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Top 20 Puppy Names of 2016

What’s in a name? Turns out, there can be a lot significance to the name you choose for your...
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Make a New Year’s Resolution for You and Your Dog

As a professional dog trainer I am quite often asked if there was just one bit of advice I could offer to pet parents, what would it be? My response is usually along the lines of encouraging people to focus on management to set their dogs up for success....
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How to Help Your Dog Develop Impulse Control

On Animal Planet’s Underdog to Wonderdog people were introduced to Brutus, a 1- year-old Labrador Retriever. Brutus was surrendered to a shelter because his family said that once their daughter went off to school they didn’t have the time to care for him. But, once we met Brutus it...
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Humane Education for Children: Amelie Visits a Shelter

Last year as I was working at a local animal shelter I was called down to the front desk to meet someone who had dropped in for a visit. Apparently, they had come to know us from watching Animal Planet’s Underdog to Wonderdog. As I came down the steps...
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How to Remove Mats from Your Dog’s Coat

Mats are those nasty, knot like bits of fur which develop without proper maintenance grooming (i.e. brushing) which can collect dirt and cause pain as they pull at the dog’s skin. Some dogs are more prone to matting than other dogs. But, even responsible pet parents, who groom regularly...
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How to Keep Your Pet Safe During the Holidays

The holidays can be a very happy time of year. But, they can also be very stressful, as much for our pets as for us. To follow are some tips on how to help your pets enjoy a safe, happy and calm holiday season. *Adhere to the Regular Routine:...
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Become a Dog Detective

Most days pass in a fairly ho-hum way for dogs. There is the early morning ritual of waking up and stretching in preparation for a walk to go potty and release some energy. Then, it is usually back home for a tasty breakfast and hopefully another walk as a...
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Is Your Dog a Jumping Bean?

There are so many doggie ‘misdeeds’ that are unintentionally taught by people. Of these, one of the most commonly complained about is jumping up on people to say hello. There is a wide variety of dog jumping styles; the least egregious is the little dog who trots over and...
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Chew On This! Teach Your Dog to Have a Chew Toy Habit

Your dog’s tendency to chew on anything he can sink his teeth into is a pretty normal canine behavior. However, like many normal, natural and necessary dog behaviors, unfocused chewing (i.e. chewing on things you don’t approve of) is not likely to win your dog many household fans. When...
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Dog Park and Play Group Etiquette

Several times a week we offer small dog socials and puppy play groups at different locations in Manhattan. These trainer moderated groups are a wonderful way to allow dogs under 20 pounds (for the small dog socials) and pups under 5 1/2 months old (for the puppy play groups)...
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How to Train a Dog or Cat to Let You Clip Their Nails

My little dog Nora and I were spending the day working at Animal Haven Shelter (OK, I was working and she was romping around interspersed with periods of lounging), when I decided to take a break and spend a bit of time on grooming her. She likes to stick...
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