Dog Blog

Mar
22
Ask any dog trainer about any dog related subject and they're likely to agree on some points while disagreeing on others. That's perfectly normal and healthy in my opinion. The one topic I have yet to find any argument about within the dog training community is the importance of socializing... + read more
Mar
02
Imagine a complete stranger coming up to you and giving you a hug and then asking for directions. Unless you're at a party with many margaritas in your system, this "I love you man" moment won't be well received. But if a stranger comes up to you,asks for directions and... + read more
Dec
27
As we toss the last slice of unclaimed pumpkin pie into the trash and move into a new year full of fresh starts and new potential, I can't help but wonder how many of our typical resolutions can serve dual purposes that include our four-legged friends. According to a USA government survey,... + read more
Dec
06
The holidays bring with them a lot of new temptations for dogs. Should your dog decide to get into trouble with these seasonal and tempting items, the results can range from frustration to a trip to the animal hospital. On the "what dogs should avoid" list, we have chocolate, tree water... + read more
Nov
30
I can recall a handful of books in my life that were so impactful that they not only altered major life decisions but actually changed my views and outlooks to the point of altering my entire life's path. One of those life changing books for me was "The BARF Diet" by Dr. Ian... + read more
Nov
10
"How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?" That classic line by Pink Floyd can send you flashing back to lava lamps and laser light shows but it is not only a great example of classic rock, it is a classic example of what behaviorist call Premack's Principal. It... + read more
Oct
18
As a dog owner, I'm sure you have been in the situation where your dog had to meet another dog he didn't know.  If you haven't yet, you will. Whether you're having a friend and their dog over for a BBQ or you happen to run across a new dog on a hike, there are some... + read more
Oct
12
In a perfect world, you would never call your dog and have him not come! Many of you may dream of the day you can take your dogs out into the world and let them off-leash. While enjoying your dogs' company off-leash is a great notion, it comes at price; that price being your time and... + read more
Sep
17
Many dogs have very strong feelings about car rides.  Some dogs get so excited to be in a car, they can't stand themselves. They may pant excessively with great anticipation (secretly hoping to be driven to the dog park or to a hiking trail),  whine with excitement, jump from the... + read more
Sep
05
I, for one, can relate to that feeling you get when you see a cute little puppy in the window, or  a dog up for adoption at your local shelter. You find yourself envisioning him or her accompanying you on a hike or playing fetch with you in the ocean or simply curling up on your lap. Thoughts... + read more

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