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Camilla Gray-Nelson

Camilla has over 50 years experience with animals (she grew up on the farm!). She has trained, bred and shown dogs since 1989 and brings this broad background and knowledge of dog behavior to her clients and her business. Her life-long understanding of the animal mind helped her develop what has become her signature style of natural dog training and voice control, now simply referred to as the “Dairydell Method”. Camilla and her Dairydell Method have been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles, as well as on San Francisco TV’s Evening Magazine and View From the Bay. Camilla loves teaching – whether it’s dogs, their owners, or the horses you see her riding in Dairydell’s beautiful arena. When she’s not training, teaching or riding, Camilla is writing about her favorite subject: dogs and their people! Camilla holds professional memberships in both the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI) and the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP).

Dog Training

MIGHT HE BITE?… 3 Genetic Factors That Explain Why Some Dogs Bite

They did everything right in raising their puppy – the best care, lots of love and attention, never treated the puppy harshly — even enrolled in some obedience classes. And yet, two to three years into their blissful life together, their perfect dog starts barking at visitors and passers-by

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Dog Products

Training Like “Mom” Intended

When one strips away all the fluff and hype, rhetoric and technique, it is clear that the most important reality for a dog is to simply have clarity on two things: 1.) Who makes the rules here? and, 2.) What are mine?

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Dog and Family

BABY, OH BABY: Preparing Your Pooch for the New Arrival

OK, all you excited parents and grandparents-to-be! This life change ahead of you can be exhilarating, but also a little stressful — especially for your dog. While you are busy happily preparing for your new little human family member, consider preparing your dog as well.

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Dog Behavior

Breed Differences: Variations on a Theme

Choosing a dog is a big deal. How do you make the right choice? Is it pure luck, or is there a way increase your odds of success? I think so! My system is this: First, choose a breed with breed characteristics most compatible with you and your lifestyle.

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Dog Behavior

Home-Alone Dogs: BOREDOM BUSTERS

No matter how you ensure the safety of your dog while you’re at work, chances are you may worry that your dog becomes bored while you’re gone. A bored dog may start digging in the yard, howling and barking uncontrollably,

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Dog Training

Puppy Personality Development: Iceberg Rising

Nurture (the way a dog is raised) can help a dog reach its full potential, but in my experience, it is Nature (what’s in his DNA) that provides the raw materials and determines what that potential will be.

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Dog Training

Dog Training Styles — Making Sense of Them

Dog trainers tend to fall into two camps: those that Train with positive reinforcement only and those that use a balance of reward and consequence to achieve Obedience. Read on about Treat-Based & Purely Positive Training versus Nature-Based Obedience….

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Dog Training

BORDER PATROL: Teaching Dog Boundaries

With a long line attached to your dog via his collar, you can teach your dog to respect virtually any boundary – whether it is the edge of the lawn, the threshold of your front door, or the doorway of the room

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Monthly Maintenance Classes

For Board & Train Grads & Their Dogs

To better serve our Dream Dog™ Board & Train graduates, our monthly maintenance classes have had a Total Makeover! Now each month will have its own theme, and each class within that month will be geared for either on-leash OR off-leash grads and include Holiday preparedness exercises when appropriate. We will even be including special HOLIDAY training exercises for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and 4th of July!

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