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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...

Infection vs. Isolation Risks with Your Puppy

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

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...

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Otto Is Showing Age-Related Dementia Symptoms Often Seen in Dogs

My 14-year-old dog Otto is starting to show signs of age-related dementia. While there are all kinds of ways dementia in dogs can manifest,...