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Reinforcing Good Recall

Many people have trouble training good recall in their dogs because they don’t know how to offer the rewards their dog wants off leash. Trying to compete with squirrels and geese and other dogs with dry dog treats isn’t going to work with even the most food-motivated dog, but lots of owners don’t know what […]

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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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Do You Let Your Dog Sleep on the Bed?

It’s funny how many people are shamefaced about the fact that they let their dogs sleep on the bed with them. I guess it’s one of those things that people don’t talk about. I can’t tell you how many home visits I did where prospective adopters confided that even though they said they would have […]

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 Antlers For Your Dog? 

Antlers can be fabulous long lasting chews for your dog, but like every dog toy or chew, they can also cause problems. 

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This Week in Human Interest Cuteness

Boy, did I have writer’s block this week! I could not make myself write another thing on the articles I have been working on for a while, so I decided to take a look at some representative dog human-interest stories to see if anything inspired me, and found things that interested me, but not enough […]

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This Weekend Open Thread is Sad

When this post runs, it will be one week since we had to say goodbye to my best girl.

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Tick Safety For Dogs

Spring is glorious and all the icky creepy crawlies are out enjoying it. Most pet owners are already worried about fleas and mosquitoes, but ticks should probably be higher on your list. 

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Your Depression and Your Dog

One of the most despicable and manipulative commercials I have ever seen was one for an antidepressant. The ad showed all of the ways people around the depressed person were suffering because of the depressed person’s condition. One of the ads showed a dog picking up a ball, only to look disappointed when he didn’t […]

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Getting Your Dog Through Surgery

Hopefully you have a great relationship with a vet you love, and they’ll guide you through everything you need to know. This is mostly a guide to what you should expect from your vet, and how to advocate for your dog and manage your stress if necessary.  

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Is Fostering Worth It?

I got an email a few days ago from one of our adopters, who told us that their dog, one that we had fostered a decade ago, had died. Princess (name changed) was a dog with a tragic past. She’d lived her life to that point in a filthy pen surrounded by inches and inches […]

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Fiction For Dog Lovers

I am an audiobook fanatic. Mostly I stick to sci-fi, fantasy, and other things that could never happen. There are a few books that I liked, but I’ve only truly learned to adore since I became a dog person. Sometimes all a book needs is a dog glad-handing to take it from entertaining to completely delightful.

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Party Beagles Dance Like No One’s Looking

It wasn’t long after starting a rescue that we realized that there were certain categories of dogs that would be challenges to place: pit bulls (because of the humans, not because of the dogs), traumatized dogs, dogs with health problems, and old dogs. But after we thought we had the categories figured out, new ones […]

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What’s Up With Dog Treats From China?

Over the past decade, pet food and treat related illnesses and recalls, many of which are linked to products from China, have made many pet owners more wary about what they buy their pets. It can be difficult, and sometimes expensive, to provide treats sourced entirely from the USA. Of course, treats aren’t medically necessary, […]

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This Weekend Open Thread Loves Fuzzy Animals

Show me your pets.

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The One I Loved First

My mom stopped loving me after I gained weight following a miscarriage. Of course, that isn’t technically true. She didn’t stop loving me. She just wasn’t capable of true love. Once I was no longer the beautiful daughter she had bragged about, she couldn’t find anything about me to admire, and I became a reproach […]