Your Dog is a Journey. You Might As Well Love It All!

As I remember life is journey and that everything that happens is suppose to happen.  I shift back and forth from many emotions as we all do….anger, sadness, fear, joy, sexual, and love.  As a person who has been through much…..depression, chronic illnesses, insomnia, excessive tiredness, I am learning that all of this has a purpose.  I remember going through these times and wondering “why me?,” being irritable and just hating it.


Shadow took me on a journey from aggression to friendliness to heaven and I loved it all!  I wouldn't change any of it for the world.

Shadow took me on a journey from aggression to friendliness to heaven and I loved it all! I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.

I have a new light.  I developed a chronic condition of warts and just came down with another sinus infection (my doctor in the past has diagnosed me with chronic sinusitis and I have had sinus surgery).  I had done much to prevent another infection.  I became vegan realizing that dairy was a huge trigger for me.  I also made sure I got plenty of sleep, worked on positive thinking, and always getting plenty of sleep.  I made it through depression, insomnia, etc with flying colors as I learned that everything was in my control….or is it really?

Focusing on my with my efforts, I allowed myself to again develop anger and frustration about my health.  “Why again?  What was I doing wrong?.”   I talked to some people and a person who shed the most light was Annabeth Christie, my life coach with Lifeworks and one of my beautiful friends who is always very loving.  I remembered that everything is not always in our control. Carol Tuttle discusses that there is a higher power, God or a divine being that has our whole life path in his/her hands.  We don’t always know what will happen or why.  What we do know is that everything that happens is suppose to happen.

I went to an amazing doctor in Sugarhouse, Dr. Cameron.  He helped me realize more than I already knew that the multitude of antibiotics that I have been on had weakened my immune system.  With a weak immune system who wouldn’t come down with another sinus infection and even warts?   As I begin to remember to love what is I realize that at this time in my life something that appears to prevent me from accomplishing what I want is actually good.  Due to this condition my body is able to restore its immune system to ultimate health and balance.  As I do this more energy and vitality occurs. Remembering to love this time in my life and not resist it is the most precious gift I can give myself.

I realized I can fight or I can choose to love it.  I can allow my body to communicate what it wants to say to me and say “thank you body.”  Through this I am learning to be more friendly with my emotions.  To listen to my body when I feel a feeling and discover how I can just allow myself to feel the feeling in a healthy manner and shift to ultimate joy and happiness.

As I go through this transition, I remember so many dog owners and people go through this same scenario over and over again.  We get a puppy and the puppy takes longer to be housebroken or cries throughout the night way longer than most other puppies do.  Our dog grows up and he begins to bite people, bark excessively, not come when called, attacks other dogs, etc.

The first thing, I see most clients do is resist.  They resist what is occurring right in front of them.  Sometimes they go through denial.  They wait to call a trainer until years after the behavior started.  As I was in denial about my immune system.  I had numerous blood work done and my white blood cell count was always low.  I heard the reports and subconsciously chose to just ignore this.  Then I realized the truth and I wanted to fix it. I wanted my immune system better now because it shouldn’t be down it should be up and healthy.  This is the same with my clients….they want to fix their dogs.  They want the problems to go away now.  An immediate fix.

The most important step is forgotten…to love what is occurring in this moment.  To realize that everything is perfect.  Sure, it is okay to take action to create a different result.  I can take Vit B supplements, colloidal silver, etc to create an awesome immune system.  My clients can participate in an amazing training program with Four Legged Scholars to create a dog that is more emotionally balanced and happy.  If the loving step is forgotten many emotions of frustration, anger, and resistance are constantly felt.  Instead, welcome these emotions.  Fully feel them and shift into love.  Welcome the present moment and the shifts that are occurring to create a different result.

Happiness is not on the other side.  The grass is green right now.  Look at what is right in front of you right now and love it.  It is much easier than saying when my dog knows this (is quiet at night, sits instead of jumps, is friendly with strangers, etc.) then I will be happy. Be happy right now. Embrace how your dog is right now and embrace the journey and the learning process that is created as a result of wanting to create a different behavior. Make a list of everything that you can appreciate from the current condition your dog is creating.

As I remember to love my body.  I love my warts.  I love my sinus infection.  I love the way my immune system is at this moment…weaker than the average person.  I am not resisting.  Then I shift into what I can do to create a different result and I enjoy the journey as I go to the doctor and learn what supplements and foods I can choose to consume to create a healthy and strong immune system now.

I am much happier than if I wake up in resistance to what is going on with my body.  You will be much happier if you will allow your dog to be what he is right now and enjoy the journey together as you change.  Love it ALL!!

Happy Training!

