About Sarah Stremming

Sarah Stremming is a dog trainer, a dog agility and obedience competitor, and a dog behavior consultant.  Her credentials include a bachelors of science degree in psychology from Colorado State University, and more than a decade in the field of dog training and behavior.  Her special interest area is problem solving for performance dogs. She is committed to education and growth in the field of dog training and attends the innovative training conference, Clicker Expo, every year.  She coaches teams online, travels to teach internationally, and is a faculty member at Fenzi Dog Sports AcademyShe feels that her informal education in dog training and dog sports is best explained through her competition dogs. Read their stories below.

MACH Kelso UD (OTCH pointed)


March 7, 2001—May 1, 2015

Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we are all in this together.~Brene Brown

Before I knew how to do anything right my most gracious teacher allowed me to do everything wrong.  Kelso was severely dog-aggressive from a very young age forward, and was on the receiving end of a whole lot of well-intentioned advice that only served to deepen his fears and anxieties about his own kind.  He and I went on to become a solid team; one that achieved more in the sports of Obedience and Agility than anyone (including myself) imagined. More importantly, Kelso taught me what I consider my core values in my work and my life; patience, kindness, and humility.  He is the reason I am committed to science-based dog training that is always considerate of the learner’s experience. When he left this earth he left a hole in my life and my heart, but his legacy lives on in every single dog I am able to help.



November 25, 2008

The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherf*cking sh*t out of it.~Cheryl Strayed

Idgie is a fierce dragon. She gives everything all that she has. She has taken me all over this country competing, meeting people, learning, and teaching. She is the source of any bravery I might have, and the voice that doesn’t whisper, but screams, GET UP. TRY AGAIN. In dog training she has showed me how important it is to connect rather than to control, and to back off and allow the dog to grow into who she is.  In my behavior work she has illuminated the issues of separation anxiety, dog-directed reactivity, and resource guarding. In my competition training she has showed me what’s really possible when strategic positive reinforcement is applied liberally, yet with care. She is a constant challenge, but a constant inspiration. She colors the plans I build for my clients whose dogs are over the top, out of control, or just uncomfortable in their own skin.


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June 3, 2015

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. ~Albus Dumbledore

Felix is relatively new to this world, and to my life. Yet, he feels like he’s been here all along.  He is a ray of sunshine; all joy and eagerness and love.  I have yet to see what his great lessons to me will be. So far I am applying what I have learned to his early education.  He is allowed a lot of freedom, has little formal training, and is appreciated and adored for every perfect hair on his head.

10 thoughts on “About Sarah Stremming

  1. I just found your blog and am immediately adding it to my blog-roll! I have a “monkey-smart,” complicated, Border Collie/Jack Russell mix and your approach is in line with my own (though you are far more experienced!). I look forward to following along.

  2. Thanks to Baddog Agility I have been listening to your podcasts. I have learned so much from difficult dogs- I have found Control Unleashed “games” and strategy to be very helpful and I’m curious as to your opinion.

  3. I enjoyed your interview on Bad Dog Agility. You mentioned in the interview you had a dog with separation anxiety while crated at trials. I am hoping you can blog about how to help a dog that has SA while crated at trials. I have no idea how to help my 2 year old Standard Poodle with this. Thank you!

    1. Hi Diane, I will be talking about my dog Idgie in a later podcast. It is important to discern whether your dog has true SA or crate/confinement anxiety/stress. If you can leave your poodle home alone loose in your home, you might be dealing with the latter and some adjustments could be made to your routine at trials to help. If you can’t leave your dog home alone I recommend contacting this company for help: http://malenademartini.com/

  4. I recently found your podcasts, I enjoyed listening to the first 4, and it caused me to Think about how I might improve some facets of raising my dogs. My cross-over point came 4 dogs ago, and I have been following a relationship model of training my dogs using positive reinforcement, I feed a biologically appropriate kibble food, and have always been against raw. We live on a farm and they have 3/4 acre fenced, and routinely I open the horse pasture to allow them to free run there. Then I listened to the first episode of “Kevin” and ended it with “Crap” Because of course this hit too close to home! I have a young dog who has many of the same stress issues that Kevin did, she is a beautiful example of her breed who has had meltdowns in the breed ring and it caused me to think of how often I might not allow her to choose, How I try to support her in new situations but haven’t allowed her to choose not to be there, and wondering if I should experiment with a fresh food. But I really want a cooked diet.
    Thank-you for a thought provoking podcast!

  5. I am so glad that I was recommended to your podcast by a friend. I am hooked and definitely rethinking my training style.

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