Category Archives: Children & Dogs

Birthday Party Goes To The (Service) Dogs

Leading up to Christmas or birthdays, most young children begin compiling a list of all the gifts they would like to receive. When they run out of ideas they usually begin studying the store inserts in the newspaper for the newest toys.

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Mysterious “Drownings” of Humans & Dogs | Raising Awareness

Kevin Ritz of Scappoose, Oregon grew up around the water. He and his wife, Sheryl, were following suit with their own three children as boating was their main family activity. Being experts in water safety, their children were equipped with the best flotation devices available and were avid swimmers.

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The Therapeutic Value of Dogs & Play

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This week we had the privilege to receive Dr. Risë VanFleet in Portland at the Annual Fall Play Therapy Conference. Dr. VanFleet has many credentials in both psychology and dog training, she has worked with therapists and trainers all around the world, and written dozens of books. 

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Being Aware of Your Dog’s Expression

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It is extremely important to become familiar with your dog’s expressions so that you may be more in tune to what a dog it trying to tell you, and even more important when there are children. They must be taught how to approach a strange dog and how to interact appropriately with the family dog.

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Puppy Nipping & Biting

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This past week we have heard from two owners of young puppies whose families are being terrorized by their newest addition. Their kids are climbing up the furniture to reach higher ground and escape the shark teeth of the tiny pup they believed would be soft and cuddly.

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Dog and Child, Something Magical

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I recently had an almost “heavenly” experience when I was privileged to be reuniting a service dog to his most special little owner. Prior to being with me for training, Jasper had been with Takota since he was a young pup.

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Dogs & Kids: One Big Happy Family

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We all get dogs with the intention of melding them into our family unity. However, if you have children you need to plan how to best manage the addition of a new canine member.

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Dog Holding Up Under Bed Growling

Someone asked my opinion yesterday about their dog who takes cover under the bed and dares the owner to bother him. He also has a tendency to guard his chew bones and act uneasy when the  kids want to give him a squeeze, occasionally offering a warning snap.

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Working with a Service/Therapy Dog

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Involved dog owners these days are frequently working with their dogs to serve others.  Many people have a service dog of their own for various disabilities and others may be in training with their pets to be helpful in the areas of therapy at hospitals or care centers.  

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Teaching Children How To Approach Dogs

Children need to be instructed in exactly how to behave around strange dogs they encounter and even the familiar family pet. I have discussed in my previous blog not to come up to a dog looking them in the eye with an extended arm.

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