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What I’ll Do Differently With Our Next Dog

The greatest thing that Baxter taught me was that I’m a dog person. I always knew he wasn’t going to be my one-and-only dog. During this time between dogs, I’m taking some time to think and plan for the next addition to our family (in addition to being a dog person, I’m an organized, analytical, …

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Best Food Puzzles for Dogs

Whoever invented food puzzles for dogs deserves a medal, in my humble opinion! That’s because dog food puzzles keep dogs busy and entertained when I can’t. Food puzzles are one of my favorite mental enrichment accessories. As a result, I’m currently the proud owner of seven different food puzzles, several of which I’ve had for …

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Why I Use a Head Collar for Dogs – Halti or Gentle Leader

Hi, I’m Barbara! I’m a professional dog walker and I love using a head collar for dogs! I was first introduced to head collars in 2012 and have been using them DAILY ever since, both on my own dogs as well as on my client dogs. They’ve been a total game changer for me as …

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Best Check Cord for Dog Training

A check cord is a simple long dog training leash typically between 20 and 30 feet long.

Check cords offer your dog freedom in a controlled training environment. Their unique feature is the lack of a handle so they don’t catch on rocks, tall grass and underbrush while the dog is running.

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Is it Ok to Play Tug of War With Dogs?

Tug-of-war is a fun game that many dogs love because it mimics shaking their prey! They can play it with a human, other dogs, or even just themselves. However, there are a few instances in which dogs shouldn’t get to play tug, and I’ll point them out in this article. Pros of playing tug of …

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How to Introduce a Dog to Your Cat

First I’ll share tips on how to introduce a new puppy or adult dog to your cat, along with what to consider before you even bring Fido home in the first place. I also cover the tough decision of having to re-home a dog who’s determined to harm your resident cat. Can dogs and cats …

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What is Rally Obedience? How to Get Started

Throughout this series on dog sports, there has been one question that I’ve asked all of the handlers and dog owners: “How important is basic obedience in your sport?” When it comes to the sport of rally obedience, there’s no question. Obedience—at an advanced, not basic level—is critical. About rally obedience Rally, or rally obedience, …

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How to Keep Your Dog Off the Furniture

Do you allow your dog up on the furniture or is it a strict no-go in your home? Regardless of your preference, there’s certainly no right answer to this question. In this article, we’ll offer proactive solutions to keep your dog off the furniture, but we’ll also look at the topic from different angles. For …

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What is Dog Dock Diving?

Who’s looking forward to running at top speed down a dock and leaping into the water this summer? If you feel you’re too old for that sort of thing, remember how you felt when you did it as a child? That excitement, joy and energy are all part of the sport of dock diving—for dogs. …

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How to Make Your Dog’s Walks More Interesting

In one way or another, all of us have been limited in what we can do with our dogs this year. That’s why I decided to share how I’m keeping my dog Wally interested in walks around our neighborhood only. These ideas are also helpful for when you just don’t have time to drive your …

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