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7 Easy DIY Enrichment Activities For Dogs

When you’re short on time or the weather is uninviting, enrichment activities are a great way to give your dog some mental stimulation when you can’t give them physical activity. The enrichment activities below are all super simple, take just a few minutes to prepare, and use items that you already have in your house. …

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7 Exercises to Teach Your Dog Impulse Control

Teaching your dog impulse control is an important life skill that can help keep them safe and curb unwanted behaviors like darting out of doorways or jumping on people. Impulse control means teaching your dog to wait for permission before engaging in a specific activity.  Many dog owners struggle with teaching their dogs to wait …

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7 Tips for Finding a Professional Dog Trainer

Working with a professional dog trainer after I adopted Sitka was one of the best decisions I made for the both of us.  I felt resistant at first because I believed that needing to hire a professional meant that I had failed. However, I realized that I had plateaued with my knowledge and wasn’t reaching …

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The Prong Collar: An Amazing Dog Training Tool When Used Correctly

Like many, I learned about balanced dog training and the use of aversive tools like the prong collar and e-collar after exhausting the use of positive reinforcement only training with a challenging dog. Prior to using them, I misunderstood how the tools work, due to widespread misinformation about their usage. After talking with many friends, …

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The Bend Ale Trail: A 3-Day Dog-Friendly Itinerary

Visit Bend hosted me on this amazing trip to Bend to celebrate Bend Ale Trail Month. All opinions are my own. Did you know that the Bend Ale Trail was the first ale trail in the west? It started in 2010 with just eight breweries and today consists of over two dozen breweries spread throughout …

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Is Your Dog Overweight? How to Prevent Obesity in Dogs

This post is sponsored by Dexas International, creators of some of my favorite travel and camping essentials for dogs. I only work with brands I use and would personally recommend, and I think Dexas rocks. I am not a veterinarian, nor am I a veterinary nutritionist. What I am is a passionate dog mom who …

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