Tracy Krulik is an internationally regarded trainer, speaker, and writer in the world of pet dogs, as well as the premier separation anxiety trainer in the Washington, D.C. area, training dogs remotely for Humane Rescue Alliance in the nation’s capital as well as across the U.S. and Europe. She is also launching a new separation anxiety group class program for the nonprofit Your Dog’s Friend in Rockville, Md.
An expert on dog behavior and body language, Tracy is also the founder and managing editor of the hit website and global advocacy campaign, iSpeakDog (www.ispeakdog.org), and was named a finalist for 2017 Pet Industry Woman of the Year by the Women in the Pet Industry Network for her work on that campaign.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown, Tracy has taught a variety of webinars to dog parents and professionals alike, to help pups cope with the dramatic changes in their homes and environment and also prepare them for life after the pandemic. She has been a go-to expert for articles in The Washington Post and its syndicate papers on how to help dogs get through these challenging times and minimize the risks of developing separation related problems when people return to working in offices again. She is also in the process of working with researchers at the University of Lincoln, UK, to study the long-term effects of the coronavirus lockdowns on pet dogs.
A graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers and Malena DeMartini’s certified separation anxiety trainer course, Tracy’s passion is helping fearful dogs discover confidence and joy — just as she did for her once “fraidy” pup, Emma the Beagle, who overcame her own battle with separation anxiety. Visit www.tracykrulik.com to learn more.
Like the words "there, their, and they're," mean different things but sound the same, so do different dog behaviors.
Sometimes dogs growl to say, "Back off!" -- they're scared, and they are asking someone or something to give them space. Other times they growl when they're playing and having fun.
Sometimes dogs chew things because they are... well... dogs, and dogs enjoy chewing things. Other times dogs chew stuff like door frames when they have been left home alone and they are terrified. Sometimes dogs pull on-leash to get somewhere fun as quickly as possible. Other times they pull on-leash to escape something scary.
Why does this matter? Well, we use different training techniques depending on the dog's emotional state. If, for example, a dog is chewing the doorframe and having accidents on the rug because she is scared to be left home alone, we need to address the underlying anxiety in order to change the behavior. Once she feels safe, the chewing and accidents can go away.
This is the heart of my training philosophy. I sleuth out the dog's emotional state to determine which force-free training method will work best to keep dogs happy, fix behavior problems, and help dogs feel better about things that might scare them. Visit iSpeakDog to learn more.