Monthly Archives: November 2019

Ticks!

Many people only worry about their dog getting a tick when in a wooded area, but most ticks actually live on tall grasses, just waiting to latch on to your pet. There might even be ticks in the bushes and ornamental grasses in your own yard.  Another common misconception is that ticks are only present during the warm months, but they actually live all year round. Ticks are arachnids like spiders or scorpions. They have a mouth that allows them …
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Starting Right with your Puppy

When you bring a puppy home the first thought on your mind is probably having fun!  Afterall, the reason we get dogs is that we love them so much and they bring untold joy to our lives.  Our goal as dog trainers is to ensure that clients and their dogs have the best possible lives together.  To achieve this goal we focus on helping people raise a puppy correctly from the start so that they never develop problems that can …
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Kenneling/Crating a Young Puppy

I will save you the suspense.  We are 100% in favor of kenneling all puppies when they are unattended.  A puppy generally does not have enough impulse control to resist chewing things they shouldn’t and this can lead to big trouble!  Many puppies consume things such as medicine, carpet and clothing when they are left unattended and this leads to a lot of unnecessary surgeries and even deaths. When someone tells me that they won’t cage a puppy because they …
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Adopted Dog Syndrome

When someone adopts a dog there are generally questions about the dog’s history.  Where did they come from? What life experiences have they had? How did they end up here? Rescue groups will do the best they can to provide details, but often the adopter will be told some version of “the dog came from a high kill shelter in the south”.  There simply isn’t any additional information to give. This leaves many adopters unsure about their dog’s history. Once …
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LITTERMATE SYNDROME

As mentioned in our “Picking a Puppy” article, littermate syndrome is a serious behavioral condition. The condition develops when two young dogs end up bonding too tightly with each other. It may sound ideal when dogs are such close friends, but major issues can arise down the road. The problem is that their relationship with each other can stop them from creating proper bonds with humans and hinder their social development. As the name suggests, littermate syndrome generally exists in …
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BEST SAN ANTONIO DOG BOUTIQUES

Do you live in or around San Antonio and want to know the best places to take your four legged friend? Below is a list of groomers, boutique dog stores, and bakeries that make a great outing for both you and your dog! Dog Stars! is home to one of the most knowledgeable groomers! Karen Sullivan, owner of Dog Stars, maintains very high standards for her staff. They are educated on dog physiology and anatomy. Her well trained team specializes in …
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A PUPPY’S GOTCHA DAY!

Today is the day! It’s the day you and your family have been waiting for! You finally get to bring your new puppy home! Puppies are oh so cute, and oh so little! They trip and fall over their feet which they still aren’t sure how to control. Don’t forget about the puppy breath that is always accompanied by those razor sharp teeth. Often times we have wanted our new puppy’s “gotcha day” to come sooner than it has, sooner …
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