Welcome to Confessions of a Dog Mom
Are you a dog mom or dad? Do you dream of running happily off into the sunset with your well-behaved pup? Do you find that the reality of pet parenting is not quite as rose-colored as you imagined?
If you found yourself nodding your head in agreement… If you saw your pup raise her paw… Then you’re in the right place!
At Confessions of a Dog Mom, we hope to improve your life with your furry companions. Our stories are brutally honest about our mistakes, embarrassingly transparent about our mishaps, and endlessly hopeful for the future. We hope this Blog leaves you feeling a little lighter and brighter about where you and your pup are in your lifelong journey together.
Meet the Dog Mom
My name is Dana, and I’m the dog momma and content creator for Confessions of a Dog Mom. My hope is that my stories will inspire you to be the best dog mom or dad you can be. I always wanted to work with animals. So, it was no surprise when I ditched a prestigious university to pursue work with shelter animals. I did eventually complete my B.S. in Organizational Leadership & Management. After years of behavior consulting for rescued animals, I also graduated from internationally recognized dog training academies.
Today, in addition to being a dedicated (i.e. obsessive) dog mom, I’m a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). I’m also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and professional member of various international animal behavior organizations. I’ve worked in homeless street outreach, domestic violence advocacy, and have personal experience with PTSD and trauma survivors.
After fourteen years of working with animals, I have a lot of stories to tell. Sharing them is my way of giving dog pawrents everywhere a much needed hug or pat of encouragement.
Meet my Hope
Hope is my All American Smarty-Pup. She was born around mid 2016, but to this day people frequently mistake her for a puppy. Hope enjoys running play groups and training her momma, in between solving puzzles humans have no idea exist. She is an expert Shredder of Things, master Counter Surfer, and aspiring Bark Alarmist.
Hope found me while I was touring a shelter. It was love at first sight and she’s been running the show, I mean, keeping me on my toes ever since. She is the comedic relief that balances my broody, feel-all-the-feels personality. She’s freakishly clever and hilarious, and will make you laugh so hard you’ll pee your pants!
Meet the Dogs
At Confessions of a Dog Mom, you’ll meet a lot of other dogs, too. Prior to Hope, I’ve fostered and adopted several pups. I’ve also crossed paths with thousands of homeless dogs in shelters.
Each dog I work with teaches me a thing or two about how to dog-mom well. Some of these throwaway pups have completely changed my life. Meeting these amazing doggos through this blog is sure to inspire you.