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Traveling with your Dog in the Car

Screenshot 2014-10-01 19.40.15It’s shaping up to be a gorgeous fall weekend and you and your furry family member may be planning to go leaf peeping. Here are some great tips for traveling by car with your furry travel buddy :

You can get your dog used to the car by letting him sit in the car with youwithout leaving the driveway. When he is ready, then take your dog on short rides to allow time for adjusting to the motion.

You can avoid motion or car sickness by letting your dog travel on an empty stomach. However, make sure he has plenty of water at all times.

Also, keep the car well-ventilated. Do not let your dog ride with his head sticking out of an open window as this can lead to eye injuries. You should never let your dog ride in the back of an open truck. This is extremely dangerous and can lead to severe injuries or death. We recommend that the dog is in a crate. Please make sure that fresh air can flow into the crate.There are also pet seat belts and back seat pet barriers that may be more suitable for older dogs.

Have a great weekend trip and enjoy the gorgeous leaf colors!

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Shaman the Little Known Iraq War Veteran

111A German Sheppard named Shaman is a little-known Iraq war veteran.
He was deployed with his handler, Sergeant Asher, to Iraq and his duty over  there was twofold — one was guarding a high-profile prison, actually the same prison that Saddam Hussein had been detained at, and he was on call for the British and the American special forces in Southern Iraq.

Shaman retired in 2011 and died over the summer. The veteran war dog received full military honors at a service at the Michigan War Dog Memorial.

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Preventing dog possession and food aggression issues

Dog training 101

To prevent your puppy from being possessive and having a dog behavior issue like food aggression, you simply start off a trading game with the puppy for his toys or bones by trading your puppy with treats or another toy.  While your puppy eats, pet him/her for short periods of time. This will help the puppy realize you’re not going to take away its food, and it will become more comfortable with you around.

Furthermore, you could also let the puppy get used to being pet and touched while it’s chewing on a bone. Do this in moderation. If the dog growls, then seek help right away from a professional behaviorist like myself to nip it right away.

Above all, never just take away a food bowl or bone away to prove you’re in charge. You will just be creating conflict! Trade in the beginning, and then as the dog grows you can introduce other techniques to teach letting go.

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Golden opportunity for a golden retriever rescue

bear“Bear” is a beautiful golden retriever I have personally agreed to work with as a rescue+adoption project. Are you the right fit for this huggable dog?

Bear came to my attention through my work as a professional trainer and breeder. Although I am not directly involved in dog rescue placement, occasionally I encounter a case which has the potential for a happy ending as long as the canine in question can mend its questionable ways. (more…)

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Is your dog ready for the beach or park

SophieInSnowAlthough this past winter was brutal up here in northern New England, we and our dogs enjoyed a bonus: the opportunity to romp unleashed in public parks and beaches without the usual restrictions.

But spring has sprung, and along with it most community leash laws will soon be back in effect. For example, many communities restrict dogs from having access to public beaches between 9am and 6 pm May through October. Will your dog freak out or go into withdrawal when it suddenly no longer has its favorite go-to spot? (more…)

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Do dogs enjoy learning tricks

dog-tricks_atlantick9We have talked many times about how important mental stimulation is to a dog, but the other day someone asked me if dogs enjoy learning tricks. Not the April Fool kind of tricks of course, but the kind so many people to teach their pets to show how clever and amazing it is. She seemed to think that being made to do things like shake paw, spin, dance in tango lines, or beg is demeaning to the animal. (more…)

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10 tips for giving your dog a balanced exercise routine

AtlanticK9_beagle_exerciseYou know the expression “you can never get too much of a good thing?” When it comes to your dog and exercise, less can sometimes be more.

How can you tell what the perfect balance is? Over a thousand years ago, a great Chinese physician, Sun Ssu-mo, wrote: “Flowing water never stagnates, active hinges never rust.” The Taoist tradition in China — one of the most complete preventive health care systems — recognizes physical and mental exercise as vital in maintaining optimal balance in the energy systems which make up the life force of an individual. (more…)

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What can you do about dogs that bite

atlantick9_newfieAfter a dog bites a human, it’s highly likely that the dog could bite again.

Biting is one of many natural defense tools for a dog. Depending on the situation it finds itself in, any dog will either fight, flee, or freeze to protect itself. Dogs with higher natural prey drives can be more likely to opt for biting. Regardless of the breed, if biting achieves the dog’s need to protect itself, it will remember this as being an effective survival tool. Even if the dog is not in danger, if it perceives there is a threat it will quickly draw upon its arsenal of survival mechanisms and use the one that has proven to be most effective at warding off danger. (more…)

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Women’s History Month goes to the dogs

Each March, Women’s History Month is celebrated as a way to shine the spotlight on important female accomplishments. At AtlanticK9, we have a special place in our hearts for the females within our own industry who have earned a place in the annals of history.  (more…)

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