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6 Things to Consider Before You Begin Dog Obedience Training

6 Things to Consider Before You Begin Dog Obedience Training

Do you remember the Disney movie Homeward Bound? The movie featured two dogs, Chance and Shadow, along with their cat buddy, Sassy.

Shadow was a mature, well-mannered, obedient, regal, and refined…the perfect dog! He was often aghast at the antics of the ill-mannered, wild-child, always-in-trouble dog in his life, Chance.

If you have a dog at home, it’s likely that your dog falls somewhere in the middle of the Shadow-Chance spectrum.

And if that’s the case, dog obedience training is something that will benefit both you and your dog.
The Dog Is Choking! Here’s What To Do

The Dog Is Choking! Here’s What To Do

Dogs are inquisitive beings, exploring their worlds with their noses and mouths. Unfortunately, this leads to a common problem: choking.

They chew on all sorts of things, and if an object gets stuck in their throats or wrapped around their necks, their airways can become blocked leading to an unfortunately common emergency.
Finding “The One” the First Time

Finding “The One” the First Time

I’ve been volunteering a lot at our local SPCA, spending time with the dogs and the incredible, devoted staff that keep them safe and healthy while they wait for their forever homes.

As a dog lover, spending time with all these amazing creatures fills my heart. Each one, with their individual personalities, stories, and experiences is brimming with love and the desire to give it to some lucky family.

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They all have that quality that is so endearing in dogs, the desire to give their whole heart and soul to any human, despite what they’ve been through. It melts me every time!

As a dog trainer, I can’t help but see the potential in every dog there. No matter what occurred on their path to the shelter, I know that each dog has the ability to overcome their circumstances and improve their issues to become wonderful companions.

Unless…

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Whether you realize it or not, you’re in a relationship with your dog. Maybe not the kind you’d display on your Facebook profile, but make no mistake, it’s real!
This can be a tricky concept for some people. We’re used to thinking of our human family members on one plane and the family dog on another.
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But when you consider that you live together, play together, travel together, and rely on each other for companionship and love, you realize that the relationship you have with your dog can be just as important and meaningful as any other relationship you have.
And just as in all relationships, it takes effort to maintain a healthy one.

Can a Dog Be Your Soulmate?

Can a Dog Be Your Soulmate?

When someone says they’re met their soulmate, everyone knows what they’re talking about. They’ve met someone they’re deeply connected to, someone who compliments their life perfectly, who accepts them and loves them just as they are.

When you think about it, those are the same qualities you find in most dogs!
The Benefits of Group Dog Training

The Benefits of Group Dog Training

Oh the decisions! Private training or group training? Day training or Board & Train?

The good news is you’ve got options. The bad news is…you’ve got options! You’ve got to decide which method is best for you and your dog.

The bottom line is that you want to keep your dog safe by training her to listen and respond to what you want. And you want to develop strong bonds and a loving, harmonious relationship with the dog that shares your home, your family, and your life. Whichever method you choose, rest assured you’ll have those two important needs met.
Winter Weather Tips

Winter Weather Tips

Baby, it’s COLD outside!

As you look at your dog’s built in fur coat with envy, remember that the cold weather affects them, too, perhaps in ways you hadn’t realized.

For example, your logical brain might tell you that dogs with fur can’t possibly get frostbite…but those un-furry paws are susceptible to frostbite, just like your un-fuzzy hands.
The Benefits of Private Dog Training

The Benefits of Private Dog Training

When was the last time you tried to learn a new skill, something that was totally unfamiliar to you? When was the last time you tried to change a behavior or get rid of a bad habit? Was it easy or hard?

If you’re like most of us, you just have to think back on the last New Year’s resolution you made to find your answer!

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Learning new skills and changing behaviors can be a challenge for all of us, dogs included. Just like humans, dogs have different learning styles and personalities to consider.

Fortunately, when it comes to dog training, you’ve got several options. One of the best options is private training. Here are 7 reasons why it might be the best option for your dog.

Learning Canine First Aid is Important…For Both of You

Learning Canine First Aid is Important…For Both of You

We see you. We know you.

That furry creature isn’t just your dog. That’s your baby, your companion, your confidante, your friend, your ride-or-die.

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Your dog is a member of your family!

We know you treat your dogs like it too, by feeding them quality food, taking care of their medical needs, and providing toys and a comfy bed to sleep in.

We’d like to encourage you to take your excellent care one step further, because we’d never want you to experience the heartache of not being prepared should your friend need first aid.

Canine Enrichment, AKA “Un-Boring” Your Dog

Canine Enrichment, AKA “Un-Boring” Your Dog

Recently I flew across the country. It was scheduled to be a 5 ½ hour flight, but we sat on the tarmac while a problem was fixed. A half hour later, we departed. Six hours on a plane is not easy, especially in the middle seat with only my phone and jockeying for armrest dominance for entertainment.

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As I was contemplating my situation, it occurred to me that my unpleasant experience wasn’t all that different from what many dogs experience on a daily basis (forgive me, I’m a dog trainer, so dogs are on my brain a lot). (READ MORE!)

Getting a Puppy, 101

Getting a Puppy, 101

If there’s one thing that can bring delight, fun, focus, family togetherness, and a feeling of purpose, it’s bringing a puppy into the family.

People sought out puppies to adopt during the height of the pandemic as a way to make it through quarantine and shut downs with a little spark in their lives. And many more get puppies as holiday gifts for the kids. And it CAN be wonderful!

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But for many, once reality sets in, many families realize they weren’t truly prepared and turn those pups in to shelters.

One of our missions at Sit n’ Stay is to help families cope with all the good…and the challenging aspects of owning a puppy.