27 Signs You’re an Awesome Dog Mom

I can’t believe how lucky I am to be a dog mom. My Lab mix, Rio, brings so much joy and laughter and fun to my life – I love him like crazy! It’s something that’s impossible to explain to people who have never had a dog. Maybe that’s why many of my favorite people are dog moms – we share a special bond with our pups, and know loving our dogs enriches our lives in countless ways. There was even a study that showed gazing into a dog’s eyes produces the maternal bonding/happiness hormone oxytocin. So science agrees: life is better with dogs. That’s worth celebrating!

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Too Busy to Train Your Dog? Here Are 4 Ways to Fit It In!

Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated to do the dishes when you get home after a long day, let alone get some dog training in. We have all been there, you walk through the door, take off your shoes, catch your breath from a crazy day, and your dog is sitting there staring at you… waiting to go do something. But never fear – when time and motivation are lacking, these easy tips will help you squeeze in some dog training and still getting some down time for yourself.

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9 Ways Your Dog Can Help You Create Work-Life Balance

“I wish I worked more,” said no one on their deathbed ever. Yet finding a healthy work-life balance is a challenge, especially in this Digital Age when we are connected to our devices 24/7, on-call for our jobs, checking messages afterhours, on weekends and even on vacations. Working too much can lead to stress, burnout and health issues, but it can be hard to find time for things that we enjoy and that help us recharge our batteries. Luckily, there are lots of ways to find work-life balance through our dogs — just one more reason why they are man’s (and woman’s) best friend.

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How to Train Your Dog to Come When Called

We all know the joy of taking our dogs on an adventure, unclasping the leash and watching them frolic in the tall grass, chase grasshoppers, and revel in the freedom of being outside and off-leash. However, before we can even get to this point, there is one big thing we need to make sure we are comfortable with — the recall. Check out our easy tips on training your dog to come when called.

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How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight (without sacrificing the treats)

Is your dog looking “fluffier” than normal? If so, it may be time for a doggy diet, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the treats. Veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Deming explains how to keep your pup happy while helping him shed some weight.

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Thinking Positively About Dog Training with Victoria Stilwell

I’m thrilled Victoria Stilwell took the time to chat with me since she is extremely busy with all of her projects. The charming English trainer is the star of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog,” CEO of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training, editor-in-chief of Positively.com, author of numerous best-selling books, including her latest book “Train Your Dog Positively,” and founder of the nonprofit Victoria Stilwell Foundation, which provides financial assistance and canine behavior expertise to assistance dog organizations and smaller rescue shelters.

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Keep Your Dog on the Nice List! 8 Easy Solutions for Holiday Challenges

Dog trainer Mikkel Becker shares easy-to-implement dog training tips to overcome holiday challenges, such as barking, chewing, marking the Christmas tree, and meeting the “Big Man” himself.

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What Should I Feed My Dog? (The Real Costs of Low Quality Food)

Clients frequently ask me what I recommend they feed their dog, but if you are hoping to find here a blanket recommendation of my particularly favorite type of food, you will likely be disappointed. My recommendations involve a combination of several factors. There is, however, one thing I do tell every single client when asked about what they should feed their dog.

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Why is Salt Used in Dog Food and Treats?

Salt is often used as a flavoring and preservative in food, and has been since before recorded history. We take salt for granted now, but it was once so esteemed it was used as currency and was equivalent to gold in value.

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5 Steps to Giving Your New Puppy the Right Start

Puppies are an enormous, life-changing responsibility, but they bring great joy to our lives. It’s our job to be prepared, emotionally and logistically, in order to give them the best start that we can.

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How To Make Sure a Treat is Worth the Trick

The key to training with treats is to understand that not all treats are created equal. Here are seven easy tips to make sure your treat is worth the trick.

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