Posts By: Tracie Hotchner

How To Protect Paws on Icy Sidewalks

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With an extended cold wave across the Northeast and other parts of the country, dogs have their own particular challenges when going outside. A recent New York Times article on the subject called “Don’t Make Me Go Out There” with some fun photos – described how city dogs have the added burden of dealing with […]

7 Ways to Protect Your Pets in an Emergency

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Here’s some good advice from some animal-loving friends Down Under, about managing risks to our pets during emergencies. With all the weather-related emergencies around the United States, and beyond, I found good information in this article in “The Conversation,” about ways to prepare for emergencies with our pets. While the details of Australian emergency situations […]

Interrupt “Bad” Behavior With A Reward!

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We have all heard about ways to stop your dog from doing something we don’t like by basically “snapping him out of it,” using various methods of distracting him from his shenanigans. There’s the squirt bottle that often comes up as a supposedly harmless intervention. Some trainers suggest that if you have a really stubborn […]

Do You Let Your Dog Lick Your Face?

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How do you feel about letting your dog lick you in the face (or elsewhere!)? It turns out there are many sides to the answer and expert opinions aside, people seem to embrace dog kiss as a welcome sign of affection. This week on DOG TALK we replayed an “evergreen” show about whether you should allow […]

Joe. Maisie. And The Cheese.

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This is a little story about how dogs learn, and especially how we can communicate to them certain behaviors, which displease us. Most importantly, it’s a story about how/when/if to reprimand a dog for having engaged in one of those behaviors. This story is especially useful for new dog owners, or those whose ideas about […]