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How To Redirect A Dog

How To Redirect A Dog

One of the most important skills for preventing your dog’s misbehavior is knowing how to redirect them before they act. Redirection simply means taking their attention away from whatever they’re focused on and bringing it back to you. Don’t confuse redirection with blocking. The former is for use when your dog’s energy level is lower […]

Why Grieving For A Dog Is So Hard

Why Grieving For A Dog Is So Hard

If you’ve ever lost a dog, then you’ve probably heard the following well-meaning but somewhat heartbreaking comment, “Well, it was just a dog.” Only someone who isn’t a dog lover would ever say that. What people who’ve never been in the position of losing a dog don’t understand is that it isn’t like leaving your […]

The Truth About Service Dogs

The Truth About Service Dogs

Many Pack Leaders wonder about the requirements necessary to register a dog as a service animal. But did you know that the Federal law regulating service animals doesn’t require registration with any organization? In fact, the documents provided by many online organizations claiming to register service dogs are not recognized under Federal law. That law […]

Weird Things Dogs Do

Weird Things Dogs Do

You’re just drifting off to sleep after a hard day at the office, when all of a sudden — WOOF! What the–? Probably just somebody walking by outside that caught your dog’s attention. You close your eyes again and — WOOF-WOOF-WOOF! Now a little concerned, you grab the nearest “weapon” — a plunger — and […]

Stopping Your Dog From Stealing Your Food

Stopping Your Dog From Stealing Your Food

After enjoying a delicious family dinner, you take your plate to the sink. You turn back to grab the dish of leftovers — and your dog is already standing on the table and chowing down! How did he get so fast? If your dog steals food, it can make you paranoid. You work hard to […]

5 Misconceptions About Shelter Dogs

5 Misconceptions About Shelter Dogs

The love of a dog is like no other. Making the decision to get a dog is a big one, but you’ll be countlessly rewarded every single day you get to spend with your pup. The biggest decision, however, is deciding where to get your dog. When you’re getting a dog, you should always consider […]

Is Your Dog Addicted To You?

Is Your Dog Addicted To You?

Like dogs, humans can experience separation anxiety, although usually for rational reasons. People generally don’t feel anxiety because their spouse went to work or their kid went to school. But it’s normal to feel it if your spouse works as a firefighter, or it’s your kid’s first day at a new school; worse if your […]

Reward A Veteran Dog By Rescuing Them

Reward A Veteran Dog By Rescuing Them

Much like their human counterparts, veteran dogs have done a great service to our country. As retired military dogs, these brave canines were hand-selected to protect our nation because they demonstrated natural fearlessness and courage from puppyhood. Serving proudly While their brothers and sisters were playing fetch and taking naps, military working dogs were undergoing […]