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Positively Expert: Abigail Witthauer

Abigail resides in Birmingham, Alabama where she owns Roverchase, a large dog training and care facility. Abigail has been training dogs professionally for 15 years and resides with several animals, most famously, Mr. Big the Chihuahua (Instagram @MrBigChihuahua).


Christmas Puppies: the Good, the Bad, and the Oh So Cute!

Posted on: December 14, 2015 - No Comments

There are many wonderful resources for you to read about whether bringing home a puppy over the holidays is a responsible choice for your family. This article is meant to help you make good choices once you have already decided to bring a new dog home for the holidays.

No Cue November

Posted on: November 4, 2015 - 5 Comments

We have a new game at my facility called “cue fasting” and we now require a “cue fast” for all of our clients when they begin training with us. We’ve decided to take the game up a notch in what we are calling “No Cue November.”

Breed Specific Legislation: Why My Opinion Doesn’t Matter, and Neither Does Yours

Posted on: August 11, 2015 - 6 Comments

At a meeting about breed-specific legislation, I was struck by one very obvious conclusion. Not only does my opinion on Breed Specific Legislation not matter, neither does the opinion of anyone else.

Humility in Dog Training: The Burnout and the Fire From the Ashes

Posted on: June 30, 2015 - 3 Comments

Our clients were pleased, their dogs were happy, and our business was successful. Surprisingly, in the face of all this success, I was feeling unsatisfied, exhausted, and had what I learned to call “the burnout of compassion fatigue”.

On Dieting and Dog Training

Posted on: January 5, 2015 - 4 Comments

I have a lot of habits to break and a lot of new behaviors to learn. This got me thinking about my work in animal behavior and how amazingly similar it is to what I am trying to accomplish with my diet.

Fido’s Home Away From Home for the Holidays

Posted on: December 10, 2014 - No Comments

The holidays are here, and with the holidays come vacations and the need to board your four-legged friend. There is no reason why your dog can’t have as wonderful a vacation as you with the right preparation.

Doggy Daycare – A How-To Guide

Posted on: September 22, 2014 - 5 Comments

A guide to Doggy Daycare. How to choose a safe, fun, behaviorally sound, doggy daycare so your dog will have a Positively good time!