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New Puppies

Getting a new puppy is certainly an exciting time. And while puppies and cute and lovable, they can also be a real handful. My next few blogs will cover things you need to do to make this transition a healthy and happy for both you and your puppy. This blog will talk about Puppy proofing […]

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Keeping Your Dog Hydrated this Summer

Water is a fundamental element in keeping your dog healthy throughout the summer. However, it only works if it is available. I keep a gallon of clean water in my car all the time. I have a bowl that is designed not to splash or spill in the dog area of my car and I […]

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The Difference Between Training Tools and Performance Crutches

I attended a pet expo a while ago and across from my Dr. Dalton’s Premium Treats booth was a booth for a dog training school. I have to say that the dogs they brought with them appeared to be very well trained and eager to perform. They would weave between the trainer’s legs, jump onto […]

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Treats Over Chocolates

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and we Americans enjoy taking this time to share our love with those in our families. A huge number of us consider our dogs as family members too. While chocolate and flowers are some of the most popular ways to express love, we need to be aware that […]

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Bonding with Your New Dog

Dogs of all ages move into new homes all the time. Whether we adopt a young puppy, a dog that is a few years old, or a senior citizen, the bonding that takes place between you and your new dog is extremely important. Bonding with puppies frequently occurs relatively quickly and without much apparent effort […]

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Shy Dogs

There are many stressors in the world — both in and outside the home — that can affect dogs, particularly those with shy personalities. One of the biggest stressors for shy dogs are dog lovers Let me explain. Dog lovers, as the name implies, love dogs. They love to pet them, play with them, talk […]

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The Importance of Basic Obedience

Basic obedience is extremely important for any dog, large or small, that we expect to live harmoniously with humans. All dogs come with basic dog behavior such as barking, peeing or pooping in the house, chewing on furniture and other valuable objects and tugging on the leash. Teaching your dog basic obedience helps them understand […]

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The Power of Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is about more than simply giving your dog a treat when they perform a behavior correctly. Positive reinforcement encompasses how you think about and interact with your dog on a daily basis. The word yes is positive. Your voice rises in tone when you use it putting a smile in your voice. The […]

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What’s In A Name?

Dogs have names just like people. We give our dogs’ their names to distinguish them from other dogs and often to suggest personality traits we see in our dogs. To a dog, however, a name is a command. It means “Hey you look at me and pay attention.” If we want our dog to move […]

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The Problem with No

People are smart. We develop extremely complex languages and then use these languages in exceedingly intricate ways. Dogs, on the other hand are not this smart. Although dogs can understand very simple language, best delivered in one or two word phrases such as “sit” and “down,” they don’t understand any of the complexity of language. […]

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