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27
Sep

Thank You Khaleesi: Going Collar Free

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HBO’s Game of Thrones may be an unlikely source of dog training inspiration- but when you eat, sleep, and dream dogs, inspiration is everywhere. Many years after committing to a force-free, all positive life for my pets, I found myself entranced in the episode of GOT where Khaleesi earns the moniker “Breaker Of Chains”. I was moved when, in

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08
Dec

Le Pouf vs Rover.com

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Quality is always in the details. Both Le Pouf and Rover.com offer boarding in a home environment for dogs, but that’s where the similarities end. Quality People At Le Pouf we get applications from 50-100 sitters every time we advertise openings.  We roll up our sleeves and spend days and weeks weeding through lackluster applicants to find the

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12
Aug

Help for your dog in thunderstorms

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The thunder crashes and the lightening strikes; Fluffy looks to you nervously, letting out a little whimper. What should you do?  Well lets start with what not to do: Do not start petting him and telling him “it’s okay”. This is your strongest instinct, right? Here’s why it’s not helpful: it reinforces nervous behavior, discourages self

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04
Aug

On treating dogs “like humans”

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“That’s anthropomorphism!” It’s a favorite accusation of those who disagree with how high your pets fall on your priority list (You know your college friend who took 3 credits of an Anthropology elective 15 years ago and doesn’t have pets because she thinks pet hair in the carpet will harm her children? She’s the one who says this). According

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03
May

4 Dangers of Automatic Cat Feeders

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Thanks to modern technology, some pet parents are turning to automatic feeders instead of pet sitters when they travel, particularly on short trips. I understand the appeal- less expensive, no need to tidy up the house, etc. However, a timer is a lousy replacement for a human. Here are a few of the less obvious

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25
Apr

Exercise Trumps Diet

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Animal Behaviorist Dr. Patricia McConnell PhD has provided a nice rule of thumb: the average dog should get at least 30-60 minutes of walking and 15 minutes of running each and every day. How does your dog’s activity level stack up? How much time and energy do you put into ensuring that your dog’s exercise

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18
Apr

Save on Treats!

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Are you a picky pet parent who loves delighting your pets with premium treats? Then you know how quickly your pet’s treat expenses can eat through your wallet!  We do lots of positive reinforcement training at my house.  That means lots of treats. Expensive meat based organic treats.  Never fear, there’s a super simple way

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03
Oct

Become a Dog Treat Ninja!

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It can be maddening to commit to positive reinforcement training if your dog isn’t highly motivated by treats during training.  I’ve come across many pet parents over the years who get frustrated by this problem to the point that they either give up on obedience training, or turn to outdated and unscientific dominance theory methods out of desperation.

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02
Sep

5 ways to get bitten by a dog

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In an ideal world, every dog you encounter is gentle, trusting, happy, obedient, and perfect.  That’s not the world we live in. We could argue the should and shouldn’t of this all day, but we won’t.  The bottom line is that the world is full of wonderful dogs with issues, and most people have failed to adjust

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04
Aug

Dog walker rated: best poo bags

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I’d like to give you the benefit of my experience.  As a professional dog walker who’s been walking 6-12 dog walks per day for 8 years I have a LOT of opinions about poo bags.  But you don’t need that much experience for this to matter- it only takes one poo bag ‘failure’ :/ to get you

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