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Do’s & Don’ts When Training A Dog In A Multi-person Setting

If you are training a dog that is around a multitude of people who interact with them on a daily basis, congratulations – you have your work cut out for you! Whether you have a household of four, or your dog is the “office dog” that interacts with 20 employees a day, this is an […]

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RECALL ALERT – Blue Ridge Beef Turkey Frozen Food Recalled Due to Listeria

According to the FDA, Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling its Turkey Frozen Food to do the possibility of Listeria monocytogenes contamination found by the FDA during a routine inspection and sampling. THERE IS A RISK TO BOTH DOGS AND HUMANS! Listeria Risks Listeria is not only dangerous to dogs, it can also be deadly […]

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UPDATE RECALL ALERT: 3 Brands of Cat Food Recalled

According to the FDA, J.M. Smucker Company has recalled certain lots of of 9Lives, EverPet, and Special Kitty canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1). The issue was found during a review by the Quality Assurance team. No illness have been reported to date. What’s the Risk? Thiamine is vital […]

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Sometimes, You Just Need TIME

As most of you who read my blog know, I have a reactive, resource guarding, high-drive Shetland Sheepdog puppy. In our quest to do right by him but also find a sport or sports we can do together, we have tried a lot–including traveling across the country to a herding instructor. What I was finding […]

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When Training Isn’t Working – Don’t Blame The Dog

I have noticed, myself included, that whenever training is not going well, we blame the dog. He’s not listening He doesn’t get it She is going through that “teenage” phase She’s stubborn He’s not smart He has self-control issues She doesn’t like doing this sport She’s scared The list of  excuses or blaming goes on […]

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Book Review and Charity Auction: God Spelled Backwards

New book by actress-author Sylva Kelegian, GOD SPELLED BACKWARDS: The Journey of an Actress into the World of Dog Rescue When newlywed actress Sylva Kelegian shows up at a Manhattan veterinary clinic to walk a rescue dog, a strawberry blonde puppy stumbles down the stairs and into her heart—opening it to the plight of hurt […]

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A Lesson in Self-Control

Usually the first question I get asked, when I tell people I train for herding using positive reinforcement is “doesn’t that stress the livestock?” or “how do you ensure the safety of the sheep?” My first thought, though I don’t voice is – Okay, so you care about the possibility of pain and suffering on […]

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Positive Herding – It’s Possible

I have now been at Raspberry Ridge Sheep Farm for a week and it has been AMAZING. There is nothing like watching people work positively with their dogs, using natural instinct to do what they were born to do. Unfortunately, especially here in America, herding has become a sport where correction, often severe correction, has […]

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