5 Questions with Carolyn Weinbaum: Showing your dog the love

chwilliams@ledger-enquirer.comJune 1, 2014 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI/rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.comCarolyn Weinbaum, who trains dogs through her business, The Developing Canine, sits with Sunshine in the median of the downtown historic district where she lives and works.

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You see more and more dogs in public spaces, especially downtown. What advice do you have for dog owners taking their pets into crowded places?

That's very true and I'm glad downtown Columbus is so dog friendly, but before taking your dog out in public, ask yourself whether your dog enjoys other people or crowds as much as you do.

If being in public makes your dog anxious in any way, show him the love and leave him at home. If your dog does enjoy being in public, the two skills I feel all dogs should know are walking in heel, at the owner side, so they aren't bothering other people or dogs, and to lie down and relax. If your dog does not have these skills, I would recommend not taking them to crowded places until they are better educated. Having said that, if you still decide you would like to take your dog along, keep in mind, not everyone enjoys dogs, so keep the flexi lead at home and opt for a short lead to keep them out of stranger's personal space. If you encounter other dogs while you are out, don't assume the other dog wants to meet your dog.

Many dogs might not be as friendly as your dog, so keep your distance from dogs you don't know. Bringing your dog out in public is a much bigger responsibility than most owners realize. Be sure you take it seriously for the enjoyment and safety of everyone around you, your dog and yourself.

What is the most trainable breed of dog?

There are so many great breeds of dogs, but in my experience, I have found the most trainable dog is the one with an owner who takes on the role of the leader in the dog's life, so the dog can be more relaxed without the burden of that job.

The least trainable?

The opposite of the above.

You have lived in the Historic District for some time. How has it changed over the years?

After visiting the Netherlands, on many occasions, I knew I wanted to live in a walkable neighborhood. When I came to visit my sister, Jacqueline, who moved to the district in 2005, we walked from her house to eat downtown then went to The Loft to hear a band. Before I knew it I was packing up my home in Memphis and had a house a block and a half away from my sister.

As for how "has the district changed over the years, I can't really say, as far as I'm concerned, it's always been one of the best places to live. I don't think the change is in the district, rather, the district has been the change in me. Being able to walk downtown to enjoy great food and music, hop on a bike and ride the Chattahoochee RiverWalk, jump in a kayak and enjoy the river with my dog Sunshine, or just walk to a friend's house for a cup of coffee or drinks and a chat. The district is the closest group of neighbors I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

Since my training studio is around the corner from my home, the district is also the backdrop to my lessons. Every dog and owner I work with get the full tour of our wonderful neighborhood and I never tire of hearing what a beautiful place we live in.

What is the best kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley?

The Historic District!

Vital stats

Name: Carolyn Weinbaum

Age: 51

Job: Owner of the dog training company "The Developing Canine," which specializes in giving owners off leash reliability with their dogs.

Hometown: Miami

Current home: Columbus

Family: Husband, Adam; stepson, Ben; sister, Jacqueline; and of course, our family pets, Sunshine, Clover, Tiny and Squeaky.

Favorite book: Coming from a family with a long history with Eastern Airlines, I have to say my favorite book is "Hard Landing: The Epic Contest for Power and Profits That Plunged the Airlines into Chaos" by Thomas Petzinger. And on a lighter note my other favorite is Richard Bach's "A Gift of Wings."

Favorite movie: "Harold and Maude, of course.

Favorite restaurant: Taqueria Carona on Magazine Street in New Orleans and Below the Loft Uptown Columbus.

Favorite quote: It's on my business card, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged in the way its animals are treated" Mahatma Gandhi

Best concert attended: Live music is my passion so there are many to choose from, but my favorites would be, in no particular order- Mark Knopfler at Chastain, Tom Petty anywhere and every time, Pink Floyd at UNO Lakefront Arena, Coldplay in North Carolina and Jackson Browne at UNO Lakefront arena, and of course, when we were able to walk to see him at our very own RiverCenter. I'd also add to that list-anytime I have listened to live music at The Loft, especially the night we experienced The Ragbirds!

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