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Just because you own a pet doesn’t mean your home has to lack style. There are many modern and beautiful items like dog beds, feeding bowls and even designer doggie couches that can add a touch of puppy panache to your home. Remember, dog-friendly decor isn’t limited to dog-only items, either. Follow these design tips […]

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YES!!!!  Let me say it again…ABSOLUTELY, YES!!! When you have pets, it is just as important to be prepared for their well being and safety as it is to be prepared for your own.  This goes for any and all emergency plans you may need depending on where you live and the potential risk and […]

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What is Priming the Clicker?

Published on March 11, 2015 by in Blog, Dog Training

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In positive reinforcement dog training, the use of a marker is common and very effective.  A marker is a way the we indicate to the animal that what they just did is desirable. It can be a word such as “Yes!” or a sound. The sound can be generated in a variety of ways.  The […]

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Anyone who has ever fostered a dog knows it’s a rewarding and emotional experience. From the moment you pull the pup from the pound to the time you hand your sweet house guest over to its new forever family, taking care of a foster dog is something you will remember for a lifetime. While a […]

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What is a therapy dog?

Published on January 15, 2015 by in Blog, Dog Training, Therapy Dog

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Have you ever heard of a therapy dog before?  Ever wonder what exactly a therapy dog is and what they do? As a certified Therapy Dog Evalutor in the Toms River area, I am fortunate enough to work with pet parents and their dogs who want to become therapy dog teams. Join me for a […]

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Why Does My Dog Submissive Pee?

Published on January 13, 2015 by in Blog, Dog Training

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As a dog trainer in the Toms River area, I speak with dog owners everyday.  While each dog is unique and has their own personality and traits, the behavior people observe in their dogs and question is usually the same. One of the most common questions asked is, “Why does my dog submissive pee?”  The […]

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Why is My Dog So Difficult?

Published on December 15, 2014 by in Blog, Dog Training, Pet Care

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As a dog trainer in Toms River, I often hear people state that although they have had dogs their entire life, “this dog is the most challenging one I’ve ever had.”  Maybe you’ve even said those words before. While this is typically a true statement for you,  I think it is very important to shed […]

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If you have a cat that shreds your upholstery or a dog that tears up pillows and drapes and chews everything in sight, you know the challenges of housekeeping while pet parenting. As a pet care and dog training company in Toms River, we are often asked about ways to help keep destruction at bay.  […]

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When we began our Toms River pet sitting company in 2007, Megan and I knew we wanted to be able to help many families find the solution to their pet care problem.  We also recognized that because we are only 2 people, the number of families we would be able to help ourselves would be […]

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Owning and managing a pet care and dog training company in Toms River takes a lot more work than one would imagine.  Between new clients, existing clients, phone calls, emails, text messages, pet sitters, dog trainers, vacations, work schedules and so much more, there are a million ways communication can be lost and things can […]

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September has arrived and brings with it all the benefits the cooler weather – breaking out your hoodie, sending the kids back to school, and my favorite – pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING!  Besides that, it also ushers in about 2 months of awesome events to share with your dog! We love going to these events as […]

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Have you ever wondered if your canine companion has what it takes to be a certified therapy dog?  Curious to know what the therapy dog training entails?  Interested to see what the test looks for?  Well, we’re happy you asked!  As a therapy dog trainer and evaluator in Toms River, these are questions we answer […]

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Does My Dog Always Need to Heel?

Published on September 9, 2014 by in Blog, Dog Training

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As a dog trainer in Toms River, we are asked questions about proper nutrition, training, socialization, and behaviors everyday.  Pet parents want to make sure their doing things “right” so they have the best relationship possible with their dogs and we always appreciate their enthusiasm. Often times pet parents have an impression that a good, […]

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What is a Designer Dog?

Published on July 9, 2014 by in Dog Training, Pet Care

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Well to put it plainly, a designer breed is a mutt. I am not sure what started the trend, however pet stores and other “breeders” will charge astronomical prices for what is nothing more than a mix of two established breeds. Allow me to expand but know that as dog trainers, we believe all dogs […]

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One of our weekly puppy care clients recently left me the following note, asking a great question:  “Harvey graduated puppy school and I am interested in training him to help others cope with emotional or social issues.  Can you suggest any training?”  What a great goal for a new pet parent to have for their […]

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With so many options for dog training in Toms River, many will use a “guarantee” to help you them chose.  We believe that dog behavior is not a black or white subject.  When people ask if we offer a guarantee on our training, our answer isn’t black or white either. Here is what we CANNOT […]

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As a dog trainer in Toms River, we often have owners call with concerns that their young puppy may be aggressive.  So, I asked our co-owner and Lead Dog Trainer, Megan Ventura, to demystify puppy growling by helping owners understand more about how our dogs vocalize.  Here is what she has to say about the […]

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Our very own Biscotti has been chosen as an inductee for the 2014 NJVMA Pet Hall of Fame!!  We are so excited and proud of Biscotti, Tori and Ryan for all the work they put into obedience training and making her such a special pup! ——————————– The New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) Animal Hall […]

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As a dog owner, you know there are lots of reasons you and your dog need to attend dog training classes. We’ve come up with some of our favorite reasons and want to know how many of these items can YOU relate to? You want to understand your dog and how they communicate with you. […]

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Planning a vacation can be a bit stressful for pet owners, especially if they have a reactive or aggressive pet.  Finding proper care is about more than feeding, walking, medicating and TLC for these pet owners.  It’s about choosing someone who will understand and work with your pet and their triggers.  It’s about finding peace […]

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