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Dr. Ruth Roberts -- Wonder Dog University Expert Interview Series

Uncategorized Feb 08, 2017

What if we could use food as therapy? We can! This week we have a wonderful expert video interview for you with Dr. Ruth Roberts. Dr. Roberts is one of the nation’s foremost experts on holistic and integrative veterinary medicine and is a graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, completing further veterinary education at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Florida.

Dr. Roberts is a nationwide lecturer, a Practice Transformation Coach, and Chief Veterinarian at Sun Dog Cat Moon located in Johns Island, South Carolina, her second practice/medical research center which she founded in 2007. As a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), Dr. Roberts is certified in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Chinese Herbology and is a national groundbreaker in Regenerative Medicine, in particular Stem Cell Transplant and Therapy.

In this video interview, we'll discuss:

The role of your dog's gut,...

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Walk Before You Run - Part One: 10 Secrets Your Dog Wants You to Know About Walks

Uncategorized Jan 25, 2017

Renowned dog trainer Pat Miller has joked that, “a walk is an hors d’oeuvre." She knows the high amount of exercise that many dogs require to be physically fatigued, and an average walk is often just an appetizer rather than the main course. In fact, many dogs are warmed up after the customary walk and then really ready to get moving with a vigorous romp.

So how do you teach polite walking when your pooch needs so much more during walks? Let’s take a 'real life' and practical look at the key pieces needed when approaching loose leash walking.

Eye On the Prize

Defining what you're after is the first step. Many of us imagine a perfect formal "heel." Formal heeling and loose leash walking are two distinctly different skills. Both heeling and loose leash walking require patience and practice and can be taught to any dog. However, heeling is taught using a precise set of exercises and requires much more guidance and direction from the handler.

What most of us are...

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Case Study: Interview with Our Heroes, Carolyn and Gus!

Uncategorized Jan 17, 2017

This week we're excited to bring you an interview with Carolyn Mauk. Carolyn shares her life with Gus, a wonderful Bull Terrier, and together they've overcome many challenges. As Carolyn says "I do know he is a well-loved and spoiled dog who trusts me to the moon and back. I know that he will learn anything I ask him to learn because I am asking him to do it. I think that is a big key with a fraidy dog. You won't accomplish anything unless they trust you."

Q: Could you share your personal story about Gus with our community?

A: My family got Gus and his sister Missie from a breeder in Reading, PA. The two pups were so lethargic. We could not leave one behind, so we bartered and took both. They were sick from worms and it took three months to get them healthy. As they started to feel better two things happened. First, Missie became a spinner and could catch and suck on her tail. Second, we thought her behavior was a trigger for Gus and the two would get into horrible fights. At...

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Pat Miller -- Wonder Dog University Expert Interview Series

Uncategorized Jan 04, 2017

We're excited to share our very first Expert Interview with all of you! If you're not familiar with Pat Miller and any of her dozen published works, you'll want to know more! 

Pat's professional life has always involved animals, first as a horse trainer in Wisconsin, then for 20 years as a humane officer at the Marin Humane Society in California, and most recently as a certified professional dog trainer and behavior consultant. She launched her own dog training company on the West Coast in 1996, after five years assisting nationally acclaimed obedience instructor Judie Howard of Arydith Obedience, and relocated the Peaceable Paws Dog and Puppy Training Center to Chattanooga, Tennessee in the year 2000, then to its present 80-acre campus in Fairplay, Maryland, in April of 2004. Pat received her CPDT-KA certification as a professional dog trainer from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in September of 2001, one of the first 136...

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Is My Dog High?

Uncategorized Aug 23, 2016

Is Your Dog High?

Clients are surprised when I suggest their dog is “under the influence.” When they reflect on their dog’s recent over-reacting to a situation in which they might normally cope like a civilized canine, it makes sense.

Higher than usual stress hormone levels may leave your pet taking on the other neighborhood dogs like a drunk at a bar. You may be able to relate more than you realize.

When delayed for work by an unexpected outfit change due to spilled coffee, traffic pile-up and a line for the elevator all in the same morning, it becomes all too much. With each event, your stress level compounds and you are less able to deal with the next surprising incident. You likely find your own behavior diminishing with each passing event. Tempers may flare and patience wares thin more quickly when multiple stressors happen in short order. This is referred to as “trigger stacking.”

Cortisol and adrenaline rise in our systems during stressful...

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