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Training Tips: Training Dogs to Ignore the Doorbell PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathrine Breeden   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:00

Dogs who go ballistic when the doorbell rings can be really irritating!

However, we need to see it from their perspective and ask ourselves to consider why they’re doing it and how they’re feeling. In order to change the way the dog responds to the stimulus, i.e. the doorbell, we must address the underlying emotion that is causing the response.

Here are some suggestions for helping your dog to have a different response to the doorbell or knocking at the door:

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 14:58
Books: The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 18 August 2014 05:57

The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances
by Ellen Cooney
c.2012, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
304 pages

When 24-yr-old unemployed Evie sees a classified ad that reads, "Would you like to become a dog ____?", her answer is, "maybe". The missing word piques her interest and she ultimately decides that anything has to be better than what she is doing now - the endless therapy classes, and a general dis-ease with the world around her. She researches what type of dog ___ she could be and settles on "trainer," despite never having had a pet.

The Sanctuary is an old ski lodge turned dog rescue that sits atop a snowy mountain and is run by nuns.  When Evie arrives to begin her dog training classes, she isn’t prepared for what she finds. A large, stoic and very strict woman meets at the front desk. Her name is Mrs. Auberchon and just Evie’s presence seem to annoy the older woman.

And so begins Evie’s search for guidance in her new career as a  reluctant dog trainer for special needs canines.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 06:12
PetsGEEKly: Motorola Scout 66 Wi-fi Pet Monitor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

One of the biggest challenges we have in our pet-centric home is leaving it. We have three dogs who only get along part of the time and are incredibly dependent on both my husband and I. It’s a situation we created, so it’s a situation we need to resolve.

Thankfully, technology is catching up with our actual needs. We can now leave the house without worry because it’s like we’re still there in a lot of ways. Of course, cameras will never take the place of actually being there, but when it comes to alleviating stress, pet cams can help us cope with being away.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 19:28
Training Tips: Potty Training 101 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathrine Breeden   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

Nothing can be more frustrating than potty training a puppy or adult dog. However, there are ways to make this process easier on you and your pets. Potty training your dog is one of the most important things you can do.


Keep your dog or puppy confined, controlled and contained at all times during this critical period. That means you should keep them on leash, in a crate, in an exercise pen, or within your immediate supervision and control). You will have to treat your new puppy/rescue dog like an 18 mos old toddler for a few weeks until your pet is fully trained. They should always be safely contained or within your control.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 14:58
Training Tips: How to Keep A Dog From Eating Rocks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathrine Breeden   
Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00

Dogs can pick up some interesting habits, and not all of them are funny or healthy. Pica, or "eating things that aren't food" are one of these habits.

Pica is very common in dogs who are bored or who are experiencing nutritional deficiencies due to a poor diet. However, pica is most common in puppies, who prefer to explore everything with their mouths (much as a human toddler). This is one more reason why you should "puppy-proof" your home prior to bringing one home.

Many dogs treat rocks like toys, tossing them into the air, fetching them or carrying them as they run through the yard in hopes someone will chase them. If not taken care of early on in life, it can become a compulsive behavior - one that brings you, the pet owner, a lot of veterinarian bills and grief.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 15:02
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