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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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Home Alone, It’s Not Always Fun and Games

Home Alone, It’s Not Always Fun and Games

Home Alone, It’s Not Always Fun and Games I share my home with Shayne, Rio, Bandit (my mom’s dog), Panther, Monty, and Jefferson–plus the occasional foster dog.  It can be a bit much in terms of the number of critters that share the space but I am

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The Power of Choice

The Power of Choice During this most recent stretch of frigid (though not quite the ‘extreme cold’ of a month ago), I have had to improvise the activities happening with my mid-day dog walking clients.   It has simply been too cold to spend much time outside,

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