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Covid-19=Separation Anxiety

While we are all experiencing “house arrest,” we are all spending a lot more time with our dogs. They are so happy and, of course, we love being with them all day. But I am really worried! It is so important for every pet parent to try and replicate some schedule of departure every day. […]

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PUPPIES

It’s March 7th, 2020 already! Thankfully, we’re headed to spring and some really nice weather. This is the beginning of “puppy season.” So I figured I would offer some important advice for those of you who either have already purchased/adopted a puppy or you’re in the process of deciding whether you want a puppy or […]

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Why Dogs Do What They Do

JUMPING FOR GREETINGS – Pups learn to jump up when they’re in the litter. They jump up to elicit food from their dams by licking at their mouths. They learn very early that jumping up gains attention.  When they leave the litter, they learn that jumping up on us also gains attention. BUT… any attention they get […]

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LOST DOGS

LOST DOGS I can’t tell you how upset I get each time I see a PawBoost Alert that a dog is lost. One of the dogs, a Bichon mix has been lost for almost two weeks. Recently, there have been a few that have been lost for at least 2 days or more. I want […]

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A Word About Puppies

A Word About Puppies:       Spring has arrived. Soon lots of people will be purchasing puppies, possibly for the first time. Please, please, please avoid getting your puppy from a puppy milI. Many people do not know that in our area Lancaster, Pennsylvania and the surrounding towns are a huge puppy mill area. Mill […]

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Activities for Separation-Anxious Dogs

KEEP YOUR SEPARATION-ANXIOUS (OR BORED DOGS) BUSY WHEN YOU’RE NOT HOME Click on these links to get some really wonderful ideas to keep dogs busy, calm, and especially mentally stimulated: Make your dog tired BEFORE you leave by playing with these toys: https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=videos+of+dogs+playing+with+a+flirt+pole#id=1&vid=340cb13de9fa62081ac60de60627cf81&action=click HurriK9 Ring Launcher + 3 Standard Rings Keep your dog calm by […]

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NO JUMPING!

“NO JUMPING!” Jumping up on people is an attention-seeking behavior. So telling your dog, “no jumping” is actually reinforcing the behavior because… you’re giving the dog attention by speaking to him or grabbing  his collar to pull him down. Jumping on the Family If your dog jumps up on you and your family, everyone should […]

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A MESSAGE ABOUT CHRISTMAS PUPPIES

Christmas Puppies: For those of you who are planning to purchase puppies this coming holiday season, please give this idea a lot of thought before you make that final decision. Puppies are a lot of work! Ask yourself if you will have the time to devote to this new baby in order to get him […]

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Prevent Dogs From Getting Lost – Part 1

I get stressed out each time I see an announcement for LOST DOG on Pawboost Alert. I would love to know how and why so many of these dogs are running away and getting lost. I thought it might be a good idea to discuss how to PREVENT this from happening. Keep in mind though […]

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TRAINING DOGS WITH RANDOM REWARDS.

A common complaint people have when training their dogs using food rewards is, “my dog won’t do anything that I ask him to unless I have food in my hand!” Well, first you have to ask yourself if you’ve trained your dog to follow a cue while you’re showing him a piece of food. If […]

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