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Puppy Socialization: Myths Vs. Reality


In the past twenty-some years, trainers and behaviorists have been pushing the importance of early puppy socialization – starting before puppies are finished their puppy shots. This has done a huge amount of good for the average puppy – more people are aware that puppy class and socialization are part of owning a baby puppy. Early socialization IS crucial, but this push has brought with it other myths and misunderstandings about what socialization is; how to go about it; and […]

Happy Dog? Signs of Stress or Nervousness


Are you able to tell the difference between a happy dog and a nervous dog? Most people can tell if a dog is very upset, but we have found that the more subtle signs often get overlooked. Knowing the first signs that a dog is unsure about something will allow you to resolve the situation before it becomes unmanageable, or the dog reacts out of fear or stress. If you can tell when a dog is uncomfortable, you can keep […]

Social Butterfly? Or Homebody? Managing Your Dog in Public


We spent this past weekend at two different dog events helping man the Jasmine’s House booth. Both events were a huge success, but they really got me thinking about dogs in public places. For the most part, everything went great, but at both events there was some barking, some “snarking” (a bark/snarl/snap with no damage), and some really stressed out dogs. How can you tell if a busy dog event is the right choice for your dog? And once there, […]

Puppy Costume Party!


Halloween can be a scary time for dogs – who socializes their puppy to ghosts, goblins, and monsters? So when your adult dog sees all these crazy creatures at your front door, it can be quite upsetting to them. Well, let’s change that! On Oct. 24th we will be having a Puppy Costume Party — except there’s a catch. The puppies won’t be in costume, we will! Let’s help these puppies realize that behind the masks are real people with […]

Training Recall – CGC Challenge Day 3


There are many ways to train a recall, and I occasionally use different techniques with different dogs. But by far my favorite method of teaching recall is using a hand target – teaching the dog to come and bump their nose against your hand when you call them. This gets them to come all the way to you, make contact with you, and makes it easy for you to grab their collar in an emergency. It also gives them a […]

The Importance of Recall – CGC Challenge Day 2


We are a day behind on training and posting, because yesterday we witnessed one of every dog owners worst nightmares: a dog being hit by a car. We don’t know if he’s ok, we don’t know the neighbor and I’m afraid to ask. The car was not going fast, so we can only hope. It ranks up there with the most horrible moments of my life, and it wasn’t even a dog I knew. It really drove the point home […]

The End Result


Kyra waiting patiently on the vet exam table

Picture this: You wake up, and go to take your dog out for his morning walk. He sits patiently while you hook his leash to his collar. As you walk out the door, he stops and turns to look at you, making sure you’re ready to go. On your walk, he moseys calmly on a loose leash, sniffing the grass but keeping up with you. After he does his business, you make your way home, where you proceed to get […]

Recall Series: Part 1


“Come Fido!” The owner calls in a cheery voice. Fido, who had been sniffing a choice blade of grass, looks up and spots his two-legged companion. With a joyous expression on his face, Fido romps to his owner, tail wagging all the way.   Does this sound familiar? No? How about this: “Come Fido! Fido, come! Come HERE! Fido, COME darnit! Come come COME!!!” If you are nodding your head and rolling your eyes, read on!

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Staying Cool and Safe


Summer is a great time to have a dog – you can take them swimming, you can go hiking, have picnics. The kids are home, so they can help play with and walk the dog. It stays light out much later, so there’s more time in the day. But summer is not always fun for you or your dog – it is HOT! Here are some tips to keep your dog safe and cool during the summer heat waves. Exercise […]

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Tugging With Your Dog


Tug is a great game to play with your dog – it can be a great reward during training, a great way to exercise, or just a lot of fun! Contrary to what you might have heard, tugging does not cause your dog to be aggressive. That being said, there are rules to tug that your dog must learn and follow for both of you to have fun and stay safe.   Rule #1: Do not take the tug unless […]

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