Author Archives: westwinddt

Doctor Google – issues with internet medical advice

It is common for pet owners to seek internet medical help long before calling a vet.  There are two things we must realize about internet advice.  First, no one can accurately diagnose issues without seeing the animal in person.  Second, … Continue reading

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A Few Sports for Spot

Over thousands of years man has developed different breeds of dogs to perform needed jobs. Even in modern times there are jobs dogs do more effectively than man or robots. For example, livestock guarding is a job a few purposefully … Continue reading

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Should He Stay or Should He Go?

There are times where pet owners will consider rehoming pets. Before you make the decision to give up your pet, seek professional advice.  A professional can advise how to increase the chance of a good resolution. This may include a … Continue reading

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Are Your Walks Meaningful?

I do two types of walks with my dogs. First is “We Must Get From Point A to Point B while ignoring things like trash, other animals, things in a hotel lobby or hall, pedestrians, etc.,” walk. Then there is … Continue reading

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Trigger Stacking – It Adds Up

Your alarm never went off.  You are running late so decide to grab breakfast on the road.  You spill coffee on your new suit.  You get to work and see someone has parked in your reserved spot and the rest … Continue reading

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Tackling The Extra Pounds

This was originally run in a shorter version in Northern Virginia Today ________________________ As a dog professional it is not uncommon for my clients to have chunky pets.  It is something I need to address because we use food and … Continue reading

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Dog Trainer Google

This is an expanded version of a piece printed in Northern Virginia Today __________________________________________________ Early on in my career I was helping moderate a dog information message board.  A woman came to the page wanting a fast and easy way … Continue reading

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