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How to Get Your Dog Used to Water

Isn’t it funny how you can’t get some dogs out of the water, yet others put on the brakes when they see the tiniest puddle? I have experience with both and today I’ll let you know how to get your dog used to water. I’ll also mention a few tips for a successful doggie bath …

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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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Dog Dementia – Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

About a year ago, it seemed like something was wrong with Baxter. Our usual low-energy dog became lethargic. We went through lots of tests, tried different medications, consulted several specialists, confronted various symptoms and never received a definitive diagnosis. As I shared in my last post, Baxter died at the end of May. In the …

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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 Dogs for Running

This post on the best dogs for running is based on my opinions. If “your” breed is not mentioned, just add it in the comments! This post is meant to be fun, and any breed can make a great running buddy or a terrible running buddy. Breed is one factor. Each dog, regardless of breed …

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How to Prevent Pet Urine From Killing Grass

No dog owner in the world is crazy about those ugly stains caused by their dogs’ urine. Unfortunately, they’re kind of inevitable … or are they?! I’m going to share a few workarounds I’ve found to prevent pet urine from killing grass. I’m Barbara and I write regularly for That Mutt. I’m also a blogger …

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A Goodbye Letter for Baxter

At the beginning of July I have a tradition of writing a letter to Baxter to celebrate his Gotcha Day. However, this year it’s a letter of goodbye. Baxter died at the end of May. I can’t write this letter without talking about another death that I haven’t shared here yet. My husband, Matt, died …

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What to Expect at Your First NAVHDA Training Day

I took my weimaraner Remy to our first bird dog training day with NAVHDA this spring (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association). I was very nervous because I was out of my element. I’ve never gone hunting in my life, and I have never trained a dog for hunting or for field trials. So today …

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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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Are Dog Parks a Good Idea?

Dog parks are off-leash areas that let dogs interact with each other and stretch their legs mostly free of charge, although there are also a few members-only dog parks. Most feature water stations, poop bags, and are at least partially fenced-in. Sounds pretty good so far, right? While we can probably all agree that the …

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