Valerie Casperite, Certified Professional Dog Trainer

and Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor

Bonded and Insured

Beverly, NJ 08010

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January 6, 2018

Imagine walking through fields and woods with your dog off leash, both of you enjoying a beautiful day. Your dog has gotten quite a bit ahead of you and you want her to come back before she gets to a nearby road.  You call her but she decides that coming back isn’t suc...

December 12, 2017

As I was placing the little statues of shepherds and sheep, kings and camels around our Christmas manger, my mind wandered to the saying "the straw that broke the camel's back" and it suddenly occurred to me that the holidays can really heap a lot of "straw" on our dog...

April 25, 2017

Many years ago I was in an obedience class with my adolescent dog, who was gleefully doing everything except what I wanted him to do.  The instructor’s only directive was to “give him a pop and make him pay attention!”  That wasn’t working.  As my frustration increased...

March 14, 2017

You’ve probably heard the term “positive reinforcement” when it comes to dog training and visions of pockets stuffed with liver treats dance in your head.  But what is “positive reinforcement” really?

Positive reinforcement is one of the four principles in operant condi...

July 1, 2016

This year, the 4th of July falls on a Monday, tempting all those “weekend warriors” to spend three days overdoing it.  If you aren’t one to get regular exercise during the week, these spurts of activity (no matter how fun) can pose real health risks, especially on hot,...

February 29, 2016

Winter is upon us and with that, cooped up dogs with boundless energy!  When the weather is too bitter for outdoor activities, there are lots of things you can still do to save your sanity and give your dog much-needed mental stimulation at the same time.   


April 1, 2015

A reliable Stay can be useful in many real-life situations, such as having your dog stay safely where you put her while you clean up a broken glass, or sit and stay as joggers and bikers pass by while you pick up after her on a morning walk. One of my favorite times to...

March 1, 2015


Think about this scenario:


Suppose you're getting paid for on-the-job training and are expected to learn your new job by the end of the day.  

  • Which pay would motivate you more? 

                            A) $50 per hour?...

February 1, 2015

Every now and then I am stunned to hear someone say that they don't have time to train their new puppy or dog.  In the words of renowned animal behaviorist and dog trainer, Ken Ramirez, "Animals deserve the best care we can possibly provide.  Training should not be con...

January 1, 2015

Are you ready to get started on a brand new adventure with your canine companion?  K9 Nose Work® is one of THE most fun activities you can do with your dog.  It allows your dog to do what comes naturally ~ SNIFF!!


K9 Nose Work®, much like police detection work, in...

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