Monthly Archives: February 2012

Older Dogs: Making Adjustments to Maintain a Quality Life

I was talking to a Canine Good Citizen evaluator this week and he was so excited about teaching his AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy class.  He said, “It’s so much fun to be working with puppies.  I’m not quite ready for another … Continue reading

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Best Writing About CGC for 2011

Remember we told you about the Dog Writer’s Association of America contest in New York? One of the exciting things that happened at the DWAA annual banquet was we got to give the award for the Best Writing About AKC S.T.A.R. … Continue reading

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Group Class with Owners Practicing Multiple Skills

Here’s another video from Michael Nichols of Tails-A-Waggin Dog Training in Bellingham, Washington.  This video shows how in a group class, multiple dogs can be working on different behaviors at the same time. You can also see how it is … Continue reading

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Therapy Dogs at the Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic is one of the most prestigious names in medicine.  Since the original clinic started in Minnesota, more than 55,000 Mayo doctors now provide health care in Mayo facilities in Arizona, Florida, and the Midwest. Canine Good Citizen … Continue reading

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Number 2 in the Poop Series: Possible Solutions

Yesterday we talked about the possible reasons that a dog would eat her own poop.  The last time I was asked this question, the case involved an adorable little mix named Sassy. Sassy’s owners got her when she was a … Continue reading

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HELP! My Dog Eats Poop.

It’s a question I get more often than one would think…”My dog eats poop.  What should I do?” The technical term for eating feces is copraphagia.  Whatever you call it, it’s a tricky behavior problem to solve. When a dog … Continue reading

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Hi Honey, Can I Speak to the Dog?

Recently, I traveled to the West coast.  The plane landed, and as I stood in the aisle waiting to get off the plane, I could hear a man next to me talking on his cell phone.  We had changed time … Continue reading

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George Washington Understood What Dogs Mean to Their Owners

I’ve got to tell you one more thing about George Washington. Do you remember what you learned in school about the Revolutionary War? It was the war in which the American colonists fought the British so America could be an independent … Continue reading

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George Washington: Dog Lover

The father of our nation is also the father of the American Foxhound. Presidents’ Day is coming up on Monday, and in celebration, let’s talk about George Washington and his beloved dogs.  In 1770, George Washington imported a number of … Continue reading

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And the Winner Is…Citizen Canine!

This week was the Westminster Dog Show, but Westminster week isn’t all about the dogs.  It’s also the week that dog writers, as well as general press who write about dogs, travel to New York City to attend the awards … Continue reading

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