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A Simple Walk: Training a Puppy

There've been days this long, long winter — days when the sun hadn't been out in weeks, the wind was shrieking and the mercury read 35 but the wind chill was a bit less — that I wondered what in the world I was doing out walking my puppy all ...

Car Woes: A Tale of Botched Socialization

Poor shivering, quivering Huckleberry. Not because it's cold out; she couldn't care less about that. This is fear. Huckleberry is about to experience something that makes most dogs jump for joy, and she's beside herself with fright: She's ...

Cooperative Towel Drying Your Dog – Part 1

Meet Cali, the Jack Russell Terrier. Cali is a client's dog, who came to us for training after she bit three different people in less then a month. She was approximately 18 months when she started training with us. We were her "last hope" to ...

From Bait Dog to Happy Pet

By Catherine Clark He is tall, dark and handsome. His name is Jacob. And he is a five-and-a-half year-old black Labrador retriever. Jacob was my fourth foster through

Train Your Dog Early and Often!

If you got a puppy around the holidays, now is the perfect time to start training classes. The prime time for socializing is before 16 weeks of age.  By 12 weeks, your pup has received most or all of his vaccinations. He is generally physically ...

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