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MayTip - Feeding:  

When it comes to feeding your dog, we highly recommend that you do not free feed, meaning that you leave their food dish down all day.  This is especially important in a multi-dog household where multiple dogs could access the same dish. Decide how often you will feed your dog and divide their daily ration accordingly, i.e. if your dog should have two cups of food per day and you will feed him in the morning and evening, he should get 1 cup at each feeding.  Since most of us tend to over-estimate quantity, it will be helpful to use a one cup scoop so you will know exactly how much he is getting. This can be particularly helpful information if he should start gaining or losing weight. 

Changing Your Dog’s Food: If at some point, you decide to switch you dog to a different food, to avoid tummy upsets, do it gradually by mixing the new with the old over about a week to ten day period until you are feeding only the new food. You will want to check with your vet but a typical food change schedule is to give 75% old food mixed with 25% new food for the first three days; for days 4 through 6, the mix would be 50% old and 50% new; for day 7 through day 9, the mix would be 75% new and 25% old and on day 10 you would begin feeding 100% of the new food. Often, if the new food is from the same company as the “old” food, just a different formulation, there is less likely to be a problem but it still never hurts to gradually make the change, especially if your dog has a sensitive tummy.

Not sure what food to give your dog? A good impartial resource regarding dog foods can be found at the Dog Food Advisor site,

DOG FRIENDLY LOCATIONS : - This website provides information on dog friendly places throughout the US.  You just plug in the city and the category (hotel, restaurant, etc.) that you're interested in. 

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Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
Children and Dogs: Safety First
Counter Surfing
Fence Fighting
Housebreaking & Marking
Integrating a New Dog into your Household
Moving: Helping Our Dogs Adjust Before, During, and After
Puppy STAR Program
Seasonal  - Fourth of July; Halloween; Thanksgiving; Christmas
Separation Anxiety



PUPPIES - Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog by Kenneth M. Martin, DVM and Debbie Martin, BS, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

CLICKER TRAINING - Clicking with Your Dog by Peggy Tillman
This book is easy to ready and contains lots of illustrations to supplement the text.

REACTIVITY - Click to Calm by Emma Parsons

SEPARATION ANXIETY: Don't Leave Me by Nicole Wilde

SOCIALIZATION - "He Just Wants to Say Hi" by Suzanne Clothier



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