Dog Loving is Instant, Dog Caring is Trained.

Bark Box Subscription

Digging in the Dirt! With our awesome new Subscription my pups won't be bored enough to dig up my mother's garden! (One can dream right?) Needless to say my home is full of happy wiggle butts as a result of a family member gifting me a Bark Box subscription. I've got...
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Unexpected Danger to Your Dogs

National Pet Fire Safety Awareness Day Applies to everyone because no one expects their home to catch fire. It doesn't really seem like a real danger, not really, not until it happens to them. At least that was the case for my family in November of 2013 when we found...
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Training a Rescue Dog

Here is the rub: I didn't get a dog so he could spend all day cooped up in a house, and  fenced in a yard. Dogs should get to have adventures and explore the world outside of the house.     Leash manners have been a struggle with Banjo since I brought him home....
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Super Star Dog Biscuits

I thought Super food biscuits  would be one of those treats I made that my dogs merely tolerated receiving as rewards. I even had images of Mugsy my picky eater spitting these treats back out. In reality Banjo was incapable of posing calmly for a picture with these...
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Breaking Focus

I am constantly trying to redirect my dogs attention back to me or get them to break their focus away from distractions.  My dogs have long since mastered the art of breaking my focus.  When they perceive that I am distracted from them for too long, Mugsy and Banjo...
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Double Dog Training

Training sessions with two dogs at the same is difficult. Both dogs have to know a really solid "Stay" and separate release commands. There is no way around that. Unless you want to crate one of the dogs, but that isn't really a double dog training session is it? If...
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Not Quite Yet

There is an Indonesian word for this, it is "Belum". I stumbled along this little tid bit of knowledge during a rather trying time in my life. I used to repeat it like a mantra in my head when I felt stressed, or angry. Well not really, I didn't have to be stressed or...
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Rainy Days and Stuffed Dog Toys

There are two type of stuff dog toys. The adorable plush kind, that are essentially like squeaky teddy bears. These might survive moderate chewing, but won't survive a rainy day chew session. Then there are the rubber toys that you can stuff with yummy food, or treats...
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How Dogs See a Smile

"I looked him in the eyes and smiled at him so he knew it was okay." Someone told me as Banjo enthusiastically dug in to his supper. My snarky response was. "So, you challenged him and bared your teeth?" I was being snarky. The person I was speaking to knew it and...
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Building up Calm Reactions to Distractions

I can teach Mugsy and Banjo all the cool tricks I want, but if Banjo can't calmly watch a hiker pass us, or a cyclist ride by he isn't going to get the life he deserves. Dogs aren't born to live in a house with occasional access to a fenced yard. Dogs are social...
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The Table Scraps Compromise

If Banjo could speak I think our conversations would go something like this: "Oh, A tomato!" he would exclaim eyeing it sitting on the counter. "I love tomatoes, What is a tomato? You should give me one!" I would respond with something like "Can dogs even have...

Salmon Biscuit Recipe

  Diva Mugsy When Mugsy was around 6 months old his attention on me began to drift, and waver and suddenly I was no longer the most interesting thing in the room. So I increased the value of what was in my hand. Like magic Mugsy was back to being my attentive...

The Accidental Bed Time Routine

Our Bed Time Routine Every night I open my back door and step outside with my two pups. I give the cue go potty and wait until they are done and then I call them back in. Next I grab two treats and open the puppy gate and say alright it's  "Bed Time". I always use the...

Dogs Help Keep New Year Resolutions

Before going out and purchasing a Gym membership that will probably only get used the first few months you have it look down at your feet. Is your best friend there just looking at you, asking what to do next? Okay, maybe your buddy is curled up next to you on the...

Teaching “Leave It”

Teaching Leave It After I had Mugsy dropping a treat on command I established Leave It as don't grab the thing in the first place. To do this. I held a treat in my hand and showed it to Mugsy. I then closed my hand while giving the command "Leave it". Mugsy's first...

Teaching “Drop It”

"Drop It" is by far one of the most important skills both my dogs have learned. A solid "Drop It" can save a dogs life in the event that they have gotten their teeth into something dangerous, or even just gross. An important lesson I've learn when training my dogs is...

1 year old, and Still a Puppy

 Today is Mugsy's Birthday. He is one year old, but still very much a puppy. Medium breeds like the Australian Shepherd don't generally mature and calm down by one year. They are still developing and around year old the puppy is very much in it's late teens. Over...