Hello everyone. I've just become a member, and have been busy viewing posts, and offering a few comments. More to come. But a bit about me. Currently I'm working as a pet groomer, mostly dogs, a few cats, and the occasional small animal, such as guinea pigs and rabbits. I also groom birds. Over the years I've explored a variety of careers, including vet tech (it doesn't pay as well as grooming), chiropractic assistant (insurance companies are devils to deal with), post master relief (governmental agencies are also devils to deal with), and more. I'm also a certified veterinary nutritional consultant. I've bred and shown miniature smooth dachshunds and bull terriers. How's that for a combination? I've also handled many other breeds at shows. I currently own a longhaired standard dachshund who is a therapy dog, and is in training for obedience competition. I like to say he's a genius, but I suppose I'm biased. He's definately one smart little guy, though. My roommate is a behavioral psychologist who works with 'problem puppies' in behavior modification and training. Her behavioral training has helped me a great deal in my obedience endeavors. The most important thing I've learned is training through problem solving rather than conditioned response training. So you'll probably be reading some responses on training that may sound a bit odd, but trust me, the techniques work, the results can be spectacular, and they're fast. I like big words and speak pretty much like I write. And I have a tendency to bloviate, so responses will typically be long. I also have a wicked sense of humor.