Christina O'Brien has worked with animals both professionally (wildlife rehabilitation) and personally (innumerable pets) all her life. Her background is in environmental education, teaching students ranging from kindergartners to senior citizens. Now retired, she and her husband remain active volunteering, hiking, and working and playing with their dogs. Chris found it impossible to tire their border collies with physical exercise; the more she worked them, the fitter they became, and the harder it was to wear them out.
So she turned to mental exercise, and found that not only does it tire them out, it strengthens her bond with them, keeps their brain cells firing, builds confidence, and is just plain fun.
|Kristina Grimes||20 years ago, Kristina Grimes lived in an apartment with a terrier who was getting long walks morning, noon and night, but the neighbors reported he was barking while she was at work. When increasing the exercise didn't work, a trainer turned her onto dog toys. Over the years, Kristina has collected a large variety of toys and learned more about mental stimulation, and the importance of simple things such as letting dogs sniff while on walks. Today, she shares a home with a (different) aging terrier and a lively Humane Society foster-fail poodle mix.|