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Should you get littermates? I don’t usually get this question. Normally, I hear “Help, we got littermates!” That comes after the littermates are already home and the people are feeling understandably overwhelmed. Most dog trainers, if asked, would say “No way, don’t do it! Never get littermates.” Meanwhile, most dog owners say “We got littermates because…”: […]

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Time to dust off the blog! We have news! Puppies! We have puppies! Service puppies in training! Good lord, they are exhausting, but jeez louise could they be any cuter? Whit and Dougan are our latest service puppies in training. I picked them up a little over two weeks ago and they have taken over […]

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Smart Dog University by Laurie Luck - 8M ago

I had planned to write this on January 17 while I was on a cross-country flight to the West coast. I was ready to write it. I had recovered enough that I could form coherent sentences and I’d finally reached the point where I smiled when I thought about Tango.  But then a thing happened […]

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Boundaries – Movie Review I’m often asked to review dog-related products, treats, and food, but earlier this month, I was asked to do a movie review for a Sony Pictures movie called Boundaries. I was intrigued. Me, do a movie review? Why on earth would Sony Pictures ask me to screen a movie? Curiosity got […]

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Teaching a puppy to listen in public takes time. It also takes training, patience, and reinforcement. Rogan is slated to be a service dog when he grows up. If you’ve ever seen a service dog working with his parter, you may have remarked “He’s so calm!” Or “”Nothing fazes him.” That’s because from puppyhood, that […]

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Puppy training can be fun. Puppy training can also be exasperating! When you think about it, there’s an awful lot to teach a puppy. And if you’re going to do it right, you need to pack a lot into 8 short weeks. Why 8 weeks? Assuming you get your pup when he’s 8 weeks, you have […]

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Introducing Service Puppy in-Training, Rogan Welcome, Rogan! We’re back in the world of raising service puppies again! I promised our seniors (Nemo, Lily, and Tango — service dog dropouts themselves) that as they entered their “golden years,” they could retire from helping us raise service puppies. Levi was the last service dog we raised. We […]

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Got a mixed breed? Ever wonder what breeds make up your dog’s heritage? You’re not alone! Hundreds of thousands of people have submitted DNA of their dog to identify what breeds make up their dog’s heritage. There are plenty of reasons people want to identify the breeds in their dog. Curiosity It’s kind of fun […]

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I’ve had “write blog post” on my daily schedule for the last six days. I keep moving it. Regular readers (ha, as if I’ve been a regular writer) know that for the past thirteen or so months, my life has been more personal and less business. It started when our 11-year old “healthy” dog, Nemo, died […]

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