Bernie's Book Nook Adventure at Dog-Friendly Bookmans

Bernie's Book Nook Adventure at Dog-Friendly Bookmans

Bernie McSquare prides himself on being a well-read Labradoodle, so one of his favorite dog-friendly places to visit in Tucson is Bookmans Entertainment Exchange.

I like browsing for books and working on some of Canine Good Citizen skills in a friendly environment. Bookmans East has several comfy chairs throughout the store. As we walked by, several people made "awww" sounds, so I asked if they wanted to meet Bernie. In addition to practicing walking through crowds nicely, we were also practicing sitting politely for petting.

Plus we found some great photo opportunities!

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Seven Strategies for Maintaining Good Sleep Hygiene

Seven Strategies for Maintaining Good Sleep Hygiene

For most of my life, I've been a night owl productively creating and organizing well past a reasonable bed time. However, living in Arizona with two dogs, one of whom is leash reactive, means waking up early for summer walks.

In July in Tucson, 101 is the average high with 74 as the low. Now 74 doesn't sound that bad, but if you truly want to exercise with your dog in that cooler range, then you're waking up at 4:30am because it really does take all night for the earth to cool off. And once the sun is up, you're feeling the heat by 7am.

After being the person who pulled all nighters in college, and stayed up late grading papers when I was teaching, I had to learn to be a morning person. Read more about the seven strategies that helped me.

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Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs in Tucson, Arizona

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs in Tucson, Arizona

Living in the Sonoran Desert with active dogs means being prepared to deal with desert dangers. While there are numerous forms of threatening wildlife here, the rattlesnake is one predator whose bite can be painful, costly, and even deadly. Rattlesnake avoidance training helps your dog gain a critical skillset to potentially protect himself and you.

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Practicing 5 Key Canine Good Citizen Skills in Every Day Destinations

Practicing 5 Key Canine Good Citizen Skills in Every Day Destinations

If you're training your dog to be a therapy dog, you may be feeling overwhelmed at the number of skills you and your dog must master. 

Visiting a variety of places is important. Each destination holds new sniffs and distractions for your dog. If you want to gauge whether or not your dog will respond on cue, then exploring a variety of settings is a valuable use of your time.

This practice will also offer you different opportunities to work on distinct skills to help your dog become a certified therapy dog. 

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Humarian's Probonix Passes this Dog Mom's Picky Pants Testing

Humarian's Probonix Passes this Dog Mom's Picky Pants Testing

Anyone who knows me, knows how particular I am about, well, everything. Ensuring that Bernie and Lizzie have the healthiest life possible is important to me. After searching for the ideal probiotic for them for almost two years, I discovered Humarian's Probonix during the BlogPaws 2018 Conference.

#ad #HumarianAmbassador

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Book Review: Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy by Rachele Baker, DVM

Book Review: Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy by Rachele Baker, DVM

Meet Rachele Baker, DVM, and her Golden Retriever Savannah! Dr. Baker’s book Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy gets my recommendation as a practical and accessible guide for any pet parent who’s looking to help their best friend live a healthier life. And who doesn’t want their dog to be their healthiest self?

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Thank You for the Versatile Blogger Award

Thank You for the Versatile Blogger Award

Imagine my surprise Monday morning when I saw a mystery message from my friend Cathy Armato at Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them. She had included me in a post she had written that I should check out. Clearly, the news was good.

Cathy nominated McSquare Doodles for the peer-to-peer blogging award: The Versatile Blogger! I'm honored to be recognized by a fellow blogger, a person who knows how much time and effort goes into publishing regularly, and a person who's become one of my favorite friends I met online.

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Park Obedience Class Strengthens My Bond with Lizzie

Park Obedience Class Strengthens My Bond with Lizzie

Are you looking for a flexible dog obedience training class that fits your busy lifestyle?

After Lizzie graduated from Puppy Obedience Class, I needed just that! Ruff House Dog Training & Behavior Modification offers a drop-in Dog Obedience Park Class, which is a perfect way for me and my favorite girl to spend an afternoon.

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#AtoZ Challenge: Reflection on My April 2018 Participation

#AtoZ Challenge: Reflection on My April 2018 Participation

For 2018's Blogging from A to Z Challenge, my main goal was to complete 26 posts to help dog parents find time during the course of their day to train their pup in easy, but consistent bursts.

And I did it. I reached my goal! Check out what I learned from this month-long challenge.

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#AtoZ Challenge: Z is for Zeal

#AtoZ Challenge: Z is for Zeal

Zeal. Gusto. Passion. 

Remember to find joy while you're working with your dog. Isn't that part of why you wanted a companion?

If you and your pup are enjoying your time together, you'll both be more motivated  to learn and to bond. How could you not be successful?

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