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When The Dog Bites

Sing it! When the dog bitesWhen the bee stingsWhen I’m feeling sadI simply remember my favorite thingsAnd then I don’t feel so bad I’ve been thinking a lot about the words Julie Andrews croons in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved song from the Sound of Music. Specifically, the line “when the dog bites“. Imagine if all… View Article

Dodge the Doggy Doldrums

Saint Bernard puppy looking bored

There is an excitement and optimism surrounding newness. In contrast, we come to enjoy a shorthand and unspoken understanding with what is established. Puppies are a fresh start, like the first day of a new healthy routine or a new piece of furniture we plan on keeping spotless. I’ve got a Vitamix that I love… View Article

Can your puppy handle it?

Here a puppy is lying on a mat. This is the puppy handling station where you will do the work.

My mom has a love affair with Pomeranians. She has had poms for years. She has shown them in both obedience and confirmation and enjoyed the grooming and training required when competing with these lively little dogs. Pomeranians require a lot of brushing and scissoring. Never one comfortable not understanding ‘the details’, (she’s one of… View Article

3 Tips To Take Your Socialization Strategy from Blah to Brilliant

What Does It All Mean? It seems like most folks have a vague idea about what socialization is. More people are enrolling in puppy class and this is a great thing. But what is it really and why does it matter? What does it mean specifically for a new puppy person and the dog now… View Article

Food For Thought

What Goes With What? If you have dinner parties and get excited about pairing wine with different courses you will appreciate this analogy. To my mind pairing treats with puppy life requires the same consideration. From making a good impression when introducing your pup to the nail trimmers, to a smooth and effective training session,… View Article

6 Tips That Will Help You Calm Your Puppy Down

Find The Puppy Om A new puppy does brings lots of fun and excitement. Along with that adorable bundle of joy also comes their natural puppy behaviors that can quickly get overwhelming for folks without a game plan and some know-how. Do you have a new puppy? Are you struggling with your puppy biting, jumping… View Article

How Often Should I Train With My Puppy

Information Overload It can be intense and sometimes overwhelming learning new things. Add to that the complexity of applying your newly acquired skills to teach the puppy. In order to have fun and be effective you need a plan. How do you take the new information and skills you are learning, and create an effective… View Article

Has Your Puppy Taken Over Your Mornings?

How Will You Greet The Day? Good Morning Sunshine! Or is it? A few extra minutes for yourself in the morning can make a big difference in how your day goes. If your morning routine with the new puppy is starting to get you down read on. You Need Your Time and Your Puppy Needs… View Article

Plan A Walk That Works for Your Puppy and You

If you have a puppy or a young dog and you are finding leash walks challenging read on. You will find lots of helpful information here. It’s a bit long but worth the read. We have included some sample plans as well as a worksheet for you to plan your own walks. Special Considerations I… View Article

I Sit. You Sit.

Watch Me Move Body language is the subtext for us humans but for our pups, it is their first language. They take their cues from other dog’s body postures and subtle movements as well as being masters at watching people move. We can inadvertently appear threatening to a dog by the way we move or… View Article