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Why Should I Attend a Puppy Class?

Believe it or not, dogs have the intelligence of a 2-3 year old child and can learn upwards of 200-300 words. Not that they are completely equal to children, but their development is surprisingly similar. So let’s think about this – given the option, most parents are sending their 2-3 year old children to preschool. […]

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Body Language

I was on a run the other day with my Standard Poodle and my Bichon-Shih Tzu mix (yes, the little one DOES like to run!) when a somewhat scary thing happened.  We were toward the end of our jog when I heard this panting behind me.  As I looked back, I saw a large, intact […]

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Easy Goes it to the Dog Park

For many people who live in San Diego, their favorite option to exercise their dog is to head to the local dog park where they can watch their dog run free and burn off some steam.  However, just getting there is not always a pleasant experience. Let’s see if this scenario sounds familiar – as […]

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Please Have a Seat

I love dogs.  I love to pet them, snuggle with them, watch them play, and, of course, train them.  But I do have my limits.  I also like my personal space. I like to be able to sit in my living room to visit with family and friends and decide if I want to pet […]

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Celebrate the 4th of July safely

The 4th of July is just around the corner, with fireworks that are inevitable with this great holiday.  However spectacular for humans, this can often be a stressful time for dogs.  Lisa Spector wrote a wonderful post with some wonderful tips!  Please take a few moments to check it out: http://positively.com/2012/06/10/10-safety-and-calming-tips-for-dogs-during-fireworks/ Enjoy your celebration!

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Rainy Day Activities

On those rare occasions when San Diego gets a few rainy days in a row, it can not only put a damper on our daily plans, but also wreak havoc on our dogs’ behavior as well.  When dogs are used to going out for daily walks or are true weekend warriors, and then experience a […]

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House Breaking Your Puppy

Start at the ideal age.  The best time to begin housebreaking a puppy is when it is 7 ½ to 8 ½ weeks old.  At this age, you can teach your puppy where to eliminate before it has established its own preferences.  But don’t worry, if your puppy is older when you start housebreaking; it […]

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