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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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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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Don’t Be REactive

Don’t Be REactive No, I’m not talking about your dog, I’m talking about YOU!  If I could give students of any dog a handful of “words of wisdom,” this would surely be one of them–be proactive!  Don’t wait until your dog does the unwanted behavior, don’t wait until

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The Power Of Classical Conditioning

The Power Of Classical Conditioning Over the years, one of the things I have heard over and over again from people use utilize aversive training tools like shock collars and prong collars is that their dogs love these devices and they get excited when they are presented.  They justify

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Throwback Thursday–Social Pressures for Perfection…

Throwback Thursday–Social Pressures for Perfection…

Social Pressures for Perfection…throwback thursday Originally posted 8/28/12 Who would have thunk that peer pressure would have such a drastic effect on dogs. No, I’m not talking about dog-dog peer pressure, I’m talking about the pressure that GUARDIANS feel from society. Friends, family members, strangers on the

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Having the meds talk with my vet

Having The Meds Talk With My Vet Last year I wrote a blog about the events at the vet, years ago, that have made my life with Shayne so much more challenging. In a total and complete nutshell, she had two idiot vet techs corner her in the

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Resource Guarding Between Pets–Triage and Treatment

Resource Guarding Between Pets–Triage and Treatment For those of you unfamiliar with Shayne’s history, she came to me with a food protocol from the humane society because of food aggression.  She would stiffen, growl, hover over the bowl, and snap if a person tried to get near

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Trigger Stacking–“but he’s normally fine!”

Trigger Stacking–“but he’s normally fine!” Recently I found myself on a short road trip. During part of the trip I was driving on a bridge over a body of water.  This particular road actually has two bridges–the northbound bridge has three lanes, while the southbound bridget has

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Aging Out Of The System–dog play

Aging Out Of The System–dog play “My dog used to love going to the dog park and playing with all the dogs.  He was always fantastic and never had a problem with any of the dogs at the park.  Recently he’s been getting into fights at the

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Counter Conditioning–Grooming Bandit Edition

Counter Conditioning–Grooming Bandit Edition About 6 months ago, our groomer of Bandit for the last 10 years retired (she’s also our neighbor).  She has kept a barebones shop together so I (and a few others) can utilize her stuff to groom our pups.  Yesterday I groomed Bandit

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