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12
Aug 2016
Raising Your New Puppy

Congratulations on your newest family member! A new puppy’s addition is an exciting time but also can be a little overwhelming. We’ve put together some helpful information and tips to make these next few weeks of transition as stress-free as possible. Crate Training – a well sized crate will be one of your very best friends when it come to house training your puppy. Be sure to choose a crate that is big enough for your puppy to stand up, lay down and turn around in but not so large that he......

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14
Jul 2016
5 Fun Things To Do With Your Dog

Summer is here! Kids are out of school, families are going on vacations, and maybe you have a little more free time to spend with your dog. You could take them for more walks or throw the ball a few extra times in the yard, but what else is there to do? Tons! Here is a list of 5 fun things to do with your dog. 1. Nose Work Dogs have amazing noses, but sometimes they don’t use them as much as they could. We can help our dogs start using their......

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04
Jul 2016

The Fourth is upon us! We’re going to Clear Lake this evening to celebrate Independence Day with friends – Are you planning to do something fun today? What will your dogs be doing? Our dogs are great around fireworks – they definitely notice that they’re going on, but they couldn’t care less about them. Give Zoey a scratch behind the ear, and in her world the fireworks have long since quieted, and she’s at peace. Toss Havok a ball, and he’ll play fetch for hours with the explosions overhead. Yedi and Duke......

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21
Jun 2016

Summer isn’t coming… it’s here! And with that comes hiking, vacations, road trips and sizzlin’ hot temperatures. Every year, thousands of dogs die alone in hot cars. Every day pet owners do it. Police officers do it, even veterinarians do it. Regardless of who does it, these are 100 percent preventable deaths. Let’s take a look at the numbers: A temperature of 101 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit is typical for dogs, whereas humans’ normal body temperature is just 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit with an average range of about 97 to 99 degrees Fahrenheit.......

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15
Jun 2016
The benefits of e-collar training

There are so many benefits of e-collar training and so many dogs lives have been saved because of it. I think the e-collar is a fantastic training tool especially for off leash training. But I didn’t always think that way. My first introduction to the e-collar was at dog training school. The instructor asked for a student to volunteer their dog so he could demonstrate how to properly fit and use the e-collar in training recall. I volunteered my dog, Zoey, fully trusting that he would do right by her. What I......

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13
Jun 2016

It’s almost summertime and that means a number of fun things – sunshine, warmth and vacation plans! If you’re traveling with your pup this summer, here are some quick tips for making the most of your travel plans. “Can I come with you?” Yedi, 12 weeks old 1. Identification. Make sure your dog is wearing an ID tag with current phone numbers clearly legible on it. This may sound ridiculously simple, but it happens far too often – a lost dog has tags on their collar but none of the phone numbers......

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13
Feb 2016
The importance of eustress in dog training

Sometimes when you’re training a dog, especially a fearful dog, there comes a time when you need to expose the dog to a stressful situation with the goal of helping the dog overcome his fear. Dogs, like people, have fears and mental blocks that result in phobias and insecurities and they need help overcoming that fear just like we do. Endocrinologist Hans Selye coined the term “eustress” to mean beneficial stress – either psychological, physical (e.g. exercise) or biochemical/radiological (hormesis). It comes from the Greek prefix eu- meaning “good” and stress, literally......

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15
Dec 2015

Christmas is just 10 days away! If you’re looking for a great gift for your pup or a friend’s dog, I made a list…and checked it twice! These are 10 of my favorite dog items for under $100 that are specifically geared towards mental stimulation, physical exercise and health. 10. Starmark Treat Dispensing Chew Ball Dog Toy (6.99-12.98) From Chewy.com: “Extremely durable, but soft in your dog’s mouth, the Treat Dispensing Chew Ball is ideal for feeding your dog his meals or retrieving. Starmark Mental Stimulation toys help keep pets mentally engaged......

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10
Dec 2015
Why I choose balanced training

I’m writing this blog post because it’s something I’ve wanted to discuss for a long time. It’s a topic I touch briefly on within the website, and I will openly tell anyone who asks about it. But I’ve never gone into detail on why I chose to use balanced training methods and very few people are privvy to the mistakes that I made early on in training. My goal in writing this post is to be very open and honest about what I do, how I do it and why. I am......

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08
Dec 2015
7 tips for picking the best dog breed for you!

There’s a lot more to dog breeds than looks and size. While every dog has his own personality traits and quirks, you can learn a lot about what to expect from a dog by his breed. Breed influences everything from energy levels to trainability, temperament and lifestyle requirements – in other words, the important stuff that will determine whether a particular dog breed is the right fit for you and your family. There is really no one “best” breed – ultimately, the right breed for you depends on what you’re looking for......

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