Rescue Dogs

The Leadership Walk: The “Cure” for Pulling and So Much More!

Weekly I meet with anxious and frustrated dog owners on any number of behavioral issues – from pulling on the leash to aggression to chewing up shoes, general disobedience or jumping on guests.  Invariably, there is one exercise I recommend for all of them:  the Leadership Walk The Leadership Walk – or as many call […]

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What Training Can and Cannot Produce: A Tale of Cookies and Coleslaw

As much as dog owners hope that their trainer is like a master chef that can transform their aggressive dog into a social one, or their cat chaser into a cuddling kitty lover…generally speaking it’s not going to happen. Here’s what they can do….

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Food Aggression or Self Fulfilling Prophecy?

The last few times I’ve had clients come in with concerns regarding food aggression behavior, I noticed a few things that they all had in common. First of all, each had 4 month old puppies and had these puppies since 8 weeks of age. All families mentioned their previous dog also exhibited food…

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Dog Stress Signs: When a New Home is the Best Home — For the Dog

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As a dog behavior consultant, I meet weekly with dog owners full of angst. Disillusioned dog owners come to me with regularity, their dreams of a raising a perfect puppy or giving a better life to a rescue dog going awry. Usually it’s something simple (pulling on the leash, jumping on visitors, digging in the […]

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5 Mistakes Rescue Dog Owners Make

Assuming a shy dog was abused Dogs, like humans, are born with their inherent personalities. That personality is Nature’s “stamp” and like us, a dog is stuck with the personality they’re born with. A confident, willful puppy (barring trauma in a critical period of early development) will be a confident dog just like that kid […]

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You Got a New Puppy ….Now What?

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Several weeks after coming home with an extra set of little paws from visiting your local animal shelter or adding a new ‘holiday’ puppy to your household, you may find yourself thinking…Now what? With the right guidance, raising a new puppy can be a breeze, but without it – it can be disruptive, even heartbreaking. […]

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The Rescue Dog’s Psalm

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I am moved lately by the power of love. And how the simple act of kindness toward a dog needing a new or loving home brings this power into play in our daily lives. Just the other day, a friend relayed a touching rescue dog story to me. She had been traveling in a popular […]

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RULES TO THE RESCUE: Help a Rescue Dog Feel Secure

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I was reminded yesterday as I consulted with a rescue dog owner, how little guidance there is for dog owners that adopt a rescue dog.  When they bring their new dog home, they do what they think is right to help them acclimate to their new forever home, but often do exactly the WRONG things. […]

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Pins & Needles – Dogs Meeting Each Other: Introducing a Second Dog to Your Present One

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A client came to me the other day, for help introducing a new puppy to her older, cranky-ish male terrier.  She was terrified of the dogs meeting each other, fearful the older dog would fight first and ask questions later.  I realized at the end of the session, that I had walked her through what […]

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