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Picking the Best Dog Food

Picking the Best Dog Food Walking into a pet store and trying to choose the best dog food for your pet can be daunting. There are literally aisles upon aisles of choices and they all look appealing. While I cannot tell you what food is specifically best for your dog, I do want to explain what all the terms that …

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Can Your Dog Eat That Pizza Crust?

Can Your Dog Eat That Pizza Crust? Along the same lines as walking through doorways (see: http://perfect-pooch.com/who-should-go-through-a-door-first/) and sleeping in bed (see: http://perfect-pooch.com/do-you-let-your-dog-sleep-in-bed/), I often have clients bashfully tell me that they occasionally feed their pooch table scraps.  This is almost always followed by some form of apology, as if I am going to tell them this single behavior has …

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Do You Let Your Dog Sleep In Bed?

Do You Let Your Dog Sleep In Bed? During every new client consult I, and most other trainers, will ask where your dog spends their time. I ask because I want to know if your dog is crate trained, getting adequate exercise, fearful, etc. The answer I often get when it comes to nighttime is often that the dog sleeps …

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Harmful Good Intentions

Harmful Good Intentions Every few months some video or image pops up in the media with the intention to dispel dog breed bias or illustrate the kindness or trainability of “bully” breeds.  We all love to see these images and anyone who has ever lived with and loved a dog can appreciate the messages behind these lovely posts.  Unfortunately, a …

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Make Training Fun!

Make Training Fun! Last week I brought up plenty of fun ways to keep your pooch active this winter (see: http://perfect-pooch.com/indoor-fun/).  One thing I left out was the opportunity to work through training exercises in a fun and meaningful way. For most people, training your dog can be a chore, if you work on training your dog at all.  Training …

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Indoor Fun

Indoor Fun Winter is here! Snow, cold weather and shorter days are finally upon us. If you have an active or playful dog, this can mean more time spent indoors and potentially more home destruction than you care to imagine. Knowing that your dog needs more stimulation and energy expenditure, there is plenty you can do to entertain your pup …

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions This time of year many of us are making New Year’s Resolutions and some of us are already letting them slip.  While most resolutions end up on the back burner by Valentine’s Day, there are a few simple goals you can set for your pooch this year that might even tie in with your own personal goals: …

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Leash Reactivity

Leash Reactivity One of the most common behavior concerns we deal with is leash reactivity in other wise friendly dogs.  Reactivity, in the simplest sense, is an overreaction to stimuli in the environment, most commonly other dogs or people. Leashes, fences and other barriers tend to exaggerate this overreaction and cause a class of behaviors referred to as barrier, or …

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Growls Are Good

Growls are Good That sounds like a strange title, right?  Who would want to have a dog that growls?  Well, if you look at it from a behavior and training perspective, growling is in fact a good thing in many cases. Growling is an obvious form of communication and can often lead to bite prevention.  A dog who is growling …

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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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