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Grooming Your Puppy: Basics for a Healthy and Happy Coat

Grooming Your Puppy: Basics for a Healthy and Happy Coat

When you welcome a new puppy into your home, one topic that should be on your mind is teaching your puppy to tolerate, and even enjoy, grooming. Proper grooming not only keeps your puppy looking their best but also contributes to their overall health and well-being....

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Introducing Your Dog to a Grooming Table

Introducing Your Dog to a Grooming Table

Having a dog that is comfortable on the grooming table can be very useful!  It’s much easier to groom your dog if they are elevated up on a table, and the positive associations with the grooming table will help vet visits go more smoothly.  Even if you don’t groom...

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Puppy Proofing Your Home: A Safety Checklist

Puppy Proofing Your Home: A Safety Checklist

Bringing a new puppy into your home is an exciting and joyous occasion, but it also comes with the responsibility of creating a safe environment for your furry friend through a process called puppy proofing! Puppies are naturally curious, and their boundless energy...

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Canine Enrichment: Puppy Meal Time

Meal time isn't just a routine for your furry friend; it's an opportunity to provide your puppy with some engaging enrichment. Incorporating mental and physical stimulation during your puppy's meals not only adds excitement to their day but also contributes...

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A Guide to Driving with a New Puppy

Driving with your new puppy is a daunting task, but by following these tips you can have a pleasant traveling experience with minimal risk to your new baby.   I just returned from a 15 hour road trip with my new baby, Rise.  Over the years, I’ve learned some...

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A Comprehensive Guide to Potty Training Your New Puppy

One of the most common inquiries I receive as a dog trainer when someone brings home a new puppy is, "How do I go about potty training my puppy?" This is often followed by the question, "How long will it take for my puppy to be fully potty trained?" First, let's...

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Got a Puppy? Let’s Talk Socialization!

With the advent of puppy kindergarten classes, the topic of socialization became a hot one.  Based on the recommendations of the American Veterinary Medical Association, veterinarians started discussing socialization and encouraging their clients to attend puppy...

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5 Games to Teach Your New Puppy!

Puppies are so much fun, and they are such little sponges.  I LOVE working with puppies who soak up everything you teach them.  Plus, they are adorable!! It’s important to start training right away with your little cutie.  Puppy training isn’t a whole lot different...

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Planning Ahead: Reducing Reinforcement for the Ring

The process of reducing reinforcement in preparation for entering an obedience or rally ring is something it’s easy to overlook and rush. Most dogs act very differently when their handler has treats versus when the handler does not have treats, yet many people go straight from training with treats in their pockets to leaving treats on their crate and going into the ring.

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Canine Enrichment: Keep Your Dog’s Brain Happy!

Enrichment - such an important topic!  But what exactly is enrichment? Enrichment can mean a lot of things, but basically it refers to different ways to satisfy some of the needs of your dog.  By stimulating the dog mentally and physically, your dog will be less...

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Manage Your Puppy for a Happy Household

Did you recently get a new puppy, or are you planning on one soon?  Puppies are so much fun, but they are also a LOT of work.  Sometimes you wonder if you’ve brought a little velociraptor into your home as you survey the damage and destruction your innocent little...

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