Author Archive for: ‘SaraRooney’

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Hand Targets

Hand Targets If you read the last Perfect Pooch blog ( you already know that many dogs do not really know how a recall works or why it’s worth it to come when called.  Hopefully you have been working on this super important behavior and plan to continue working on it for the life of your dog. Remember- if you don’t …

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Breed of the Week: Beagle

Beagle Appearance: The Beagle is bred to be a smaller version of a foxhound and comes in two varieties based on size: 13 inches and 15 inches (dogs between 13-15inches fall into the latter group).  These dogs cannot exceed 15 inches at the shoulder and are most commonly tri-colored with a white “flag” or tip to their tail.  A short …

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Recall – Why Most Dogs Don’t Really Know How

Recall – Why Most Dogs Don’t Really Know How Recall is a fancy word for being able to call your pooch back to you at any time.  This behavior is typically considered one of the most important behaviors a dog living in our society must be able to do. A recall is only as good as its reinforcement history allows it to …

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Breed of the Week: Portuguese Water Dog

 Portuguese Water Dog Appearance: The Portuguese Water Dog, or Porti, stands at 17-23 inches at the shoulder and weighs 35-60lbs with males being substantially larger.  This breed has two potential coat varieties, wavy and curly, with neither shedding much and both needing moderate grooming.  The Porti can be black, white, brown, or a combination of these colors and often they …

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Dogs and Dominance

Dominance “See? He’s trying to dominate me!” “Won’t he think he’s in charge?” No. No, your dog is doing whatever he is doing because either he doesn’t understand the consequence or he enjoys the consequence. No, your dog does not think he is in charge of you. Is he the one filling the food bowl and getting out the toys? This …

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Breed of the Week: Chihuahua

Chihuahua Appearance:  The Chihuahua is a toy breed weighing under 6lbs at maturity.  There are two coat types permissible- smooth and long haired but both require minimal grooming.  An alert, small dog, the Chihuahua has many terrier type attributes including alert expression and behavior.  Almost any color is possible. Temperament:  The Chihuahua is very terrier-like in behavior and must be …

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Breed of the Week: Collie

Collie Appearance:  The Collie stands 22-26 inches at the shoulder and weighs approximately 50-75lbs.  This breed comes in two styles with the only difference being the coat type and length. The Rough Coated Collie has a profuse coat that requires weekly brushing and moderate care.  The Smooth Coated variety has a tight dense coat that lies flat against the body …

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When You’re Done Training, Now What?

When You’re Done Training, Now What? When asked, “Have you started any training with your dog?” many owners report that they have already completed training.  They’ve taken a pet store class or two, or maybe they had a trainer come to the house soon after getting their puppy and now they’re done.  So they say.  When you ask a trainer …

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Breed of the Week: Weimaraner

Weimaraner Appearance:  The Weimaraner stands at 23-27 inches at the shoulder and weighs approximately 55-80 lbs.  This breed is designed for speed and endurance which is evident in its barrel chest and tight muscle tone. It also has a short, sleek coat ranging from pale silver to dark grey.  The Weimaraner requires minimal grooming and has a docked tail and …

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Daisy Duck (Foster) – Adopted

Hi!  My name is Daisy Duck and I am a small Chihuahua mix looking for a new home.  I am still not so sure about people and I’m learning to like being held and pet, so I shouldn’t live with any young children.  I do great with dogs and cats and I am slowly warming up to the staff here …

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