On Separation Anxiety

One of my jobs is to serve as the initial point of contact for MalenaDeMartini.com. In this job, I walk prospective clients through what a separation anxiety protocol will look like, take some history and empathize, empathize, empathize.

By and large, the people who inquire are people whose dogs have been suffering from separation anxiety for a while. They have managed their lives and their dogs, they have worked around the issue, they have tried […]

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Recently, I have read some things that I’ve found a bit upsetting, and have been trying to remind myself that this mission we are on is a marathon and not a sprint. Here, I am talking specifically about our mission regarding making reward-based training the norm. We are making headway, though, as a “movement”, and individually as trainers, and I see evidence of that daily, from the client who tells me he kicked his […]

The Stigma of Tethers


Most of us in animal welfare have a pretty negative conditioned emotional response to the word “tether.” It evokes images of emaciated dogs in filthy yards attached to heavy chains. In most cities, animal laws preclude owners from keeping their dogs on tie-downs, with good reason. This is, without doubt, an inhumane way to contain a social species. Isolation equals punishment for most dogs. But thanks to organizations like The Coalition to Unchain Dogs, dogs […]

I Dig Pit Bulls Tee Shirt

Last year, we held a tee shirt fundraiser and helped send our buddy Bauer to school. This year, we’ve got even bigger plans! We want to help shelters that are committed to reward-based training build their programs. To help them do that, we’ll be donating training treats, clickers, harnesses and aprons to hold important things like those treats!

We believe in promoting adoption and helping dogs become more adoptable. If you follow our Facebook page […]

The Disconnect

Believe it or not, I do have a sense of humor about dogs. And I do find lots of things about dogs to be funny. One of the things I don’t find funny is the disconnect many people seem to have about dog behavior. I find things like “guilty dog” videos very upsetting in fact, because often what’s happening is the person behind the camera is exploiting their dog’s fear for the sake of […]