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Welcome to our award winning Dog Blog with Free Tips on training and interesting advice with cute dog pics every week.  Learn about all topics dog related, from training and behavior advice to fun facts about dogs.  The Pooch Coach also shares her clients’ stories with you, which she hopes will inspire you to work with your dog to help them become the best dog they can be.

 

Never give up hope!  Whether it’s a slight inconvenience or annoyance, or a scary, huge issue, you can always get help for your pup.  Check out some of the great success stories, get some tips, and then give us a call if you’d like to join the pack!

 

If there are any topics you’d like to know more about, let us know!   We’re always looking for great ideas to add to our blog!

 

In August of 2016, Thoroughly Reviewed named The Pooch Coach Dog Blog with Free Tips one of the top 50 dog blogs in the world!  In September of 2016, Feedspot awarded us as one of the “top 100 dog blogs on the planet”! In November of 2017, we were honored with another award for Top 50 dog training blogs in the world by Mr Kortings Code.  In january, 2018, we got ranked on of the top dog blogs by Top Ranked Blogs.

 

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Dog Blog with Free Tips

May 2014 News and Tips

MAY 2014 NEWS AND TIPS

Hello! Welcome to our May 2014 Newsletter. We hope you enjoy it.

Skunked!!!

What every dog owner needs to know about skunk attacks.

Be prepared! You don’t want to be running out at midnight trying to buy ingredients for bathing your dog. And your house will be ruined if you don’t do something right away.

 

I learned the hard way over the years. Now I’m ready when the unexpected happens….

 

My dog had a skunk sneak up on her in the yard a few nights ago and spray her in the face. It was awful. The smell, the gasping for air, the gagging…. and the panic by both her and me. Luckily, I had everything I needed for washing her in the house, but as I searched the web for exact information, I found too much info! Everything had pages & pages of text. I had no time to read all of that! Then, my friends started posting on my Facebook page: “use tomato juice”, “use milk”, “it’ll just go away”. It made me realize there are many misconceptions out there. So I decided to write a quick, handy list of what to buy and what to do so everyone can be prepared and have the correct info on hand when a skunk does the nasty to your best buddy.

 

Click here to learn how to be prepared and what to do if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk.

 

Not convinced you need to read this yet? Here are just a few misconceptions:

 

Not convinced you need to read this yet? Here are just a few misconceptions:

Tomato juice works. Nope. It only masks the smell and makes your dog orange.
The smell goes away in a few days. Nope. It can take years! And, you will think the smell is gone when it isn’t, so you’ll need the help of friends to tell you what to wash. Read about olfactory fatigue. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olfactory_fatigue
There aren’t many skunks in the Bay Area. Wrong. We have an overpopulation of skunks. They live under houses and in crawl spaces and breed in our backyards. There are dozens of successful skunk removal companies.

So, be prepared. Save your dog and your home!!

Have you been to an SFDC Meetup yet? People are really enjoying this easy and fun way to learn and practice training tips, meet other dog owners, and have a great time playing with their dogs. Our next Meetup with dog training tips, treats and socialization practice is:

Saturday, May 17th @ 12 noon.

Meet Up Testimonials!

Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!

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For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

Check out The Pooch Coach's Dog Parent TV!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues. We’re adding new videos regularly,so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

Keep your dog out of trouble this summer…
Call The Pooch Coach for help!

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We hope it was informative & fun.
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Beverly Ulbrich

The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.

Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 3,000 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.

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April 2014 News and Tips

APRIL 2014 NEWS AND TIPS

Hello! Welcome to our April Newsletter.
I hope you enjoy it.

Have you been to an SFDC Meetup yet? People are really enjoying this easy and fun way to learn and practice training tips, meet other dog owners, and have a great time playing with their dogs. Our next Meetup with FREE training tips, treats and socialization practice is:

Saturday, April 12th @ 12 noon.

Here's a video of people enjoying previous Meetups - hear what they have to say!

Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!

Sign up on our Facebook page: Click here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

What’s New?

