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The Proper Equipment

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As a shelter volunteer for SAVE, a Friend to Homeless Animals in Skillman, NJ, I sometimes am their “dog handler” at adoption events.  Today, I was with a pup at a local PetSmart.  Since the weather cleared up, I stayed outside with him for a couple of hours. As a dog trainer, I notice a […]

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Aggressive Dogs & Retractable Leashes

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I want to share a story that brings together two things I am always discussing and that make my blood boil – being an irresponsible dog owner and retractable leashes. This incident is true and happened yesterday to someone I know. For privacy purposes, they shall remain anonymous. A dear friend takes her 2 dogs […]

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Animal Poison Control

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One of the most important behaviors you can teach your dog is the command or “cue” to “leave it”.  Leave it can save your dog’s life.  Puppies especially, explore the world with their sense of smell and their mouths.  Everything within the pup’s reach is fair game, so environmental management to keep your pup safe […]

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Buying a puppy? Read this first

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Anyone who reads my posts knows that I am an honors graduate of Animal Behavior College and a certified dog trainer.  I am always taking courses to continue my education through the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.  My profession isn’t just teaching pups to sit/stay.  There’s so much more to it than that. I coach […]

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A Puppy for Christmas?!

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It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to giving the perfect gift.  Maybe the children are begging for a puppy, or you want to get a loving companion dog for your parents or a parent who lives alone. Ask yourself the following questions before you rush out and purchase or adopt a puppy: […]

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Dog Training Basics

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The basics of dog training: The training of your new puppy or dog will ensure a happy life with your new companion for years to come; calm over chaos!  Dogs need to be taught what’s expected of them when living in a human environment.  We teach our children as they grow; so must we teach […]

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Prepare for Your New Pup

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Before you choose a puppy or dog, research and read  about the breed you’re interested in. The AKC website is a great resource for breed info.  If you’re adopting/rescuing a blended breed, read about dog care in general.  There’s a wealth of information in book stores and online. Once you’ve made your decision, you need […]

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Introducing Your Dog to His New Home

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You’re bringing your pup home today.  How exciting! Whether you’re bringing home a puppy or a rescue from a shelter, keep in mind that your new fur baby is entering a strange, new, exciting environment.  There’s so much to see, sniff, explore and discover! Before you bring him in the house, make sure he has […]

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Come/Recall

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Teaching your dog to come and having a solid recall is one of the most important things you must teach your dog. As I was driving home from a session with a client, a little dog was running down the middle of the street as if he was being chased by a fire-breathing dragon!  Then […]