How to Use Positive Reinforcement Correctly

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I was at Betsy’s* house this morning for the first time and I met her 3 dogs, one of which is reactive to strangers. Luke’s* barking and growling at new people when he sees them is embarrassing and potentially dangerous. Betsy gets anxious when friends come over to her home – so much so that she is reluctant to invite … Read More

Walking with my Dog, As Viewed from Different Perspectives

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For many people, walking their dog is a form of exercise, maybe an excuse to get out of the house or just bonding time with your pooch. Typically your average, seemingly friendly dog owner’s thought process on a walk may look like this: “I love taking my dog out for a walk, it’s a great opportunity for him to sniff … Read More

My Dog Bit My Daughter

I heard a sound unlike any I had ever heard before. There are some foggy details from Thursday March 10th, but I think I actually said out loud, “was that a growl?” Boomer, a 90 pound German Shepard, dropped the toy out of his mouth and covered the 8 foot gap between where he stood and where my 13 year … Read More

3 Halloween Tips From Your Dog

Do you want some Halloween tips from your dog? As much as the kids in the household are anticipating Halloween, I’m kind of dreading it. I get so excited when the doorbell rings and you freak out – rushing over to the door and opening it quickly while I’m rushing around in a panic! I get so excited I can’t … Read More

Top 8 Things To Train Your Puppy

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“When should we start to train our new puppy?” This is the question I hear almost every day and the answer is simple. It’s never too soon to begin training your puppy. Most people want to jump into training all the typical things you think of related to dog training and begin teaching SIT and DOWN the day they bring … Read More

H3N2 Canine Influenza

In April, we all watched the national news to learn of the outbreak of the H3N2 canine influenza strain that is not covered by the vaccine.  In the last week of May, we heard what we were hoping we would not hear in Annapolis, MD. The first confirmed case of Canine Influenza Virus H3N2 was verified in Anne Arundel County. … Read More