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Safety During Hunting Seasons

When I first wrote this, deer season was in full swing.  All over along the road side in areas of my county I would see the vehicles of hunters.  Many of us want to walk our dogs in the woods … Continue reading

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Prepping for the Real World

We train and socialize and work and do what we can to prepare our dogs for the real world.  The summer Uhura came to live with us my daughter and I abandoned the boys for two nights in Gatlinburg, TN.  … Continue reading

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Giving the Gift of a Pet

This was originally run in a shorter version in the print edition of Northern Virginia Today, Dec 2017.  I have expanded it here for my blog. Though this covers the Winter Holidays, the same holds for any time someone will … Continue reading

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100% Trained Myth

  “We can train your dog to be reliable all the time!” Since I first started dog training in 1982 and began my path towards becoming a trainer, I have heard many variations of this.  However is 100% reliability a … Continue reading

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Adoption Adjustment

  There is always an adjustment period when we adopt a dog. We need to remember before adoption this dog had another life.  Then there was his time at the rescue or foster home. Now he is in a new … Continue reading

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Can Dogs Adapt to a New Name?

Why would someone change a dog’s name? Won’t this confuse the dog?  There are various reasons to consider changing a dog’s name.  Think the rescue dog who cowers whenever his name is called.  A dog like this may have a … Continue reading

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Octogrefest and Pool Water

Originally posted on Conversations With My Dogs:
It is my favorite time of year.  Also stressing as the pool gets closed.  We opt to have a company do this do if there is a problem with draining a line and…

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