New Dog Checklist – Basics to Nutrition

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Whether you are getting your very first dog, or you already own one or more dogs are are getting another one, you’ll need a few things for them. Some of these things are super obvious but some might be overlooked. When getting a new dog, here are a few things to make sure you get or have already for them. The most basic and common things you’ll need for Fido, are a collar and a leash. You’ll also need to make sure you get an ID Tag (use code KAI20…

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Training My Service Dog

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I’ll begin by saying that having a Service Dog is by no means a blessing. I’m not lucky or anything else to be able to bring my dog everywhere with me. Honestly, my service dog IS NOT a pet. She is considered medical equipment, the equivalent to a wheelchair, crutches, or even an oxygen tank. For myself, my service dog is my lifeline and a reason I am able to even leave my house. Sometimes I’m lucky and thankful for her so I can simply get myself out of bed.…

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Service Dogs and the Life of One

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There are many dogs who are capable of becoming a Service Dog. Not every dog can handle the job, and it certainly does take a special dog to become one. A dog of any breed can be a Service Dog. I’ll be discussing the life of my service dog although I won’t go into detail about why I have her. Service Dogs live a hard working but rewarding and fun life. The standard breeds most commonly seen as Service Dogs are Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Poodles, and German Shepherds. These…

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Recall – Getting Your Dog to Come When Called

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As dog owners there’s one thing we always expect of our dog, or we should anyways. That is recall. Recall is getting your dog to come running back to you when you call them. This can definitely take a long time for your dog to learn and is typically more difficult with more distractions. Recall When teaching this you want it to be a simple or easy to understand command for your dog. Some basic examples are ” (dog’s name) come” or “here (dog’s name)”. If you’ve previously been known…

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Fearful Dogs and How Music Can Help

Helping a fearful dog with music, helping a nervous dog, helping an anxious dog
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If you have ever rescued a dog or even fostered a dog, you may have come across one or even many that are fearful. I’ve fostered dogs who have been fearful and have helped work with them many different ways. One thing I’ve always noticed that helped me get through tough situations is music. I figured if it works for me, why not try it with dogs too. Music can be life changing but one thing to remember is how sensitive dogs are to it, loudness wise that is. I’ve…

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Puppy’s First Night at Home – What to Expect

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Puppy’s First Night at Home Bringing home a puppy for the first time is exciting. It’s something that is fun as well but can pose a bit of stress for both the dog and you, the family. Here’s some advice for your puppy’s first night at home with you. I haven’t brought home a 9 week old puppy in quite a few years but honestly, this can be advice for bringing home an older dog as well. A good puppy book I had friends recommend to me that we have…

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5 Commands Your Dog Needs to Know

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How your dog acts is a reflection of you, the owner. All dog owners want a well mannered dog. Socialization is a major part of a dog’s education as well as learning commands. These commands aren’t tricks as they are things all dogs should know. Depending on where you live, there are usually many things you can do with your dog. Whether it be an outdoor event or going hiking. There are some things your dog needs to know to be kept safe and so you both will have fun…

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Boost Confidence – 10 Things to Teach Your Dog

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There’s many difference things you can teach your dog. Of course there are far more than 10 things you can train your dog to do that’ll benefit both them and you. Keep in mind these are just my opinions of the essentials to train your dog of things they should know. These are things that’ll help boost confidence within your dog and help to grow a stronger bond with them. These are just some building blocks to having a confident, obedient, and safe dog. While tricks are a lot of…

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Dog Socialization and the Benefits of it

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Being a pet owner of any kind as two sides to ownership. This means that there are the joys to having the dog such as getting to pet, cuddle, and play with your dog. The other side of ownership is the hard work that goes into caring for the dog. The work side is considered taking the dog for walks, feeding them, keeping up with hygiene (baths and grooming), as well as vet check ups and vaccines (rabies most importantly). When it comes to dog socialization, this will help your…

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Why It’s Important to Teach the PLACE Command

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There’s plenty of reasons to train your dog and teach them the PLACE command. It’s a great learning tool and gives them another impressive skill to show others that they know and understand what you expect of them. Place Command Uses You can use this command anytime someone rings your doorbell or knocks on your door. It’s great so you can answer the door without your dog trying to dash out the door or to stop them from jumping up on your guests as they enter your house. Anytime you…

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