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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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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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Hey! That’s Not Dominance!

Hey!  That’s Not Dominance! I regularly get asked questions from dog guardians that are worried about their dog being dominant (this happens more often than I would like to mention).  They are often genuinely concerned because they’ve either heard a T.V. personality or a friend say that

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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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Be Your Dog’s Joy

Be Your Dog’s Joy

Be Your Dog’s Joy There are many things that dog guardians can do to improve their dog’s manners and listening skills.  Over the last three years blogging, I’ve mentioned many things but as I was reflecting on my blogging the other day, I realized that I have

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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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DBPM–The Do’s and Don’ts of Greeting a Dog (repost)

Originally posted 5/25/12 DBPM–The Do’s and Don’ts of Greeting a Dog We’ve talked extensively about dog body language, why dogs bite, how to prevent dog bites, how kids should interact with dogs and more…but one thing I haven’t yet touched upon is how people should greet dogs

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DBPM–To Pet or Not To Pet

DBPM–To Pet or Not To Pet

Here is a repost of a very popular Dog Bite Prevention Month post from 2011 To Pet or Not To Pet Yesterday I wrote about the rules that we has humans (and especially children) need to follow when interacting with dogs to keep things as safe as

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