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EMPATHY FOR A HOUSE-BOUND DOG

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If you adopted a dog to make his life better then start doing it! Your dog needs walks, training, toys and games and if you aren’t providing those then reconsider your relationship. If you think all your dog wants is to watch TV, I have to tell you that is really Dumb. So get off […]

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DOG COLLAR DAY

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I’m declaring March 6 as Dog Collar Day. It’s a day to do a couple of things to make your dog safe and comfortable. Adjust the size of her collar. You should be able to slip two fingers (but no more) under the collar. Dogs outgrow their collars as they grow up or put on […]

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KEEPING UP APPEARANCES

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If you are like me, I put off brushing and baths even though I have a wash-and-wear Beagle. But, when he’s shedding, brushing is back-breakingly endless. Fine haired dogs don’t shed but they knot and matte. They need to be brushed every day or two. Mattes can get so bad under the arms that when […]

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SEVEN FUN TOYS YOUR DOG REALLY LIKES

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Grandma watches dogs play for hours every week so feels somewhat qualified to let you know which toys are the best.  At our daycare, these are the Never Fail entertainers over time.  Be advised that although a dog may not take to a toy at first that doesn’t mean it won’t be a favorite later. […]

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BEAGLES TO THE RESCUE

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About midnight, Baxter leapt up from my bedroom floor and raced downstairsbarking and baying. Kiyu waited a beat but figured this was an emergency so she followed, making her Beagles to the Rescue noises in full throat. Since they never bark at night, I rolled out of bed and stumbled downstairs, figuring something was on […]

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LITTLE DOGS GET NO RESPECT

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Please don’t think that just because your tiny dog has been putting up with it means he won’t bite you…or the kids.  What recourse does a small dog have?   We have a seven-pound daycare dog that is just now, after more than six months, getting past his fear of being grabbed and held for […]

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CONFIDENCE CAN CHANGE YOUR DOG’S WORLD

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  I have an owner in Manners Class that says the best thing her dog gets from training is Confidence. Confidence can make a fearful dog calm: It enables dogs to relax around other dogs, other people, and new situations: It may even make a reactive dog into one that takes life in stride.  (If […]

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NEIGHBOR DOGS PLAY TOGETHER

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My neighbor, two doors down, invited her next door neighbor to bring his dog into her yard to play with Butch.  From what I gathered, this was a first for both dogs. I couldn’t see, but could hear the following: Growl, growl, snarl, Butch!  GROWL, Butch! Down Butch, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Growl, […]

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WHY TEACH A DOG TO FIND SMELLS WHEN HE DOES THAT NATURALLY?!?

Why teach a dog to “Find It.” Legitimate question.  A dog can find a treat no bigger than a pencil eraser and a shred of cheese on the floor is easy. So why on earth would we have a training class called SNIFF IT? As a beagle owner, I have dogs that are born to […]

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DOG FRIES

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Homemade dog treats delight my two dogs.  Of course they try to help in the kitchen which doesn’t work out so well.  Right now my kitchen smells like garlic because I made dog fries the other day. Here’s how to make dog fries which, unlike store treats, won’t cost you much at all. Peel and […]

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