Sunday, February 07, 2010

Whoa Dog! - On A Dog Walk

I was working a young puppy the other day. The dog was barely a year old but was striving to please. He was also over one hundred fifty pounds already and not yet fully grown.

Of course early training is an absolute necessity. I was walking only a mile with him to start, but it's important to build the distance you walk your dog with time.

He was pretty well in the groove of following and not pulling a human... that is, until a dog who was dragging her owner full speed behind her charged us!

I put him into a sit behind me and faced the approaching dog. Seeing that I was not intimidated, the dog went around us and continued to drag her owner. The woman said. "You should keep walking."

I did not respond since it was not I who was being dragged like a helpless sack of flour!

So what should you do out walking your dog when confronted with an unruly dog? Tell your dog what to do and then face the approaching dog like a soldier in the military. You are not looking for trouble, but you do own your space.

Rena Murray

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Want To Win A Pet Health Course? - Teleseminar TONIGHT

Dr Andrew Jones' Thursday Phone Seminar on Keeping your Pet Healthy and Extending Your Pet's Life is TONIGHT, and it's FREE.

He also has 2 pet health videos you don't want to miss - now available free as part of the launch of his new pet health home study course. Take advantage of it! It's worth it!

Home Study Course GIVEAWAY Contest

He's going to be giving AWAY 3 NEW Veterinary Secrets Revealed 2.1 Home Study Courses.

His New Course has QUADRUPLED in size. It includes his:

* 450 page Veterinary Secrets 2.0 Manual,
* 250 page Pet First Aid Secrets Manual,
* 8 Instructional DVD Videos,
* 4 Instructional CD ROM Videos, and
* 4 Audio CDs

to keep your dogs and cats healthy, treat them at home, and know what to do in an emergency so they make it to the vet alive!

It's very LARGE, and Extremely Valuable.

The Catch.........

1. You've got to Sign Up for his Pet Health Phone Seminar by clicking here:

Pet Health Teleseminar - Thursday, Nov. 19th

2. Then go to Dr Jones' Pet Health Blog, WATCH his next 2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Videos about his New Home Study Course, and leave a Comment.

I bought the original course a couple of years ago and found it invaluable. This one is even better!

If nothing else, though, don't miss the free pet health care videos on Dr. Jones' blog, as they probably won't be up long after the campaign - and if possible, attend the teleseminar. At least register for a chance to win!

To your dog's health,


Rena Murray

P.S. You really do have a chance to WIN, and it's far better than the 1-in-14 million odds of winning a lottery... .Dr Jones is giving away 3 Pet Health Courses. So start by Signing Up Here!

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Take action

If you have a dog behavior problem of any kind with your animal, ask a professinal for help right away. Unattended problems only get worse and worse. Some like excessive barking and dog aggression often lead to authorities getting involved. I encourage all to take action as responsible pet owners

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Something personal today

My nephew died at less than a day old last week. For all the familes out there who have lost a little one, my heart goes out to you.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Service Dogs

One of my dearest friends is down visiting me for a week. We have been close for about ten years now. I was also pleased to see her guide dog again as well. Once, when I was out with them, I started to fall off a very steep step and Copper pushed me forward so that I was able to stand back up.

I love to observe any kind of service animal at work. However, I am careful to never distract or talk to the dog. The dog may become excited and pull on his handler in order to meet me. I speak to the handler and not the dog. I never ask what their disability is, but I do ask if they would be willing to share with me what their dog does for them, and if I could help them with something.

Please do not distract assistance dogs in any way. You may accidently cause harm to an innocent person.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

More than a week of rain

Yes, that seems to be all we have here in Florida right now. But it has not changed the work routine for my dog, or any that I work with. The lighting will stop me, but without that, I just change my wet clothes and keep going.

In the time of the pony express, the men said the pony ran in all weather. Dogs will work in rain too. Especially sheep dogs. Sheep are not smart at all, they tend to head for the low dry ground if separated from the flock. Flash floods would kill them without the ever faithful dog.

By no means am I saying to risk your health. I am simply reminding all to remember the importance of keeping your dog active. Treadmills are a great option for rainy days.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Don't Miss This Pet Health Seminar TONIGHT!

