Calling All California Dog-Lovers: A Letter To My Dog Book Signing!

Book Signing
Calling all California Dog Lovers…“A Letter To My Dog” co-authors Lisa Erspamer and Kimi Culp will be signing books at the Marina del Ray Costco this Saturday, June 1st from 1-3pm. Two of our amazing columnists will also join Lisa and Kimi at the book signing. Celebrity veterinarian and TV expert Karen “Doc” Halligan and dog trainer to the stars, Brian Lee, will be on hand to answer questions from pet lovers. Come and join the fun!
Saturday June 1st, 2013
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Costco #479 – Culver City

Renowned veterinarian, author, and celebrity spokesperson Karen “Doc” Halligan has developed a distinguished veterinary medical career while establishing herself as a national authority on animals. She was a sought-after pet health expert and featured spokesperson in the media during the pet-food recall crisis and provided veterinary care at ground zero in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Doc Halligan is the author of the award-winning book Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know: Prescriptions for Happy, Healthy Cats and Dogs (HarperCollins, 2007) and has authored numerous articles for PARADE magazine and other media. She has appeared regularly on television on the Hallmark’s Who Let The Dogs Out, Doctors, Katie, Bonnie Hunt Show, Regis and Kelly, the Today Show, the Mike and Juliet Show, iVillage Live, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, The Insider, CBS Early Morning Show, Fox and Friends, Dog Tales, Animal Rescue 911 and Extra TV.  On Animal Planet, she frequently appears on Dogs 101, Cats 101 and Americas’s Cutest Pets.


With 27 years of experience as a dog trainer and behaviorist, Brian Lee has worked with over 10,000 dogs.  His methods go beyond basic obedience training and focus more on behavior modification.  His unique and positive approach transforms dogs into balanced, well-mannered members of society.  From puppy mischief to dangerous aggression, Brian is frequently the last stop for dog owners.

Although his specialty is “the family dog,” he has worked with search and rescue, guide, agility and therapy dogs as well.  Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, the California Rescue Dog Association and the FBI have used his program.  He has appeared on Animal Planet, NBC and CBS, handling dogs both on and off camera.  Celebrity clients include Janet Jackson, Reese Witherspoon, James Caan and Liza Minnelli.

Ask Our Dog Experts . . . How Can I Get My Dog To Swim?

By Brian Lee, Dog Trainer & Behavioral Counselor


I have the only lab dog  in the world who hates to swim.  After 5 years she just now learned to enjoy her baths, what can I do to get her to participate with the other dogs swimming in the doggie park pools or to actually go in the ocean.


The key to behavior modification is taking baby steps.  Your dog must get wet several times a day in order to become desensitized to water.  Simply wash her feet or pick her up and putt her on the first step of the pool and hold her there until she’s calm, then let her get out.  This will allow her to gradually become accustom to water without forcing the issue too quickly and thereby getting into a power struggle (the very thing you want to avoid).  Slowly immerse her more each day, making sure to never move to the next level until she is no longer struggling with the current one.  If your dog is willing to take treats during these exercises, the treats can help remap the brain and make it a more positive experience.

Brian Lee’s Top 4 Training Philosophies

By Brian Lee, Dog Trainer & Behavioralist

1. The more you need to be in control, the less control you have. Constantly giving commands is controlling. Allow your dog to self-direct instead of using external force and you will achieve true peace and harmony.

2. Thoughts and internal dialogue can become self-fulfilling prophecies. Your dog is keenly aware of your attitude, so try to avoid having a victim mentality. Do not underestimate the power of intention.

3. Take total responsibility for your own actions. Owners tend to blame their dogs for unwanted behavior even though the dogs have no control over their environment. Your dog is the prisoner and you are the warden; you either set them up to win or set them up to fail.

4. Focus on the positive, ignore the negative. As simple as this philosophy sounds, rarely is it achieved. Like us, dogs repeat behavior that is rewarded. Drawing attention to negative behavior ensures it will happen again. Instead, remember to enjoy the abundance of positive qualities your dog possesses.

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