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Teach your dog to wear a costume

by | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 |

Image of “Bear” by Riley Yes, your well-trained dog can wear a costume and can even trick-or-treat with your family. These tips will assist you in getting your dog to enjoy the costume and hopefully to tolerate the giggling from the bystanders in case you want to go out on Halloween night. Costume training is an excellent opportunity to use delicious treats while training your dog to love the costume. Remember the most important part is for your dog to like safely wearing the outfit you have...

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Senior pet care

by | Friday, February 22, 2013 |

(Photos by Riley) It seems like only yesterday that your pup literally ran circles around you when you went for walks, with lots energy to spare. Now your dog has a hard time making it up the stairs, and the vision and hearing aren’t as good as they once were either. Sometimes she gets confused, yet the veterinarian tells you there is nothing seriously wrong with her; she’s just getting older. Dogs age, just as humans do — only more quickly. If your pet seems to be slowing down, here are some...

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Whistle training your dog

by | Wednesday, February 20, 2013 |

Banshee the Chinook – Photo by Riley Whistle training is really easy and doesn’t take too much time. In its simplest form, all you do is blow your whistle right before giving the verbal command that your dog already understands. I like the two-tone whistles for training because the end with the ball inside is louder and the sound will carry over longer distances.  The opposite end (without the ball) is great for close work and so loud that your dog will be blasted with sound and doesn’t...

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Retriever play training

by | Monday, February 18, 2013 |

Bear – Labrador puppy with tennis shoe. Photo by: Riley When starting puppies on retrieving, use something light and easy to carry like a small dummy or socks stuffed with rags. Don’t throw sticks, play tug-of-war games or train two pups at once letting them compete for the dummy, these practices all promote chewing and hard mouths — things we don’t want to see in pups or adult dogs. Small dummies and socks are easy for pup to retrieve, you won’t be able to throw them too far and they won’t...

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