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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 …

A common complaint I hear about cats is that you can’t train them. People claim that cats aren’t as smart as dogs simply because fewer cats seem to know “sit” or “down.” Well, cats can be trained. My cat knows several “tricks.” Toby knows the commands for sit, high five, jump through a hoop and even bed. He learned those …

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 …

Michael Vick made headlines in October when people learned that his family now included a Belgian Malinois named Angel. At the time there was a great deal of outcry. Vick was quoted by USA Today as responding to critics by saying “I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet. As a …

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 …

It’s a common misconception that veterinarians have all the correct answers, all of the time. Even an experienced veterinarian like me gets stumped occasionally – this happened with one of my pets, Mama Kitty. The story of her medical and behavioral problems is a great example of getting an expert involved quickly, and has made me realize and appreciate the …

The world found out on Monday that there is a royal baby on the way — Princess Kate Middleton is pregnant! We’ll let other groups wonder about what happens if Kate has twins and what outfits she should wear, we’re thinking about Lupo! Lupo is the royal couple’s one-year-old black Cocker Spaniel on whom the couple seems to dote. Headlines …

When I adopted my dog Rain from The Humane Society of Southern Arizona she had very little training. In fact, sit was about the only command she knew. During those first several months after bringing her home I worked with her diligently teaching her the basics like stay, down, come, walking well on a leash, etc. If only the Train …

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 …