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Changing a Resource-Guarder

Resource-guarding – that is, protecting valuable possessions – is a natural, normal canine behavior. Yet at some point we humans developed the arrogant and...

5 Indoor Games to Engage Your Dog’s Brain When You Can’t Go Out

Here are some of our favorite brain activities to help you and your dog survive the coronavirus shutdown.
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How to Prevent Your Dog From Bugging You When You’re Working From Home

A whole lot of dog owners are working from home now, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Lots of dogs are loving it...

Reducing Your Dog’s Stress

Clearly, one of the best ways to help your dog have a better quality of life is to reduce the amount of stress she...

Stressed Out

Stress is not specific to humans – it affects all species, including our dogs, and it takes a toll on every living thing that...

The Biology of Early Learning

Puppies are often described as sponges due to their ability to soak up information, especially during their critical socialization period, which occurs between 3...

Give Your Puppy a Smart Start

When it comes to puppy training, it’s never too early to start. Puppies are more than ready to learn by the time they leave...

Audio Products for Sound Conditioning Your Dog

Dog trainers often recommend smartphone apps and YouTube videos for desensitizing and counter-conditioning dogs who are afraid of specific noises. There are many apps...

Counter-Conditioning and Desensitization (CC&D)

Counter-conditioning and desensitization (CC&D) involves changing your dog’s association with an aversive or arousing stimulus – in this case, another animal – from negative...

Life at Peaceable Paws

As a lifelong animal lover and the owner of a dog-training and horse-boarding facility, I’ve had countless opportunities to practice multi-species introductions – including...

Not-So-Great New Pet Introductions

In a perfect world, the lion really would lie down with the lamb (or the wolf with the rabbit), but our world isn’t perfect,...

Keeping the Peace in a Multi-Species Household

When you think about it, it’s a bit of a miracle that animals who would be predator and prey in many environments are often...

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A Diagnosis for Foster Puppy Coco’s Strange Gait

Since I last wrote about Coco, the little dog with the strange gait (her front feet move normally, but she can only...

We wish you peace and plenty, wherever this week finds you ...

Four alumni of our local shelter. Grateful that all my friends adopt from the Northwest SPCA ...

“He’s big and warm and makes me feel safe.” ...

It’s a little chilly in my office this morning. Good to have a cuddle buddy. ...

New day, new band, new album cover ...

Getting the band back together ...

The Nut Wizard! Thanks to the readers who suggested this! https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/blog/acorns-can-pose-a-danger-to-dogs/ ...

Coco is doing aridealong with my friend’s GWP, Luke. That’s a couple of great faces. ...

Her DNA test results are back... any guesses? Wisdom Panel says 40% American Staffordshire Terrier, 38% Weimaraner, 15% Labrador. I admit I did not expect AmStaff in such a little pinhead. Well, as my brother-in-law said, 100% cute! ...

Top models are born, not made. Apparently. ...

Samson doesn’t enjoy temps below 70. ...

Vet visit for Miss Coco; Woody tagging along as canine security blanket. (OMG, you guys, a vet who will let us come into the clinic! I am so excited!) ...