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Dog Training Myths Guaranteed to Help Make Your Dog More Fearful

We all start dog training with the best of intentions. Nobody wants to make their dog fearful in the process. However, many dog owners, trainers, and even veterinarians still subscribe to common myths about dog training that can contribute to fearful behaviors. Here are three of those myths, the reality behind them, and some suggestions…

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5 Great Positive Gun Dog Training Resources

We meet dogs that serve many roles in their families: service dogs, lap dogs, running partners, you name it. We also meet hunting dogs. And before you start imagining dusty hounds living in a little dirt-floored kennel in the back yard, let me re-state that: we also meet hunting buddies. Loveable, happy, spoiled-rotten retrievers, flushing,…

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Canine behavior expert to be featured on NPR

A Conversation With Patricia McConnell | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR Patricia McConnell, PhD, an expert on canine behavior, will spend an hour with Diane Rehm on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show tomorrow morning (the show airs at 9 am on KJZZ 91.5 fm here in Phoenix). You can also catch recordings of…

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Howls of approval for the City of Chandler

The city of Chandler has returned four ultrasonic anti-bark devices it had planned to install at Shawnee Bark Park (just NW of Alma School and Warner) after several neighborhood residents complained about—imagine that—barking dogs at the canine playground. The Dog Silencer Pro devices were criticized by opponents of the plan because they punish all dogs…

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Veterinarian speaks for Spot on NPR

Veterinarian Translates Barks And Meows, a popular interview with Dr. Nancy Kay was originally aired in March. This week was animal week at Fresh Air, and the interview was rebroadcast. Dr. Kay is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine and author of Speaking for Spot: be the advocate your dog needs to live a happy, healthy,…

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5 Great Training and Behavior Resources You've Probably Never Heard Of

Behavioral wellness is critical for all pets, dogs in particular. Fractures of the human-animal bond resulting from unwanted and inappropriate behaviors are one of the most deadly injuries we treat. Like most diseases, these behavioral problems can often be prevented; teaching clients to foster good behavioral health is among the most important services a veterinary…

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Nail trimming made easy

Nail trims are one of the most common non-medical tasks that the veterinary healthcare team is asked to perform. Sometimes, the request is made because a pet owner is afraid to hurt their pet. More commonly, however, it’s a result of the fact that the pet has developed a fearful response to gentle restraint, handling…

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Celebrate Walk Your Pet Month with PPH

January is Walk Your Pet Month, and PPH is celebrating by hosting three group dog walks in and around our neighborhood in Gilbert. Join us at 10 am on the following Saturday mornings to enjoy a walk with your dog, meet neighbors and PPH clients and friends, and burn off some holiday calories. No special training…

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This dog is healthy, wealthy, and abused.

This dog is healthy, wealthy, and abused. – By Jon Katz – Slate Magazine I was turned on to this article by a short blurb in Trends, a publication of the American Animal Hospital Association, during my travels to a recent veterinary conference in Florida.  Although it was written in 2004, the article–describing the life…

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Rana and I just returned home from the park down the street.  Not the dog park, mind you, but a regular park; just a large expanse of grass, a kid’s playground, and a couple benches.  I was planning on a short training session (yes, Rana’s almost seven, but even old dogs need training) and figured the…

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