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Tuesday 02/02/2016
Dog scents and sensibilities
Posted: February 02, 2016

We play a lot of nose work games at our dog school, Edu-Care for Dogs, and the dogs love it. While almost everyone realizes that a dog’s ability to smell is far superior to ours, what many people may not be aware of is that using their nose to pinpoint the location of different objects requires a great deal of mental focus. After an hour of tracking games, the dog “students” are exhausted — both physically and mentally.

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Tuesday 01/05/2016
Sam Kabbel: Benevolent leadership in dogs
Posted: January 05, 2016

The role that dogs play in our lives has changed dramatically through the years. They have always given unconditional love and expected nothing but love in return.

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Wednesday 09/23/2015
Pet Tips: Work to smooth out overzealous transitions for dogs
Updated: January 05, 2016 - 10:31 am

Such emphasis is placed on obedience training and leadership. Dogs should get permission from humans in order to get the things they want. 

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Wednesday 07/22/2015
Siebel: Cure dogs of jumping on visitors
Posted: July 22, 2015

Do you dread going to your sister’s house in fear knowing that her 95-pound Lab will jump all over your new dress slacks? 

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Thursday 06/04/2015
Siebel: Valley Fever can be bad, but treatable for dogs
Updated: July 21, 2015 - 8:24 am

The one thing I’ve learned in my 40 years of living, is that effective problem solving, whether it be personal or business, will ultimately come from YOU. 

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Wednesday 06/03/2015
Pet Tips: Do I need a behavior specialist or a trainer?
Updated: January 05, 2016 - 10:31 am

Need help with your pet?

Should you call a trainer or consult a behavior specialist?

While a behavior specialist can also be a trainer, trainers do not have the credentials to be considered a behavior specialist (i.e. while a chef is also a cook, a cook is not a chef).

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Thursday 04/02/2015
Kabbel: Why do dogs eat stools?
Updated: January 05, 2016 - 10:31 am

While most cases of coprophagia appear to be purely behavioral, there are indeed numerous medical problems that can cause or contribute to coprophagia. These problems must first be ruled out before a purely behavioral diagnosis can be made.

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
Siebel: What bones are the best for my dog?
Updated: July 21, 2015 - 8:24 am

I’ll never forget the first time I left my new puppy Leinie, an Australian Shepherd, alone in my home. I was only gone four hours and returned to find a 6-inch hole in my wall! This experience solidified my view that dogs need “jobs” to do when left alone.

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Thursday 03/05/2015
Games to play with your dog to reinforce manners
Updated: January 05, 2016 - 10:31 am

Would you like your dog to ask politely for things instead of demanding them from you?

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
Dog tips: Good dog means no jumping
Updated: July 21, 2015 - 8:24 am

Do you dread going to your sister’s house in fear, knowing that her 95-pound Labrador will jump all over your new dress slacks? A dog should not prohibit you from going to friends and families homes.

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
5 biggest mistakes people make with their cats
Updated: January 05, 2016 - 10:31 am

Cats are fun pets, but be sure to not make the following mistakes so that there is harmony in your house.

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Tuesday 01/27/2015
How to bring calmness to your dog
Updated: July 21, 2015 - 8:24 am

I often walk into customers homes to be greeted by their dog’s high energy, often resembling that of a NASCAR racetrack.

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Wednesday 12/24/2014
Potty training basics for puppies
Updated: July 21, 2015 - 8:24 am

Many of my customers bring home a puppy, and tell me “We’ve had NO problems yet! No potty accidents, chewing, digging, jumping, mouthing or counter surfing.” I call this the HONEYMOON period. Just wait.

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Tuesday 12/23/2014
Helping your shelter dog to become a pet
Updated: September 22, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Recognizing the adjustment period and successfully managing it is a very important part of helping your newly adopted shelter dog to become a pet.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
3 key training exercises for a well-mannered dog
Updated: September 22, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Just about everyone would like to have a polite, well-mannered dog. Such dogs are a pleasure to take with you into the community, greet guests well and make their owners feel proud. Here are three key training exercises that you can practice with your dog to teach him to be more polite.

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Thursday 10/23/2014
What bones, ‘chew toys’ are best?
Updated: July 21, 2015 - 8:24 am

I’ll never forget the first time I left my new puppy Leinie, an Australian Shepherd, alone in my home. I was only gone four hours and returned to find a 6-inch hole in my wall. This experience solidified my view that dogs need “jobs” to do when left alone. These “jobs” reduce separation anxiety tendencies and allow dogs to stay focused on a task. Over the years, I have tested numerous chew bones/toys for my dogs and have narrowed it down to a number of “must haves” for any dogs chewing desires. Remember: Always supervise your dog when chewing on ANY new bone/toy that they could potentially swallow. Below are a few chewing tips to lower your odds of coming home to unwanted construction:

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Using punishments in dog behavior modification
Updated: September 22, 2015 - 12:32 pm

What is punishment?

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Thursday 09/18/2014
Consider ages and stages when adopting a dog
Updated: September 22, 2015 - 12:32 pm

Many people feel it’s best to start with a “clean slate” when adopting a dog so only consider adding a puppy to their family. While you can have a lot of influence on your dog’s personality at this early stage, it’s important to realize there will be genetic influences you will NOT be able to control. Not to mention the responsibilities to taking on a young pup. So is it better to adopt an adult, a dog who “is what he is?” Here are a few things to consider when determining what age and developmental stage might be most compatible for your family and lifestyle.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
5 mistakes people make with their cat
Updated: September 22, 2015 - 12:32 pm

1. Placing the litter box, food, and water in the same location. We wouldn’t want the bathroom to be incorporated into the kitchen and neither do our cats. Cats are fastidious animals and generally prefer to eliminate far from where they eat and drink. If they must be located in the same room, be sure they are on opposite sides of the room.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Water safety key for dogs
Updated: July 21, 2015 - 8:24 am

It’s summertime! Time for beer, brats, baseball and the beach. It’s also time to be sure that your kids AND dogs are safe around water. For many Valley residents, most homes come equipped with a swimming pool. It’s important that your dog learn how to get out of the pool if they fall in.

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