Training your puppy

Amy Dietrich / July 12, 2019

When Should You Start Training Your Puppy?

Different dogs have different intelligence levels. Just like humans. Some dogs are a bit, ahem, ‘sharper’ in their earlier months. Some are simply the opposite. But generally, I find that six months old is about the time average puppies start to respond to conditional training. That is, training that uses a repeated reward system to build upon their memory.

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dog-gate

Amy Dietrich / July 8, 2019

Review: Perma Retractable Gate



This past summer we turned our deck into a zen-like retreat for my husband and myself. Complete with Buddha statue and soft lighting. We wanted our dogs to enjoy it too.

Our house is situated next to a state route and while not heavily traveled, those that do travel it rarely keep the speed limit. Our yard isn’t fenced and while we have a trolley-runner for the dogs in front of the house, behind the house is nothing. I wish I could say that our dogs were trained enough to stay on the deck, but they aren’t.

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Dog Running Away

Amy Dietrich / May 21, 2019

My dog is missing, what do I do?

My dog ran away. What do I do? Where do I start looking? Could he have been hit by a car? Will he be scared and bite? So many questions, and such little time to panic. You need to be smart in this stressful situation.

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Elevated Dog Bowl

Amy Dietrich / March 6, 2019

Review: Dogit Elevated Dog Bowl

I’ve heard mixed thoughts on elevated pet bowls. On one hand, it’s generally good for older dogs, so they don’t have to bend down to get food as well as taller dogs for the same reason. On the other hand, it’s not good for some dogs because it can be a factor in stomach bloat. I’ve been through this emergency – it’s terrifying.

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Do dogs remember their owners?

Kay D'elle / February 20, 2019

Do Adopted Dogs Remember Their Previous Owners?

Years ago, I recall sitting in the car with my parents and recently adopted Yellow Labrador, Reilly, at our local drive-in. We all enjoyed a burger and fries (Reilly, with his own treats). It was a warm Summer day, and we had the windows to the car open. People were coming and going, and occasionally families or those venturing solo walked by the car as we ate. Even though Reilly was fairly new to our family – for about a year or so – he never showed any signs of aggression towards us, nor any strangers for that matter. Like many dogs, he loved attention and enjoyed the company of people. The Animal Rescue League, where we had adopted him from, didn’t provide much information at the time of adoption, other than he was six months old and had previously belonged to a Mennonite family. We felt proud to have stumbled upon such a magnificent dog.

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