, because I am able to utilize my dogs’ skills to teach a trainee desired behaviors by example.
Maylea – Shar Pei Mix
Scarlett – Australian Cattle Dog
Bowie – Mini Smooth-Coated Australian Shepherd
Malcolm – Chinese Shar Pei
November 25, 2005 – August 20, 2015
2015 was a tough year at New Dogs – Old Trix. We lost Sasha and Malcolm just 2 months apart. They are both dearly missed, but Malcolm’s loss has been particularly difficult. At only about 10 years old, I thought I had years left with him.
After overcoming unthinkable physical and psychological problems when I first “temporarily fostered” him in 2006, he grew to be my go-to guy when new dogs arrived for training. I always said he was born with a face only a Mother could love. I can’t express how much I miss that face, his antics and affection.
Sasha – Chow Chow/Cattle Dog
February 26, 2000 – June 25, 2015
Sasha came to live with me in July, 2005. She was 5 1/2 years old and was going to “stay” for a couple of months. Of course, she never left and filled my heart and home with joy over the last 10 years. Sasha was the Mother figure in my pack. She loved meeting new dogs and was a shameless flirt in her old age when attractive male dogs would come for training. Sasha was so smart, very loyal, and always loving. My pack and I miss her dearly and she will remain in our hearts forever.
Bruschi – Shar Pei
April 28, 2001 – August 15, 2011