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The Strongest Reinforcements

Ask a dog trainer to tell you one of their biggest pet peeves about their training clients, and they will almost always mention the...

What You Should Do (and Not Do) If You Find a Lost Dog

If you are a dog lover and you spend any amount of time on Facebook or any of those community website/discussion groups such as...

Mind Your Cues

Hang around with enough dog owners, and inevitably you will hear someone say to their distracted or recalcitrant dog, “Sit! Sit! Sit!...

Can You Put a Price Tag on Your Dog’s Life?

Readers, dog owners, can I ask you a question? Or, actually, a few related questions: If you had to put...

Zeal of the convert: Canine seat belts

Just over a week ago, I was in one of those car accidents that remind you to slow down and not take life...

What Is Socially Conscious Sheltering?

In the February issue, which will be in mailboxes and online soon, we have an article about a new model for communities looking...

Feeding Time: On the Dot, or Not?

I have long advised friends and family members to keep their dogs’ mealtimes vague, in order to prevent “clock-watching” and demand behaviors from dogs...

Winter Worries

My “very mixed-breed” dog, Otto, turned 12 years old at some point in the past couple of months. For a big dog (currently...

An Ice-Prevention Product That Is Safe for Pets?

I’ll never forget my first wintertime visit to the northeastern U.S. As a native of northern California, the coldest place I had visited previously...

Finding the Perfect Dogs for Friends

My young adult son lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his girlfriend, a couple of roommates, and his all-black Black and...

Don’t Pull Your Puppy With His Leash!

I was just driving down the street and my eye, as always, was drawn to a dog – a Golden Retriever puppy,...

Happy Thanksgiving

I’m writing this, as usual, in the frenzied build-up to Thanksgiving. Only this year, I’m not hosting a pack of friends and relatives and...

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It’s Tick Season!

One minute, my husband and I were having a perfectly ordinary conversation in the kitchen. In the next moment, I was ripping off...