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Patty Ruzzo
2/2/1950-5/4/2006

Patty Ruzzo was a competition obedience winner using traditional training methods in the 1980s-early 90s, when she decided to (as she put it) "take the leash off of my dog and see just how good a trainer I really was". Not having any familiarity with behavioral science, or operant conditioning, she called her new approach: Training with Love (and “cookies"). Her motto was,
"Got a problem? Put a cookie on it". Her idea of ignoring a mistake, and simply continuing to help the dog and reward the correct behavior was revolutionary at that time and it totally came from her HEART. In 1994 when she saw a video presentation by Ted Turner, she wrote to me that she "felt as if she had been launched into the future of dog training". And indeed she had been. She now had the scientific basis for why what she was doing was working (and why some of it wasn't working). She never liked things too scientific, and she was resistant to using scientific terms. She didn't use a clicker. Patty
was a great, funny, engaging speaker, and put on seminars around the country. She was always smiling, always positive with people and with her human students and seminar attendees as well as with the dogs. She was big believer and proponent of positive MENTAL preparedness for competition which was the basis of her Positively Ringwise CD. (Ted was always a little appalled
at Patty's technique of carrying the treats in her mouth and spitting them at the dogs. But her aim was remarkable, and she thought he was REALLY just jealous that he couldn't spit fish at the whales.) In 1996 we broadcast a 2 day satellite seminar with Patty, Ted and Leslie Nelson, called the “Power of Positive Training”. The video tapes that came from that broadcast were a foundation for many of today’s "positive" trainers. Patty’s part in that video and the sequel videos recorded the following year at the “Proof Positive” seminar are the 2 DVDs in this collection. I cannot picture Patty without a smile on her face. She was simply a
pleasure to be with, and to know. My favorite comment in the tributes on Patty’s online obituary is Suzanne Clothier's: "In the darkness of your grief, may you hear a quiet thumping in every direction. It is the sound of tails wagging around the world, a sort of dog applause for a great spirit who gave so much." Bonnie Peregoy, Producer Healthy Dog LLC All of the obituary tributes to Patty Ruzzo can be accessed at: Patty's Obituary