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Drew Webster CPDT-KA   Today you wake up and you can’t speak. You can’t write. You can’t type which means you can’t text either. How do you communicate with the world now? This is what every day is like being a dog. They lack the ability to talk but dogs have an amazing ability, the ability to read body language …

Just when I thought something as simple as washing the dishes was a job way too intense for a 16 year old boy to handle, Shawn decided to dedicate himself to teaching the dog tricks. At first he tried to tell me he taught Bingo how to shake, but he forgot that I taught him that trick myself quite some …

We got a new puppy! His name is Pinto, and he is a nut in every happy puppy way! So in honor of the New Year, and all the puppies out there, let’s resolve to do what I like to think of as “tickling the dragon’s tail.” The next time you see your young dog or foster pooch just lying …

Pet training can have its ups and downs. I tried to train my dog to be calm when friends came over, but inadvertently trained him to bark ferociously whenever I said the word, “friends.” When he’s on a leash and I say, “Let’s go,” he starts by giving a little preliminary jump. I don’t know what I did to train these …

Is your dog the humper of your local dog park?  Or perhaps he’s on the receiving end of some unwanted “attention”?  There is a great new iPhone app just released to help you – and your dog – navigate the dog park.  Some dog behaviors are subtle or can even seem like play, but are really warning signs for potential …

Since 1995, Petfinder.com has found homes for approximately 15 million animals. Unfortunately, many adopted pets end up right back where they started, in shelters. In an effort to decrease the number of surrendered pets across the country, on March 8 we launched FurKeeps, a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to arm potential pet parents with the information they should consider before adopting, …

Logan likes tennis balls “about as much as he likes roast beef treats,” according to his Petfinder profile. Last week we shared how Logan, winner of our second Victoria Stilwell contest, nearly had a great escape the night before his big win. This week Logan’s foster mom, Carol Tutzauer from New York’s Buffalo Humane, tells us about her phone consultation …

We can tell people how great shelter dogs are until we’re blue in the face, but nothing changes people’s opinions like seeing it in person. That’s the thinking behind The Dog Saving Network, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to “us[ing] fun, creative mediums to promote the benefits of positive reinforcement training, generate compassion and encourage shelter adoptions!” One of the group’s …

Logan with his foster mom, Carol Last month we ran our second Victoria Stilwell contest, in which rescue groups nominated dogs in their care who could benefit from a phone consultation with the It’s Me or the Dog star. Visitors voted on our five finalists, and Logan, a Hound-Lab mix at New York’s Buffalo Humane, won. (Meet Logan and the …

Back-to-school season is a big change for your kids and your pets. Next week is officially back-to-school season, when textbooks replace beach days and barbecues. Keeping with the scholastic spirit, we have a question for all you pet parents: Did you know pets can experience separation anxiety when kids head off to school? If you notice behavioral changes in your …