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All Treats are Not Created Equal

Part of our care for dogs is shown by giving dogs treats as reward, to show love, and just because. With so many treats in the market, how do you choose what type of treat you want to give your dog? Well, there are basically 3 types of food-based dog treats on the market: baked, […]

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GUEST BLOG: 7 Essential Tips for Winter Dog Grooming and General Care

This is a guest blog post from Samantha Randall at Top Dog Tips. For dog groomers who want to try Dr. Dalton’s Premium Treats, use the promo code “WINTERGROOMING” for 10% off your first purchase for the rest of Winter 2018! Your dog’s coat can get damaged during winter due to rain, snow, ice, rock […]

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Building Community with Our Dogs

I, like so many other people, have lived through a catastrophic weather event in the last year. In southern California, our event was the largest fire in California history followed several weeks later by a massive mudslide that affected our community so deeply. Volunteers in our community have created “The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade” that […]

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Off-Leash Walking

Of Off-leash walking can be fun and rewarding for both you and your dog. Off-leash walking is simply an extension of on-leash walking and it is important that you tackle the on-leash walking skills before you begin unleashing your dog. First and foremost, it is your responsibility to choose off-leash locations that are safe and […]

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Forming Better Leash Walking Skills

If you have been following along with this blog, you have practiced walking around and having your dog follow you. If you have not practiced these steps, go back and read my last blog “Introduction to Leash Walking” and implement those steps first. The purpose of the first exercise, “follow me” is meant to convince […]

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Introduction to Leash Walking

Proper leash walking is something that most dogs and their people need to learn, it often does not come naturally. Let’s begin by thinking about what a walk is. From the person’s point of view a walk usually means exercise (i.e., you want to keep moving forward at a reasonable pace), it is often squeezed […]

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House Breaking Your New Puppy

(This works the same way with older dogs that may be new to you.) This is a follow-up piece to my last blog on crate training. In this piece, I will assume that you have now crate trained your puppy but if not, the following advice still applies. New puppies, like babies, just go when […]

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Crate Training

One of the hardest things to do when caring for a new puppy is monitoring your puppy’s behavior 24/7. Exploration is crucial to learning and emotional development for puppies and should be enthusiastically supported, but you need to keep a few things in mind to keep your puppy (and your belongings) safe. Puppies generally explore […]

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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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