Reactive Dog

What is Most Improved Dog All About?

Most Improved Dog would not exist without Geronimo.  When we first brought Geronimo home, it was an exciting time, but we quickly realized he wasn’t well adjusted to the crazy world around him. Instead of feeling excited, I felt fear and isolation set in. As any dog owner who hasn’t experienced reactivity or behavioral challenges,… Continue reading What is Most Improved Dog All About?

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March Most Improved Dog Feature: Rufus

I am so pleased to introduce Rufus and his Dog Mom, Amy.  Amy is the creator of the blog The Rufus Files, which is a funny and touching look at her life with rescue dogs.  She is a finalist for two BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards: the Best Written Pet Blog Post and the Best Pet Humor Blog. … Continue reading March Most Improved Dog Feature: Rufus

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How to Teach your Dog to Close a Drawer

One of my favorite behaviors to teach a dog and their owner is "Touch."  The most basic form of Touch is where we ask a dog to put their nose to the palm of our hand.  This is called nose targeting. What's great about Touch is that it is a really easy behavior to teach your dog,… Continue reading How to Teach your Dog to Close a Drawer

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Mast Cell Tumors and my Dog

Mo gets lots of love from me, so that means he gets lots of pets.  There was a time when he wasn't a big fan of affection, but he's really come around.  In an article from vetSTREET, they explain that petting a dog has some benefits for you, like reducing anxiety and stress, lowering blood pressure,… Continue reading Mast Cell Tumors and my Dog

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A Love Letter to the Dog Dad and Dog Mom

Love Story It's Valentine's Day, time to get mushy!  I am not the most sentimental person, in fact, I like to steer away from hugging and gushing and proclaiming my feelings. However, some things need to be expressed. When I first met my husband, I was a single gal living in an apartment by myself… Continue reading A Love Letter to the Dog Dad and Dog Mom

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Army Dog Life: Resources for Military Pets

Pre-Army Life I grew up in the great state of New York.  Growing up, my main interest was competitive swimming.  When I went to college, I swam for their college team and then in grad school, I pursued a degree in Sport Management so that I could follow my dream of becoming a swim coach. … Continue reading Army Dog Life: Resources for Military Pets

Holding paws with my dog
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Allies: A Reactive Dog Owner’s Best Friend

As Valentine's Day fast approaches, we can get wrapped up in making sure we have a gift for our loved ones or getting a reservation for that fancy restaurant.  Valentine's Day is a "Hallmark" holiday, but it can also serve as a great reminder to show the ones that are in our lives that we… Continue reading Allies: A Reactive Dog Owner’s Best Friend

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Top 4 Tips for Visiting the Vet with a Reactive Dog

I don't know about you, but I try to schedule all my dogs vet within the first few months of the year.  They get their shots, prescriptions for heartworm and flea/tick medications, annual exams, and that big bill out of the way.  Then we can move forward on a healthy year. Vet visits can be… Continue reading Top 4 Tips for Visiting the Vet with a Reactive Dog

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You are the Expert!

Who is the expert on your dog? It’s not your vet, it’s not your trainer, it’s not your behaviorist, or your local pet store cashier, or your mom, and it’s not your neighbor, and it’s certainly not the stranger at the park. It’s you! Now hold on, I think experts are great, I want to… Continue reading You are the Expert!

Enjoying a Sunset in Mexico while I know my dogs are safe in a boarding facility back home
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While you’re Away, Will your Dogs Play?

Most of the time, us dog moms and dads have full time jobs to work, social lives to engage in, hobbies to enjoy, volunteer duties to create world peace, and vacations to get far away from reality. We are super busy, but we care about the dogs that live under our roof like family and… Continue reading While you’re Away, Will your Dogs Play?