New Video Series for the winter blahs!

Follow Giene’s progress on how to train your dog a new trick this winter!

Even the dogs feel like laying in bed all day!

Look below for the video!
Wow, winter has got me down too. I’ve been seeing the posts of robins in people’s backyards and I have serious spring fever! I think my dogs can tell it too.. I get bored and develop a serious lack of motivation.  You can see it in my dogs too – We are bored! So, I thought, let’s do something fun and new, something that we haven’t done before…
Recently my son got two pet rats. Say what you will about rats, but you won’t change my mind on how cute I think they are! They are actually really adorable – And are so totally different from one another!  Bacon and Sausage and no, I did’n’t name them! are two little sisters. Bacon is thinner and more active. She’s brave and curious.  Sausage is more like, well, a fat little sausage! She is pretty shy and doesn’t quite have he courage of her sister… Yet. She’s getting there! We have spent the last two weeks just letting them settle in and get used to us.

This is Bacon on top, and Sausage is on the bottom.

So, now that we have these rats I thought, huh… I bet I can teach my dog to do Barn Hunts!  Barn hunts are pretty cool… I’ve looked into doing them before, but you know how other things just either get in the way of new stuff, or frankly there is only so much time in the day! But, this is the year we are going to try something new!  My dogs are not terribly interested in the rats though. We live on a little hobby farm and I encourage my dogs to “ignore” our creatures.  I don’t want them chasing the cats or chickens, so living peaceably in our home is a must. So, when my dogs met the rats for the first time they were really polite. The looked, they smelled, then they walked away and started playing with their toys.  Good Dogs!  Course, if they would have been a Rat Terrier or a Border Terrier, the story may have been a different one!

So, here starts my journey
 of training my dogs and my rats. Training my dogs to “find the rat” when the rat is full hidden behind or under bales of hay. And training my rats to feel comfortable in the little tube that they’ll be placed in (to keep them confined and to keep them safe).  Must be a little like crate training, right? And, rats are supposed to be super smart, so – I’m excited to start!
I’ll post some of the videos here in our newsletter, but be sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel to watch the progress – And play along with us! It’ll be a fun time!
Oh, I almost forgot! Don’t worry if you don’t have rats to practice with… You can teach your dog to find just about anything you’d like them to! You can teach them to find you keys, or truffles in the backyard, or your other dog. You can substitute the “rat” for whatever you’d like!
Looking forward to doing this with you!
–Giene, Violet, Axl, Bacon & Sausage
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About Dog Face

Giene Keyes, CPDT – KA Owner & Founder of Dog Face, LLC & Shooting Star Portuguese Water Dogs Giene started working with dog behavior in 1990 when she adopted a 4-year old Greyhound from the racing track. To date he is the most severe separation anxiety case that she has seen. He taught Giene about the psyche and learning process of dogs. It wasn’t until Giene was training her little pot-bellied Labrador puppy in 1995 that she really became interested in the actual training process of canines. Starting her small training business in 1997 she developed her own methods and ideas of positive reinforcement. She took what she had learned from her Greyhound, as well as positive methods she used to train horses, to create what is now the base of our training methods in the classes we teach today. Giene is a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist in Southern Wisconsin. After winning Best of Madison for two years in a row, Giene sold her Madison Dog Daycare to devote her time to dog behavior and helping owners create harmony with their pets in their homes. Specializing in aggression and difficult dog cases, Giene also works with rescue groups and shelters, evaluating dogs for adoption, developing Canine Aggression Management programs, and educating staff on dog language and behaviors. She has provided behavior consultations for service dog organizations, rescue groups and dog daycares throughout the Midwest. She is often contacted by police departments to work with individuals that have dangerous dogs. As a mother of 3 young children, Giene also realizes the importance of family dog training. She incorporates realistic training methods and helps to incorporate dogs into the family. She is an Instructor with the American Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid, a Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator with the American Kennel Club, and a Licensed Judge with the WI Dept of Ag, Trade & Consumer Protection. Giene routinely presents seminars on Dog Behavior, Training, and Operant Conditioning as well as educating her staff on dog body language and pack mentality. Giene is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer. Giene has been a regular guest on popular Madison radio shows and interviewed on numerous evening newscasts. Giene has also been featured in a number of local magazines, including the cover for Wisconsin Woman in 2010. Giene has also been highlighted in the Wisconsin State Journal for her work with Chicken Clicker Training, improving dog training skills along with timing and observation, and recently interviewed for a Nationwide Podcast. She enjoys holding training workshops across the state. If you would like to learn more about Giene, Dog Face and the services they offer, please go to the Dog Face web site at Please feel free to contact Giene of any member of the Dog Face Behavior Team anytime!
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