A Peek Inside the International Association of Canine Professionals' Annual Conference: Interview with Ruff House's Crystal Blaker

A Peek Inside the International Association of Canine Professionals' Annual Conference: Interview with Ruff House's Crystal Blaker

When Crystal Blaker, our dog trainer from Ruff House Dog Training & Behavior Modification, texted me pictures of her with Rodney Habib and Dr. Karen Becker, I didn't care that it was 6:31am and I needed to get to work. Immediately, I texted back that I wanted to hear everything they had to say!

Crystal was getting ready for her first full day or workshops and panels for the International Association of Canine Professionals Conference 2017, which meant she was going to be learning from some of the best dog people around. I was fortunate enough to sit down and ask her not just about meeting Rodney Habib and Dr. Karen Becker, but also about her experiences at the conference.

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Who's got a favorite dog toy?

Who's got a favorite dog toy?

Bernie and Lizzie each have a favorite plushie. Neither will go to bed without Marvin Moose or Jenny Giraffe.

Knowing how devoted our pups are to these toys, I thought I'd ask other dog lovers if their pups had any special connections with certain toys. The answers I received are as diverse as the dogs!

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What's Your Dog's Pirate Name?

What's Your Dog's Pirate Name?

Ahoy mateys! Septembree 19, next high tide', be International Talk Like a Shipmate Tide, a tradition celebrated by Dave Berry aft in 2002 in his weekly column

Imagine how much fun ye can be havin' walkin' yer dog an' interactin' wi' swabbies channelin' yer inner buccanneer! Naturally, ye`ll need t' disco'er yer swashbuckler name an' yer dog`s swashbuckler name.

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Best Pet-Themed Greeting Cards for Any Occasion

Best Pet-Themed Greeting Cards for Any Occasion

If you enjoy surprising people with beautiful cards and you're an animal lover, then you should check out Holly Havnaer's Etsy shop A Paper Affaire.

Holly crafts cards for any occasion from her home studio in Seattle, Washington. She's been on Etsy since 2011 and I discovered her work in 2014.

I've purchased all kinds of cards from her: Christmas, Hanukkah, Anniversary, Thank You, and any occasion blank cards. Her cards cost the same as cards you'd buy at Target or the grocery store or pharmacy, but hers are unique and handmade with love.

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Important Phone Numbers Every Dog Parent Should Add To Their Contacts

Important Phone Numbers Every Dog Parent Should Add To Their Contacts

If you're striving to be the most organized pet parent you can be, then adding these contacts to your phone truly will make your life easier. And if you ever find yourself in an emergency situation, having your peoples programmed into your phone should bring you some peace of mind.

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Documentary Review: Dog Man

Documentary Review: Dog Man

Frequently, Saturday night is documentary night at the McSquare household. While dog dad works, the pups and I snuggle up to learn a little bit more about our world.

Most recently while searching Amazon Prime, we stumbled upon Dog Man, a 57 minute documentary about a dog trainer from Baton Rouge. Dick Russell.

From beginning to end, you can feel the love that created this tightly edited film. If you're an animal person or in need of some training inspiration and motivation, then this documentary is made for you.

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RECALCULATING... Still Attempting to Locate the Ultimate Pet Tracker

RECALCULATING... Still Attempting to Locate the Ultimate Pet Tracker

As much as I wish I could write a glowing review of the Nuzzle GPS Collar, I just can't.

I feel like a beta tester for a product we paid $171 for.

Could the Nuzzle improve their firmware and make their collar a more solid product? Absolutely. I hope they do because until we see better performance, we will not be purchasing another for Lizzie.

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How to Take Charge of Your Pet's Records and Appointments

How to Take Charge of Your Pet's Records and Appointments

Keeping track of pet records and scheduling their various appointments can get overwhelming for pet parents.  That's why I'm sharing some strategies to maintain order.

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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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Create A Canine Command Center

Create A Canine Command Center

Our condo seems to overflow with dog products. When we just had Bernie, keeping track of his accessories was somewhat manageable. But when we brought Lizzie home in May, we found ourselves misplacing leashes, leads, treats, and toys.

The chaos was not working for my OCD or Matthew's, so I started eyeballing our coat closet.

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