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The Struggle Is Real: Puppies Abound

Here’s an actual email exchange I just had with a young man who went to high school with my son: Hi Nancy, First off, sorry for...
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Dog Songs and Singing to Your Dog

How many of you sing to your dogs when you’re alone together? I sure do. I sing to my dogs when we’re in the...
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Contain (and train) your dogs

The rural/suburban interface contains no end of potential conflicts for the humans who choose to live there and the animals they own, and perhaps...
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Overcrowded animal shelters and overworked shelter workers: What can be done?

The difficulty in obtaining routine veterinary care may have contributed to the surge in pet overpopulation – but since that’s a long-term problem in...
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What would make you sign up for a dog-training class?

I’ve paid to take group dog-training classes a number of times – even though I know how to and am even pretty good at...
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Rainy Day Activities for Your Dog

You will not catch me, a native of drought-ridden northern California, complaining about how many days of rain, we have had, no ma’am, nor...
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How to Care For Your Dogs When You’re Not Well

All the world’s viruses seem to be having their way with us at the moment. I don’t think I know anybody who isn’t sick...
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Buy This Book!

Doggie Language: A Dog Lover’s Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about canine behavior, whether they are 8 years old or 80.
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Dog Nail Trimming Thoughts

No one likes trimming their dogs’ nails. But it has to be done. Owning multiple dogs makes it worse! But when I notice everyone...
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Boone Has Lost His Off-Leash Privileges

I walk with my dogs in a number of locations in my local “wildlife area,” which consists of thousands of acres of land surrounding...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful that my dogs are all still present and that we’re all healthy enough to enjoy our traditional Thanksgiving day hike...
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A Dog Owner’s Risks and Responsibilities

I do things with my dogs practically every day that would make other dog owners frown with disapproval – and my friends and neighbors...

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Canine Obesity: It’s a Big Problem

Most of the dogs in the U.S. are overweight, their owners don’t know it, and their veterinarians don’t feel comfortable talking to their clients about it.