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Dog training is one of the most important tasks of being a dog owner. You want to train your canine so that you understand each other better and they learn to behave in ways that will keep them safe and happy.

Puppy Checklist

New Puppy

You are ready to bring your puppy home. But is there a puppy checklist of things you should do? Of course. Here’s the ultimate puppy checklist to help you get started toward welcoming this new family member successfully into your home.

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Dog Obedience Tips: Patience Is Key

Girl with Dog Jumping

One of the most frustrating aspects of bringing a new dog home is teaching obedience. Obedience training can include a wide variety of skills, however, the most commonly taught obedience skills include: housebreaking, no biting, sit, stay, down, come, wait, off, no, heel, leave it, place and release. While the variety of commands you may desire to teach your individual dog may differ the commands above will ensure a well behaved dog who understands basic commands and what is expected from them. Use the dog obedience tips in this article to get your relationship with your pup off on the right paw…

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What I Need To Know When Getting a New Puppy

Girl With Puppies

Getting a new puppy can be both an exciting time and an uncertain one. You have this new living, breathing, chewing addition to your family and you aren’t sure what to do next. Every day I have people come in my hospital and say “Doc, educate me.” That is what I will try to do here…

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Is the Citronella Dog Collar A Safer Alternative to Electric Shock?

Dog in Field

Citronella dog collars have been gaining in popularity ever since studies were released showing the negative psychological effects of electric shock collars on dogs. Furthermore, studies by the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine suggest that citronella dog collars are even more effective than electric shock collars. The question we ask once again, however, is how humane, if at all, are these citronella dog collars?

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Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

Doig with Dirty Mouth

My 4 month old black lab Daisy is eating her own poop. How can we get Daisy to stop eating her poop? Not only is it gross, but when she gets to it first thing in the morning, she ends up throwing up shortly thereafter. What are some easy suggestions to get her to grow out of this puppy habit fast?…

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The Choke Collar: The Right Choice For You?

Puppy in Park on Leash

Choke collars are used in many of the same training situations as pinch collars, for the most part in maintaining composure outside the home and with aggressive dogs. Choke collars can be helpful with larger dogs or dogs with aggressive tendencies; again they should not be used on small or fragile necked breeds….

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The Pros and the Cons of an Invisible Fence Collar

Dog with Invisible Fence Collar

An invisible dog fence, also called an electric fence, is a wired fence placed underground. This creates an electrically charged boundary that keeps your pet within the confines of your yard without a physical fence. It is connected digitally to an invisible fence collar that the dog wears around its neck. So how exactly does an invisible fence work and what are its pros and cons?

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Lab Retriever: Everyone’s Favorite Family Pet

Black Lab Retriever

A particularly versatile and intelligent dog breed, it is no surprise that the Labrador Retriever has been named the American Kennel Club’s most popularly registered dog for the past four years in a row. Beating out other popular breeds such the German Shepherd Dogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Golden Retrievers and even the incredibly intelligent Poodle, the Labrador Retriever certainly stands a notch above the rest. So what is it that makes this Canadian breed so popular? A wide array of physical and mental characteristics make the Labrador retriever such a popular breed, and let’s not forget those big friendly brown and hazel eyes!

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