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If you’re looking for a healthy treat you can quickly make at home, here you go. These DIY treats are easy to whip up, and much more inexpensive than commercial frozen dog treats. Ingredients you can use: Peanut butter (use plain peanut butter with no added artificial sweeteners) Plain Yogurt Pumpkin purée (again, no additives) […]

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One-in-a-million Dog

November 17, 2014

Thursday marked two weeks since we said goodbye to our beloved boy, Chance. Some of my readers have met Chance, and knew him personally. He had a way of touching the hearts of everyone he met. Knowing when to say goodbye is a difficult decision. I want my animals to leave this world with dignity. […]

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Saying Goodbye

August 31, 2014

Nothing really prepares you for saying goodbye to a true friend. You can ponder what it’s going to be like, you can try to prep yourself, but when the time comes there is nothing but raw, emotional chaos. Delilah came into my life fourteen years ago. My family had said goodbye to our long-time and […]

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Reading Your Pet’s Reactions

February 14, 2014

As I drove my truck into the automatic carwash today and put it into neutral, the conveyer belt grabbed my tire and began to pull my truck forward, I felt my heart rate pick up, and a small wave of anxiety pass over me. I looked down at my shifter twice to make sure the […]

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Having a Pit Bull (Or any other shorthaired breeds for that matter) and living through Minnesota winters can be a challenge. A short coat with virtually no hair on the underside makes for a cold dog in no time. Shivering is an obvious sign that a dog is cold, but what are some other signs […]

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Service Dog Registries

January 20, 2014

“Register your Service Dog or Emotional Support Animal for Free & travel with your pet” is the ad campaign’s catchy headline that grabbed my attention when checking my Facebook account recently. Curious, I looked up the website to see what it was all about. As advertised, people could simply register their dog with the organization […]

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What to do with a Door Dasher

September 20, 2013

Either we’ve been there ourselves, or we know of someone who’s  faced the following scenario: you’re running late for an appointment, you grab your keys and start to dash out the door, and right then Fido rushes past you and out into the great beyond. You call his name, along with a few other choice […]

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In my town, the annual fireworks show doesn’t happen on the 4th of July, it happens about a week or two before when Winona’s Steamboat Days wraps up. Why Winona chooses to do it that way, I’m not sure…but it means I get to experience the repercussions of firework displays twice; since most people still […]

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This post is two-fold, the first part discussing how feeding people food to your dog won’t teach him to beg, unless you’re reinforcing a begging behavior. The second part is teaching a begging dog not to beg: Zen Dog Training–If you want something, act like you don’t want it! I hear it often during the […]

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“He knows what I’m telling him, he just chooses not to do it.” I beg to differ, if your dog is not doing what is asked, there is probably a reasonable explanation for it. Such as, he doesn’t know what you’re asking of him, or it hasn’t been strongly reinforced enough in the past that […]

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