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THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO YOUR NEW DOG: PART ONE – THE FIRST HOUR

THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO YOUR NEW DOG: PART ONE – THE FIRST HOUR

I'm not a dog expert--I’m a dog-parent who knows a lot more now about dogs than when I started learning (which was basically the day I adopted Chance). I didn't intend it to be that way. I had done months of research leading up to actually getting the squirming little...
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THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO YOUR NEW DOG: PART TWO – THE FIRST DAY (AND NIGHT)

THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO YOUR NEW DOG: PART TWO – THE FIRST DAY (AND NIGHT)

So you've gotten your starter supplies and you're ready to bring Puppy home. Let's go through the important steps to getting Puppy all settled in. I really believe that if you set up a good foundation with these things from the very beginning, you will save yourself a lot of...
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The Quick-Start Guide To Your New Dog: Part Three – The First Week

The Quick-Start Guide To Your New Dog: Part Three – The First Week

Hopefully you and Puppy made it through your first night without any emergencies, and you have the essential routines established. You've gotten enough supplies for the first week-ish; you've introduced Puppy to his new home, and hopefully set up some rules/boundaries in regards to his crate, going to the bathroom,...
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The Quick-Start Guide To Your New Dog: Part Four – The First Vet Visit

The Quick-Start Guide To Your New Dog: Part Four – The First Vet Visit

So you've got Puppy settling in alright, and you're realizing this is one of the most stressful and also most wonderful undertakings you've ever engaged in. Welcome to dog ownership! If you're anything like me, you're suddenly starting to understand--against your will--why people baby-talk to their dogs and dress them...
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A CABIN IN THE WOODS (FOR DOGS, TOO!)

A CABIN IN THE WOODS (FOR DOGS, TOO!)

I’d been to Big Bear with some girlfriends a few years ago, and we booked a cabin through one of the local vacation rental companies. It was fine—it was a cabin, it was near the mountain, but it was pretty run-down and dirty. So let’s say my expectations of “a cabin in...
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Dog Poop Does Not Go In The Green Bin!

Dog Poop Does Not Go In The Green Bin!

Not long after adopting Chance, I came to realize that he was nothing but a furry poop factory. His poops are frequent, and frequently massive. Also not long after I adopted Chance, plastic bags were banned in Los Angeles (followed by the new bring-your-own bag regulations). Which sparked a disturbing...
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How I Thwarted Summer (At Least In My Kitchen)

Los Angeles summer heat is no joke. Even when it's not all that hot out, if a significant portion of your domicile is exposed to the afternoon sun for any appreciable amount of time and you DON'T have central air conditioning...you're pretty much screwed. My apartment is cooled by a...
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The Best Dog Trainer In Los Angeles (In Our Humble Opinions)

The Best Dog Trainer In Los Angeles (In Our Humble Opinions)

I was not compensated for this post. I just want to save anyone else looking for a dog trainer the headache I went through. But I do get a free night of boarding for private client referrals which I REALLY REALLY want, so pleeeease mention me and Chance if you...
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SPY ON YOUR DOG LIKE A CREEPER WITH NEST CAM!

SPY ON YOUR DOG LIKE A CREEPER WITH NEST CAM!

I am not getting compensated for this post, as much as I wish that were the case. However, if you decide to purchase a Nest Cam and use the links in this post to do so, I will get a small commission and it would be very much appreciated!! ~ The...
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ADOPTING CHANCE

ADOPTING CHANCE

Exactly a year ago today, I became a puppy-parent. Greatest day of my life. I'd wanted a puppy since my parents broke down and got me a pony for my 9th birthday. Because why stop with a pony? But it wasn't until last year that I finally felt ready to...
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How The Wisdom Panel DNA Test Really Works

If you're unsure of your dog's ancestry, you've probably thought about DNA-testing your dog. Most people are concerned about how...
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It happens all the time. Someone will say, "What is he? Dalmatian, obviously, but what else?" I don't blame them. That's...
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Dear Person Whose Dog “Just Wants To Say Hi”

I'm writing this on the off-chance that the person whose dog "just wants to say hi" will read it. Unfortunately,...
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I'm exaggerating, I didn't almost kill him. But I was freaked out. FIRST of all--if you think your dog is seriously overheated and they...
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Maybe two months after I adopted Chance, I spied a laser pointer in the "Suggested Items" section while shopping on...
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How To Get Your Dog To Stop Chewing On Your Stuff

There are as many different ways to train your dog not to chew on things as there are trainers. However,...
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