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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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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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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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Throwback Thursday–V-E-T is Not an Abbreviation For Trainer

V-E-T is not an abbreviation for trainer–Throwback Thursday Originally posted 4/22/11 (has some updates/modifications from the previous version)   I love my vet, while we may not always agree, nutrition-wise, he respects my choices and never gives me a hard time about it.  He is at the

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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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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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How Much Snarking Is Okay?

How Much Snarking Is Okay? I will be pretty honest and say that I have quite the structured and well managed house, in terms of my pets. Nearly all of my critters have some sort of special need that requires some management or structure to mitigate and

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