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?
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).
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.
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…”
I didn’t have any friends with two legs until I was in junior high. But, the advantage of that looking back now, because everything I do in the dog world in training, is based on how animals communicate naturally with each other. And if I didn’t have that background, I wouldn’t know that language.
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
When we give our dog too much freedom – the freedom to patrol the entire yard or property while we are gone, the freedom to hike off leash without voice control, the freedom to roam about the house and explore with no restrictions, the freedom to sniff, pull, and investigate at will on our walks…we are sending a potentially dangerous message!
In my preceding post, I explained how to stop your dog from jumping on you. Now, I’ll give you my favorite tip for solving another jumping problem: Your dog jumping on guests.