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May 2, 2008
Leave pets in good hands when left behind - As we go in to the vacation months we may start to plan a getaway. Everything is arranged and we are very excited, except for one big problem, what to do with the pet? Today's pets are not just dogs and cats and birds, they are family members and to some of us the only ones we have for companionship. Some of us are lucky and able to take our ange... Full Story

April 4, 2008
Re-directing a jumping dog - A dog that jumps on an owner to greet him/her, or to demand attention, is a very common problem. Not only does it hurt - especially older people and children - it is also a form of showing dominance. Dogs jump on each other from an early age on, in order to find out who will back down or who will be a push over. This prepares young dogs to fit in... Full Story

March 7, 2008
Signs of stress to watch for when training a dog - Many times when I train with my clients, they are concerned that the dog gets too stressed. Lots of dogs are great actors, so be aware that if the dog learns it can get out of a training session by acting out, it will do it again. Not always is a tucked under tail a great sign of stress. Do not forget the dog has to get used to the new things you... Full Story

February 22, 2008
Dog training is about practice - "I had a dog trainer and it did not work." How many of you worked with a dog trainer and feel it was a waste of money? I have to say, it always surprises me when I meet somebody and after I tell them what I do for work, eight out of 10 people tell me, "Oh, we had a dog trainer when our dog was young, but it did not work. The dog is still jumping,... Full Story

February 8, 2008
Commitment and socialization - In order to enhance your chances of success with your dog, take a moment to ensure your commitment and understanding of the training program. Successful dog training is based on consistently correcting your dog's bad behavior and consistently rewarding good behavior. You, as the owner, are the most important person in the dog's life. Dog training... Full Story

January 25, 2008
Reasons to crate a new puppy - Almost daily, I meet people who do not want to crate their new puppy. Most think it is cruel to lock up a young animal. Well, let's see how the dog sees its crate, if you introduce it in the manner it should be done. First, know that young puppies by nature would live in a den. The den means security, because this is where the litter is together ... Full Story

January 11, 2008
How to prepare the house for a new puppy or kitten - OK, you've done it. You've gotten a new puppy or kitten. Congratulations. Here are some tips on puppy proofing your house. . Evaluate the house. Do you have special items that are fragile or irreplaceable because of sentimental value? Put them away. Puppy-proofing means to have all items of value out of reach, as well as household items that you w... Full Story

December 28, 2007
Things to consider before buying a puppy for the holidays - This time of the year everybody is looking for that perfect gift. Is a puppy a perfect gift? It could be, given you thought about what it means to get a puppy for somebody or even for yourself. Make sure you are not giving in to a child younger than age 10, unless you are 100 percent aware that some adult will end up taking care of the puppy. I s... Full Story

December 14, 2007
What to do with pets when traveling - As we come into the holiday months, we often start to plan a little getaway. Everything is arranged and we are very excited, except for one big problem: What to do with the pet? Today's pets are not just dogs, cats and birds. They are family members and to some of us, the only ones we have for companionship. Some are lucky and able to take their ... Full Story

November 30, 2007
Why you should not give your pets leftovers - What a wonderful time of the year. Almost everyone is cooking, baking and eating way too much of all those great holiday foods, including our pets. And that is not healthy for them. I know we love our little and big angels and buddies, and those big, beautiful sweet eyes. And then it happens. The family comes over and almost everybody gives the ... Full Story

November 16, 2007
Combining pet exercise, a busy work week is possible - I know those of us who work, take care of kids and try to live a little, are very busy. Our dogs may not get enough exercise, which, in turn can cause behavioral problems. As I've mentioned before, dogs have needs, some more than others, depending on the breed. Here are some tips on how to keep your dog happy and you less guilty about leaving th... Full Story

November 2, 2007
Helpful tips on dog training, grooming - The purpose of this article will be to respond to Hometown News readers' questions and comments concerning pet training and grooming. I strongly encourage readers to ask as many questions as possible via e-mail. For this first article, I will discuss the importance of exercising and entertaining your dog(s). Did you know that about 60 percent of ... Full Story

May 11, 2007
Training won't work unless you practice it - How many of you have worked with a dog trainer and felt it was a waste of money? It always surprises me when I meet somebody, after telling them what I do, eight out of 10 say, "Oh, we had a dog trainer when our dog was young, but it did not work. The dog is still jumping, barking and pulling on the leash." I have to smile when I hear that. My fir... Full Story

April 20, 2007
It's never too early to begin grooming your pet - A lot of clients call to find out when is the right time to groom the new puppy. Believe it or not, no puppy is too young to be groomed. You want to start to brush your dog daily. Be gentle and keep grooming sessions short; five to 10 minutes will do. If your new pet resists handling, do not stop the grooming session. Continue brushing and tell ... Full Story

March 30, 2007
Get pet ready before bringing new baby home - Most expectant parents are concerned about how the family pet will react when the new baby arrives. While each pet has a distinct personality and ability to adjust, you can help it cope with the inevitable shift in your attention. Maintaining a structured routine throughout the pregnancy, and after you bring the baby home, is a first step in the r... Full Story

March 2, 2007
CPR could save a pet's life - When did you attend your last CPR class? Did you know you could attend a CPR class for pets? Here are some scenarios you and your pet could find yourselves in and reasons why you might want to learn pet CPR: drowning, fight by wild life, fall from a staircase, sofa, bed, etc., head injury, or hit by car or fallen debris. Always use caution when yo... Full Story

February 16, 2007
Try fostering a pet before taking the plunge - If you are considering getting a pet, a foster program could be a great way to find out if your life style is suitable for one. A few weeks of your time could mean a lifetime for a pet. One way to find out if a dog or cat will be perfect in your life is to foster a pet from a shelter for a few weeks. Most shelters always need foster parents. A fos... Full Story

February 9, 2007
Canine college expands into therapy training - Canine College in Juno Beach is growing. Through a partnership with the humane education organization Animals 101, Canine College now offers specialized training for those who wish to visit therapeutic facilities with their companion animals. Animals 101 has been offering humane education programs in schools, including dog-bite prevention, dog tra... Full Story

February 2, 2007
Canine college expands into therapy training - Canine College in Juno Beach is growing. Through a partnership with the humane education organization Animals 101, Canine College now offers specialized training for those who wish to visit therapeutic facilities with their companion animals. Animals 101 has been offering humane education programs in schools, including dog-bite prevention, dog tra... Full Story

January 5, 2007
Different dogs learn differently - Many times I get phone calls from people who want to know what kind of training I offer. My answer is always, "That depends on the dog and the owner." Not every dog will respond to treat training and not every dog will respond to a leash correction in the way desired. Just as with people, every dog is a little different. In my opinion, it is up to... Full Story


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