How to Solve All Your Dog Problems Without Raising Your Voice - from Bratty Barking & Jumping, to Stealing, Nipping & Nudging.

Meet Tictoc, the Tibetan Terrier. His favorite morning activity is bark-at-Mommy at-the-breakfast table. Yelling, shoving or locking him in the crate have only given him the nickname “Our little rapper!”. Tictoc has a lot in common with the neighbor’s three-year-old toddler, William, who shouts “NO TECH” whenever his Mommy pauses playtime to answer a text.

Across the street lives Bumper the border collie-mix who’s notorious for using her stealthy underarm nose-jab to send yet another coffee cup flying. Bumper lives with Sadie, her favorite diaper-clad human who tops the morning coffee upheaval with her spoon-fling off the highchair maneuver!   

What do these kids have in common? They all want attention—negative or positive, it doesn’t matter. React to it, and you’ll be guaranteed a repeat performance. Parents of any species can relate: unconditional love isn’t always easy. 

What if we could instantly get rid of all these aggravating, attention-getting behaviors and find a solution that doesn't raise your blood pressure?

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Rate Your Dog's Sense of Smell!

Dog's have incredible noses: it's how they "see" their world.  In her book Being a Dog,  Barnard College, Columbia University professor and canine researcher Alexandra Horowitz challenges us to consider what it's like "to be able to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell sadness in humans, or even the passage of time?"

But just how good a sniffer does your dog have and what exactly might breed have to do with his/her olfactory savvy?

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Seasonal Separation Anxiety

If my dogs had to pick a least favorite month, it'd be September.  After the hullabaloo of summer, when foot traffic is high, and laughter surrounds them, back to school spells one thing: B-O-R-E-D-O-M.

Frantic activity in the days leading up to school can ratchet up the overall household anxiety level. Dogs may start to act out, hoping for attention in their dog-like way. 


It's a good time to remember this favorite phrase: anytime your dog acts out, or your kids for that matter: 


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How Do You Show Your Love?

There are many ways to trigger a dog's passion, from playing games like Tug-of-war and Find it, to heading out for a hike, walk or trip to the dog park, to singing or scratching your dog in their just-right spot!  

Find a way to trigger your dog's passion.  Nothing beats your full attention while doing what your dog loves best.  

I'll leave you with a few images of how we show love in our family!  Please share your images with me in the comment section under the poll on my Facebook page.

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Fun in the Sun for All, Even the Lizard

 On any given day, one of my family members is assigned the task of playing with the lizard.  Each participant chooses either the grass or sandbox.  

  Yes, I have four dogs who need their daily dose of stimulation.  Cats are also a part of our landscape.  I’ve got tunnels in the backyard and playground equipment that satisfies both kids and dogs, but honestly, it is the lizard, peering out from inside his glassy habitat that routinely makes me feel most guilty.

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