Riley’s

Revelations

Is Independence Day a Nightmare for your Dog or Cat?

 It's not fun for everyone 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...

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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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Why is Puppy Socialization So Important?

Recently I 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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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?

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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Dog Adventure Trips

Recently I wrote about the risks of taking your dog to a dog park. It seems that dog parks are more trouble than they are worth, which is very unfortunate for dogs that love to play with other dogs. But, if you choose not to frequent dog parks as an outlet for your...

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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...

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Pet Care Providers – How to Choose One?

With so many dog trainers and pet care providers out there, how do you choose the right one to work with? A booming industry The pet care industry has grown steadily for over 20 years. Now a significant factor in our economy, the booming business has many people...

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Is Crate Training Good for Your Dog?

I used to feel conflicted about using a crate for my dog. After all, we want our dogs to be happy, and giving our dogs freedom to go and do and be dogs brings them happiness, doesn’t it? Here is what I have learned about the benefits of teaching your dog to love its...

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The Positive Alternative to Prong Collars

Prong Collars... There really is a better way to handle your dog. Yes, even the big, powerful, forever-playful dogs. “Aversive techniques can elicit an aggressive response in dogs because they can increase the fear and arousal in the dog, especially in those that are...

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How Do Dogs Communicate?

Ever wonder what your dog is trying to say? How do dogs communicate?? If you have been around dogs much, you are likely aware that dogs are quite good at communicating. But, are you aware of all the ways in which they ask us questions by displaying behaviors to get a...

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Reflections & Hope

The holidays are a time of reflection and hope. Reflection on the year that is almost over, our successes and our failures. What we learned and how we grew. Hope for the future, what we wish to achieve, whether on a grand scale to change the world, or a smaller scale...

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Sniffing – Dogs Need It to be Happy!

Sniffing Brings us Joy! 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 their dog to sniff while they walk! I cannot imagine not being allowed to sniff...

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Dogs Are Misunderstood

It seems lots of people misunderstand dogs. They misunderstand how we communicate, how we learn, what motivates us, what makes us happy, what makes us emotionally unstable, what makes us afraid and insecure. They misunderstand what we are trying to say when we...

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My Forever Home

My First Day – Meeting the Cat! This picture popped up as a memory on mom’s FaceBook today. It was taken 3 years ago – I can’t believe how time flies…it doesn’t seem like it was that long ago when I came home from the shelter! It was the day after mom came and got me...

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I’m Learning A Lot!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written – did you miss me? I have been very busy since the last time I wrote because my mom is currently studying at Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior (VSA). Mom admires Victoria for her advocacy of modern dog training...

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Shelter Dogs – How do you pick?

Adopting the Right Shelter Dog for You My mom came across this video that shows how excited a shelter dog was when it realized it was finally getting out of that place. Shelters are very scary for us and it’s hard to be ourselves in there. Sometimes we are very...

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How Dogs See the World

One reason that dogs like me end up in shelters is that we sometimes behave in ways that are unwanted by our humans. We don’t mean to do things that are destructive or undesirable, I promise – we really want to please our humans!  But often our humans don’t understand...

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My First Lesson

Meeting the Cat The first morning after I went home from the shelter, my mom introduced me to Ayla the cat. When I first arrived home, Ayla didn’t know whether she could trust me, even though I looked a lot like Sable, so she hid from me in the...

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