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A Dog Trainer Confesses: I Rarely Walk My Dogs!

1 November, 2012

Thanks for another awesome article, Casey Lomonaco @ Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training


"Too often, dog owners are told that more exercise and more walks are the solution to many behavior problems including aggression, reactivity, and separation anxiety. While it is true that a lack of exercise can exacerbate these issues, it's rarely the cause or the cure -- although it is part of the treatment plan.

We should strive to integrate our dogs into our lives. Some of the best-behaved dogs I know never go on leash walks, but instead do virtually everything with their owners. They attend baseball games, go to the hardware store, sit outside a coffee shop, hang out at work, or camp or picnic as a family.   If your dog has behavior issues and cannot engage in these activities, find ones you can do together while you work on your foundation training skills and expand the world you share. Finding ways to make your exercise more engaging will make it less of a chore and more something you can look forward to as a way to unwind at the end of a long day."

Pet health - when did it become an oxymoron?

31 July, 2012

Yet another pet food-related recall was announced this week and it made me wonder why we have this downward spiral suddenly and with as much negative effect on our pets’ overall health.  Reading the excellent blog posting from Dr. Dodds, who is considered one of the foremost experts in pet healthcare, made me realize that it’s less a perfect storm than a long-term cumulative effect that is harming our pets.

In her blog posting, The Pet Food Dilemma: Why do Many Pets React to Commercial Pet Foods?, Dr. Dodds talks about wholesome nutrition as the key to a healthy, balanced body and a strong immune system that is able to resist disease.

Read the article here

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Tips for a safe and fun 4th of July holiday with your dog

23 June, 2012

The July 4th holiday is around the corner and celebration is in the air.

You can help your dog get through the holiday safely and with a minimum of stress for you and for him by doing some simple planning before there are fireworks in the sky. Shelters consider July 5th the busiest day of the year – don’t let your dog become another statistic.


Tips for a safe and fun 4th of July holiday with your dog

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Tips for keeping dogs cool in summer

16 June, 2012

Summer is a dangerous time for dogs - making adjustments to their living conditions and lifestyle will help them make it through the heat wave in good health.

Here are some tips on what to do in summer to make sure your dog stays safe.

Tips for Keeping Dogs Cool in Summer

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Who Killed These Dogs - Reality Check

14 June, 2012

As a trainer, I see a broad spectrum of dog (and human) behaviors.  After many years of working with people excited about training their dogs or desperate to train their dogs, it occurs to me that a large part of my job description comes down to keeping dogs in their homes.  I’d like to change that to helping create good homes for dogs, and articles like the latest from Cindy Bruckart at are a good start.

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