To fear the growl or not to fear the growl: THAT is the question!

As I was walking one of my client’s dogs today, I heard a car pull up behind me and looked to see who it was. Curious if I was running into someone I knew, or being asked for directions (bad idea, for future notice, I’m terrible at giving directions. “Turn left at the mossy rock, if you’ve hit the house with the Great Pyrenees you’ve gone too far!”), I turned around to see that it was the owner of a dog I had watched toward the end of November. We exchanged pleasantries, talked about the upcoming holiday, and she asked me how her dog had done over the weekend service. I told her that he was clearly very nervous when I first arrived but warmed up eventually when he realized I was there to wal

My Top Five Tips for Successfully Integrating your Newly Adopted Dog

Adding a new dog to your family is a very exciting time, and brings a lot of joy and new experiences. However, it can also bring stress and change, for both you and your new family member. If you don’t prepare ahead of time and have a plan in place, you may become overwhelmed by the new challenges that life with your dog brings. The following points are, in my experience, some of the most helpful tips when bringing home a newly adopted dog. 1) No matter what, DON’T allow free range to your home within the first few months, if not longer, of your dog’s time with you. One huge mistake that a lot of people make is bringing an adult dog home and allowing the dog free access to the home immediate

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