Susie Homire talks with dogs

Dog whisperer will be at the Animal Artists Family Festival

Dog whisperer will be at the Animal Artists Family Festival

July 23, 2009|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

Dog whisperer Susie Homire said dogs understand within the first 15 minutes of training.

"The rest of the time is for the owners," Homire said.

On Sunday, Homire, 51, of Poolesville, Md., will be at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts for the Animal Artists Family Festival. The event is pegged to the museum's "Animals in Art" exhibition on view through Sunday, Aug. 30, said Museum Educator Amy L. Hunt.

Other activities include artists demonstrations and workshops.

Hunt said attendees can't bring their dogs to the museum for Homire's workshop. But for $15, or $10 for museum members, attendees can learn about what Homire refers to as the four essentials to a stable dog: leadership, walks, rules and nutrition.

This is different from obedience training, which is about fixing a dog's behavior.

"We get the dogs that get kicked out of obedience training," Homire said.

Homire said dog whispering is more about dog psychology - and sometimes changing the way the human owners think.


Homire has spent 26 years working with animals as a veterinarian and has been an obedience trainer, but she's spent the past two years talking "dog" as a dog whisperer.

Yes, talking "dog," which has more to do with exerting a calming energy and understanding dog logic - reminding the dog who runs things - than actual dogspeak.

The problem is the staying calm part. It's psychology for humans, too.

"No annoyance allowed - that's why it's so hard. Because we as humans have this loud barking dog, and then the kids might be yelling," Homire said. "It's mind training.

If you go ...

WHAT: Animal Artists Family Festival.

WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 26; 3 p.m. "Becoming The Leader of Your Pack," lecture by dog whisperer Susie Homire

WHERE: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 91 Key St., City Park, Hagerstown

MORE: Pets are not permitted on museum property.

CONTACT: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts at 301-739-5727, e-mail i or go to

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