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Beyond Basic Dog Training

Basic good manners training (sit, down, come, etc.) is vitally important to help your canine family member learn how to survive in a world...

Verbal Cues

It is well known in the dog world that our canine companions are primarily body language communicators, i.e., visual learners. This makes sense; they...

How to Engage Your Dog’s Brain When Activity is Restricted

A few days after Christmas, my husband and I found ourselves facing a challenge: Our Australian Kelpie, Kai, was romping around the yard when suddenly...

Cooperative Care: Giving Your Dog Choice and Control

My wonderful Scottie/Corgi/Poodle-mix, Bonnie, had long, fine, curly fur that tangled easily. She was relatively tolerant of my frequent insistence on combing out the...

Infection vs. Isolation Risks with Your Puppy

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Suddenly, thanks to COVID-19, the whole world is asking the question that’s all too familiar to savvy puppy owners: “How likely is this experience...

Dog House Rules

Once upon a time, societal norms dictated that if pet dogs failed to comply with strict rules for their behavior indoors, they were banished...

Hounds for the Holidays

The holidays can be a happy time for you and your dogs if you are careful to make it so.

“Quarantrain” Your Dog: How to Train Your Dog While Staying Home

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See that dog surfing your counter as you read this? You know, the one who jumps on you during your Zoom calls? That’s your...

Positive Reinforcement Training Without Treats

I use treats when I train. So do my clients. Now that positive reinforcement training has a 25-year-plus track record in the dog world (supported...

Tethered for Success: The Do’s and Don’ts of Dog Tethers

I’ve long been a proponent of the appropriate, judicious use of tethers for dog training and management. This doesn’t mean tying up your dog...

The Stubborn Dog

Are dogs stubborn? Here's what you need to know about training a 'stubborn dog'.

Preparing Your Family For A New Dog

Those of us who love dogs find the prospect of bringing home a new canine family member intoxicating and exhilarating. Well-planned in advance or...

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Food and Friends

My friend Leonora owns my dog Woody’s best friend, tiny Samson. Woody and Samson are the exact same age, and both are “foster fails”...