Children and Dogs: How Children Should and Should Not Interact with Dogs, by Dr. Sophia Yin.

Every year in the United States there are between 350,000 and 400,000 dog bites.  Of those bitten each year roughly 60% are reported to be children under the age of 15, two thirds of whom are boys. A recent study published in the Journal of Nursing, Social Studies and Public Health showed that children between the ages of 8 and 12 accurately recognized a dog’s emotions only 17% of the time. Of the 372 primary school children studied  only one
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Socialization: Formula for a Fearless Puppy

The Importance of Socializing Your Puppy Start Early – Go Everywhere There is a magic window that opens in every puppy’s life, when he is most confident and accepting of new experiences, dogs, people, places. The length of this sensitive period is short; usually within the first three months. This is the time to get him outside, to go everywhere you can and introduce him to everyone you meet, allow them to pet and handle your little one gently and
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Ralph and The Perfect Storm

Sometimes a dog can become frightened of something he’s known his entire life. Take Ralph, an 18 month old beagle that developed a terror of grocery carts. Ralph had excelled in our Jumpstart Puppy Program as a youngster and knew the in’s and out’s of grocery carts at 14 weeks. It took a fateful combination of events, a perfect storm that left him trembling and unable to go near a cart a year later. Here we’ll share with you how we
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Finding the Right Daycare for Your Dog or Puppy

By Hillary Alexander and Kasey Nash Dog daycares are becoming increasingly popular as more people realize the benefits of exercise and companionship rather than home alone. As dog owners we all want our dogs to enjoy the day, get exercise – even learn some new skills. Surely this is better than a day of solitude. The biggest challenge is finding the right daycare for your puppy or dog. There are certainly a number of strategies out there; shopping around, asking
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Puppy Training Games – Meet Wallace

Puppy Training with Games Here is Wallace, a 4 month old King Charles Spaniel as he learns the, “Make the Right Choice,” Game. You can teach this game several ways; with your hand and with a bowl of food. Either way, your puppy will learn to solve challenges by waiting, thinking, and observing instead of pouncing.  Motto of this story; it is better to wait, than to pounce! Puppy Training Game with Wallace from Hillary Alexander on Vimeo.   Puppy
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Puppy Training Games – Make the Right Choice!

Puppy Training Games –  Make the Right Choice! Use games to train your puppy to be less impulsive and solve problems by waiting and being polite.  In the following 3 videos you’ll learn how to train your puppy to make good choices. Puppy Training Games – Make the Right Choice! from Hillary Alexander on Vimeo.   Puppy Training Games – Make the Right Choice! Part Two from Hillary Alexander on Vimeo.   Puppy Training Games – Make the Right Choice!
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The Secret to Training a Puppy. . . and the most important

When it comes to training a puppy things probably haven’t changed in 32,100 years. That’s our best guess for how long humans have cohabited with dogs. Whether you live in a cave, a tent, the arctic or high desert the basics remain the same; sit, down, potty outside, go to your place, walk on a tether without dragging anybody down a mountain, come when called, leave it, and my personal favorite, Go Lay Down. With 6,500 languages spoken throughout the world
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Choosing the Best Daycare for Your Dog

Home Alone or Daycare? Like most humans your dog is a creature of habit. He enjoys his routines, loves to be with you, and has a keen sense of time as it relates to the things he loves best, like dinnertime, walk time, you-returning-home time. The hours you are away can be lonely for many dogs and certainly for puppies not yet accustomed to your absence.  If you suspect your dog is suffering from loneliness and isolation during your absence you
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Why Puppy Training Classes Are Critical For Your Dog

No matter how in love you are with your pup now, you’ll love him even more after taking puppy training classes. Did you know that enrolling your new pup – and yourself – in puppy training classes is one of the best ways to give your dog a head start on a happy life? No matter how cute your puppy is right now (and is that cuteness ever an effective survival tactic!), early training and socialization can make the difference
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