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IS THERE A RIGHT WAY TO PET YOUR DOG???

You bet there is! Clear evidence shows when a person puts various body parts into certain physical postures, comparable physiological changes take place.  Dogs read body language and emotions far better than humans. Dogs are also very aware of their environment, especially nervous dogs!  You can tell the dog in this video is concerned just…

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NERVOUS AND FEARFUL DOGS

NERVOUS AND FEARFUL DOGS Written by Laura Christiansen, National Dog Trainer of the Year A dogs’ personality is formed by genetics, early learning experiences or lack of experiences, owner influence (dog parenting) dog friends and family interactions, early training and education. As loving dog owners it is essential we understand and accept our own dogs’…

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Resource Guarding

Resource guarding is a very common behavior in dogs. There are different reasons such as genetics, past trauma or competition. In my experience the behavior seems more common in certain breeds, particularly Herding Dogs, Spaniels, Beagles, Akita, but can show up in any dog. In most cases it is correctable but it is quite serious…

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Dogs and Fireworks

BY: Laura Christiansen, National dog trainer of the year Not all dogs like Independence day. Some are absolutely terrified at the sound of fireworks. Not surprising as a dogs sense of hearing is over 4x better that that of a human. They are also far better at hearing frequencies and range of sounds. There are…

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Control Your Dogs Nuisance Barking

Written by: Laura Christiansen, National Dog Trainer of the Year Dogs bark and barking is okay as long as it is not excessive. If your dog is territorial barking or barking out of excitement, frustration or boredom the following suggestions will help! Teach your dog the command “Enough”! Just as your dog begins to vocalize…

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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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