A Perfectly Good Dog
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I was recently watching television when a commercial came on, asking viewers to support the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Throughout the piece, numerous animals were pictured; dogs and cats of every age, size and … Read More

Deeds or Breeds?
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I once saw a bumper sticker that said, “Deeds, not breeds.” Although I understand (and to some extent agree) with that slogan, I also firmly believe that you can have both deeds and breeds at the same time. What I’m … Read More

Most Popular Dog Names
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One of the fun parts of getting a pet is picking out a name. I have seen some trends come and go during 15 years as a dog trainer, while others seem to be consistently popular. For example, in the … Read More

What Kind of Dog is Easiest to Train?
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“What kind of dog is the easiest to train?” This is one of the most common questions asked of a dog trainer. Most of the time, people are wanting to hear about a certain breed that is more malleable, expecting … Read More

Impulse Purchases are for Shoes, Not Pets
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With the average life span of a dog being about 15 years, getting a puppy or dog is a huge commitment. It means that you will have to pay for food, veterinary care, grooming, and other expenses, as well as … Read More

What to Look for in a Reputable Breeder
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If you’re considering adding a new puppy to your family and have an affinity for a certain breed, you will need to do some research to find just the right breeder from whom to purchase your puppy. While it’s exciting … Read More

Tips for Two Puppies
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For some families, having two puppies can be double the fun. Sometimes it’s a matter of not being able to choose just one, and other times they simply want two pups so they’ll have each other to be with. There … Read More

Should You Get a Dog for Your Dog?
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Many people consider getting another dog because they want a friend and companion for the dog they already have. In some cases, this can be a great idea… assuming that the family also wants an additional pet for themselves. Not … Read More

Should You Get a “Movie Star” Breed?
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Kids and adults alike usually enjoy the antics of the dogs who have graced our movie and television screens for years. Most of us remember Lassie, Benji, and Rin Tin Tin from our childhoods. In more recent years, dogs have … Read More

Avoiding Dog Fights
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Living with multiple dogs is very different than having just one. For example, when one dog goes outside in the rain, he tends to simply do his business and come back in, while two dogs together might choose to play … Read More

Preparing For a New Pet
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If you’re considering a new pet, it’s very important to make sure that both the children and the adults in the household know what to expect before making a final decision. For example, when children visualize a puppy, they often … Read More

Should You Consider a Rescued Dog or Puppy?
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People often express that they’d like to adopt a dog or puppy, but are worried about the dog’s past, or are concerned that their new dog may not bond well with their family. However, this is quite the opposite of … Read More

Are Your Kids Ready For a Dog or Puppy? A Quiz For Kids & Parents
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Many parents find themselves being asked over and over, “When can we get a dog?” Most adults realize how much of a responsibility a new dog or puppy can be, but for kids the following quiz can be a real … Read More

Special Dog Training Tips for Teacher’s Pets
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When summer or other time off draws nearer, there is a certain scent of promise in the air… only a few more weeks till school’s out! These are times of year when many teachers and other school personnel may start … Read More

Choosing a Reputable Breeder
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There are a few times of year when many people consider getting a new pet. One of those times is holiday season, and the other is summertime. However, there are many factors to consider when getting a dog, and making … Read More

A New Family Pet?
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Most people know not to give pets as gifts, but might be considering a new pet for their own household. Perhaps the children have been pleading for a dog, or you finally feel ready after losing a pet. Whatever the … Read More

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