Johanna Teresi Owner and Professional Dog Trainer of Four Legged Scholars LLC

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Karen Mara
Karen Mara
21:19 21 Jan 24
I recently met with Johanna for help with my rambunctious teenager, Roger. We worked on coming when called, leash walking, and staying calm around other dogs when on leash. After two sessions, Roger made huge improvements, and he continues to improve as we practice on our own. Johanna really understands dogs and is very good at communicating with people. She knows how to make dog training fun. I've worked with other trainers, and Johanna is by far the best.
Wendy Nighswonger
Wendy Nighswonger
18:47 08 Jul 23
I have known Johanna for 13 years. She has helped me with several dogs, but she recently helped me train my new black lab puppy, Raven. I have moved to another state so all of my training with Raven was done online via Zoom. I believe that the one-on-one training I received through Zoom was more personalized and thorough, especially with the way Johanna placed every ounce of training and recommendation on a board through an app that I can refer back when I need. Johanna is very intuitive and knew when stress was on overload for me, therefore tailoring my training for that day around making Raven feel good while simultaneously taking my stress load down. Johanna has years of experience and while her knowledge is a gold mine, it is her gentle patience and love for her clients that make this training so perfect. I would hire her again and again. She is a true canine whisperer. Thank you Four Legged Scholars and thank you Johanna!Wendy N. ~ Oregon
Christina Richards
Christina Richards
18:13 10 Feb 23
Johanna at Four Legged Scholars is great. She tailored my program to fit my needs and was easy to work with. My puppy responded very well to what she taught us together over Zoom. She's patient and understanding. We're still utilizing the things we learned and he's a well-behaved puppy. Thank you!
Karyl Bennion
Karyl Bennion
19:49 05 Feb 23
I adopted Frida as a companion that I could travel, walk and hike with. She loves to hike and walk but pulled on the leash and jumped at distractions. I learned how to be calm and talk in a non threatening way to her. She responds to this much better than yelling at her. The click and treat method that I learned works so well in getting her attention as well as the "target" training. Frida has improved greatly with these methods. I will continue the knowledge I have learned with her. I did the live on-line training and it was very successful. I am so happy we signed up.
Rachel Giddings
Rachel Giddings
02:57 12 Dec 22
My dog was abused in his previous home and has always been afraid of strangers. I wanted to train him and help him to be more confident, but I didn't know how to do that if he was afraid of his trainer.Doing online training with Joanna was perfect for both of us! Joanna helped me learn how to read my dog and understand his triggers. We then worked together on BAT training, which taught him self-soothing behaviors and showed him how to confidently and safely handle difficult situations. I never thought I would have fun doing homework with my dog, but he and I benefited from it tremendously. Working with Joanna via Zoom was perfect for my dog and me.
Shawn McMillen
Shawn McMillen
02:09 24 Oct 22
My 2 year old doodle was struggling with people walking by the house, barking incessantly, tugging on walks, improving recall when off leash and , for me, how to be a better more engaging human for my buddy. The personalized, online sessions exceeded all my expectations. The review of video homework sessions was awesome. We saw improvement in each of the priority areas and I developed real, tangible, lasting skills/tools to be a better pet person. Thanks Johanna!
Courtney Daniels
Courtney Daniels
19:59 12 Sep 22
12 years ago I got a puppy and quickly realized I was in over my head. I wanted to have a good, well trained dog, but I was overwhelmed by methods and my puppies behavior.I joined the four legged scholars puppy training with my little 4 month old puppy Bowie, and saw immediate understanding with the clicker work. It gave us this incredibly ability to communicate and she excelled.We went on to take several courses that established general obedience, helped me turn a STRONG leash puller into a loose leash master (I took that course twice because it was a huge issue for us and I NEEDED help and reassurance from Johanna that I could do it) as well as skill class, that helped solidify a beautiful relationship between us. Learning clicker shaping allowed me to confidently teach complex and unique commands on my own as well, like waving hello and closing kitchen cabinets.My Bowie has climbed to the top of mountains for me staying right by my side never pulling on her leash. I've targeted her off trails to protect her from startling a mama moose and her baby. She's loved on my kids without jumping on them and knocking them over. She's allowed the neighbor girl who has always had a fear of dogs to walk her without pulling at whatever pace she was comfortable with. She shows off with all her fun little tricks Johanna gave me the tools to train my dog into an amazing companion.I feel so lucky to have found your training program and to have the relationship I do with my Bowie girl. These courses have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of families and their pups, thank you for that gift.
Megan Pond-Maxwell
Megan Pond-Maxwell
16:02 18 May 22
I am so grateful to have found Johanna. She was with us every step of the way as we tackled separation anxiety training and reactivity training with Daisy, my Mini Australian Shepherd. As a first time dog owner, I felt at a loss about how to manage my very vocal, scared, stressed, yet loveable dog. She had all of the typical puppy behavior, such as jumping, nipping/biting, leash pulling, as well as barking. On top of that, she was also not able to be alone without feeling terrified, as well as vocally and behaviorally reactive to other dogs, adults, and kids. I felt completely overwhelmed and Johanna created programs that felt manageable and doable. Each training session, I felt understood and empowered working with Johanna. Over the course of our programs, I felt that we accomplished the steps of the training process, strengthened the dog-human relationship, and increased my own awareness of my dog's emotional cues so that I could better work with her. My dog can now be on her own feeling relaxed and playful, her problematic puppy behaviors have significantly improved, she can walk on her leash loosely, listen to commands, and she can better tolerate other adults, dogs, and children as compared to where we first started. Our online experience was very positive. I look forward to continually implementing the tools and skills we have learned along the way to move forward in a positive direction that strengthens our human-animal bond and reduces distressing behaviors and emotional stress and overwhelm. Thank you Four Legged Scholars! I highly, highly recommend working with Johanna.
Emily Harward
Emily Harward
03:36 24 Apr 22
Our rescue dog is sweet and playful with us, but her behavior around other dogs and people could be unpredictable. She would act aggressively around adults (lunging and barking), and would sometimes be aggressive toward other dogs. We chose to do online training with Johanna. I was skeptical that online training would work, but it ended up being very effective. Johanna taught me the skills I needed to train my dog, and provided resources that I could use throughout the week as I worked on the assigned tasks. I was also able to send her videos of me working with my dog, so she could provide feedback and help me improve. Johanna personalized the program and made changes as needed to ensure that I could meet my goals. Since working with Four Legged Scholars, neighbors have commented on how much better behaved my dog is, and I don't have to worry about her lunging and barking at people or other dogs when we are out for a walk anymore. We still have a lot of work to do with our dog, and I feel like doing the personalized online sessions with Johanna has given me the knowledge, and resources to continue training my dog.
Angel Lanoy
Angel Lanoy
15:22 16 Jun 21
We have a large family, including three big dogs. So when our biggest dog Obi, the Rottweiler, started showing aggression we panicked. The vet suggested we put him down after an experience in the office. He then said we could also try training and gave us Johanna's business card. Just a phone call with her made us feel like there was hope. We signed up to do the online sessions with FourLeggedScholars. The process from the first contact to the last was well oiled and very helpful. Obi gets to stay with our family now and we feel like meting with her has given us the guidance and knowledge we need to keep our family, friends and him safe. I was a tad worried about doing the training online, but it really worked out great and we were able to fit such a big task into our busy schedules. I feel like she set us up for success from the very beginning. Thank you.
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  1. Julie (wife of Greg/owner of Sandy the labradoodle)

