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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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“But He Knows Better!”

“But He Knows Better!” How many times have you uttered this in frustration about your dog? Maybe you’re at Petsmart and you ask him to sit, but he blows you off. Or you’ve taken her for a walk and she suddenly starts pulling like a draft horse to get to another dog. Or you have company over, and he jumps on them to say hi – he never does that to you! Why, when your dog obviously knows the behaviors […]

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week

This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which is a great topic to kick off our new blog! Did you know? “Among children, the rate of dog bite–related injuries is highest for those ages 5 to 9 years, and children are more likely than adults to receive medical attention for dog bites.” (http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Dog-Bites/biteprevention.html) “Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.” (http://www.avma.org/public_health/dogbite/default.asp) “But,” you say, “Fido would never hurt Jimmy.  He’s […]

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