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Finally, it’s vacation time! Hotel reservations are made. Flight is booked. Outfits planned. But what about the dog? While there are more dog-friendly hotels and airbnbs available these days, sometimes it is just not feasible to take our furry family members with us. Gant is an emotional support animal, so he travels with us on road trips and visits to family, but if it’s a really short visit or just somewhere dogs are not welcome, it is important to find a trustworthy service that takes care of your dog (or any animal for that matter, but for this post, I’ll be talking about dogs), so you have peace of mind knowing your dog is in a safe, fun, and comfortable environment. We have used a variety of different services, so I am going to break down the pros and cons of three types of dog sitting, so you can see…

When you get a dog, no matter if it’s a puppy or a senior, training is so important. Dogs need to have boundaries, which sets them (and you) up for a fun, successful and happy life. One of the first things we did when we brought Gant home was enroll him in a puppy training class. For six weeks, I went from not knowing how to teach him to sit to seeing him be the first dog to pass the whole course. So today, I am introducing Paw and Order Dog Training and Behaviour Consulting, a company based in Canada. Nicole, the founder, will give us some background on her business, as well as tips and tricks for effectively training your dog. Tell us a little About Yourself. My name is Nicole Courson, CDBC, KPA-CTP. I live in Nelson, British Columbia (Canada) and I train in Nelson and the surrounding…

Shortly after we brought our 8-week old puppy, Gant, home, we were told we needed to socialize him as much as possible. Not only should he interact with other dogs (once he was properly vaccinated), he needed to be exposed to various environments – out at a restaurant, inside a dog-friendly store, in the car, or any place that had a lot of people. This would get him comfortable with different situations, types of people, and noises. It is important for a dog to be able to acclimate to their surroundings. Since then, we have taken him on cross-country road trips, restaurants, shopping in our local downtown, and many dog-friendly establishments. He loves being with us and we enjoy our outing without having to worry about leaving him at home. Gant ready to embark on our cross-country road trip (He’s in the back seat)! He loves people, plays with all…

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