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Polite Leash Walking

The super-fun walks described in our “Walk This Way” article in last month’s issue aren’t always possible; there are times when dogs do need...

4 Dog Walk Approaches to Add Enjoyment

I recently saw a cartoon of a person walking with her dog by her side in perfect heel position – and clearly not enjoying the...
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Using Food For Positive Reinforcement Dog Training

Take a moment to ponder a miracle: We can reach across the great species divide and convince a dog to do something utterly unnatural...

How To Properly Pick Up Your Dog

Imagine living in a world where you are surrounded and controlled by creatures who are 10, 20, even 30 times your size. Now imagine...

Sleeping With Your New Puppy

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this confession from an adopter of one of my foster puppies: “I know it’s wrong,...

5 Tips for Introducing a New Puppy to your Dog

"Sheesh, I thought my dog would love having a new friend, but he is being so mean to the new little puppy!”I hear this...

Reactive Dog Behavior

Reactivity is a commonly used term in the dog behavior and training world, but it’s frowned upon by some in our profession because it’s...

How To Use A Dog Car Harness

Want pup to accept that new car restraint equipment? Build in some training time.
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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...

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The Veterinarian and Vet Tech Shortage Is Getting Really Scary

Back in July, I wrote a piece for this space about the increasing frequency of reports I was seeing about emergency veterinary clinics suspending...