Author Archives: Toni Mark

Training a Deaf Dog

By Michelle Mullins Training a dog takes patience and practice. Training a dog who is deaf can be even more challenging.  People often think it is too hard to train the dog or because deaf dogs startle easily, believe the … Continue reading

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Fearful Dogs

By Toni Gibson-Mark Just like people, pets are afraid of certain things.  Vacuum cleaners, swimming, veterinary offices, and more—it’s easy to see that there are certain things that dogs are afraid of.  Unfortunately, some of these things are necessary in … Continue reading

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There goes my favorite pair of shoes!

by Michelle Mullins Dogs of all ages need to chew. Chewing is an instinctual behavior and occurs for a variety of reasons. Chewing in young dogs can be prompted by teething and continue as an exploratory behavior as dogs simply … Continue reading

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Keep your pet safe during the holiday season

Pet emergencies can happen at any time; however the holidays can provide additional challenges with all the travel and festivities that accompany them. By recognizing an emergency and having a plan in place to respond you have very good chance … Continue reading

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Your training a… what?

by Toni Gibson Michelle Mullins and I are in the process of doing some continuing education to hone our clicker training skills.  Filled with more enthusiasm and excitement than we have on Christmas morning, we jumped right in.  We are … Continue reading

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My name is Sadie and I approve this message

To my fellow dogs and cats of America, my name is Sadie and I am running for President of the United States of America.  If you elect me, here are the things I would like for our future living in … Continue reading

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A Clear and Present Danger

Collar Safety Awareness for the Dogs You Love By Tenney Mudge, Inventor of the KeepSafe® Collar     Have you ever had a passing thought and asked yourself “how safe is the collar I’m putting around my dog’s neck?” Have … Continue reading

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Counter surfing, trash raiding and stealing, Oh My!

Dogs are opportunists. With their fantastic senses, especially smell , and skills at observation and sleath they are amazing at exploiting any opportunity for gain. Of course they want the tasty sandwich sitting on the counter or to check out … Continue reading

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Dog Park Etiquette

My dog, Sadie, is from the north.  The hot hot hot temperatures in Virginia make this girl miserable during the summer.  Just the other day, I was saying to another associate here, “Sadie has been so goofy lately.  She’s been … Continue reading

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Rub a dub dub– there's a doggy in the tub!

When I was sitting here this week pondering about the multitude of topics that I could discuss on here, my husband called.  I asked “I’m about to write a blog.  What should I write about?”  He works outside and it’s … Continue reading

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