Q&A: How do I help my newly adopted dog know when my resident dog wants to be left alone?

I recently adopted a dog who mostly gets along with my resident dog, but when the two pets get together and play, the other pet will send a signal that he doesn’t want to play any longer and my new dog isn’t getting the message. He continues trying to play and my other dog will snap at him. I don’t want to surrender my new dog, but how can I get him to know when enough is enough?

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Q&A: My dog always pulls on the leash during walks; what can I do?

We have a handsome Bassett mix that knows the basic commands and is always happy to please us-however, we have been unable to teach him to walk on leash without pulling. At 60 pounds and with his low center of gravity and strong scent drive he is a double handful on leash. How do we help him to be a better citizen while leash walking?

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Me and my shadow: my newly adopted pet follows me everywhere

Does your newly adopted shelter pet shadow you and stick to you like Velcro? Relax, and learn from star dog trainer Andrea Arden of Animal Planet and Discovery Channel fame how to help your adopted pet calm down as well. Active and retired service members know all too well how stressful their departures and absences can be on their […]...

Q&A: How do I stop my dog from jumping on people?

Our new Pets for Patriots rescue has been with us for three weeks now. He is very well behaved, except he likes to jump up on people when he gets excited. He is approximately 12-15 months, chocolate lab/pit mix. I am embarrassed when someone comes to the door, and he jumps on them. Albeit to kiss them, but still inappropriate. 

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What is a working dog?

Anyone who is passionate about helping dogs live long, happy and healthy lives would say that all dogs should have some sort of job. Giving a dog a job they enjoy can help to prevent an almost endless list of potential behavior issues (such as excessive barking, inappropriate chewing and digging, separation problems, and more). […]...

Teach your dog to drop items on request

Dogs are superbly investigative creatures who glean valuable information by ‘testing’ objects in their mouths. Most dogs also find great pleasure in chewing. So, it should come as no surprise that many, even the most well mannered, might occasionally get a hold of something to chew that you consider inappropriate or that might be dangerous […]...

Pet travel tips

For most people, pets aren’t just companions, they’re members of the family. So, it should come as no surprise that more and more people are choosing to bring their pets with them when they travel. Joining us is pet expert Andrea Arden with some tips on how to make travel with your pet as safe […]...

Q&A: Teaching a dog to do their business

 How do I teach my rescue dog to do “her business” in a particular spot outside, and are some verbal commands better than others?

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Dog and cat obesity: as seen on The Today Show

American men and women are experiencing an obesity problem and their dogs and cats are, unfortunately, following their lead. According to the AVMA approximately 25% of pets are overweight. This is due to three main problems. Firstly, people tend to be less active, spending more and more time in front of the TV and their […]...

The Honeymoon Period with Your New Dog

We have all heard the term ‘The Honeymoon Period’ used to describe the first, deliriously happy months of a relationship. Everyone is on their best behavior and feeling giddy and optimistic about the future. Unfortunately, this time of what seems to be limitless joy usually comes to an end. A similar, albeit usually much shorter, […]...
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