Author Archives: Toni Mark

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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What’s in a name?

Fido, Max, Chancho McLovin.  We give our dogs all types of names.  Some funny, some cute, some pretty ordinary—owners get to choose the names for their pets.  We name our pets after all kinds of things—childhood pets, book characters, your … Continue reading

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Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to Kim's house!

By Kim Hollon As animal ‘people’ we encounter all manner of enthusiasm and passion as it relates to our animal friends.  We are horse people, crusaders for animal rights, staunch vegans, the dog show set, gentleman farmers and…chicken people.  Crazy … Continue reading

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I am proud to introduce- the Bark and Activity Counter!

What’s Fido doing while you’re gone?  Sleeping?  Barking at the mailman? Running from room to room?  Wouldn’t it be nice to know what your dog is up to? There have been previous efforts to figure out what dogs are up to while … Continue reading

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I choose…. that one!

Some people have leather couches.  Some have fabric couches.  Some people don’t even like couches, but prefer lounge chairs or recliners.  The point here is that we all have our preferences.  And the thing is—pets aren’t that different.  They have … Continue reading


The secrets to success in housetraining

Training your dog to eliminate outside or in an appropriate indoor area is one of the most important behaviors on an owners list. Elimination is a normal and rewarding behavior for your dog. I have to “go” is followed by … Continue reading

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"I quit!" How to save yourself and your dog from your own training mistakes

Starting a diet can be a lot like training a dog.  Sounds funny, right?  This might not seem to relate to dog training at first, but let’s explore this example.  You start your diet on Monday.  You’re excited, you stock … Continue reading

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12:30 meeting- puppy class!

This is the final part in the series of my experience fostering a litter of 7 puppies.  The puppies are about 6 weeks old now, and I will be continuing to socialize them until they are 8-10 weeks old and … Continue reading

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