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Four Ways to Meet Your Dog Halfway

The famous John Holmes quote, “A dog is not almost human,” has caused many adoring pet owners to reflect on the expectations they have for their dogs. If you’re like most pet parents, you probably expect your dogs to refrain from chasing after birds and squirrels, barking at every other canine that comes near their territory, and helping themselves to whatever human treats are … [Read more...]

Should a Dog Live Outside?

Dear Carol, “Do you know whether or not shelters will adopt to owners who want an "outdoor only" pet? I'm trying to get a dog for my boys, but my husband doesn't want it in the house at all. Help!!” Dear ‘Help!:’ “No most shelters won't do that and they shouldn't. Since dogs are such highly social family members, he or she would be so much happier and healthier in the house … [Read more...]

To spank or not to spank a dog: Never

While out walking my dog recently I witnessed a man chasing his dog down the street. Ever the “I’ll help, be right there” person that I am, my random act of kindness was quickly thwarted by a slap. The dog apparently got loose while on a walk and his owner was chasing after him. As he scooped the little guy up (a shih tzu mix perhaps), he smacked the dog on the butt and … [Read more...]

How to Get Your Dog on Television and In Print Media

I was never one of those dog moms who was a big fan of performing dogs. “It’s unnatural and goes against the fiber of who the dog is,” I convinced myself. I want to get my dog on television or maybe in print media, but how? And along came Jaz. Jaz, a 5-year-old Havanese, is owned by proud mom CJ. After meeting CJ, witnessing her bond in action with Jaz and how this little … [Read more...]

Superstar dog trainer Victoria Stillwell on social media, dog training, and book publishing

Stick to it, be tenacious, be open to advice, be accessible, make connections and never stop learning. Victoria Stillwell knows how to do it. Advice well-heeded and well-taken from British-born super-trainer, Victoria Stillwell, during her lively speech presented at Barkworld 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The host of the wildly popular, It’s Me or the Dog, television show, … [Read more...]

How do I introduce my dog to a new baby?

Babies, the saying goes, complete a household, make life worth living, and bring a sense of joy and vibrancy, hope and promise of a bright future. They also bring change in routine and a complete upheaval of lifestyle for others in the family. Older siblings might initially show resentment towards a new baby taking the spotlight away from what was once theirs: Your sole … [Read more...]

How your dog can earn CGC and pass the Canine Good Citizen test

My dog was awarded Canine Good Citizen status by the AKC  and it happened purely on a whim. He never took a class to train for it, we didn’t practice the specific elements of the test previously, and only on prompting of family and friends did we decide to try it. The fee is $10 to test. Though the status is awarded to the dog and honors the commitment of the owner to train … [Read more...]