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Canine Manipulation Styles 

If you know dogs you know that they’ll quickly figure out where you’re vulnerable. They know exactly how to get the most attention, treats and toys out of their target human. Different dogs have different preferred styles to achieve maximum spoiling.

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Canine Con Artistry: You Have Been Warned

Our rescue placed a litter of puppies for adoption years ago. Their mother was Betty, a valiant little beaglette, and we were fortunate to have them with us from the day they were born. I was surprised, then, when our neighbors, who had adopted little Kudzu from us, said that he was having problems with […]

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Things I Should Know About Dogs Before I Adopt One

While lots of things are different between the various breeds, ages, and sizes of dogs, some things are pretty universal. These are some things we think you should know about dogs before you add one to your family.

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Your Dog The Gambler: The Magic Of Variable Rate Reinforcement

A very common concern or problem with reward-based training is that the dog only performs when he knows you have the reward. The secret to success is to understand the difference between a lure and a reward, and work on giving your dog a gambling addiction.

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Dog Separation Anxiety: Doing What Works

Y’all know how I feel about animal rescue. Your new best friend is probably out there waiting for you somewhere, and even adult dogs have lots of love to give. You don’t need a puppy to have the perfect dog for you. The “for you” part is important. Because first: All dogs have issues.

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The Terrible Teens

What many people forget about when they’re picking out an adorable puppy, is that they don’t grow directly from puppies into adult dogs. Just like humans, their bodies move ahead of their brains, hormones go out of control, and what you’re left with is a canine teenager. My older dog is almost two, and he’s […]

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Basic Dog for Non-Native Speakers

I’m certain that when the aliens finally land, one of them will make the following statement: “He was smiling, everything was going great, and then out of nowhere, he was screaming and shaking his fists at me!”