SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Many trainers have their own ways of teaching obedience skills; Leah Twitchell takes a holistic approach. 

One of her biggest philosophies is hand feeding your new dog at the beginning; a way of enforcing contact, which overall will help when teaching recall skills. 

She also believes in a dog having its own "place," like a dog mat you can carry with you; a spot the dog should settle into in excitable circumstances. 

For more, listen to Leah's tips in our interview with her.