An Owners Essay About Miracles

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On Christmas Day we learned that we would get a puppy. After much deliberation, we all agreed on a Labrador Retriever. We planned it to the last detail: Since we all wore white clothing the most we decided that a yellow lab would be best, and since we had just reseeded our lawn and didn’t […]

German Shepherd Becomes Seeing Eye Dog

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When a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy was rescued by the Rochester RSPCA she was in bad shape. Ellie was raised in a home with no light or heating. She developed cataracts in both her eyes and could only see shadows. Julie Lander, a volunteer at the shelter decided to take Ellie home to care […]

A Friend For Life feat. Kerry Maloney

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All of the Pooch Pals staff members share one trait in common: an intense love for animals. Kerry Maloney had her dog, Chloe, for 13 years, and would sometimes dog sit for her neighbors. Once she moved into New York City last year, she began looking for a job where she would “have fun while […]

A Friend For Life feat. Alison Kaiser

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Alison has been working with dogs since 2001. She is an ABC (animal behavior college) student, and learned about Pooch Pals through an externship with Kate Perry Dog Training. “I was at [Kate’s] puppy class in Chelsea one morning, and she was telling the clients about Pooch Pals and its services, such as the training walks […]

Teaching Your Dog a Leave It Command

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The Leave It Command is intended to disengage your dogs attention on whatever she is focused on and have her look back towards you to check-in. This simple command can be taught in a relatively short period of time. With some consistent practice you can reliably use the command both in and outside your home. Put […]

Puppy Crate Training

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Crate training uses a dog’s natural instincts as a den animal. A wild dog’s den is his home, a place to sleep, hide from danger, and raise a family. The crate becomes your dog’s den, an ideal spot to snooze or take refuge during a thunderstorm. The primary use for a crate is housetraining. Dogs […]

Soothing Sounds To Minimize Separation Anxiety

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Your puppy’s nervous system is fragile; their sensory environment can positively or negatively impact personality, perception, and tolerances for years to come. From 6-weeks to 18-months, all pups are sensitive and highly receptive. An early peaceful sound environment helps mold a calm canine. Click to download these soothing audio samples for your pup to enjoy. […]

Sophie, My Beautiful Black Velveteen Pug

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Tribute to Sophie…my beautiful black velveteen pug written by Kate Perry I write this with a heavy heart to let you all know that my amazing pug Sophie, of 14 years, the tenacious pug that she was, has sadly passed on. I had to make the hardest decision to let her go last weekend after […]

A Friend For Life Feat. Marc Elias

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Pooch Pals was started in 1999; sprung from a playful conversation between two friends as they walked their dogs. Jokingly this conversation is where Pooch Pals was born. Almost a decade after Pooch Pals began, Marc Elias and then owner Kate Perry met a local dog park where their mutual love for animals and training began. First starting as a […]

Treating Severe Canine Anxiety

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    Canine anxiety and tips for the urban dog owner. Part 3 of 3: Treating severe canine anxiety. Is your furry companion suffering from severe canine anxiety? If you’re implementing tactics from parts 1 and 2 of our canine anxiety editorial series and your dog still isn’t responding, consider the following. Firstly, try feeding your dog only when outside. […]