Amy Robinson

Amy Robinson grew up watching Lassie movies and parlayed her passion for dog smarts into a twenty-two year dog training career. She is the creator of the award-winning Drool School DVD and lives with her husband and certified Therapy dog, Mac. You can read more about her on her personal blog at: www.DroolSchool.com

A-oooooo! Why Do Dogs Howl?

Why Do Dogs Howl?

Dogs use vocalization to express all kinds of emotions. Yips, barks, muffled snorts and even sneezes all have meanings that the dog is trying to express. Try hiding a tasty treat in your closed fist and your dog will let you know just how he feels about that. The most primal, hair-raising sound the dog makes comes from deep in his throat, when he holds his nose high, purses his lips and howls like a wolf. Indeed, dogs get their habit for howling from their closest ancestor, the gray wolf…

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4 Tips for Crate Training Dogs, Made Easy

Dog crate training tips

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, dog crates provide a special doggie den in your home while saving your best sofa from a hairy existence. The ability to spend a bit of time in a crate or behind a gate should be a skill every dog should have, just like Sit or Stay, so he can hang out stress-free at the groomer’s, veterinarian’s office, or while traveling. The old rusting metal variety you banished to the garage has gone way upscale with sleek wood and wicker models designed to fit into our living areas, right where the dog wants to be. Try these tips to get your dog to hop in without a fuss…

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Why Do Women And Dogs Share Such A Tight Bond?

Michelle and Domino

Dogs and their women share a very tight bond. This is not news to husbands or boyfriends that have been banished to the sofa because the dog has sprawled on the man’s side of the bed while he was brushing his teeth. It was not always this way. A couple of hundred years ago, when prairie skirts were not just a fleeting fashion trend, dogs rose before dawn and trotted off with the man to hunt, herd or do draft work all day…

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Barking Bad: Why Dogs Bark And How To Stop It

Dog Barking Outside

Pavlov would be proud. Your doorbell rings and your pint-sized pooch, Moxie, screams like a banshee. You smile, thinking how cute she is guarding your home and hearth. However, the barking continues as you usher your guest inside, grab some beverages and finally scoop Moxie up in your arms…

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Is A Christmas Puppy A Good Idea?

Dog on Christmas Day

Last minute shopping has us racking our brains for gifts that really mean something. We thoughtfully seek to fill a need, but surprising a loved one with a puppy is like lighting holiday candles with a blow torch; a tad overwhelming…

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