Common Problems, Solid Solutions Collection

This collection features solid solutions to three common client problems—drama when there is someone at the door, nuisance barking, and being pulled down the street on leash. Featuring three recorded live-stage presentations from Emma Parsons, Irith Bloom, and Laura Monaco Torelli, this collection delivers a lifetime of value for the trainer or the pet owner looking for the effective force-free solutions that top trainers use with their clients.

The collection includes:

  • Drama at the Door!, with Emma Parson
    Dogs love to run to the door to greet visitors! Some want to launch themselves at the newcomer with an abundance of joy, while others recoil and go into full attack mode. Other dogs might be in conflict: they come forward in order to investigate, but if the person moves or speaks, they back up and burst into a frenzy of barking. Regardless of the reaction you are used to, in this Session you will learn several ways to teach dogs how to greet and relax when new people come to visit. You will also learn how to build an “Emergency” cue and how to teach the dog to go to a certain location when the doorbell rings. Preview this video.
  • Quiet Please! Dealing with Excessive Barking, with Irith Bloom
    If you live with or near dogs, you’ve probably dealt with barking—and there have been times when you’ve probably wished you could just snap your fingers and make the barking go away. Unfortunately, popular quick-fix solutions rarely work beyond the moment they are used (not to mention, those solutions can create all kinds of fallout). Before you can come up with a plan for reducing barking, you must figure out why it’s happening. In this Session, Irith will discuss several different categories of barking, including alert barking, demand barking, boredom barking, and anxious barking (including aggressive, fearful, and reactive barking). She will also detail a variety of humane, pet-friendly training techniques that can be used to address excessive barking. Attendees will learn how to determine which type of barking is going on, and how to deal with it. If you want to know more about barking, or just want to hear less of it, this Session is for you! Preview this video.
  • Not a Drag: Teaching & Learning Loose-Leash Walking, with Laura Monaco Torelli
    Mastering loose-leash walking skills is like cooking a good meal. You need the right ingredients, supplies, and an understanding of how to put everything together fluently and set up for success.

    Whether you are the person teaching this skill, or the one handling the puppy or dog, you will learn to move forward as a team by providing immediate success points that make walking enjoyable for all involved! Preview this video.

Emma Parsons | Irith Bloom | Laura Monaco Torelli

Emma Parsons

Emma Parsons has been training dogs for 20+ years and specializes in managing and rehabilitating the reactive and aggressive dog. Emma is a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) as well as a ClickerExpo. She gives Click to Calm seminars around the world, teaching others how to manage and rehabilitate reactive and aggressive dogs. Emma is the author of Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog and Teaching the Reactive Dog Class, as well as some best-selling DVDs. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

Irith Bloom

Irith Bloom has been training animals since the 1980s. A biologist by training, Irith continues to be fascinated by the science of learning, and loves taking part in conferences and seminars. She has presented at a variety of conferences, including ClickerExpo and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Annual Conference, and has given webinars for the APDT and the Society for Veterinary Behavior Consultants. She has also written numerous articles for, and has been published in The APDT Chronicle of the Dog and Everydog. Irith is a member of the Steering Committee of the Los Angeles County 2020 Healthy Pets Healthy Families Coalition, a One Health Initiative focused on improving the health and well-being of pets and their people. She also volunteers with National English Shepherd Rescue. Irith is the owner of The Sophisticated Dog, a pet training company based in Los Angeles, California, that specializes in private training and behavior consulting. 

Laura Monaco Torelli

Laura Monaco Torelli is the founder of Animal Behavior Training Concepts in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career in 1991 at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where she trained beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, river otters, and penguins. After nearly a decade at the Shedd, she moved on to the San Diego Zoo and then Brookfield Zoo as a lead supervisory trainer working with a wide variety of terrestrial animals. Laura serves as a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy (KPA), and as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Susan G. Friedman’s Living & Learning with Animals online course. She has presented at many professional conferences, including those held by the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association, the Animal Behavior Management Alliance, the International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association, the Society for Veterinary Behavior Technicians, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Midwest Veterinary Conference, TAGteach International, the Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior, and ClickerExpo. She has appeared on a variety of broadcast media in the Chicago area.