Parvo and Rabies in Reno and Sparks … A Plain-English Explanation

You may have already heard that for at least the last year, veterinarians are seeing increasing amounts of Parvovirus cases in Reno and Sparks.  A few weeks ago, a puppy in Carson City was discovered to have had rabies.  What you need to know is why this scares everyone so much, and what you can […]

Dog Killed by Coyotes in Stateline, NV

Everyone knows that coyotes are a risk to our dogs in Northern Nevada, but this recent event really drives home the point. In brief, a couple were walking near the Tahoe Rim Trail, and their Whippet spied some coyotes and gave chase.  By the time the couple caught up to the dog, he was dead […]

Why your training isn’t working (the rehearsal effect)

Training Tidbit for January: The Rehearsal Effect: Why Your Training Isn’t Working Frustrated that your different training tactics never seem to work? Every time I hear this complaint, without exception, there is one common denominator to people’s stories: the dreaded rehearsal effect.  Here’s an analogy to help you understand what’s going on. First, think of […]

“Dognition:” A Fun Way to Learn About Your Dog, with an Added Scientific Bonus!

Training Tidbit for December: Last month, I went to a dog trainer’s conference in Spokane, Washington.  This is one of the coolest things I learned about. In the past, human and animal intelligence was measured on a sliding scale – you either had a high IQ, a low IQ, or were somewhere in the middle. […]

How those underwater photos of dogs are made

We’ve all seen these photos around, right? Well, check out how they’re made – it’s not as easy as it looks!

The Super Tricks Class Returns!

A Holiday Gift for You: The Long-Awaited, Never Duplicated, Super Tricks Class! It’s back by popular demand!  Looking for a way to wile away those gloomy winter days and nights?  Resolved to spend more quality time with your dog this year?  You want to take the Super Tricks class, my friend. Beginning: Saturday, Jan. 4th […]

Training Treats for Dogs with Sensitive Tummies

Training Tidbit for November:  You can try this at home! Training Treats for Dogs with Sensitive Tummies Need to get some training done but dread being bombed right out of your bedroom, or cleaning up a mess?  There are ways around that!  Try these tricks and sleep sweet! Go natural. Sometimes what dogs are sensitive […]

Dogs Are People Too … Or Are They?

You might have already seen this article going around the internet. It explores some recent brain research that confirms what dog owners have suspected for years … that dogs are more human than they look.  While they don’t instinctively understand English, they do understand emotion. It also discusses the important topics of animal rights and […]

The Rules of Tug Of War

Training Tidbit for October:  You can try this at home! The Rules of War (tug-of war, that is) Lots of folks think tug-of-war is a dog training no-no; that it can teach your dog to be aggressive or “dominant.”  This is a myth!  When played properly, tug is great physical and mental exercise for your […]

4 Tips for Making New-Pet Introductions

         Trying to introduce another dog, cat, rabbit, or bird to your resident animals?  Avoid disaster and lots of stress down the road by following these simple rules. Go slow.  If you feel like you’re going too slowly, then slow down.   The goal is that by the time the animals meet each other, they are […]

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