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Simple Ways to Improve Your Dog’s Diet

Maybe this is the year you said you were going to feed your dog better. But maybe you don’t know what “better” is. Let’s take a look at a few simple ways you can improve your dog’s diet. The first thing you want to consider is whether or not your dog has allergies/sensitivities/intolerance to particular

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‘Tis the Season for Puppies

Can you feel it in the air? It’s that time of year again. ‘Tis the season for puppies. Some of you have already acquired your Christmas puppy and some of you will be getting your puppy soon. In order to avoid the misery of the vast majority of my new puppy owning clientele I have a check list

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Obedience Training Improves the Life of Your Dog

I think we’d all agree that owning an obedient dog improves the life of the owner but have you ever considered how obedience training improves the life of your dog? A dog that has been trained and required to be obedient is safer, happier and calmer than a dog left to his own devices. An

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Anxiety is a thorn in the side of dog training

Anxiety is a thorn in the side of dog training. It runs rampant through our pet dogs. It is a peculiar and curious thing caused by anything or nothing at all. It is my biggest challenge in breaking through barriers when teaching dogs or their humans. I would wager one out of every ten dogs

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Behavior Problem or Sophisticated Palate

There is a growing epidemic among Dallas dogs. Month after month, week after week, customers have been coming into the store with one prevailing complaint. The dog won’t eat. I’ve been in the training business for 14 years and as such I’m no stranger to the hunger strike as a power play by the dog.

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Teaching Your Dog to ‘Stay’ Requires the ‘3 Ds’

Stay is one of the most important commands I teach my students and their humans. I’ve created a mnemonic device to help owners remember how to practice the stay command for optimum results. I call it the 3 Ds of stay. The three Ds are comprised of Duration, Distance and Distractions. When training the “stay”

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Training as Behavior Supplement

Occasionally customers will browse through the supplements at my store and ask “What is good to make my dog less hyper?” or “less this” or “more that”. I respond by asking them a question. “Have you trained your dog?” Their response is usually “No”. Many days I use lavender oil, flower essences or pheromones to

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Betty Gets a Guide Dog

Betty Edge recently acquired a guide dog. I had the privilege of meeting him on a typical hot Dallas day at Starbucks. His name is Nero and he’s a young and alert yellow Labrador Retriever.  He’s Betty’s right arm despite only having owned him for three months. Betty spent four weeks developing their relationship at

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Off-Leash Fun No More

Just off the Katy Trail at Reverchon Park dogs and their owners had established an unofficial dog park. Many weekend mornings I’ve witnessed up to a dozen dogs running off leash, having a good ol’ time. But as recent as May the Dallas Police Department began cracking down on dogs off leash at Reverchon Park.

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Walking Your Dog on the Katy Trail

When walking with your dog on the Katy Trail, there are many things to consider from heat related issues to encounters with other dogs, walkers, runners and cyclists not to mention the squirrels that do everything they can to derail the hard work you’ve put in teaching your dog how to heel. I’m on the

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