The Pooch Coach was asked to be the official trainer of the US Postal Service. She gave talks in San Francisco on March 21st on Dog Bite Prevention. She spoke about reading dogs’ energy and how to be safe around a threatening dog.

Here’s a link to a video of the first talk and here’s a link to the 2nd talk

April Training Tips

The Pooch Coach Dog Channel has dozens of videos with free dog training tips, solutions to common behavior problems, and other dog facts and entertainment. You can learn:

How to keep your dog from jumping on people
How to teach your dog to politely sniff other dogs
How to stop your dog from barking at people or dogs who are passing
How to help your timid dog become more confident
… and much more!

Click here to visit our channel and get some free tips… and please “subscribe” so you’ll know when we post new training videos.

Win a free one-on-one session with The Pooch Coach!

Lastly, April 1st is The Pooch Coach’s 11 year Anniversary! (Yes, the date was chosen to be funny 🙂 ). In honor of this, we’re giving away a free training session* to one lucky dog! Have a friend or dog in need? All you have to do is get the most friends to “like” our Facebook page. We currently have over 825 likes, and we want to get to 1,000! Simply invite your friends to like SF Dog Connect by The Pooch Coach, and let us know your list of successes by Monday April 7th at 5pm. The person with the most new friend likes gets a free 1 hour session* with The Pooch Coach to get help with whatever issues they are having.

*Restrictions: The 60 min session is for 1 dog and up to 2 people. It will be held at The Pooch Coach Headquarters in San Francisco at a mutually agreed upon time and completed by July 31st, 2014.

Check out The Pooch Coach's Dog Parent TV!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues. We’re adding new videos regularly,so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & fun.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

Beverly Ulbrich

The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.

Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 3,000 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.

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Updated April 2014 Newsletter

MORE APRIL 2014 NEWSLETTER

Hello! Welcome to the Followup to our April Newsletter.
I hope you enjoy it.

What’s New?

We hit 1,000 likes today!!

Following up our announcement from the last newsletter…

Win a free one-on-one session with The Pooch Coach!

Lastly, April 1st is The Pooch Coach’s 11 year Anniversary! (Yes, the date was chosen to be funny 🙂 ). In honor of this, we’re giving away a free training session* to one lucky dog! Have a friend or dog in need? All you have to do is get the most friends to “like” our Facebook page. We currently have over 825 likes, and we want to get to 1,000! Simply invite your friends to like SF Dog Connect by The Pooch Coach, and let us know your list of successes by Monday April 7th at 5pm. The person with the most new friend likes gets a free 1 hour session* with The Pooch Coach to get help with whatever issues they are having.

 

We’re still waiting to hear from everyone who asked their friends to “like” our page.

 

Please send an email to info@poochcoach.com if you think you’re in the running for the prize! You have until noon Wednesday 4/9 to send in your list.

 

*Restrictions: The 60 min session is for 1 dog and up to 2 people. It will be held at The Pooch Coach Headquarters in San Francisco at a mutually agreed upon time and completed by July 31st, 2014.

Our April 12th Meetup is FULL! If you missed signing up for this one, please sign up for our next Meetup on May 17th:

Saturday, May 17th @ 12 noon.

Here's a video of people enjoying previous Meetups - hear what they have to say!

Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!

Sign up on our Facebook page: Click here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

Check out The Pooch Coach's Dog Parent TV!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues. We’re adding new videos regularly,so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

Thanks for reading our Updated April 2014 Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & fun.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

Beverly Ulbrich

The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.

Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 3,000 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.

Click here to see previous newsletters.
Don’t miss out on another month! Click here to subscribe.

March 2014 News and Tips

MARCH 2014 NEWS AND TIPS

Hello! Welcome to our March Newsletter.
I hope you enjoy it.

SF Dog Connector’s Meetup!

Have you been to an SFDC Meetup yet? People are loving this easy and fun way to learn and practice training tips, meet other dog owners, and have a great time playing with their dogs. Our next Meetup with free training tips, treats and socialization practice is:

Saturday, March 15th @ 12 noon.

