Archive for August 2017

Safe Socialization with Other Dogs

A good leader must be proactive in the proper socialization of their dog. An ideal social situation involves off leash interaction , not sniffing at the end of a leash. For young puppies, choose playmates of similar age and adults who have been well socialized themselves. Just turning dogs loose together to play is not…

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Dog Parks

I personally don’t take my dogs to dog parks for a number of reasons. From the moment you enter you assume full risk and have no recourse If your dog gets injured by another dog. I’ve heard of far too many serious injuries that have occurred at dog parks. There can be a “pack mentality”…

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Foxtail Season

Hello All! Spring is here and we are so blessed to be living in beautiful San Diego with its gorgeous weather, beautiful beaches and wonderful walking trails!  But the warmer weather can bring hazards to those who enjoy trail walking with their dogs! Foxtail plants are everywhere in San Diego and also the western ½…

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It’s Rattlesnake Season!!

KNOW THE STEPS TO REDUCE THE RISK!! KNOW WHAT ACTIONS TO TAKE IF YOUR DOG IS BITTEN!!! Spring is here and rattlesnake encounters can be at their worst as the snakes are just coming out of hibernation. Rattlesnake season is typically April – October but because San Diego has fluctuating temps it is possible to…

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It’s Flea Season & Fleas Suck!!!

My 10 year old dog Grace has always been extremely sensitive to things in the environment and also has severe food allergies. Using a topical flea product on Grace could cause her to have a seizure and that is not a chance I care to take. I would like to share 3 steps I take…

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Before You Bring Home Your New Puppy…

Few things in life equal the excitement and joyful anticipation of a new puppy. Good preparation is the key to a sound nights sleep for your family and its new member. This article offers a bit of advice to ensure things run smoothly on the day your new puppy arrives. On day one start him…

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Puppy Vaccination & Socialization Should Go Together

Common questions I receive from puppy owners, dog trainers and veterinarians concern: 1) what is the most favorable age or period of time when puppies learn best? 2) what are the health implications of my advice that veterinarians and trainers should offer socialization programs for puppies starting at 8 to 9 weeks of age. Puppies…

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Housetraining Made Easy

Housetraining a healthy puppy can be easy if a positive natural method is used. The key will be to find the correct schedule for your dogs’ meals and toilet times. Be patient and consistent. The dog must be aware that you are the leader and teacher. Put him/her on a “learn to earn” program by…

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