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Denise Mazzola

Generational Learning

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT – KA Is there a second dog in your future?  When is the best time? Have you watched the Secret Life of Elephants on National Geographic? It’s an incredible show that underscores the importance of generational learning. Elephants live in Matriarchal family units where information about survival is passed down from generation to generation.  Most human

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Denise Mazzola

Your Dog is Talking, Are You Listening?

Observing Canine Behavior As a dog trainer, I observe behavior. All kinds of behavior. People behavior. Birds at our bird feeder. And of course, dog behavior. When I’m in a client’s home I’m always observing the dog, watching the dog, “listening” with my eyes as well as listening to the client with my ears. Most of your dog’s communication is

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Day 2 of the Extreme Mutt Makeover Transport

Annie the beagle needs emergency vet care…. Tuesday August 17th, 2010 Pinson, Tenn. This morning started with Sally jumping on the bed, licking my face. Yes, this was affectionate, but it’s also her way of saying “Yo, you in bed. I need to go out!” So, out we went. I think it was 7 am. Rachel and Olivia were still

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Extreme Mutt Makeover Transport of 22 Dogs

I’m reposting my journals from the 22 dog transport we did from Dallas, Tx to NH in 2010. Day 1: Monday August 16th 2010. Arrived at HSNT at 8:00 am. Had to completely unload the van to reach the first set of crates. To say it’s hot in Texas is the biggest understatement ever made. 100 degrees in the shade.

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Choosing the Right Dog

A Dog is a Friend for Life; Choose Accordingly! We don’t get to pick our family members. You are born into a family unit with all the history, traditions, warts and all. Even our life partners are selected, carefully (hopefully). We watch for red flags, such as abuse or alcoholism, (being dramatic to make a point.) We hope to find

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Holiday Tips for Your Pup

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT – KA   Five Sanity Saving Tips to Make the Holidays Happier For You & Your Dog The holidays are upon us. It’s a time filled with of love, joy and peace, yet it can be a very stressful time for everyone including our pets. With house cleaning, gift buying, wrapping, food shopping, the in-laws, small

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What is a Brain Toy

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT – KA Exercise is so important for our dogs and also for us. There is very little that can replace a good romp through the woods or chasing a ball in the back yard. Dog’s need the large muscle movements. If you live in the northeast you know all too well how cold it can get

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Loose Leash

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT – KA Please keep the leash loose, please. Today on my early morning run, I saw a woman who was walking her dog on the trail. I was running with, Frankie, he was loose, dragging his leash so I could get him quickly if needed, well, that was the plan. He torpedoed past me in route

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Resource Guarding

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT – KA Resource Guarding is the ultimate culture clash between dogs and humans. In the world of survival of the fittest, she who gets the best bed and the most food wins by living, by surviving to pass on her genes. After all, reproducing and passing on genetics is the purpose of life. However, living with

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The Importance of Exercise

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT – KA So many times we want the quick-fix. How many advertisements are there for weight loss magic, just take this pill or avoid a certain food. Need to stop cigarette smoking? Use the patch, want your children to behave, plop them in front of a video game, you get the idea. There is no magic

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Puppy Training

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT-KA When Should I Start Training My Puppy? Recently I’ve had several phone calls from new puppy owners asking when they should begin training their puppy. The conversation is full of how wonderful the puppy is, how cute and friendly. These puppy owners emphasized that there are no behavior problems. My response is always: “begin training now!”

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Hardwired to Focus on the Negative

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT-KA I think the question I get asked the most is, “how long do I need to use treats?” and my answer, “how long do you want to get paid for working?” Humans are stingy. Scientists have shown that humans are hardwired to remember the negative. When we were dragging clubs and slaying dinosaurs, we needed to

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Problems with Doggie Day Care

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT – KA Have you ever been to a party with too many people? It’s only tolerable because you are there for two to three hours. It’s a huge relief when you get home, take your shoes off and stretch out on your couch. When was the last time you flew? Talk about crowded. Flying from Boston

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It Takes More Than Love

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT – KA I have worked with hundreds of family’s and their dogs, maybe even thousands of rowdy, barky, peeing in the house, run away dogs, but surprisingly, the most challenging dogs I’ve worked with are the shy, fearful ones. These are the puppies that were curled up in the corner when the family went to select

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Senior Dogs

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT-KA Thor is 13 years young. He’s a yellow lab that has been with me since he was a puppy. He is what we call my heart dog. My daughters all grew up with him, playing, running, chasing tennis balls, hiking together and vacationing together. Thor and I have earned numerous titles in Rally Obedience. He’s slowing

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Rooting for The Underdog

Published on the Ledger Transcript (http://www.ledgertranscript.com) Why I Love The Underdog By Denise Mazzola, CPDT-KA Monday, November 4, 2013 (Published in Print: Tuesday, November 5, 2013) Looking back on my life, I’ve always rooted for the underdog, literally. As a high school student, I would take the city bus downtown to volunteer at the local shelter. Stray dogs found their

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What is Behaviorally Healthy?

Published on the Ledger Transcript (http://www.ledgertranscript.com) Tips on Raising Behaviorally Healthy Dogs By Denise Mazzola, CPDT-KA Monday, October 21, 2013 (Published in Print: Tuesday, October 22, 2013) Physically healthy means keeping the body healthy. It means the same for our dogs. Living in the Northeast means living with mosquitoes, so we give our dogs’ a monthly heartworm preventative. As puppies,

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No Remorse

Published on the Ledger Transcript (http://www.ledgertranscript.com) Dogs Have No Remorse By Denise Mazzola, CPDT-KA Monday, September 30, 2013 (Published in Print: Tuesday, October 1, 2013) Being a professional dog trainer, I should know better than to expect a dog to show remorse. I think I’ve shared that Jubilee, as well-trained as she is and having won numerous awards and titles,

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Concept Vs Context

Published on the Ledger Transcript (http://www.ledgertranscript.com) Concept versus Context: When it Comes to Dogs By Denise Mazzola, CPDT-KA Friday, August 30, 2013 (Published in Print: Tuesday, September 3, 2013) Every year, I work with hundreds of people and their dogs. When I ask them what behaviors their dogs know, they proudly list them: sit, down, paw, the other paw, stay

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Why Training is Important

Published on the Ledger Transcript (http://www.ledgertranscript.com) Pet Corner: Why Training, Structure and Rules are Important   By Denise Mazzola, CPDT-KA   Monday, April 22, 2013 (Published in print: Tuesday, April 23, 2013)   How and why are training, structure and rules important to a dog’s health and well-being?   We love our dogs. We love them so much, that we

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Is Your Dog Dominating You?

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT-KA   He’s being dominate. Don’t let your dog out the door first, she’s dominating you. She never comes to me when I call, she’s being dominate. Sound familiar? I’ll be honest here, I cringe at the word dominant. It’s misused; especially by some well liked, commercially popular dog trainers. It’s over used and gives dogs a

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Has Your Pet Got You Trained?

By Denise Mazzola, CPDT-KA   Monday, July 1, 2013 (Published in the Ledger-Transcript: Tuesday, July 2, 2013)   In the more than 20 years that I’ve been training dogs and people, I’ve never once met a dog that was stupid. No, not possible. Dogs are simple creatures, determining minute by minute what is in their own best interest. Most dogs,

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All About Motivation

by Denise Mazzola, CPDT-KA   Motivation and Your Dog When you touch the hot stove as a child, or as an adult, it is usually so painful, so aversive, that you avoid touching it again. That is motivation to avoid the unpleasant feeling. If you’re like me and have gotten a two hundred dollar speeding ticket you pay attention to

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