Dog Park Etiquette #417:  “Scoop Two!”

Dog Park Etiquette #417: “Scoop Two!”

I recently decided that whenever I scoop my dogs’ poop in the dog park, I will pick up any other old poop that I see lying nearby. At first I had to make myself; but now it’s become habit. And it feels great! If everyone did this, think of how clean our dog parks would […]

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Dog Training and Child Rearing (or Vice-Versa)

Dog Training and Child Rearing (or Vice-Versa)

My wife and I recently became parents to a (human) baby boy. Many experienced parents whose dogs I’ve worked with – and even some kindergarten and grade-school teachers – after watching my methods have told me “Aha, that’s just like dealing with children!” Up to this point I’ve simply had to take their word for […]

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Run Don’t Walk — To The Dog Park!

Run Don’t Walk — To The Dog Park!

I’m a big fan of taking your dog to the dog park. Every day. At least once a day; the more the better! Not all dogs can socialize safely offleash with other dogs. Most, however, with consistent leadership and training, can do wonderfully. Walking your dog on leash through the park doesn’t count as going to […]

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Street Etiquette for Dogs

Street Etiquette for Dogs

I recently had a client new to puppy-rearing who asked “What is the etiquette for where to allow your dog to pee, when walking in the city?” My answer? “That’s a great question!” _________________________ I could name a few locations/situations in which it’s pretty clearly not cool to allow your dog to urinate or defecate: In […]

Dog Toys, Treats, and Chews

Dog Toys, Treats, and Chews

At some point during a session I normally ask owners if they ever give their dog rawhides to chew. At least half of the owners point out piles of stuffed animals and squeaky balls lying around, and say “He has loads of toys!” Other times, when we’re heading off to the dog park I ask […]

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Are There Disadvantages to Adopting a “Shelter Dog”? (NO!)

Are There Disadvantages to Adopting a “Shelter Dog”? (NO!)

I recently contributed my opinion to an article on the pros and cons of adopting “shelter dogs”. It amazes me how frequently new owners I meet attribute particular problems or characteristics of their dogs to the fact that they were rescued from a shelter. If the dog is hyper, it’s because they’re a rescue. If […]

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Dogs In The Workplace: Potential Problems And Simple Solutions

Dogs In The Workplace: Potential Problems And Simple Solutions

I recently contributed opinion to a journalist about potential problems of dogs in the workplace. Dogs at the office or other workplace are increasingly popular: they create a homey and inviting environment, lower blood pressure, and encourage friendly office social interactions. However there are legal and other issues to consider before bringing or allowing dogs to […]

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