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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).
Rescue Dogs

The Rescue Dog’s Psalm

Just the other day, a friend relayed a touching rescue dog story to me. She had been traveling in a popular tourist town and met a shop owner with a new rescue dog. The dog, it turned out, had belonged to a homeless man living on the streets in her well-known city.

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Cover Shot of Camilla in NorthBay Biz Magazine
In the Media

Puppy Love – Camilla Teaches Dogs and Owners to Communicate

I was planning a traditional career, but sometimes life takes us to some unexpected places.” When she branched out from hobby to charging others for her services, she started with house calls on the weekends. Gray-Nelson laughs, “Have truck, will train — you know?

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Sonoma County Dog Trainer, Camilla Gray-Nelson on KMOV TV
In the Media

Camilla Gray-Nelson on KMOV-TV, St. Louis

Camilla Gray-Nelson, author of Lipstick and the Leash, discusses how women are saddled with the responsibility of dog training in over 70% of homes. She discusses dog training for women and teaches follow-through by way of a training can and more.

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Camilla Gray-Nelson, the Dog Talk Diva, on Petline
In the Media

Camilla on CFAX Radio Petline

Petline Host, Jennifer Shaw, interviews Camilla Gray-Nelson on the particular challenges a woman faces while attempting to handle and train the family dog. Camilla covers pack-dog mentality, commanding respect and becoming a leader for your dog.

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In the Media

Camilla on Dog Training for Women – KMA Omaha

Camilla Gray-Nelson: “74% of the time [in most households / families], the woman is in control of the dog. Many times, however, they have a hard time controlling the dog and there are some natural reasons for that. That’s where I step in and try to empower women and try to channel their inner dog trainer and their inner leader…”

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Dog Behavior

“D” in Daycare? “A” in Canine!

The plethora of doggie daycare centers around the country in the last few years is nothing short of mind-boggling.  But with the popularity of daycare services for dogs, there comes an unrealistic expectation – that all dogs can and should be social with others

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Dog Training

It’s Not About “SIT!”

While specific commands (like Sit, Down, Heel) are handy and convenient, they have nothing to do with human dog relationships (ie. who’s in charge) and they are unnatural in the dog world.

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Dog Training

“THE SCOOP” on House Training Dogs

For a dog, pooping and peeing is just another behavior, like begging at the table or hanging around my horses. Like with any behavior, they will repeat it if it ends in a good result

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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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