This week we welcome Pat Miller, discussing the challenges of multi-dog households

Join me in welcoming Pat as our pet expert of the week!

Leslie Fisher, last week’s pet expert, provided a wealth of information and food for thought on the very important topic of management. This ties very nicely into this week’s expert for a number of reasons.

First, Pat is Leslie’s mentor. Leslie was a graduate of Pat’s Peaceable Paws instructor school. Pat is a well-respected author, trainer, and educator of training professionals. (We’ve had a couple other Peaceable Paws grads on as experts, Brad and Lisa Waggoner and in 2010, Jules Nye will be joining us!)

Second, Leslie’s topic provides a great introduction for Pat’s topic, multi-dog households. I know that management as Leslie discussed is important for all dogs, but especially those living in multi-dog households.

Pat will be discussing solutions to challenges owners may find in multi-dog households. I’m very excited that she’s on board to discuss this particular topic, because I know there has been much discussion on RBDT lately from members wanting new canine additions to the family!

For most of you, Pat will need no introduction. I know that virtually all of the trainers on this site recommend “The Power of Positive Dog Training” to our clients and those who want to learn more about positive training.

From her website,, more on Pat Miller:

Pat Miller has been training dogs for more than 35 years.

As a child, Pat was the one who taught the family dog to sit, lie down, and jump over broomsticks in the living room. Her professional life has always involved animals, first as a horse trainer in Wisconsin, then for 20 years as a humane officer at the Marin Humane society in California, and most recently as a dog trainer and behavior consultant. She started her own dog training company on the West Coast in 1996, after five years assisting nationally acclaimed obedience instructor Judy Howard of Arydith Obedience, and moved the Peaceable Paws Dog and Puppy Training Center to Chattanooga, Tennessee in the year 2000. Pat received her CPDT certification as a pet dog trainer from the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers in September of 2001, one of the first 136 trainers in the world to attain this title.

Pat is also a freelance writer, regularly contributing articles on dog and cat behavior and training to The Whole Dog Journal, Whole Cat Journal, Your Dog, (the last two are publications of Tuft’s University’s Veterinary School), and several other publications. She is also Training Editor for The Whole Dog Journal. Her first training book on dogs The Power of Positive Dog Training was released by Howell Book House in August of 2001.

Welcome, Pat. Wonderful to have you here! To RBDT forum members, follow along in the discussion or chime in with questions you may have!

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