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Should You and Your Dog Get Stoned?

I know dog parents can’t be happy all the time, but some things make this dog mom really sad. Take the focus on marijuana, which is okay in and of itself, but in its wake, the sudden upsurge of trending YouTube videos of dogs doped up. Just the other day I watched a few clips on prime time. I mean, really—shouldn’t this be illegal?

Before you dismiss me as too prim, I experienced the joys of pot plenty in my day, and it was fun. I couldn’t walk without laughing and couldn’t laugh without falling flat on the floor. I ate lots and lots of cheeseburgers, chatted non-stop and gave my dog, Eloise, unending affection and ball tosses.

Did I ever mindfully or even mistakenly get my sweet little Eloise stoned? No. That never happened on my watch. Eloise was my first baby—she counted on me for everything; for “rational decision making.” Partying aside, I had a responsibility to care for her.

In my mindscape dogs are like kids: And you wouldn’t get a toddler stoned or blow smoke in your infant’s face, would you?

Still, these dog-stoning clips are making the rounds and I just don’t know what to make of them.

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11 Indisputable Ways Your Dog Is Exactly Like A Child

Are you one of the millions of people who call your dog “baby?”

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Have you felt excited to see and spend time with, not your partner, friends or kids, but your dog?

If so, type “I” into the comment section below.

Loving your dog like a child, racing home after work to let her out, leaving a party, planning trips, arranging play dates or trips to the park, scheduling daycare drop-offs, birthday parties, Gotcha days, etc.: dog lovers just get it. I get it. Dogs aren’t just pets. They are a part of the family.

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Dog Training And Problem Solving: What Is Positive vs. Negative Reinforcement And (Most Importantly) What Works?!

Occasionally I still confuse the terminology surrounding my profession. This is not a good admission: I’m not proud.

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The truth? I know my facts. In my most recent book, Modern Dog Parenting, St. Martins Press, I have a long and detailed terminology chart with examples to highlight their meaning. Still, I make mistakes.

The good news is that no one needs to memorize these terms to be a loving dog mommy or dad. You can confuse terms, and your dog won’t care. As the motto goes: It’s not what you say it’s what you do that matters.

 

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It’s Your Dog’s Birthday! How Will You Celebrate It?

I love celebrations, especially when it involves one of my kids, so this month when my four-legged baby turns one-year-old, I’m throwing him a bash.

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While some friends and family roll their eyes, and my neighbor’s think I’m corny, I don’t care. The joy of seeing Tally Ho dive into his cake will overshadow all scoffing.

As far as the party, my children (the furless ones) love any excuse to send out invitations and break out the bakeware. Whether or not Tally understands the celebrations on him, I know he’ll enjoy every second and crumb.

Do you long to throw your dog a party? I have three words for you: Go for it!

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