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Dog Grooming Tips and Tricks

Posted by Matthew Ruggiero on

Nobody likes visiting a house with a stinky dog. You know the one- he sits on the floor in front of you and it smells like a musty old sock. Being the nice friend that you are, you pet the stink monster anyway- and your hand smells for hours.  Here are a few do's and don'ts for grooming your dog to help you on your way to a better smelling animal and house! Make sure to always: Bath your dog often if using the correct type of shampoo. All natural shampoos have much fewer chemicals and are safer for your...

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The Ugly Christmas Sweater

Posted by Matthew Ruggiero on

There once was a dog named Penny. She was new to St. Paul and didn't have many doggie friends.  One day at the dog park in early December, Penny met a few other dogs. They played fetch, chased each other, played in the mud, and had a great day. After a few hours of playing, their owners began calling for them to leave. "I want to see these dogs again, they were fun!" thought Penny. Luckily for Penny, their owners were exchanged numbers. "Our dogs seem to get along great, lets hang out here again sometime!"  A weekend later, Penny found herself...

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A Day in the Life of Azzo- Chapter 1

Posted by Julia Ruggiero on

Mastering the “Come” Command with Your Puppy Getting a new puppy is a fun and sometimes very frustrating experience. It is hard to figure out the best time to starting training your new pup. The truth is, there really isn’t one. I received my bundle of crazy, err joy, when he was six and half weeks old. Azzo is a full-blooded German Shepherd Dog and his family background is military and police based. Taking this into account, I knew he was going to be smart. I wanted to get started on the training as soon as possible, starting with the...

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Solving the Dog Food Dispenser Problem!

Posted by Matthew Ruggiero on

The Problem: Meal Time = 1 Minute! Penny is one of those dogs that scarfs her food down if we feed it to her in a normal bowl. Then, after about 2-3 minutes she starts choking and throwing up. Not sure if anyone else deals with something like this, but it was obnoxious. We started throwing her cup of food on the floor so that she had to lick each individual piece up. This slowed her down a little bit (2 minutes instead of 1 minute feeding times), but made lick marks all over the hard wood floors, or left...

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13 Products for Aggressive Chewers and Puppy Destruction

Posted by Matthew Ruggiero on

Not every one of these options will help, but most of them should! Article for destructive dogs, crate training, and great tough dog toy recommendations.

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