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Keep Your Cat Happy

Along with dogs, I live with multiple cats.  Feline enrichment is important.  This is based on an article submitted to the Inside NoVA – Northern Virginia Today in winter of 2020. ___________ Each morning before I leave for work, I … Continue reading

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Be The Squirrel!

“Dogs have interests… And if we do not make that a reward in training, that will be a distraction.”  Dr. Ian Dunbar. “Be the squirrel.” Karen Peak My daughter’s dog was handed a wonderful, meaty beef shank, as she grabbed … Continue reading

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Dog Sports

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. People who work with dogs know the importance of physical … Continue reading

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Is Your Dog Bored?

The exasperated caller complained that his dog was escaping his yard, digging and fence running. The dog was becoming a neighborhood nuisance and driving him crazy. I pressed a bit and asked about the environment the dog lived in. All … Continue reading

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Lazy Training

Training your dog is not a luxury nor is it an option. Training is an obligation. However, some of the instructions owners are given may be overwhelming such as set aside 3 – 5 sessions of 15 – 20 minutes … Continue reading

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Advocate!

Recently I was at a smaller pet supply store with my daughter and two of our dogs.  I decided to take the dogs there because it is often much quieter than the big box stores.  There are often fewer pets … Continue reading

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Leashed is Loved

There is an old saying “Leashed is Loved.”  Personally, I do not like it.  The saying implies people failing to leash their dogs do not love them.  I want to replace this saying with “Leashed is Safe.” Why?  Many people … Continue reading

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Your Dog Training Journey

Training and behavior work with any species (even humans) is a journey.  The journey may be short.  It may be long.  It may be easy.  It may be difficult.  There is a destination in mind but no solid course.  All … Continue reading

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Detective Work

A big part of helping owners with their canine concerns is doing detective work. Listening, observing, taking notes, looking for the obvious and not so obvious are all things that allow me to help owners uncover possible causes for why … Continue reading

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The Importance of Management

While waiting for my daughter to leave an event at a local high school, I observed a franchise trainer working with a very anxious behaving dog. The dog was clearly overwhelmed as dozens of kids ran out to meet parents. … Continue reading

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