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December 22, 2018
By Mardi Richmond, CPDT-KA, CC
What to do, and what not to do, when your dog does things you don’t like.
Most of the time, when dogs do something we don’t want them to do (such as stealing our socks or jumping on our elderly aunt), the first thing out of our mouths is “NO!” We’ve all done it. But you...
December 20, 2018
Courtesy of Whole Dog Journal By Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA [Updated August 2, 2017]
Dogs who are fearful are becoming increasingly common. Learn how to prevent your dog from developing chronic fear – or, if it’s too late, how to improve his security and happiness.
An increasing percentage of clients are bringing dogs to me for help with fear-related be...
November 27, 2018
By Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA [Updated March 13, 2018]
Separation anxiety in dogs can be treated with these tried and tested training methods. How to help a dog with separation anxiety depends on the dog and his symptoms - here are ways you can calm an anxious dog who hates to be alone.
Have you ever had the misfortune of w...
November 19, 2018
By Mardi Richmond [Updated February 15, 2018]
Your dog’s adolescence can be trying – to you! Here is how to get through this stage with grace.
Is your once cute, cuddly, and well-behaved pup suddenly acting out? Is your dog ignoring you, taking off if he sees something interesting, and chewing on everything in sigh...
October 31, 2018
Updated April 24, 2018 Courtesy of Whole Dog Journal
Are bones OK for puppies? Raw food advocates say that giving your dog bones is integral to the success of the “natural” diet. But are they safe?
Bones are usually the issue...
Courtesy of Whole Dog Journal By Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA
Whether your puppy is teething, exercising its jaw or simply has a case of boredom- learn how to properly channel your dog or puppies need to chew.
Puppies are notorious for their ability to chew on anything and everything. If you’re at all dog-savvy you know when you g...
October 21, 2018
By Mardi Richmond, CPDT-KA
Owners of these dogs readily admit they have a problem – but what can be done about it?
My dog Shadow is a barkaholic. If there were a 12-step program for such a condition, she would be a good candidate to attend. She likes to bark when she is happy and excited, when sh...
Even dogs who do not display aggression in any other setting can develop frightening behaviors when behind a barrier. Fortunately, fence aggression can be managed and modified.
Fence aggression – barking, lunging, and fence-fighting – is an all-too-common canine behavio...
October 12, 2018
By Denise Flaim [Updated December 5, 2017] Courtesy of Whole Dog Journal
Your most crucial job, as a new dog parent, is to develop a well-adjusted puppy.
PUPPY SOCIALIZATION: OVERVIEW
1. Make a commitment to super-socialize your puppy, and then do it — early. Don't procrastinate; you don't have much time!
2. Stay aware of your pup's body langu...
October 9, 2018
By Stephanie Colman [Updated November 16, 2017]
How to decode the alphabet soup of trainer certifications to find the best training professional for you and your dog.
FINDING A DOG TRAINER: OVERVIEW
1. If you can, look for a positive, dog—friendly trainer before you adopt your new dog or puppy, so you can thoroughly r...