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Friends for Fido

dog wash in EvergreenDoes your dog do well meeting other dogs? Even when you’ve successfully socialized your puppy, having given her lots of positive interactions with people and other dogs, she needs continued socialization into adulthood. Some activities that encourage this include taking your pooch out to meet other people often. Regular play dates with other dogs and trips to the park can also be beneficial, but always be aware of your dog’s behavior and how she’s feeling. Don’t let her experience anxiety or show aggression toward other animals. 

If your dog doesn’t have regular playmates, there are ways to help her meet some friends. An afternoon or two a week at doggie day care will allow her to have play time with lots of other dogs, and you will quickly see how she does in social situations without you being present. Or you could consider using a dog-walker who walks several dogs at one time. The key is to provide lots of opportunity for positive interaction between your fur-kid and other dogs. If a negative situation arises, don’t hesitate to remove your pooch from the situation and discontinue the activity.

Dogs also need to meet and have positive experiences with people who come into your home. If your pet is aggressive toward your guests, one technique to try is to give every visitor treats that they can toss on the floor for her immediately upon entering your home. And of course, always reward good behavior with generous praise. Your fur-kid wants to please you more than anything.


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Puppy Play

dog wash in EvergreenPlaying games with your puppy is fun, but they can also teach your puppy obedience skills. For example, Fetch is a great game to teach your puppy, and playing it she can learn to come when called, retrieve a toy, and drop it on command.

In the beginning, toss or roll the toy a very short distance from your puppy and let her get it. As soon as she picks it up say, “Fetch!” so she associates the command with the action. Then praise her like crazy.

When she brings it back, give her lots of praise, petting her body but not her head so she’s not worried about you taking the toy right away. If she doesn’t come back, use a long lead attached to her collar and gently pull your puppy back to you with the toy. Praise her for coming back.

Once she’s had a moment to hold the toy, your puppy may drop it on her own. As soon as she drops it say, “Drop!” so she associates the command with the action. If she doesn’t drop the toy on her own, get a gentle grip on the toy and wait for her to drop it. Then praise her generously for the action.

Never play this game on a slippery surface. Be aware of how much fun your puppy is having – some dogs like retrieving over and over, while others prefer to play with the toy. Your puppy will be having fun, which increases her happiness. And your puppy is learning obedience which, in the long run, increases the happiness of you both.



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Coming Soon

One of Dogma‘s passions is making sure your fur-kid eats well. We have a variety of raw, grain-free, freeze-dried, and canned food for your pets, all made with wholesome ingredients that your pet is made to eat. Check back throughout the month of March for practical advice on food and diet for your furry friend. We’ll also be sharing some effective training tips as well as great exercise ideas you can try out with your fur-kid.

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dog wash in EvergreenDoes your dog bark excessively and it seems that you can’t control it? The best place to start is in understanding why your pooch is making so much noise. There are a variety of reasons dogs bark, including issuing a warning (which can turn into fear), seeking attention, excitement, boredom, loneliness or anxiety. You’ll know best how to react to your dog’s barking if you know why he’s doing it.

Regardless of the reasons behind it, excessive barking can be curbed both you and your dog will be happier. Here are some tips for modifying your dog’s behavior, from Dog Training Tips:

• Do not shout at your dog. Shouting will only make his barking worse. He will think you are barking, too, and will probably be happy that you have joined in.
• Be consistent with your dog. Pick a one-word command or a noise that you make to control the barking. Everyone in the house must use the same command or noise, or it will not work. Ultrasonic noise is wonderful for curing excessive barking. Combined with behavior modification, it is the best way to stop excessive barking.
• Be patient with your dog. Changing a bad behavior can take time, and it can’t be fixed overnight. Don’t become angry with your dog, as he will sense this and may even bark more.
• Reward his good behavior. Your dog wants to please you, and praising him is the best reward.
• Do not talk soothingly to your dog when he barks. This may reinforce the idea that the barking was for a legitimate reason. He might begin to bark more.
• Practice with your dog to control his excessive barking. Practice in short spurts of 10 or 15 minutes, and take him in situations that you control.



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Nature Photography by Eric Lars Bakke

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Venus Rising © Eric Lars Bakke


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Dog Park Etiquette

dog wash in EvergreenAccording to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, there is a basic etiquette involved in bringing your dog to a dog park. Here are just a few things they recommend. Check here to read the full article.


ever bring a dog that is under 4 months of age

take your dog to a dog park if s/he is uncomfortable —  take your dog to a place that s/he enjoys

bring or use treats and toys when other dogs are nearby

allow dogs to form loose packs

allow a dog to bully another

spend your time talking on a cell phone – you must supervise your dog at all times and be able to give your dog your full attention


make sure your dog is up-to-date on his/her vaccinations

clean up after your dog

supervise dogs when they are playing and interrupt any rough play

be willing to leave a dog park if you feel that your dog is either being a
bully, the play is getting too rough or your dog is just not having fun


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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Better Life, Friends For Life, Loyalty


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Cowboys and Their Horses

Eric Lars Bakke is a local Evergreen photographer best known for his creative perspective that allows him to capture the art of people as they make an imprint on their environment, producing emotionally evocative and visually appealing images. He likes to photograph people and animals doing what they do, where they do it. The result is fantastic. Check here to learn more about Eric Lars Bakke.

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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Friends For Life, Photography


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