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Don’t Blame Craigslist for Abused ‘Puppy Doe’

Just this August, a small dog was in a park in Massachusetts with injuries she would never recover from. The veterinarian who examined the dog that became known as "Puppy Doe" determined that her fata…

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The Problem With Jerky Treats for Dogs

Every now and then I'll stop by my local big chain pet shop to brush up on what's trendy in the dog and cat product world. The store in my neighborhood has a large section devoted to bulk treats for d…

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Why Retractable Leashes Are a Bad Choice

Before I rescued her, my dog Mayzie spent the first two years of her life tethered on a six-foot rope in someone's backyard. As a result, when we adopted her, she was scared of a myriad of things. One…

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Do Pit Bulls Require a Specific Owner?

“You shouldn’t own such a dangerous dog!” I turned away when the dog owner walking away from me on a Boston street yelled this at me. His loose Lab had just sauntered up to me and my Pit Bull, Huds…

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11 Reasons You Should Date a Dog Owner

Earlier this year when I was looking to start dating again, I realized quickly how scary the dating world can be. There aren’t really any hard and fast rules and the quest for “the one” can be dauntin…

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How Would You Save a Dog in a Hot Car?

For Labor Day, my partner and I decided to take our dogs out of New York City to enjoy a long weekend upstate. We have cottages we love to stay in with a door that opens onto a yard, a meadow frequent…

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8 Things to Never Say to a Dog Owner

If you are a dog parent, you've probably had a couple comments directed at you that raised your hackles. There are some "sentiments" that are akin to the tone-deaf singers on shows like American Idol …

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Euthanizing Your Pet: Should You Be Present?

Euthanizing a beloved pet is never easy. The decision to euthanize a dog is the most important and difficult dog-related decision someone can make. I recently wrote about how emotionally difficult eut…

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6 Ways to Deal With an Off-Leash Dog

There are many reasons your dog may not appreciate being rushed by an off-leash dog while he's on-leash. Senior dogs, dogs recovering from injuries, and shy or fearful dogs might find the unfettered a…

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Are Dogs More Aggressive Today?

As a trainer specializing in aggressive dogs (now often called "reactive"), I know that owners often contact me as a last resort: the dog has either bitten someone or come very close to it. I can tell…

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