Here's a video of people enjoying previous Meetups - hear what they have to say!

Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!

Sign up on our Facebook page: Click here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

 

News?

Do dogs feel shame? In case you missed it… On Feb 26th, The Pooch Coach was once again called upon by the evening news for her dog expertise. Click on the image below to see her & Kompis in action!

 

More exciting news…. our Facebook page hit 500 members on March 2nd!!
Please join our growing Facebook community for ongoing tips and info.

March Training Tip

Does your dog Resource Guard?

Most people have heard that you should mess with a puppy’s food when he’s young to ensure he doesn’t growl or bite. But did you know that you need to keep doing this throughout your dog’s life to ensure his and your safety? You never know when you’ll need to grab something dangerous from your dog’s mouth, or when someone might try to pet your dog while he’s chewing on something. So, you need to make sure your dog knows that it’s OK.

 

Make sure your dog doesn’t react in any of the following situations:
Put your hand in his food bowl and take the bowl away while he’s eating
Pet him while he’s eating his food
Pet him when he’s chewing on a bone or other chewtoy
Take away anything he’s chewing on or playing with
Once you’re assured he’s safe, ask other household members and friends to do the same actions

 

If you can easily do all these things, great! Just keep practicing occasionally to ensure your dogs stays in shape.

 

If you don’t feel safe trying these things, then don’t do it! But, do get help. We can help train your dog to feel comfortable – and even enjoy – having someone handle his food bowl. We can also teach your dog to drop any item in his mouth…. In fact, here’s a video of The Pooch Coach teaching “drop it” live on TV to a shelter dog who was protective of her bone: View “drop it” being taught on live TV

 

The bottom line is, just as you should easily be able to take away your child’s toy or food plate, you should be able to take away whatever your dog is eating.

 

Please read my short article on resource guarding to understand about the causes and how we can help.
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Check out The Pooch Coach's Dog Parent TV!

Click here to visit our YouTube channel and get some free dog training tips & help with common behavior issues. We’re adding new videos regularly,so please subscribe to get notified of new fun & informational videos.

Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & fun.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

Beverly Ulbrich

The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.

Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 3,000 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.

Click here to see previous newsletters.
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February 2014 News and Tips

FEBRUARY 2014 NEWS AND TIPS

Hello! Thanks for reading my February newsletter.
This will be short & sweet!

SF Dog Connector’s Meetup!

Have you been to an SFDC Meetup yet? People are loving this easy and fun way to learn and practice training tips, meet other dog owners, and have a great time playing with their dogs. Our next Meetup with free training tips, treats and socialization practice is:

Saturday, Feb 22nd @ 12 noon.

Here's a video of people enjoying previous Meetups - hear what they have to say!

Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!

Sign up on our Facebook page: Click here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

February Training Tip

Can all dogs swim?

Some dogs are born to be in the water and will jump in and swim at their first chance. Other dogs can be taught to swim. Some never learn. If you’re going to be near water, it’s important to find out if your dog can swim. You need to train them so if they fall in, they will not panic and they will know how to safely get out of the water.

 

I taught my dog, Kompis, to swim when she was younger. She doesn’t like to swim, but she gets by. On my most recent trip to the British Virgin Islands, there was a pool on one the properties and I wanted to make sure that if Kompis fell in, she would be able to swim AND get out of the pool by herself. So, I did a couple practice runs – and she did wonderfully!

However, when I’m on a small boat or in water with currents, I always make her wear her life preserver to be safe. Above is a picture of the type of vest I have for Kompis for our adventures. I like that it has a handle on the top so I can quickly grab her if needed to pull her to safety. Investing in a vest like this (pun intended) could save your dog’s life so it’s well worth it!

Safe travels everyone!

Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & fun.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

Beverly Ulbrich

The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.

Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 2,500 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.

Click here to see previous newsletters.
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January 2014 News and Tips

JANUARY 2014 NEWS AND TIPS

Meetup!

Next Meetup with free training tips and socialization practice is this Saturday, Jan 11th @ noon.

