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For the first time in two months, since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, I ventured into a grocery store to pick up some items to make meals for a sick friend’s family. Prior to that, during stay at home orders, my husband had been running the necessary errands while the kids and I pretty much stayed at home or walked the neighborhood. My hubby had been telling me each week how things were changing at the stores to prevent the rapid spread of the virus. The first two weeks were the sight of empty shelves, ditching the grocery list and just getting whatever food was available. The next weeks were the emergence of masks, barriers, limited occupancy, and one-way isles. He had told me about all of those changes, and I knew what to expect before I left the house. I had been processing those things almost daily as we discussed our family’s health and safety decisions or watched passer byers make noticeable efforts to avoid each other in the view from my front kitchen window.

Photo credit: Bethany Rose Photography

Photo Credit: Sahsha Kochanowicz Photography

Spaying and neutering can be a hot button topic. Do you spay/neuter? If so, when? It’s definitely a good conversation to have with your veterinarian. If you decide spaying is in the best interest of your pet, then here are some helpful tips from Rebecca Johnson CPDT-KA, doggie mama and Owner of The Family Dog Trainer located in Lubbock, Texas, on how to make your dog’s recovery as easy as possible.

Puppy Predicaments Solved

on 06 February, 2020

Part II: Potty Training, Biting and Chewing

Have you tried everything to potty train your puppy and just can’t figure out why they haven’t caught on, yet? Are you frustrated that your house and family seem to be constant chew toys for your newest furry family member? Be sure you aren’t perpetuating these puppy problems by missing the important pieces highlighted below.

Part I: First Nights Home and Crate Training

Congratulations! You have added or are wanting to add a puppy to your family. Maybe it’s your first puppy, or maybe it’s not? Either way, chances are that at some point in the next 6 months, you’re going to experience some type of frustration.

Part II: Toys for Fun or Food

Does anyone else despise purchasing dog toys that last less than a few minutes? What a waste of moolah! Next dog toy you buy, invest in one of these. We think you’ll be pleased.

Longer Lasting Chews

It’s that time of year when many people are shopping for the perfect presents. We can’t help you with finding the right stuff for those hard to shop for humans, but we sure can give you the scoop on unique things that dogs will dig. Whether you are shopping for your own pup or a friends’ pooch, one of these longer lasting chews are guaranteed to get their tail wagging.

Our Puppy Bites!

on 17 October, 2019

Part II: Solutions for Puppy Biting

Our Puppy Bites!

on 20 September, 2019

Part I: “Help! My puppy is biting!”

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  • I love working with Debra at SmartyPaws. She has creative and insightful ideas to help my dog through various struggles. I've learned a lot about how to approach a problem area and think about it from the dog's perspective and how to motivate through positive training. Deb truly loves dogs and has a unique plan for each client. I also appreciate the email re-cap of our sessions and what I can work on for the next session. This has helped me to break the process down into smaller steps so that my dog and I can make progress as a team. My dog loves Deb. She makes the training process fun. I have bonded with my dog even more through the training process we've gone through. Thanks, Deb!

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