    Try the Neil Medd Sinus Rinse Kit for your sinus infections…it’s all natural, just salt water, is safe, easy, and extremely effective at preventing sinus infections. We used to have recurring sinus infections in our kids and haven’t had one in two years now. Use it daily at first and then gradually you can just use it when you first start to feel a symptom. It is awesome and it works. Another alternative is a Neti Pot, but the sinus rinse is better.

    • fourleggedscholars

      Hi Julie!

      Thank you for this wonderful information!

      I am feeling great!!

      I am curious about the Neil Medd Sinus Rinse Kit. Where do I get it? Also how is it different than the Neti Pot?

      How is Sandy doing?? I sure loved having Sandy and Gregg in class! I hope you guys come to a Meetup / Community Event. I am having them weekly now starting next week!! YEA! FUN!!

      Take care and happy dog training!


  2. Julie

    You can get them both at Walmart, Walgreens, Target, Shopko, or any store with a pharmacy section, etc. in the medication section near the saline nasal spray or sinus medications. Again, it’s just saline, not a medication and it is effective. When you start to see what comes out you’ll know why it’s so effective. The Neti Pot uses gravity to wash your sinuses, the Sinus Rinse bottle uses more pressure than the Neti-Pot. We have used both with success, but I still think the Neil Medd Sinus Rinse bottle is better. Open the box to make sure the Neti Pot or a Rinse bottle is actually in the box you are buying. Several people I know have accidently bought a whole box full of saline rinse mix packets with no bottle or Neti Pot inside. The box can be tricky because the picture is on the outside so make sure you get both the bottle/pot and packets in the box you buy. And it’s only around $10-$15!! There are other brands out there besides Neil Medd that are less expensive probably. These two videos show you what I’m talking about:



    • fourleggedscholars

      Thanks so much Julie!! The more I know the better!!

      Have fun training!!