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Put our expertise at work for you!

At WRAR, we have come pretty darn close to experiencing almost every type of dog personality, not to mention, behavior, nature plus nurture, has to offer.  Listed below you will find several articles that may be of help to you while developing a relationship with your new pet, addressing behavioral issues and training your new dog to be the best he/she can be.


 

BEFORE YOU GET YOUR PUPPY   

"Sadly, the majority of puppies fail to live long enough to enjoy their second birthday. They suffer from the terminal illness of being unwanted- failing to live up to the promise and expectation of the Lassie-Benji-Eddie dream."

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NEW PUPPY

"Your puppy will grow up very quickly. Know how to train him right and he will become a good natured and well mannered adult dog."

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SOCIALIZING YOUR PUPPY

"One of the most important things that you can do for your puppy is to socialize him.  Exposing him appropriately to as much as you can during this critical period will help to “vaccinate” your puppy against the perils of the world."

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PUPPY BITING

"Puppies bite. And thank goodness they do! Puppy play-fighting and play-biting are essential for your puppy to develop a soft mouth as an adult."

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CRATE TRAINING 101

A man’s home is his castle and a dog’s crate is her den. If used properly, crates can be training tools useful for housetraining puppies and containing a dog that is destructive when not monitored.

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AFTER YOU GET YOUR PUPPY

"So you have your new puppy. Now what? Basically, you are at a fork in the road. The success of the relationship depends on your teaching your puppy the rules and regulations of domestic living."

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KIDS AND DOGS PART I

It’s easy to get excited around dogs, even as an adult. With their goofy smiles and soft fur, it’s hard to resist going in for a big hug!

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KIDS AND DOGS PART II

Kids are curious; that’s just their nature. So when they see an adorable dog who seems social and playful, they’re interested (that probably goes for adults, too!).

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TEACH YOUR DOG THE CORRECT WAY TO GREET PEOPLE

"How do you get a dog that appropriately greets people with all four feet on the ground? First ask yourself the question, “Why do dogs jump up?” The answer is that dogs jump on people because it gets them attention."

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CANINE BODY LANGUAGE 101  

Do you ever wonder what your dog is saying to you or to another dog? Pets have an amazing ability to communicate without using their voices. 

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FOOD GUARDING

Dogs with food related aggression, also known as guarding, may display the following if approached while around food they consider theirs: stiff/tense body, fixed/hard eyes, curled lips, exposed teeth, growling, lunging and/or trying to bite.

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DOG BITE PREVENTION

Most of us have heard, at one time or another, that the safest way to approach a dog is with our hand out in front. With this method, the dog can sniff our hand, and we can all be friends.

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SEPARATION ANXIETY

Do things go drastically wrong when you leave your dog home alone? Do you come home to destruction and more? If so, it is possible that your dog suffers from separation anxiety.

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CHEWING

"Chewing is essential for maintaining the health of your dog's teeth, jaws, and gums. Puppies especially have a strong need to chew to relieve the irritation and inflammation of teething."

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HOUSE SOILING

"House soiling is a spatial problem. Your puppy dog has been allowed to eliminate in the wrong place. House soiling quickly becomes a bad habit because dogs develop strong location, substrate, and olfactory preferences for their improvised indoor toilet areas."

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BARKING

"Some dogs get extremely worked up when visitors ring the doorbell, or when dogs walk by the house. Some spaniels and terriers bark at the drop of a hat."

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