Recognizing and Reducing Your Dog’s Holiday Stress

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Recognizing and Reducing Your Dog’s Holiday Stress The holidays are often filled with lots of fun and excitement, but they can also be very hectic and chaotic, causing both humans and dogs to feel stressed.  Although anxious, fearful and reactive dogs often have the most difficult time, a well adjusted and confident dog can experience stress too. It’s important that we are … Read More

February Is National Pet Dental Month

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February Is National Pet Dental Month February is national pet dental month so we thought we would list a few reasons why dental care for your dog is so important: 1. Healthy teeth and gums equals a dog with better breath! 2. Dental disease can cause health problems and affect organs such as the heart. 3. Baby teeth that don’t … Read More

The Importance of Physical and Mental Stimulation

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Importance of Physical and Mental Stimulation Lack of mental stimulation and physical exercise is crucial to your dog’s emotional and physical health.  Sadly, many dogs are forced to live a very sedentary/couch potato life as their owners are at work all day and/or busy with their own activities.  Dogs that don’t get enough physical and mental activity can suffer from … Read More

Easter Safety Tips

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Easter Safety Tips Believe it or not, Easter is this month! Here are a few safety tips to keep your dog happy, healthy, and safe this Easter. Keep Your Easter Baskets Off the Floor and Out of Reach: Chocolate can be toxic to dogs and sugar can cause digestive issues, so please keep candy in a secure location. Skip the … Read More

Training Tip of the Month: 5 Minutes, That’s All it Takes

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Training Tip of the Month 5 Minutes, That’s All it Takes When I check in with clients to see how their training is going, I often hear, “I was too busy this week to do any training.” Training doesn’t need to take-up a large portion of your day. In fact, sessions should be very short and can take place in … Read More

“No!” What Does it Really Mean to Your Dog?

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“No!” What Does it Really Mean to Your Dog? Begging, jumping, getting into the trash, barking, and pulling on the leash are just a few of the behaviors we might try to correct with a “No!”. What does “No” really mean to your dog and is there a better way to communicate and deal with unwanted behaviors? To a dog, … Read More

Get Moving With Your Dog! Help Prevent Dog Obesity.

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2016 New Year’s Resolution:  Get Moving with Your Dog! We often make New Year’s resolutions for ourselves, but how about making one for your dog too?  According to the 2013 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey conducted by the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, 52.5 percent of dogs are overweight or obese. Obesity in dogs is caused by one or more … Read More

Front Door Dilemma – Does Your Dog Jump?

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During the holidays we often get more guests than other times of the year, which can cause a dilemma of what to do with our dogs, especially at the front door. While some of us have dogs that politely greet guests, others of us have overly excited or fearful dogs that can make having people over stressful. My dog Eli … Read More

Link Between Dog Bacteria and Human Health

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Link Between Dog Bacteria and Human Health Dog kisses – some people like them while others are totally grossed out by even the thought of touching lips with their furry family members. It turns out there may actually be health benefits to doggie smooches. Researchers from University of Arizona (Human-Animal Interaction Research Initiative or HAIRI) and UC San Diego (Professor … Read More