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July 7, 2017

Adequate exercise for your dog

I have had many people ask me, “What is the right amount of exercise for a dog?” My answer is always, if your dog spends a good majority of the time with you, in a relaxed state; no pacing, no destruction and no anxiety, you know your dog...

July 7, 2017

 I recently read a couple of ads on craigslist that truly bothered me and I have to touch upon this subject.  One owner has a dog that is chewing up the walls in their house the other is having housebreaking issues.  Even though I generally will not read the responses...

July 7, 2017

OK, so over the years I have heard many people say, “Let the dogs work it out.  They need to figure out the pack order.”  I have also heard some trainers tell people to feed their dogs in pack order, the “alpha” first.

This is so wrong!!!  First thing I need t...

July 6, 2017

With summer now creeping up, I receive more and more calls about dogs that are dog-dog reactive. Yes, I said reactive, not aggressive. The truth is most of the dogs I see are not truly dog-dog aggressive. What is the difference? A dog-dog reactive dog is given a job th...

March 6, 2017

One of my favorite questions to ask clients is, “what do you want from your dog?” This seems like an easy question to answer, but most people have a hard time with it. It may take them a few minutes to actually sit back and think about what it is they really want from...

December 19, 2014

For 26 years, I have consulted and worked with clients that own dogs that are either fearful, reactive, confident, resource or human aggressive. During our consultations, the owner generally states they are “alpha” to their dogs, or that they want to learn how to be an...

August 25, 2012

People ask me all the time if special needs dogs (deaf, blind and deaf-blind dogs), can lead a normal life.  Shelters rarely put them up for adoption, breeders tend to kill them at a young age (although this is never admitted), and rescues tend to have very strict limi...

August 7, 2012

The last couple of months, I have been contacted by several new clients with human aggressive dogs. Now this is not that surprising because I specialize in aggression cases, but the cases are unfortunately leading back to improper handling from professionals in the can...

May 22, 2012

The Austin City Council will meet this Thursday, May 24, to amend the license agreement between the City and Austin Pets Alive. In light of the last weeks crisis of overcrowding at the shelter, Travis County Animal Advocates is asking Travis County residents, rescue gr...

October 19, 2011

I wanted to write to you tonight and tell you that Cheyenne and I just got back from the GREATEST WALK EVER!  We practiced everything that Tara taught us today.  And it worked!  She stayed on my left side.  I was the one with the well behaved dog while others were figh...

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Adequate exercise for your dog

I have had many people ask me, “What is the right amount of exercise for a dog?” My answer is always, if your dog spends...

Is playing with my dog enough exercise?

July 7, 2017

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