Author Archives: Maureen Backman

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Positively Expert: Maureen Backman

Maureen Backman, MS, CTC, PCT-A is the owner of Mutt About Town Dog Training in San Francisco. She is also the founder of The Muzzle Up! Project.


Helping Your Dog Feel Safe During the Holidays

Posted on: December 14, 2016 - No Comments

The holidays can be an exciting and festive time for humans, but for many dogs, they can be a cause of anxiety. It’s important not to forget your dog’s behavioral health during this time.

Training Mindfully: Reframing our approach to fear in dogs

Posted on: September 6, 2016 - 2 Comments

When we train mindfully, we pay attention on purpose. We're aware of what’s happening during the session: mechanics, timing, location, the dog’s internal state.

Thresholds, Dials, and Fear: Managing Your Dog’s Stress Levels

Posted on: July 26, 2016 - No Comments

The goal in any training protocol is to reduce stress so that the dog remains one hundred percent, no-holds-barred OK in his environment.