Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2014’


Rituals: What They Are & How They Can Be Awesome

Rituals: What They Are & How They Can Be Awesome Most people have some sort of ritual behavior that they engage in daily with their dog.  For some people this is their morning walk along the same route, for others it might be a few minutes of cuddling in bed before starting the day.  Maybe you always greet your dog …

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Breed of the Week: Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher Appearance: The Miniature Pinscher, or Min Pin, stands at 10-12 inches in height and weighs approximately 8-11 lbs.  This small breed is well balanced and short coated with a single layer tight coat that can be red, black and tan, or chocolate and tan, similar to the larger Doberman Pinscher.  They require minimal grooming and are generally characterized …

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“Small Dogs” Are Still Dogs

“Small Dogs” Are Still Dogs Plenty of people, and I’m sure you know at least one person like this, make excuses for their small dog’s poor behavior. And let’s be honest, a growling Chihuahua is definitely less threatening than a growling German Shepherd.  It’s also a little less weird to see someone toting around a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a bag …

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Breed of the Week: Mastiff

Mastiff Appearance: The Mastiff, often called the English Mastiff, is a heavy boned breed that stands over 28 inches tall at the shoulder.  Large and rectangular, this breed has a tight flat coat that needs minimal care and excess skin, particularly around the neck and more prominent in males.  The Masitff can be fawn, apricot, or brindle in color and …

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Resource Guarding

Resource Guarding

Resource Guarding Resource guarding is a challenging and potentially dangerous behavior where a dog does not allow people or other dogs near a resource.  That sounds fairly vague but most people can easily imagine a dog “guarding” a bone or another precious item. The guarding behavior can generally be seen as the following: stiffening when approached, showing whale-eye or the whites …

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Breed of the Week: Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound Appearance: The Norwegian Elkhound stands at approximately 20 inches and weighs 45-55 lbs.  A heavy coated square breed, the Elkhound has pricked ears and a tightly curled tail accenting their alert expression.  This breed requires at least moderate grooming; though cutting the hair is not recommended, due to their dense undercoat and heavy shedding. Temperament: An active and …

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Why Hire A Trainer?

Why Hire A Trainer? As a professional dog trainer, I often get caught up in conversations online and in person where I advise people to find a certified dog trainer. I tend to get a bunch of excuses or “reasons” why that’s not an option.  This actually just happened to me last week on a social media site where an acquaintance …

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Breed of the Week: Spanish Water Dog

Spanish Water Dog Appearance: The Spanish Water Dog is a medium sized dog standing at approximately 16-19 inches and weighing approximately 30-45lbs.  This breed has a characteristically single layer curly coat that was originally sheared like a sheep seasonally. The coat requires minimal to moderate care and can be a solid brown, black, beige or white, or potentially parti-colored with …

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