Monthly Archives: March 2011

And Baby Makes Five: A Tough Situation with a New Baby and Dog

We get lots of questions about how to best introduce the family dog to a new baby. I thought the answer to the new baby question was fairly straightforward until I got the call from the mother with desperation in … Continue reading

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Therapy Dogs: What Makes a Good One?

Nearly every day, in the AKC Canine Good Citizen department, we receive calls from dog owners who want to have their dogs certified as therapy dogs. The first step is to provide your dog with basic training. Therapy dog organizations … Continue reading

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Out for a Walk: Don’t (Let Your Dog) Be a Drag!

Most people who will be bringing a new dog into their household automatically envision themselves taking the dog for a walk. My neighbor was no different. He said, “Well, Mary, I’ve decided to get a dog. I found a pretty … Continue reading

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My Dog Digs

In response to the last blog on gardening, several readers wrote to say they knew about pet friendly gardening products and plants, but their problem was their dogs digging in the yard. Here’s an AOL Paw Nation column we did … Continue reading

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Springtime Gardening: Keeping Your Dog Safe

In some parts of the country, spring has arrived. For those of you who are still experiencing cold and bad weather, don’t despair, spring is just around the corner. Springtime means gardening –trimming, digging holes, buying new flowers and bushes, planting, … Continue reading

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