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My dog is “friendly” too, so what?!

“My dog is friendly. My dog is friendly. My dog is friendly.” I hear that EVERY SINGLE DAY. Usually from people whose dogs are off-leash, racing towards mine. I’m happy for them and their dog, but it doesn’t matter....

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What’s the Matter Here?

One of my favorite songs is, “What’s the Matter Here?” by 10,000 Maniacs. The lyrics tell a story of a young boy being abused by his parents. The storyteller laments over what’s taking place in the little boy’s home,...

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a scratch is not just a scratch

a common stress signal in dogs is the “body scratch.” i often see this in puppy sessions when the puppy is trying really hard to figure something out. there’s a misunderstanding that “oh, puppy just has an itch,” but...

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nip the “bewitching hour” in the bud

does your puppy have a bewitching hour? a time when they go a little “psycho,” and turn into a shark toothed, hand biting gremlin (usually caused by being overtired)?   i know the feeling. as a puppy, my now...

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never ask a reactive dog to “sit”

there is a very common piece of advice given to people with reactive dogs that can often be detrimental to the dogs. it’s a piece of advice that i often gave a few years back, but discarded three or...

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raising kids. raising dogs. it’s all the same (well, almost)

*this piece was written in the summer of 2015 when i spent the month of august with my god dog, oliver. this is just one of our amazing experiences together.* i saw something today that reminded me, once again,...

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today’s dog training tip ~ august 11, 2015 ~ the importance of regular head to tail checks

dog’s best friend’s daily training tip ~ be sure to do a head to tail check of your dog at least once a week. you want to look for lumps, bumps, spots, bruises, etc. sometimes critters like ticks, and...

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5 rules of recall (come when called)

  when you begin teaching recall/come when called, always start in a quiet, closed in, safe place, with little to no distractions. if outside, always start on leash. if inside, start in a quiet room of the house (kitchens...

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my puppy has become “aggressive.” why now?

i am often asked the question, by adolescent/young adult dog parents, “why has my dog started to bark, or show outward signs of fear/distress/aggression (growl, lunge, etc.) now, when they seemed so perfect the first 10-12 months of their...

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Teaching the “Auto-Settle exercise,” to create a calm “cafe’ dog”

I love relaxing at cafes with my boy. Enjoying a nice meal, or slowly sipping a hot cup of joe, my pup at my feet. While doing this at my local joints, I am often approached with the statement...

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