Riley’s Revelations

Why is My Dog Reactive?

Does your dog respond in ways that seem irrational or inappropriate to you at times? Reactivity or aggression is a very common reason for dog owners to reach out for help from dog trainers like me. Most often, there is a very good reason for the dog's response, but...

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Choosing a Louisville Dog Trainer

Choosing a Louisville Dog Trainer

The Importance of Choosing the Right Dog Trainer! You love your dog and desire to create the most loving and mutually beneficial relationship possible with your beloved furry companion. In order to do that, the type of education and training you provide for your dog...

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Dog Parks – Should I Take My Dog?

Dog Parks – Should I Take My Dog?

Taking our dogs to a dog park to run free and play with other dogs off-leash seems to be an ideal way to help enrich our dog’s lives so they can be their happiest. After all, dogs are social animals that love to play, and they have lots of energy they need to burn...

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Why is Puppy Socialization So Important?

Why is Puppy Socialization So Important?

In prior posts I've highlighted four areas to focus on with your new puppy in the first few months of its life to help it grow into a happy and emotionally stable dog in our chaotic human world (So you got a puppy?). The first and one of the most critical but often...

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Sniffing – Dogs Need It to be Happy!

Sniffing – Dogs Need It to be Happy!

Sniffing Brings us Joy! A Reflection from Riley Yay, it's warm again and I love to walk in warm weather.  My mom walks dogs every day for other people. Recently she had a request that did not make any sense to me – the owner of a dog she walks asked her not to allow...

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Is Independence Day a Nightmare for your Dog or Cat?

Is Independence Day a Nightmare for your Dog or Cat?

The 4th of July is a fun time to celebrate our freedom with friends and family while enjoying outdoor activities at picnics and festivals. One of the most anticipated events on the 4th of July is the evening festivities ending in an array of booming fireworks. Many of...

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What Is My Dog Saying?

What Is My Dog Saying?

How Dogs Communicate Dogs communicate through their body language. With various body signals, facial expressions, and physical postures, dogs communicate how they are feeling in order to create positive interactions with each other and avoid potential conflict. Dogs...

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Looking Back – Anticipating What is Next

Looking Back – Anticipating What is Next

As the year 2018 winds down to its last few hours and we anticipate what the new year will bring, my thoughts reflect on both the blessings that this year has brought in my life, as well as some heartache. I suppose that over the course of any year it would be...

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So you got a new puppy?

So you got a new puppy?

Will life with your new puppy be all Unicorns & Rainbows? A new puppy is such an exciting experience! When considering adding a puppy to their household, most people visualize games of chase, soft cuddles, companionship, romps in the woods, strolls in the...

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The Life of Riley