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Keeping Thanksgiving Fun and Safe for Your Dog

Thanksgiving can be such a special day, full of family, friends, and if you're like me, the family dog. It is a day to show gratitude for everything you have. For many, it's a time for large family gatherings, football, excitement, and loads of ...

Taming the Dreaded Oreckosaurus Rex

Some dogs run and hide at first sight of the vacuum cleaner or unleash a barrage of barking, lunging and biting at the dreadful thing. Others quickly identify the vacuum cleaner’s lair and the fear response begins as soon as the person reaches ...

Observational Skills For Empathy

As Jane Goodall pointed out in an article this week, story-telling is sometimes the best way to share ideas and information.   So, I thought I’d share an experience I had with a brilliant trainer utilising her empathic observation on me a few ...

Seven Stages to a Bite

It’s sometimes good to remind ourselves of what our dogs are. Dogs are relatives of the modern day wolf, both having evolved from a common ancestor. Is it not fascinating that when we chose to domesticate an animal, we chose a predator and ...

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