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The Top 5 Most & Least Expensive Cities to Have a Dog

In honor of National Pet Month, we joined forces with Redfin, a real estate brokerage, and Rover.com, a network of dog lovers for hire, to get a holistic look at the costs involved in responsibly caring for a dog in

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Distractions Happen

Distractions Happen

If you're a student of dog training, you're probably well aware of the oft suggested protocol of teaching new behaviors in a low distraction environment and slowly adding in distractions until the behavior becomes reliable. This is, of course, the easiest way for a dog to learn what you'd like them to do and to be able to do that thing regardless of distractions. However, in the real world, distractions happen.

To avoid them completely until the dog is "trained" is simply unrealistic.  

In my training classes, there are times when I'm teaching my students how to teach their dogs to be calm and

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Protecting Cats & Dogs in Hot Cars: A Veterinarian’s Perspective

On July 24, a new law goes into effect in Washington to protect pets from some of the dangers of being left unattended in a vehicle—whether that be excessive heat or cold, or lack of ventilation or water. Under the

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Welcoming Your New Dog Home

Welcoming Your New Dog Home

Anytime of year is a good time to welcome a new inquisitive canine family member into your home — whether it be a puppy or an adult dog. As a dog mom, I know firsthand how life enriching and meaningful the human-animal bond can be. Everyday I give thanks for the relationship my 10-pound mutt, Poncho, and I have. As a certified professional dog trainer, I know that making your home as dog friendly as possible before your new family member arrives will create a smooth transition and reduce stress for everyone, including the dog. So for you pet-parents-to-be, here are a few simple tips to start things out on the right paw. Health & Wellness:  Prevention is key! Schedule a … Continue reading »

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Foxtails: How to Keep Your Pet Safe

It’s peak season for foxtails on the western coast of the United States and Canada, and every pet owner should be aware of their harmful effects on pet health. These seeds are barbed—like fish hooks—and can latch on to your cat or

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Yellow Vest: Service Dog or Canine Fashion Statement?

Yellow Vest: Service Dog or Canine Fashion Statement?

No matter your politics, I think you’ll join me in saluting the United States Department of Justice for its clarification on service animals – FAQs on Service Animals. As a certified professional dog trainer and behavior consultant, I see SO much inconsistent information on the subject. “I have heard stories  from well-intentioned dog lovers  — and even witnessed — what I would consider law-stretching and boundary-crossing. Some of these actions risk endangering the public, and putting dogs at risk too. Plus, they could create situations where laws would be changed that negatively impacted those that really need services dogs.”  We encourage you to read through all of the FAQs on Service Animals. Written in clear, concise language, the FAQs on Service Animals starts with the basic questions “What is … Continue reading »

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Training Your Dog Not to Jump the Fence

Training Your Dog Not to Jump the Fence

Dogs are beautifully athletic animals and a joy to watch. But, when their prowess compels them to jump the backyard fence, it can be quite nerve wracking and frightening for their humans. Where did my inquisitive canine go? We live on a busy street, will she return safely? Will she return at all?  As a certified professional dog trainer, I have worked with many dog guardians to find solutions for keeping their globetrotting inquisitive canines safe and secure. The first step to stop fence hopping is to create an inviting environment to motivate your dog to stay home. Here are some ways to accomplish this: While a dog is learning to stay in the yard, it should always be supervised when left outside. Leaving … Continue reading »

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Six Water Safety Tips Every Dog Owner Should Know

Today is International Water Safety Day, just in time for the warm weather and time spent poolside or on the water with your pups. Swimming can be a great way for your pet to exercise and cool down in the

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How to Set Boundaries With Your Dog

Setting boundaries doesn't mean you don't love your dog, but it's important to let her know who's boss. Here are the best ways to do so.

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The Dirtiest Pet Product You Own

Believe it or not, the item you probably use most frequently with your dog -- his leash -- is probably the dirtiest pet product you own. Here's how to properly care for them.

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6 Tips For a Pet-Friendly Firework Celebrations

Whether you’re celebrating Canada Day or Independence Day, fireworks can be hazardous and scary to our furry companions. While some pets may enjoy the commotion of these holidays, the backyard barbecues and plentiful fireworks can be stressful and hazardous for many.

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Prepare your Dog For Guests

The next time you have guests in town, make sure your pooch is on his best behavior with these easy suggestions.

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Teach Your Dog to Play Fetch

If your dog chases after the Frisbee and never returns it back to you ... these tips will help teach him the proper way to play fetch.

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Dog Insurance for the Top Dog Breeds Across Canada

Canadians spend about $4 billion every year on their pets. One area where costs have been growing consistently is medical care. Better access and more quality veterinary care leads to increased veterinary costs, making dog insurance seem like a no-brainer.

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How to Prep Your Dog for Boarding

Here's everything you need to know to make sure your dog is ready to be boarded.

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