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arousal – the one word every dog parent should know

arousal – the one word every dog parent should know!   what is arousal?   to take from this terrific article by adrienne janet farricelli:   arousal is a physiological and psychological state of being awake or reactive to...

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three tips to the safe use of martingale collars

i love martingale collars. for dogs that walk nicely they are easy to use, safe and comfortable. however, just like any other piece of equipment, safety precautions need to be taken when using them. here are my top three...

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what to do if you see a dog left in a hot car

not only is this practice incredibly dangerous, but it’s illegal in california – and many other states. according to the humane society of the united states (hsus), when it’s 72°outside, the temperature inside a car can heat up to...

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dog of the month, august 2014: kingston

i met kingston’s family a few days before he arrived to his new home.  his parents had never had a puppy before and wanted to start off on the right paw. in our first meeting, we talked about how...

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finding your best friend: a choice that will last a lifetime

choosing your best friend is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. how you make this decision will have a great impact on your life, and an even bigger effect on the dog’s. it will determine the...

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5 tips for surviving the tweens

so your puppy just turned 5 months old, and all of a sudden, that sweet, obedient little one, who you have worked so hard to train is acting like he hasn’t learned a thing and even seems like he...

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a tribute to spencer tracy

eleven and a half years ago, our little spencer was spotted in the back of a cage at the carson shelter, frightened, and completely shut down. he wasn’t “showing” well, as he was absolutely terrified and was hiding what...

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the greatest job of all

by cooper montana mandell, guest author   it was a crisp december evening in san diego as i jumped out of my mom’s prius and on to the cold pavement. i was excited to finally be there after a...

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should i calm my frightened dog?

at about midnight last night, locals started setting off illegal fireworks in our neighborhood (ugh, grr, arf). when rusty heard the snap, crackle and pop, he immediately jumped into my arms, terrified. he burrowed himself between me and my...

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biggest dog training, “what?” of the week

i’m working with an amazing, sweet, adorable yellow lab puppy of 16 weeks. she is the typical lab puppy – exuberant, friendly, bouncy. like most lab puppies, she jumps on friends/guests/loved ones, in order to get their attention.  ...

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