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Chester & Rodney - Rodney Drives Me Crazy

As many of you know, I got my driver’s license when I was six months old.Rodney didn’t show interest in getting his until recently, when he turned twelve months old, as he was pursuing other interests…such as rolling a rubber ball to and fro under the living room Lazy Boy…don’t ask. He finally decided that [...]

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Show Me The Love! Yes, There’s An App For Buddy.

Nowadays there are apps for everything, seriously, everything. From maps, to shopping, to playing music, to altering photos and videos, to finding the perfect dog bakery to make custom cupcakes for Daisy’s first birthday party…the options are endless. For those of us interested in dog-related apps, it seems there are none that have not been [...]

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Ready. Set. Let's Go! Can You Dig It?

There are dogs whose sole purpose, it seems, is to dig up your rose bushes, burrow through your sofa, or chase the neighborhood squirrels up trees. They seem to have a natural instinct to do so. Enter Earthdog Tests. These tests were developed to measure a dog’s natural ability and instinct for underground hunting. The [...]

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Dogs Are The Best Medicine

I worked in the caregiving industry for over 30 years. I had a heart for the elderly and witnessed a lot of loneliness and heartache. It was natural for me to want to take the dogs on visits to care homes. I contacted the activity directors at several locations to set up visit [...]

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Getting To Know You - American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo Dog is a highly intelligent member of the Spitz family. Contrary to what you may think, they do not generally live in igloos - though they’d probably do just fine, thanks to their adaptable nature. They are friendly, perky, affectionate, playful and alert. They are naturally inquisitive and energetic; [...]

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The Gift of Love

Now that your new furry family member has had a few weeks to adapt to his new home, it’s time to discuss different training methods. Remember that the method you choose is up to you and your puppy’s needs, but training is a must for any dog. A 2012 study found that 80 [...]

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Show Me The Love! Can you say 'cookie?'

When training your dog with positive reinforcement, it is important always to have treats easily accessible - accessible to you, not to your dog - in order to make it easier to shape and/or capture desired behaviors. I keep a bowl filled with healthy dry treats on the counter at all times to make it [...]

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10 Reasons to Take Care of Your Dog’s Teeth

Dental disease affects approximately 80 percent of dogs and cats over the age of three. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends annual dental cleanings beginning at age one to two. These regular cleanings are important, allowing your veterinarian to look for periodontal disease and possible fractured teeth.In honor of National Pet Dental Health Month, we’re [...]

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Ready. Set. Let's Go! Can your dog pull his weight?

How many times have you tried to walk your dog only to find yourself being pulled behind him as he enthusiastically runs to and fro? Many dogs are such natural pullers that it’s almost tempting to hook them up to a wagon, jump inside, sit back (martini in hand) and enjoy the ride. Weight pulling [...]

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Grammy of NottaBear Newfoundlands

This week, we're introducing a new contributing writer, Susan Reznicsek of NottaBear Newfoundlands. Each month, she'll be writing about the world of therapy and service dogs, including how dogs are selected and the training process along with her personal experiences sharing her family's gentle giants.I am happy to share with you my wonderful kennel of [...]

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