Category Archives: canines

How can I stop my dog from jumping on people?

Jumping on people is your dog’s way of showing affection and getting attention.  But what may have been cute when your dog was a puppy can be downright annoying when he’s full grown. I’ve had 65-pound Golden Retrievers jump on me and there’s nothing endearing about it. … Continue reading

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How protein can impact behavior

I noticed that two of my clients — belonging to the Italian Greyhound family — had become more aggressive with other dogs.  These normally affectionate pups even started barking at people on the street … which which something new. For … Continue reading

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Accidental dog bites

Caesar Milan just had a great post: 5 reasons why our dogs might bite us. 1) Maternal instincts. Always respect a mother dog with her young puppies. 2) Physical pain or discomfort.  Dogs tend to be very stoic and adept at … Continue reading

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Silence is golden

One of my clients is a Tibetan terrier.  He is totally adorable and just as demanding. When we’re in his mom’s kitchen after our walk, he barks relentlessly for treats with a shrill ear-piercing woof.  In the past, when I’ve … Continue reading

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Quiet dogs get treats

One of my clients, Muffin, used to bark a lot on our walks.  She’d bark when trucks (UPS or FedEx) drove by.  Or she’d bark when approaching larger dogs.  I knew it was fear based but some times she frightened … Continue reading

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Pet therapy

In a recent conversation with my brother, I learned how his German Shorthaired Pointer had become a therapy dog.  As I mulled it over, one of my clients — who is a very special dog — came to mind.  Raymond … Continue reading

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Howling to beat the band

I was walking one of my clients, a small black and white dog, when we ran into a special friend of hers, a contractor who lives in the neighborhood. I’m not sure what precipitated their duet, but he started to … Continue reading

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If only dogs could talk…

I was recently sitting on the subway across from a man who was staring at me intently. His gaze made me feel so uncomfortable that after a few minutes, I got up and moved to another seat. Body language speaks … Continue reading

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No-noes for Fido this holiday season

While it may be tempting to reward your dog with table scraps this holiday season, especially when he’s being begging at the table (oops being charming), an ounce of prevention is better than a midnight trip to the vet. Below … Continue reading

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Wet welcome … or how to eliminate submissive urination

I was recently hired to walk an eight-pound Yorkie.  She’s sweet and affectionate as they come.  But every day I’d come in the door, she’d wet the floor.  Dogs use their body language to communicate their intentions and many display … Continue reading

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