Road trip bad…Making up for it good!

That road trip stunk! And not in a good way…So yesterday, we were all packed and ready for a trip – mom had all of my things she usually takes when we go somewhere for longer than a day… Extra food, my Tricky Treat Ball, Bully stick, toys, those silly plastic bags she like to carry my poopy in (humans are weird that way). … Read More
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Those animals learned…

Well, mom and dad were finally paying attention… Dad was eating pizza, mom was spending time blogging on her site, dad got up from the table to get something (leaving that delicious pizza for me to investigate)…but gosh darn-it they finally learned… As soon as they heard me hop up onto the bench where dad was sitting, they both pounced on me…just like I … Read More
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How long does it take to train my dog?

A FAQ I receive is: “How long will it take for my dog to be trained?” I hate to say it, but there is no simple answer…or magic wand. Every persons situation and dog is different. Whether it be a puppy that has been brought into a first time dog owners home, or a intra-familial dog-dog aggression case – all depend upon the humans … Read More
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I’m daddy’s valentine

Wow, what a great day it’s been so far! And it’s only the afternoon! It started out with me sleeping in all nice and cozy with mom (she’s still not feeling well, poor thing), so again I got to play pet therapist… After I got up dad took me for a great outing at the field to play… Then, and this is where is … Read More
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Puppy Socialization – Risky Business?

Behavior issue risk vs health risk – always a touchy subject amongst veterinarians, dog trainers, and dog owners…IMO, education – where classes are specifically designed and geared towards puppy socialization and prevention of behavior issues in a safe, controlled, and managed environment should be a priority with our domesticated dogs…Unfortunately, keeping new pups tucked away at home until they are well past the “prime … Read More
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Wahoo! Mom passed the test!

Well it’s official! Mom is now a Certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator! Thank you American Kennel Club! She studied up like a good student, then took the exam…and passed! She received her evaluators certificate, and will display it proudly at The Inquisitive Canine Education and Training Center in Ventura for everyone to see. Folks love pet therapy, I should know, I am one myself… … Read More
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I’m a “therapist”…Pet Therapist that is…

Poor mom. She’s not feeling too great. She walked in all hunched over with some weird look on her face…not the usual smily face after teaching her puppy classes. And the color of her skin is kinda weird looking…I think I heard her mutter “pale”. She turned on the heat – full blast – which she rarely does since she is the one that … Read More
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Changing behavior…Who me?

behavior modification |nounthe alteration of behavioral patterns through the use of such learning techniques as biofeedback and positive or negative reinforcement. Why does training your dog have to be such a difficult process? Why why why? Hmmm, well, it doesn’t really. I think as humans we just make it as such…that is our innate behavior, no? ~ Let’s see. Behavior = the way in … Read More
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Party For Puppies on Feb 24th!

Calling all puppies and young small dogs!!! Come and play over at The Inquisitive Canine on February 24th from 1 – 2 PM. Bring your owners – let them hang out and talk while you run wild, socialize, play, build self-confidence, burn energy all while in a safe – indoor environment. Socials are for pups 10 – 24 weeks, and small dogs up to … Read More
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Muttlow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Dr. Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) was a humanistic psychologist. He theorized that human behavior is driven by instinct and desires in order to reach an upper level of capabilities, and that the person does not feel the second need until the demands of the first have been satisfied, nor the third until the second has been satisfied, and so on. The hierarchic theory is often … Read More
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