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The Art of Communication

I am always a bit amused when I arrive at a new client’s home to help them with their new puppy. More often than not during our first lesson I hear …

Shake, Rattle and Roll: How To Introduce The Bottle Pool

As we raise each litter our goal is to do everything we can to help the puppies become confident, stable dogs enabling each of them to thrive in …

A Puppy’s First “Leash”

When I was a kid I remember getting our first St. Bernard puppy, Zonker. Everyone was so excited!<p>My sister and I wanted to take Zonker to my friend’s …

The Party’s Over: What to Do for Your Dam When You Send Your Puppies Home

Over the years, many novice breeders have asked me how dams feel when their puppies go to their new homes. As humans, we imagine emotional and …

Oh, What Fun! Avidog's Adventure Box - Avidog

Most women love to shop at Bloomingdales or Nordstrom, but sadly for my mom, my favorite places to shop are Ace Hardware, Lowe’s and Home Depot. The …

What To Do When Things Go Wrong

When you live with dogs medical emergencies can and do occur. Last week, Corey had an health crisis that required me to put my “emergency plan” into …

Puppy Picnics!

What could be more natural for a dog than eating its meals? Not much you think… well think again. I have often been asked, “What can I do; my dog …

Who's Walking Whom?

Does the thought of taking your puppy for a walk bring to mind strolls in the park as you both enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the great …

It’s Cold Tail Season!

How to avoid and treat cold tail, also known as “dead tail,” “limber tail” or “limp tail,” a strange thing that strikes some dogs.Many of my friends …

Splish, Splash! Six Mistakes to Avoid When Teaching Your Dog to Swim

Dogs love swimming with their owners!For many of us, watching our dogs play in the water is nothing short of wonderful! Splashing, wading, leaping, …

Pets

Four Things You Should Feed Your Dog!

Optimal Dog Nutrition Made EasyJust walk into a grocery or pet store and you will know that dog owners face a massive number of choices when they try …

Nutrition

The Six Biggest Potty Training Mistakes Dog Owners Make

New clients often come to us because their puppies are not getting the hang of potty training. Upon investigation, we find out that they are doing a …

Play With Your Puppy!

Playing with my dogs is something that truly brings me joy!<p>If you were to watch them playing with me, you would know they are having a great time, …

Teach Your Puppy To Love Visiting The Vet! Part 1

Your puppy’s very first visit to the vet with you will be one of many over the course of her life, so it is important to come up with a plan to …

Teach Your Puppy to Love Visiting the Vet! Part 2

In my last blog, I covered how to take your puppy to the vet the first time so she learns to love these visits! This blog will present what to do in …

How Safe Is Your Dog Riding In The Car?

There is now a certification to help you to choose the safest dog harness on the market.<p>Since this blog was originally published, the Center For Pet …

Why You Should Kennel Your Puppy!

If you are reading this blog I’ll bet you have a dog!<p>So what are your feelings about your dog spending a night away from you – or worse yet, a night …

Ever Wonder Why Dogs Need Omega-3 Fatty Acids? The Value of Pastured Meat, Chicken and Eggs in Your Dog’s Diet

Pasture-raised beef is high in the kinds of Omega-3 fatty acids that dogs need in their diets.<p>Vet nutritionists and onologists, top breeders, and now …

Prepping Your Puppy For The VetPart One

A few weeks ago, in my 2-part blog <i>Teach Your Puppy to Love Visiting The Vet,</i> I wrote about things you can do with your puppy so he will learn to …

Prepping Your Puppy For The VetPart Two

In Part One of Prepping Your Puppy For The Vet I talked about conditioning your puppy to accept and perhaps enjoy having all the parts of his body …

Pop! Bang! Boom! Avoiding Firework and Thunderstorm Fears in Dogs

Avoid or Cure Your Dog’s Fear of Storms, Fireworks and Loud Noises!Fireworks Can Terrify Many Dogs Unless You Take Action NowThere are few things …

Might Dog Dads Contribute More Than Just DNA?

How epigenetics is changing the way we understand the contributions fathers make to their kids and grandkids.<p>In the past, we focused our prenatal …

Genetics

Dog poop, measles, parvovirus and responsible dog ownership

An Argument for Individual Contribution to Herd Immunity<p>Last week, Dr Pauline Chen wrote a compelling editorial linking dog poop and the measles …

The Zen of Saying Goodbye

Lessons learned from the death of my dog.<p>I wanted it to be a beautiful, sunny day. <i>It was a stormy, overcast morning.</i><p>I wanted my vet to be there. <i>He</i> …

Why Not to “Breed Them Young and Breed Them Often”!

New arguments for breeding older dog moms<p>I have always been uncomfortable with the saying “Breed them young, breed them often” with regards to dog …

Pets

Puppy Chewing

How to Build Good Chewing Habits In Your Puppy<p>If you have a new puppy or have ever had a puppy in the past there is one undeniable truth – puppies …

Canine Physical Therapy

There are many types of non-traditional therapies that benefit dogs!<p>Canine sports medicine and rehabilitation is a relatively new specialty in …

The Importance Of Weight Control For Breeding Animals

Other than an accidental breeding a/k/a an “oops litter” most people plan their breedings well in advance. Some of the early plans include choosing a …

Pets

Timing is Everything: How to Determine if You Should Do a Breeding or Not

How to Check to See If a Breeding Will Fit in Your Schedule<p>I am often asked how to get a bitch to come in season. I usually get a laugh when I give …

Breeding by the Numbers…or Not

Numbers that help and hinder your breeding success<p>Dog breeders may not be into math but we toss a lot of numbers around while breeding. Some of these …

Pets