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Spoiler Alert! For those who baby their dogs.

You’ve seen them – whether it’s an adorable Papillon (the kind whose ears look like butterfly wings) or sturdy service dogs—they’re dressed up like ballerinas on their way to a rehearsal of Sleeping Beauty, carried in posh Louis Vuitton bags, or spoken to while they lie at the feet of Madame who’s feeding bits of […]

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An Extraordinary Revelation: Decoding Dog Thoughts

Can you imagine getting a dog – even a service dog – to go into the loud, dark tunnel of an MRI  (magnetic resonance imaging) and lie there quietly, without moving, while the machine scans the dog’s brain? I never imagined it could be done or, more accurately, why someone would want to do that – unless, […]

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Questions You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask Your Vet or Dog Trainer (Answered Here!)

  If you have a dog, you love him or her. Yet, as much as we like to “humanize” our beloved canine friends, they are really, really, really . . . not human (gasp!), nor are they cuddly little humans wrapped in fur (more gasps!). Thus, at some point or another, we bump up against […]

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Children Ask the Trainer

All About Dogs:  Kids Ask the Darndest Things. Is anyone old enough to remember the Art Linkletter television show, called “Kids Ask the Darndest Things?”  Some of those moments were truly precious — and some, rather embarrassing (especially for the poor parents watching).  I’m happy to say that the questions we have received will not embarrass […]

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Pat Brown-John "proofing" three dogs. (Note service dog on the left.)

Ask the Trainer: Follow-up: “Should I use treats in my dog training?”

Should you use treats to train your dog? We received so many questions regarding a previous post (“Should I use treats in obedience training?” – June 26, 2012), it was clear that “using treats in your dog training” is an important topic. We therefore decided to give the question of treats-in-training some additional attention in […]

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Ask the Trainer: Should I use treats in obedience training?

Our training expert, Pat Brown-John, is a five-time Canadian Schutzhund champion, with multiple national and international titles, spanning a dog-training career of more than 30 years.  We are extremely fortunate that a trainer of this caliber has joined our blog. Periodically, we will post some of her thoughts and tips to help people with pets […]

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