• Encountering an Off-Leash Dog: A Guide by Rising Starr K9

    Encountering an Off-Leash Dog: A Guide by Rising Starr K9 As a professional dog trainer and owner of Rising Starr K9, I've encountered numerous situations where off-leash dogs pose a challenge. Using the methodology of renowned trainer Larry Krohn, here's a comprehensive guide on how to handle such encounters effectively. Stay Calm and Assertive First and foremost, it's crucial to stay calm and assertive. Your dog will look to you for cues, so maintaining composure helps manage the situation. As…

  • Unleashing February Joy: Training and Exploring with Your Dog in the Driftless Area

    Unleashing February Joy: Training and Exploring with Your Dog in the Driftless Area Welcome, fellow dog enthusiasts! I’m Rick Pedersen from Rising Star K9, and I’m thrilled to guide you through a February filled with enriching activities for you and your canine companion in the Driftless Area. Training: Beyond Obedience In the new year, we embrace training as a holistic approach to building a meaningful connection with our dogs. It’s not just about obedience; it’s about fostering a bond that enh…

  • Driftless Paws and Tales: A Rising Starr K9 series

    Welcome to "Driftless Paws and Tales: A Rising Star K9 Series"! I'm Rick Pedersen, your host and guide through the vibrant and untouched wonders of the Driftless Area. Born and raised in La Crosse, Wisconsin, also known as God's country, I've been surrounded by landscapes of unparalleled, pristine beauty. My Journey with Dogs Dogs have been my loyal companions and the heart of my adult life. They've guided me through the hidden treasures of this region, bringing the kind of joy and exuberance th…

  • New Pup - The Homecoming

    Dogs have been a vital part of my entire adult life, bringing me some of the happiest days. They also carry some of the saddest. In between all, there were a lot of challenges and paths we walked together, learning many of life’s lessons. Each dog has a different personality than the one that preceded, and no book or person can predict the situations that will arise during your life with this chosen animal. Evolution has changed what began as wild things and later companions kept outside always …