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Well Trained Dogs Can Do More Contest!

Well Trained Dogs Can Do More Contest!

 Well Trained Dogs Can Do More Contest! We know that we have some of the BEST students (dogs and humans) out there and we want to reward our hard working students and brag about their great accomplishments with everyone!  We also want to encourage our students to get back

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Reflecting on raising oswin

Reflecting on raising oswin

Reflecting on Raising Oswin Raising puppies is hard–plain and simple.  It takes an incredible amount of work to simply raise a well-adjusted dog, but when you are looking to raise a performance dog and a working dog, the stakes are that much higher and the work that

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Younger is not better!

Younger is Not Better! Why it is critical for puppies to stay with their moms and littermates until they are at least 8 weeks of age!   First of all, let’s make this incredibly clear… AHEM… In Pennsylvania (and many other states) it is “unlawful” to buy or sell

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Unlikely Allies–responsible breeders and rescuers

Unlikely Allies How responsible rescue and responsible breeders could work together to improve the state of dogs and the shelter system   Go ahead and get your gasps, shouts of “blasphemy,” and freak outs out of the way, I’ll wait… … … … Okay, now that that’s

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The Strained Shelter and Rescue System

The Strained Shelter and Rescue System

Fixing the Strained Shelter System Before we can begin to address the strains on the shelter/rescue system, we have to identify what is contributing to it (if not directly causing it). Before trying to identify contributing factors or causes, it’s important do define what the problem really

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Littermate Syndrome

Littermate Syndrome

Double the Fun or Triple the Trouble? The scoop on littermate syndrome!   I will admit it, if there was a Puppy Addicts Anonymous organization, I would be President and meeting leader. “Hi, I’m Tena and I’m a puppy addict.” I love puppies–I don’t just love puppies,

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Hard Decisions in Responsible Rescue and Sheltering

Hard Decisions in Responsible Rescue and Sheltering

Hard Decisions in Responsible Rescue and Sheltering   Imagine for a minute that I have this awesome car.  This car gets amazing gas mileage, although it only has front wheel drive, it handles beautifully in the snow, it is small enough to fit in those tight parking

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Wise Choices in Dog Sports

Wise Choices in Dog Sports

Wise Choices in Dog Sports Are handlers setting their dogs and themselves up to fail by listening to old wives’ tales?   I overheard a conversation recently at a training club that had me mentally furrowing my brow and shaking my head in disagreement (from across the

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A Reflection on Resolving Reactivity

A Reflection on Resolving Reactivity

A Reflection on Resolving Reactivity The vast majority of my private training clients are dealing with some level of reactivity.   Leash reactivity is something very close to home and personal for me.  I’ve had a long journey with Shayne and her variety of “special features” but over

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I Hate Extra Warm Days in Winter

I Hate Extra Warm Days in Winter This past Friday and Saturday, Pittsburgh was gifted with a slight respite from the deep freeze also known as our winter.   Nearly everyone in Pittsburgh rejoiced as we hit the 45 degree mark–I won’t lie, I saw at least

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