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Helping Your Dog Cope With Fireworks

Helping Your Dog Cope With Fireworks

Fireworks can be a lot of fun for us but many dogs are terrified of them. Here are some tips to help your dog get through the 4th of July fireworks. Create a safe place for your dog to go when they’re feeling stressed. Dogs like areas that feel like a den. Create a...

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Wait for it…

Wait for it…

One of the best things you can do to help your dog (especially the young ones) is to teach impulse control. A good way to do this is through games because, let’s face it, games are fun, waiting not so much. Here is a simple game you can do with your dog to help them...

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Teaching the “Trade” Cue

Teaching the “Trade” Cue

We’ve all been there, especially during puppy training. Your beloved pooch has suddenly gotten hold of something you don’t want them to have and which they don’t want to give up. Sometimes, you try to get the object by chasing them down which ends up being a fun game...

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Stress-free Paw-liday tips

Stress-free Paw-liday tips

We can get so busy and stressed during the holidays that we often don’t realize that our dogs can get stressed too. If you're looking for suggestions on how to help your dog cope with the holiday season, we've got you covered. Everyone loves a peaceful holiday,...

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Thanksgiving Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog

While I understand Grady’s desire for a “Holiday Feast for Dogs,” I think it is important to note there are some Thanksgiving foods that are potentially dangerous for dogs to consume.  Here’s a list of ten foods to avoid.  Turkey skin and undercooked meat Stuffing and...

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Humble Pie

Once, when one of my dogs behaved in such a manner that I didn’t recognize him (of course it was in front of a group of people), my teacher commented, “Dogs have a sense of humor.”  I wasn’t sure if that explained my dog’s unexpected behavior or if he decided I needed...

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NDTC Agility Trial – Standard run

NDTC Agility Trial – Standard run

I’m just not gonna think about it. Whatever Grady does on the course, I’ll remain positive but firm in my expectations. For the next minute, we both have our jobs to do so I’ll focus on mine and trust he will do his. The important thing is that Grady and I are here to...

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How To Get Your Toy Back

How To Get Your Toy Back

Not giving it up!  No way, no how! So you have a dog that you’d love to play fetch with but they refuse to bring the ball or frisbee back to you.  Or, you are training them and as a reward, you toss your dog a toy only to find that they proceed to fly by you with the...

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