Author Archives: Amy Sandmann


Positively Expert: Amy Sandmann

Amy Sandmann is a VSPDT trainer in Monticello, Minnesota. As a lover of dogs and the outdoors, her mission is to get people re-connected with their pets through positive reinforcement training and exercise. She believes that every owner should focus on unconditional love of their dogs and create a solid human/animal bond.

Reckless Abandon

Posted on: August 19, 2014 - No Comments

Dogs deserve to run with reckless abandon, these were my thoughts early this morning as I watched two doodles run free in the yard as I sipped my coffee. As I watched them run I wished that all dog owners could have a physical fence for their dogs as it is a vital part of Read More

Human Ego & Dog Training

Posted on: October 24, 2012 - 5 Comments

Check your ego at the door!  EGO, this funny little word has such a huge affect on people, it changes people for the worse. When working with animals you cannot have an “ego” of any kind.  Animals know, they can feel the kind of love and energy your putting off and when ego gets involved Read More

Be a Shining Star

Posted on: February 23, 2012 - 1 Comment

Drop the “obey” and replace it with "COME PLAY." I think part of the problem with many dogs today is that they don’t get to really play enough.    Having a dog in your life should be more about having a friend and companion and less about obeying and commands (I don’t care for either of Read More

Tis The Season

Posted on: November 26, 2011 - 3 Comments

TIS THE SEASON, for rushing around, rushing to shop, rushing to visit relatives, rushing to various parties trying to fit it all in.  How do you all feel after the holidays?  Many people are left feeling exhausted and they are glad it is all over.   If we would just re-condition ourselves to slow down the Read More

Canine Unemployment

Posted on: September 15, 2011 - 14 Comments

CANINE UNEMPLOYMENT Is there such a thing??? I mean really folks, canine unemployment? Yes, Yes, yes!  That’s what I say.  Our shelters are filled to the brims and dogs are being tossed aside like yesterday’s news.  It’s because the unemployment rate for dogs is too high! Dogs are faithful companions, but what are we really Read More

Stress-Free Moving with Your Dog

Posted on: September 7, 2011 - 10 Comments

Earl looked at me with is big brown eyes and his black droopy lips asking, what’s going on?  Where are we?  Howie has been following me from room to room for the last week. No matter how easy you try and make it your pet feels the confusion and stress of a move as much Read More