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A DOG'S LIFE

 

MEET MICKEY MUELLER 

I have been training clients and dogs with honesty, respect, and kindness for over 20 years. 

In 1994, I began holding group training classes, for both puppies and adult dogs, as well as private lessons. At that time, I joined the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and throughout the years, continued to utilize unlimited opportunities for continuing education. I also began working with shelter dogs, including fostering/training dogs. I conducted volunteer orientations at the local shelter and worked with shelter staff on dog behavior, and ultimately became Executive Director. 

In 2008, the training business was expanded to include dog daycare and eventually grooming. In late 2014, for health reasons, I took the opportunity to sell the business. 

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"Be the most interesting person your dog has ever met."

How I Can Help You

What You Can Expect From Training With Heart 'n Soul

  • A coach who specializes in training companion dog owners and their dogs.

  • To know that I am fully committed to the success of your relationship with your dog.

  • A detailed training plan designed specifically for your dog, your family, your environment, and your lifestyle. 

  • An understanding of your dog's behavior, why your dog does what he/she does. Learning to teach from your dog's point of view. 

  • To learn how to train your dog using only proven force-free, rewards-based methods. Patience is critical, as it is difficult for anyone to learn in a stressful situation. 

Training Supplies You Will Need

  • High value treats:  Something you don't normally use as "freebie" treats. This has to be something that your dog really wants to work for. Special treats can include chicken, cheese (Monterey Jack is a hit with many), roast beef, lunch meats (not ham), purchased soft dog treats such as:

    • American Journey Training Bits

    • Merrick Power Bites

    • Supreme Healthy Max by KLN  

    • Any kind of freeze-dried treats.  Size and consistency vary, so you'll want to find a variety that you like.

  • Dog Kibble:  We'll use this to determine levels of value.

  • Treat Bag:  You need something that holds treats and allows you easy access.  A treat bag that can clip to pants and has a magnetic opening, or one that a belt loops through, or even a waist training belt with treat bag.

  • Collar or Harness and a Leash:  You will need a buckle or martingale collar or harness.  I do not use metal collars including choke chains or prong collars.  A 6-foot leash, leather, nylon or cotton. A chain leash is difficult.