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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).

pit bull dog with surprised curious look in golden eyes, thumnail photo
Dog Behavior

DOGS 101: A Primer

Selective breeding has changed the “wrapping”, but not the contents. Domesticated dogs – be they toy or giant, sporting or non-sporting, long-haired or short – are still at their core, DOGS,

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Dog in group dog training class
Dog Training

MY DAY with TRAINING a HORSE

My friend could not get her horse to cross this or any OTHER wet ground on her rides. It was seriously limiting her life with this horse. I decided to try my dog training approach.

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Dog Behavior

WHEN DOG COLLARS TURN DEADLY

Her call today, however, was to tell me that one of her two beloved dogs died tragically last week, after her collar became entangled in her brother’s mouth while playing.

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Dog Behavior

Women and Dogs…and Cleopatra

Because dogs by nature are not looking to a female for pack leadership, we women often start out with two strikes against us in the control department with our dogs.

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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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