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How to Help Your Dog Now for Post COVID-19 Life to Prevent Separation Anxiety Issues

Due to the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19 people are quarantined at home. Thankfully, many of us have dogs to...
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Puppy Parenting Frustrations

In the over 25 years I have been training dogs professionally, I have seen a dramatic increase in the percentage of people who contact our dog training school who have a puppy (or better yet, prior to getting their pup) to focus primarily on preventative measures as opposed to...
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Choosing a Name for Your Dog

Dog Names What’s in a name? Turns out, there can be a lot significance to the name you choose for your dog. There was a time when dog names were separate from human names; Rover, Fido, and Rex ruled. Nowadays ‘people’ names lead the pack. Olive, Annabelle, Lucy, and Leo...
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Overcoming a Fear of Dogs

So many of us consider dogs to be one of our best friends we could hope for. They bring endless joy and fun into our lives in so many ways. Moments of exuberant play are balanced with the calm of your dog resting his or her head on your...
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Dog and Cat Obesity: As Seen on The Today Show

American men and women are experiencing an obesity problem and their dogs and cats are, unfortunately, following their lead. According to the AVMA approximately 25% of pets are overweight. This is due to three main problems. Firstly, people tend to be less active, spending more and more time in...
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The Honeymoon Period with a Your New Puppy or Dog

We have all heard the term ‘The Honeymoon Period’ used to describe the first, deliriously happy months of a relationship. Everyone is on their best behavior and feeling giddy and optimistic about the future. Of course, this time of what seems to be limitless joy and no issues usually...
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Puppy Mill Puppies

I had a dog training lesson recently with a family that purchased their 5 month-old Havanese puppy from a pet store in New York City. They have had the pup for a few weeks and during that time have dealt with what seems to be more than their share...
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How to Choose a Puppy

If you are thinking about welcoming a new puppy to your family, consider that this is a commitment for fifteen or more years and therefore deserves careful consideration. Start the process with the ABC’s in mind: Ask for Assistance: Enlist the support of a trainer, veterinarian, or shelter staff...
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Spot the Difference: Front Clip Versus Back Clip Harnesses

Teaching a dog to walk nicely on leash is, in theory anyway, a fairly easy task. It comes down to teaching the dog to enjoy following you and to consider it more rewarding than other endeavors, such as pulling ahead or lagging behind. The hard part of teaching your...
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How to Become a Professional Dog Trainer

I named the voice in my car’s GPS system Martin. I thought it was a suitably proper, British name for a voice that sounds remarkably real for being computer generated. At times, Martin provides me with a bit of amusement, such as when he says “At the roundabout, take...
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