Our First Dog

  Georgia, Pit Bull Mix, Bridgewater, MA Georgia’s owner contacted me because she was the first dog the family had ever had and wanted to make sure they started out on the right foot. Georgia is a rescue dog from Georgia who was facing her final days if a home or rescue could not be found.  Luckily she was saved and found herself heading north to her forever home. Her only problems seemed to be approaching other dogs while barking and pulling on the leash.  Once she would reach the other dog, her tail would start wagging and a new friend was made. So we worked on basic obedience along with getting her out on a regular basis for socialization. I’m happy to report that she is extremely smart in obedience and seemed to take training in stride, which made the whole experience easier than expected for her family. To date, her only real problem now is that she’s not thrilled with winter!  I can truly relate. You all did such a great job and your lives will never be the same now that you share it with a dog. Best wishes my sweet southern bell.      ...
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Non- Social Barking Dog

Kona, German Shepherd Mix, East Bridgewater, MA Kona’s owners contacted me because they wanted more for their dog. They wanted to be able to take her for walks, car rides and outings other than their own neighborhood.  They wanted to be able to enjoy her company. In the beginning, just being in the front yard was too much for Kona to handle.  She would bark at anything and everything, whether it was something she saw or heard.  She was never at ease to just go for a nice walk or simply be outside having fun. So we started working on behavior modification techniques and obedience training. The big goal was to be able to take Kona away on vacation to Cape Cod with the family instead of boarding her for a change. I’m happy to report that not only was the Cape a success but also the various trips since then. This family did a fantastic job and I couldn’t be prouder of them and Kona and the strides that have been made in such a short time. Nicely done!...
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A New Family Member

Ana, Chorkie, Carver, MA   Ana’s family reached out to me because they wanted to do it right from the beginning. Unfortunately Ana was an orphaned pup and didn’t get the benefit of being taught the basics that all moms teach. We worked on housebreaking and basic manners. I’m happy to report her family just adores her and are grateful they were able to teach her what they hadn’t with their previous dogs. Disney’s Ana has nothing on you, little sweetie. Good work.          ...
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Finding a Dog Breeder

  Dog Breeders, Who Can You Trust?   So you have decided on the kind of breed you feel is best suited for you and your family.  Now what?  Where do you find the good breeders and not the backyard breeders or puppy mill breeders? This past summer, my town faced a situation regarding a German Shepherd Dog  breeder and their desire to expand their number of breeding dogs. By looking on the breeder’s website, the dogs appeared to be high quality.  Their pictures were stunning.  Absolutely gorgeous dogs.  Too bad the pictures on the website weren’t the breeder’s actual dogs. As the months wore on, so did the town meetings. With each meeting came more information about compliance regulations, etc.  But along with all the red tape also came stories of animal abuse toward the resident breeding dogs.  More and more witnesses came forward to give their account of the welfare of the dogs and how badly they were being treated. If the accounts of abuse weren’t bad enough, it came to light that a great majority of the dogs the breeder was selling as their own stock were actually being imported from puppy mills in Pennsylvania. So how do you avoid being a victim of fraud when you are just simply trying to find a nice dog?  Here are some tips: Speak to law enforcement in the town or humane societies in the area Check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints filed Ask for referrals from your veterinarian or friends Contact local breed clubs or visit professional dog shows Don’t forget a good breeder will make you jump through hoops convincing them why you should have one of their dogs or puppies. Make sure the breeder isn’t the only one asking questions.  Find out how long they have been breeding. Ask to speak to previous adopters.  Visit the facility.  Meet the parents or at least the mother to give you an idea of temperament.  If they say no or have excuses why you can’t, walk away.  That is an immediate red flag. Take your time and never buy a dog from a pet shop.  Remember a reputable breeder would never ship their dogs off without doing their due diligence.  If they don’t want to meet you, you do not want to do business with them. Dawn Corby Canine Etiquette,...
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Double Trouble

Cudda & Theo, Chihuahua Mixes, Halifax, MA Cudda and Theo’s owners contacted me because they adopted two rescues within a few weeks of each other and behaviors were starting to reveal themselves. Cudda still had housebreaking issues at the age of 6 (which is most likely why he was found as a stray).   Getting his owners to realize a crate was their allie took a little persuading, but once they started to see results, the guilt they originally felt seemed to fade quickly.  Establishing a housebreaking plan was also put in place. Theo was just a happy go lucky kind of guy who didn’t see why chewing everything was such a big problem. Redirecting these dogs was the easy part.  Doing it while chasing after two toddlers was the balancing act.  But when getting things under control is your priority, it didn’t surprise me that this family got it done. Cudda and Theo are doing great and are happy they didn’t receive their eviction notices in the...
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