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How to Safely Greet a Fearful or Anxious Dog

I have a lovely neighbor down the road who just got a 2-yo Dachshund from Rescue. It’s her first dog since she’s been a child and she couldn’t be more excited or in love with this lucky dog. And… she’s a little out of practice on how she needs to be introducing her new family member to strangers. Especially, since this dog is prone to fear aggression.

So when we met on the road and she asked me to say hello to Pixie, it gave me the opening to ask if she’d mind if I helped her work with Pixie.  She was very appreciative of the offer, adding that most of the neighbors didn’t want to take the time to help […]

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By | 2017-11-27T09:21:03+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Dog Training, Dogs in General|0 Comments

Best Way to Get Dog Hair Off Rugs and Furniture

Use a squeegee and spray bottle

Don’t waste your time vacuuming; there isn’t a vacuum on the market that gets all pet hair. I know because I’ve tried them all.  To pick up ALL dog hair, use a squeegee and a little water in a spray bottle. Mist the furniture or rugs with the spray bottle and use the squeegee to loosen the hair. You’ll gather every single pet hair, leaving furniture and rugs perfectly clean.

For rugs use a squeegee with telescoping handle.

This is my secret weapon. Works like magic!

floor squeegee

 

 

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By | 2017-08-03T12:21:30+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Dogs in General, Life, Tech Tips & Product Reviews|0 Comments

Are Bark Collars Safe and Humane?

You have a barking dog that just won’t stop. You’re at your wit’s end and you’ll try anything. Or you’re looking for a quick no-training method. Are bark collars the safe and humane solution?

Nuf said about that.

Instead, take a couple of minutes and try this method to get your dog to stop barking. Works like a charm. If you don’t want to wind up with a neurotic dog, there are no shortcuts.

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By | 2017-08-22T20:15:20+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Dog Training, Dogs in General|3 Comments

Australian Shepherd-Siberian Husky Mix–What Are You In For?

I’ve lived with and loved both of these breeds. So is getting a mix of these two breeds in one package — either by accident or by designer dog– a good idea? As one of my favorite dog trainers says, “It depends.”

My first thought is how much do you love vacuuming?

My next thought is how much do you love running, and training, and running, and training…?

And my final thought is how much money do you have to put up and maintain a 9 ft fence around your property, with at least 2 of those feet buried in the ground to keep this Houdini escape artist contained? Not even joking a little […]

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By | 2017-07-23T09:28:11+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Dogs in General|0 Comments

5 Best Toys for Australian Shepherds

Aussies and Australian Shepherd puppies are very high energy dogs, which means they need a lot of stimulation to help keep them out of trouble. Here is my list of top 5 toys that will help tire them out, while ensuring their health and happiness (and your sanity).

1. YOU. That’s right. If you’re not prepared to devote yourself to your Aussie in the same way that she will devote herself to you, then you’re not ready for an Aussie. If you think I’m joking, please ask anyone who does Aussie Rescue work what is the #1 reason for relinquishment. Let me spare you the suspense–an owner who isn’t prepared for the high level of attachment and energy.

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By | 2017-08-01T08:55:38+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Dogs in General|0 Comments

Lyme Disease Season in Full Swing — The Best Offense is a Good Defense

Deer tick nymph stageSigh… Big sigh… Really big sigh…

I hate ticks.

Especially deer ticks–the carriers of Lyme disease.

And this tick season is as bad as I can recall. (Just to be clear–it’s never not tick season, because adult deer ticks don’t go completely dormant like the nymphs do, but they’re especially active during the Spring and Fall.) I’ve been picking several ticks a day off of each dog for a couple of weeks now. Even with using Frontline. It’s enough to make me want to pack up and move to New Zealand — anywhere where there’s no tick borne disease.

Since I won’t be moving […]

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By | 2017-07-23T08:49:41+00:00 April 30th, 2017|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General|4 Comments