Be Present, Not Pulled

One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is that they cannot get their dogs to stop pulling on the leash. They cope by limiting their walks with their dogs to first thing in the morning or late in the evening (hoping to minimize the distractions they’ll run into); turning to harmful devices like pinch…

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Obedience and the Case for Positive Training

Because you are her primary custodian, your practical relationship with your dog is just as important as your spiritual one. You need to co-exist just as much as you need to connect. A popular relationship-building ritual among dog parents is the decision to attend obedience training classes. Going through the process together can provide not only a wonderful bonding experience,…

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Much More than a “Pet”

I never used to care much for the word “pet,” at least not in its common definition as a noun for classifying animals. According to Merriam-Webster: pet noun \ˈpet\ 1 a: a pampered and usually spoiled child 1 b: a person who is treated with unusual kindness or consideration : darling 2: a domesticated animal kept…

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Always a “Good” Girl

Whenever I take a bath (which has been quite often lately), Puff invites herself in and curls up next to the tub in whatever pile of clothes or towels she finds on the floor. She loves to be near me when I’m at my calmest, and I usually welcome her company. But when I close my eyes…

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5 Things You Should Know About Dog Training

I always cringe when I hear clients say, “I read online that….” or “I saw on TV that….” or “the guy at the pet store told me….” when they first arrive at my dog training and behavior classes. A few of the misinformation gems I’ve heard over the years include: “You should just squirt your…

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