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Stefy And Terp

Winter Socialization

Winter Socialization Getting a puppy in the winter can be very appealing: holiday puppies can be adorable in photo opts, long chilly nights spent indoors seem like perfect bonding time, and everyone wants to come home to a wiggly, happy puppy after a cold wet day. There is also the appeal of having a well-behaved dog by summer break. What …

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Group Classes

Group Classes There are plenty of options out there for dog training. Literally any one can call themselves a dog trainer and conduct lessons or classes its important to figure out the best trainer and training type for your dog. I am not going to focus on how to pick the right trainer, though I do recommend utilizing the expertise …

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The Wrong Dog

 The Wrong Dog There are plenty of resources to help you pick the right dog for you and your family, including books, breed parent clubs and even good old Google.  While there are many factors to take into consideration from coat type to energy level and size, many people end up with a pet that does not quite fit into …

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Temperament

What Is Dog Temperament?

What Is Dog Temperament? Last week I talked a little bit about Breed Specific Legislation and I mentioned that a Pit Bull is not actually a breed, but rather, a very vague type of dog (see: http://perfect-pooch.com/what-is-breed-specific-legislation/).  I just wanted to go over temperament a little bit and explain why breed types exist, what a dog’s temperament is, and how …

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What Is Breed Specific Legislation?

What Is Breed Specific Legislation? Breed specific legislation, or BSL, are any laws or regulations that discriminate based on breed.  Period.  So what’s the big deal? There has been a lot of talk recently in the news and around the web regarding these policies, but why?  This type of policy exists in the hope to protect people from potential danger.  …

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Building A Relationship With Your Dog

Building A Relationship With Your Dog Everyone who works with or competes with a dog knows that you need to have a solid relationship in order to perform at peak levels.  While people used to use the idiom, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you” as a guideline for working with a dog, we now know that feeding your dog …

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Halloween

Halloween Hints

Halloween Hints Halloween is a fun and spooky time of year for everyone but it is important to keep a few important things in mind to ensure a safe experience for your pooch. The most obvious risk to your dog is ingesting candy. Everyone knows chocolate and chemical sweeteners, such as xylitol, can be dangerous to your dog. In reality, chocolate …

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Uncommon Common Sense

Uncommon Common Sense There are plenty of things we do with our dogs that make perfect sense to us, but don’t quite work for our dogs.  What do you do when common sense doesn’t work? Unfortunately, dogs don’t quite think the way we do which can lead to plenty of frustrating behaviors or misbehaviors.  Some of these have even been …

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Stress

Stress

Stress You may have heard that there are good stressors and bad stressors in the world, but what does that mean for our dogs?  Dogs obviously feel what we consider to be bad stress. If you have ever had a dog scared of thunderstorms or the mailman, you have seen what a stressed out dog can look like.  Some less obvious …

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Public Access

Public Access Every week I field a few calls from interested prospective clients looking to train their pet to become a service dog. However, I often find that people are confusing service dogs with therapy dogs or an emotional support animal. More and more people are now utilizing dogs for various tasks that make them more visible in public places, which is amazing!  …

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