Is Your Dog Dominant?

Here is a really big, really important question: Is my puppy dominant? Or Is my rescue dominant? Or is my adult dog dominant? And I have the answer!   The fact is that your puppy is not dominant. Because dogs do not suffer from “dominant personality disorder” the way that people do. (I’m sure you’ve […]

Quick & Dirty; Potty Training

Potty Training: the Quick & Dirty Praise-Anticipate-Watch-Supervise P.A.W.S. and think when house-training; don’t punish for accidents!     Praise your puppy right as he finishes “going” in the right spot Anticipate his needs by scheduling your puppy Watch for potty cues: sniffing and circling indicate a need to “go” Supervise your puppy at all times […]

Schedule for Puppy

(Suggested) Puppy Schedule (PEPS) Potty Eat Potty and Play Sleep Wake-up 6-7 a.m.          Potty Eat & Drink Potty Play (Supervised free-play, tethered on leash or a walk) Potty Sleep (Nap) 1-3 hours   (Repeat PEPS)   Noon Potty Eat & Drink (if you’re feeding twice a day then skip this step) Potty Play (Supervised free-play, […]

Honey’s Litter 2016

Puppy Health Record Birth Date: November 27th, 2016 Breed: purebred American cockapoo Sire:    Jacob’s Dandelion Summer (Dandy)        Dam: Eden’s Honeyed Wine (Honey) Prcd-PRA clear/normal by parentage DNA run by Optigen (progressive retinal atrophy) PFK (phosphofructokinase) deficiency clear/normal by parentage DNA (Optigen lab) Both parents: eyes: clear, cardiac: normal and hips and knees: good All breeding […]

Hazel’s Litter 2016

Puppy Health Record   Birth Date: October 9th, 2016 Breed: purebred American cockapoo Sire:    Jacob’s Dandelion Summer (Dandy)        Dam: Eden’s American Hazel Prcd-PRA clear/normal by parentage DNA run by Optigen (progressive retinal atrophy) PFK (phosphofructokinase) deficiency clear/normal by parentage DNA (Optigen lab) Both parents: eyes: clear, cardiac: normal and hips and knees: good All breeding […]

Going Head-to-Head with Puppy Aggression

A couple weeks ago you brought home this sweet, fluffy, cuddle-lamb puppy. He was so gentle and cautious about the world around him. Confidently exploring while keeping tabs on you… you know, everything you were looking for in a puppy. And you conquered crate training! Well, maybe mostly-sorta. At least the puppy isn’t screaming in […]

Coprophagia… Just Say No!

Coprophagia is the eating of one’s own fecal matter and the fancy term for the behavior that dogs sometimes exhibit… that is they can eat their own poop. This is in direct violation of my number one health recommendation for all humans and canines: Don’t Eat Poop! BUT WHY??? Many times this nasty and dangerous […]