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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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asking a reactive dog to “sit” is highly overrated

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 or raising dogs ~ it’s not all that different

i saw something today that reminded me, once again, of the similarities between raising children and raising puppies/dogs.   ollie and i were sitting at a cafe’ by the artzuid, the local art walk, and noticed a little girl...

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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 “settle exercise,” to create a calm “restaurant dog”

i love relaxing at cafes with my boys. enjoying a nice meal, or slowly sipping a hot cup of joe, my pups at my feet. while doing this at my local joints, i’m often approached with the statement “your...

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heat stroke and your pets, by guest blogger denise fleck

  Mary adored her Dachshund Daisy and always wanted her by her side.  One 85°F day, while the “girls” were out for a car ride, Mary made a quick stop at the convenience store for a jug of milk. ...

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3 signs doggy daycare may be too much for your pup

doggy daycare can be wonderful for many dogs. if they have the right temperament, the facility is well run, and it is the right match for your dog.   but oftentimes, our dogs are not actually having a great...

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