Trick or Treat Giveaway! Train Your Dog to Back Up

Trick or Treat Giveaway! Train Your Dog to Back Up

Halloween is almost here! We don’t dress up the pups in the McSquare household, but we do like tricks AND treats, so we’re pretty excited to be part of this year’s Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop! We’ve teamed up with several blogger friends to create training tutorials for a variety of dog tricks AND give away almost $1500 in prizes.

Pssst…if you visit all 19 blogs, you can enter 19 different times!

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Best Dog Harness for Car Safety: It's the Sleepypod brand!

Best Dog Harness for Car Safety: It's the Sleepypod brand!

If you're looking for the safest and most versatile dog harness for traveling in the car with your best friend, Sleepypod's Clickit brand may be the answer for dogs weighing 18-90 pounds.

Last August, I purchased two Sleepypod Clickit Sport harnesses for Bernie and Lizzie, and one year later, I'm thrilled with how well they've held up and the peace of mind they give me as we drive around Tucson.

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Practical Dog Training Tips for Busy People: X is for eXperts

Practical Dog Training Tips for Busy People: X is for eXperts

I'm cheating with my letter X. I know, but working with qualified and knowledgeable dog experts is incredibly important for you and your dog. 

While you'll want to find a veterinarian, groomer, pet sitter, and maybe even a dog walker who work best with your pack, you don't want to overlook the importance of a professional obedience trainer.

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Happy Second Birthday Bernie McSquare

Happy Second Birthday Bernie McSquare

Our favorite boy Labradoodle is two years old today. To celebrate, I compiled photographs of Bernie with his favorite toy Marvin Moose into a short video.

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Happy First Birthday Lizzie McSquare!

Happy First Birthday Lizzie McSquare!

In honor of our favorite girl Doodle's special day, I made a short video celebrating her first year as a member of the McSquare pack.

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The McSquares Continue Therapy Dog Training the Day after Christmas

The McSquares Continue Therapy Dog Training the Day after Christmas

Lizzie and Bernie McSquare watch Harry, a Labradoodle puppy, show off the skills he learned during his three week residential training at Adolescent Dogs in the United Kingdom. That British pup is a credit to all Labradoodles.

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Diagnosing Our Labradoodle Puppy with Addison's Disease

Diagnosing Our Labradoodle Puppy with Addison's Disease

Life with Bernie McSquare hummed along for three months.

Over 2016's Labor Day weekend, Matthew traveled out-of-town to visit his mom (Thursday - Monday). He was gone for just four days, but I could see how his absence affected Bernie.

When we'd come home from our walks, Bernie would stop and look into the parking lot waiting to see Daddy drive up.

I tried to play with him more and give extra snuggles, but our little guy wasn't the same happy Doodle. He was also teething and starting to lose a few puppy teeth.

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A Realistic Plan for Supplementing Commercial Kibble with People Food

A Realistic Plan for Supplementing Commercial Kibble with People Food

After researching a great deal about dog nutrition and dog food options, we decided not to feed Bernie a raw diet. With his atypical Addison's Disease we just can't risk him getting salmonella poisoning. Plus, I learned that most therapy dogs are not allowed to eat raw diets.

Since we decided upon a high quality kibble, I started adding some human food every once in a while. After watching Rodney Habib's TEDx Talk, I've been adding people food in almost every meal.

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