|Norman does lots of TV gigs|
Karen is a native New Yorker, she was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Later she moved to Florida and Graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Video/Film production and graphic design. She worked briefly at an ABC affiliate doing graphics for live news.
|Mom and "son"|
Knowing how difficult it can be to train a Shiba Inu, I asked Karen about her secret to successful dog training. She told me "I use positive motivational training methods. The key is to make it fun for the dog. If they are having fun they will want to learn and will try their very best. Another important part of training is to break every behavior down to the smallest parts possible and teach each little part separately before you try to put it all together." Awesome advice and a great approach to training, I thought. No wonder why I like Karen so much, she is a genius, and practical too.
|Me and Norman New Years Eve|
So how did Karen switch from working with Shiba Inus?
After training a client's dog named ‘Norman’ in 1997, Karen fell in love with the breed. Carefully researching breed traits for many years, she finally got her own "Norman". When Karen found Norman, she decided it would fun to teach some unique tricks, that she had not seen done before. Norman learned to wipe his feet when entering the house, wipe his beard after a drink and of course, he learned to ride his scooter.
The Cobb family which also includes animal lover Kaylee, 9 and hot rod loving Bryson 6, just finished an 8 month tour around the USA and Canada, where Norman performed his scootering skills to the delight of millions of fans.
|Me with Karen & Norman!|
I met up with Karen and Norman in San Diego, California recently for an appearance on the local Fox News morning show. Everyone in the newsroom, from the crew to the anchors watched in total amazement as Norman hopped on his scooter and did his thing. Karen beamed proudly as she watched her ‘son’ perform for the TV cameras. She has plenty to be proud of—not only is Norman a super cool dog, he is a member of her family too. Be sure to tune into Who Let the Dogs Out every Saturday morning on Animal Planet to see Karen and Norman. They sure are a lot of fun.