 

Can’t make this one? No problem! Just join the SF Dog Connectors group and you’ll be notified of future opportunities.

Facebook SF Dog Connect Community

Our Facebook community is growing strong! Please join if you haven’t already to get tips, news and adorable pics. Please check out & “like” our page to keep up with the latest info or when you need a smile!

Here's a video of people enjoying previous Meetups - hear what they have to say!

Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!

Sign up on our Facebook page: Click here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

 

January Training Tip

Getting Your Dog Over Fear

Many dogs are afraid of objects like vacuums, bikes, motorcycles, skateboards, etc… If it’s just a simple fear, there’s an easy exercise you can do to help your dog to quickly get over his or her fear. Check out this new web page I created with a short video demonstration and be on your way to a fearless dog in just minutes!

 

If your dog is more fearful in general, or his fear is turning into aggression, then you probably need some professional help. The Pooch Coach is just a phone call away to help you work on any issues you’re having!

 

Here’s a short article on understanding dog fear. 

There is nothing to fear except fear itself – FDR

Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & fun.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

Beverly Ulbrich

The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.

Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 3,000 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.

Click here to see previous newsletters.
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December 2013 News and Tips

DECEMBER 2013 NEWS AND TIPS

May all of your wishes come true!

The Pooch Coach wants to wish you a great holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

Remember to keep your dog safe during the holiday festivities. Don’t forget to give him some extra walks to help him relieve his stress during these busy times. Also, with all the extra food, packages and decorations around, make sure you’ve taught your dog to not help himself to the goodies! But, mostly, have fun… and appreciate your dog’s great addition to the holiday spirit by giving unconditional love to all.

Enjoy the season and have a great 2014! I hope to see you soon.

Peace & Joy,
Beverly “The Pooch Coach” & Kompis

Facebook SF Dog Connect Community

Our Facebook community is growing strong! Please join if you haven’t already to get tips, news and adorable pics. Please check out & “like” our page to keep up with the latest info or when you need a smile!

Here's a video of people enjoying previous Meetups - hear what they have to say!

Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!

Sign up on our Facebook page: Click here!
For more information about our monthly Meetups, Click here.

Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & fun.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

Beverly Ulbrich

The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.

Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 3,000 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.

Click here to see previous newsletters.
Don’t miss out on another month! Click here to subscribe.

November 2013 News and Tips

NOVEMBER 2013 NEWS AND TIPS

Meetup!

Next Meetup with FREE training tips and socialization practice is this Saturday 11/16 @ noon.

Can’t make this one? No problem! Just join the SF Dog Connectors group and you’ll be notified of future opportunities.

Facebook SF Dog Connect Community

For those of you who weren’t aware, The Pooch Coach now has a Facebook community where we post tips, news and adorable pics. Please check out & “like” our page to keep up with the latest info and when you need a smile!

November Training Tip

Put Your Dog to Work!

Dogs aren’t just pets. They are working companions who need jobs to do. In previous generations, dogs were trained and bred to hunt, herd, dig, fetch, and protect. If we don’t retrain their genetic disposition to do their tasks they were bred to do, they often become problem behaviors. Dogs bark at the wrong people or objects, dig up our gardens, damage our possessions or even hurt themselves or others trying to re-enact their ancestor’s occupations. If we simply keep their minds and bodies occupied with new tasks, they will easily adapt. Here is an article I wrote to give you some concrete tips & tasks to give your dog to help ensure everyone’s safety, sanity and well-being.

Thanks for reading our Newsletter.
We hope it was informative & fun.
Please share our newsletter with other dog lovers!

Beverly Ulbrich

The Pooch Coach, SF Bay Area Dog Training and Behavior Modification
Any Dog. Any Problem.

Beverly provides private and personalized empathic dog training and behavior problem solving. In addition to her private behavior training practice where she’s worked with over 3,000 dogs, Beverly also formally evaluates and temperament tests dogs for shelters and rescue groups as well as for dog-bite cases and hearings.

Click here to see previous newsletters.
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