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A lifelong dog lover, Julie has been training dogs professionally since 2003. She got her start at All About Dogs in Woodbridge, VA, which is where she and Colleen met. In 2006, Julie moved to Ohio and started A Positive Connection.
She has a huge soft spot for shy dogs or those who have had a less-than-ideal start on life. Julie’s shared her life with dogs with special needs and knows that with love, empathy, and good training, they can have good lives.
A philosopher at heart, Julie also has a line of cards and other items based on her drawings from a pet’s point of view and her perspective that the world should be a little more animal-centric. Check out Animal-Centric Designs.
When Julie isn’t training dogs, she loves travel, reading, hiking, and spending time with her grandkids. You can check out her training practice and dog blog at www.apositiveconnection.com.
Colleen was pregnant with her first child when she began training dogs. For her, kids and dogs have always gone together—and so many of the strategies used for one group work well for the other too.
Frustrated by the lack of good dog-training advice for parents with young kids, Colleen spent several unsuccessful years trying to talk other dog trainers into writing a book on the topic.
Finally she decided to write one herself. Living with Kids and Dogs … Without Losing Your Mind won the Humane Society of the United States Compassionate Care Award. She followed that up with Kids & Dogs: A Professional’s Guide to Helping Families and Puppy Training for Kids.
Julie and Colleen believe that life is better with a dog, and we hope you think so too!
We look forward to hearing your thoughts and answering your questions.
Give us a call at 614-349-1661 or send us an email. We look forward to including your input in a future episode.