Dr. Jones' Pet Health Teleseminar is TONIGHT
April 30, 2009 - 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern

Register for the Pet Health Seminar

In this blog post, below you'll also find:
* 3 Chances to WIN a New Course
* 2 Frequently Asked Questions Videos
* Healing Modalities Video Online

The Seminar TONIGHT is on Keeping your Pet Healthy and Extending your pet's life. It will be loaded with content you need to know. But Dr. Jones is also offering MORE to help you do this:

Home Study Course GIVEAWAY Contest

Dr. Jones is going to be giving AWAY THREE (3) NEW Veterinary Secrets Revealed 2.0 Home Study Courses.

His New Course has QUADRUPLED in size and incudes:

* 450 page Veterinary Secrets 2.0 Manual
* 250 page Pet First Aid Secrets Manual
* 8 Instructional DVD Videos
* 4 Instructional CD ROM Videos, and
* 4 Audio CDs.

It's very LARGE and Extremely Valuable.

The Catch.........

1. To win, you must first Sign Up for the Pet Health Teleseminar

2. WATCH the 2Frequently Asked Questions
on his Pet Vet Blog, then leave a comment.

You really DO have a chance to win!


Want to preview some parts of the New Course?
Watch the Healing Modalities Video.

Even if you have no intent on buying anything,
you really should at least watch the video-
Simple Healing Skills that are EASY to use,
Including such things as:

* Acupressure for Hip Arthritis
* Herbal Tonic formula for chronic problems
* The MOST effective Homeopathic Remedy for Diarrhea
* Massage of YOUR cat for Back PAIN


Dr. Jones is the only one I know in North
America who is making this kind of pet health
Information available. It's invaluable!
So take full advantage of it. Your dogs
(and cats) will be glad you did!

Wishing you the best of pet health and enjoyment,


Rena Murray

P.S. Don't miss the Pet Health Teleseminar TONIGHT -

Date: Thursday, April 30th
Time: 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern

And be early. Dr. Jones notified his list of 20,000 - and someone else notified 500,000 dog owners. This is really big - and valuable. I'll definitely be there!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fabulous Free Pet Health Information - Did you miss this in my Paw Persuasion Pointers Newsletter?


Did you see my Paw Persuasion Pointers newsletters with this incredible pet health information from Dr. Andrew Jones?

These links will probably only work for a short time, as I expect this extensive FREE pet health information to be taken offline shortly (after his new course launches). So I wanted to make you you hadn't missed it. It's too vital to your dog's health!

So if you want to see any of the Fr*ee Pet Health Videos and Special Reports from Dr. Jones, you can find them here:

(1) How to Heal Your Pet on Video -

Excerpts from Demonstration DVDs, including:

* Healing Your Pets With Herbs,
* Healing With Acupressure,
* Healing Your Pets With Herbs, and
* Healing Your Pets With Homeopathy

(2) "Caring For A Sick Pet At Home" -
Dr. Jones' newest Special Report, PLUS
the "At Home Pet Health Exam"

(3) "The TRUTH Behind Veterinarians, Dog Vaccines, Diet and Disease" - Info in this Special Report could save your dog's life!

(4) Toxic People Food - Dr. Andrew Jones' Blog post on ALL the common People Foods
That are TOXIC to dogs and cats.

You might be surprised. There are some pretty common ones, from Grapes to Xylitol, even Apples.. and what do do IF your pet ingests ANY of these.

This is vital pet health information that you WON'T find anywhere other than on these pages. Make sure you get it while it's up.

Let's keep your dog healthy!

Rena Murray

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Saturday, April 04, 2009

Dog Behavior Seminar in Vermont

I just taught my first seminar on dog behavior a few days ago for a jam-packed room of dog owners with some really serious dog behavior problems. It was fun.

I was in Vermont seeing snow for the first time and falling up to my thigh in it. That was how I opened the seminar!

I had also tried my best to find out, in advance, the dog behavior issues that my current audience was facing. I kept it real, stayed myself... which is what I intend to do for the rest of my life.

And that's how I promise to be with you. For your dog behavior and dog training issues, I will "tell it like it is!"

Rena Murray

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

How Do You Correct Food Aggression In Dogs?

Dog food aggression... Has this happened to you?

"I need your help!"

I did not like the tone of Meg's voice at all. Her dog had clamped down on her hand when she was feeding her. I came the next day to assist her.

Food aggression is a very common problem in dogs. Very serious, indeed, when not nipped in the bud right away.

So what did we do?

First, when the dog fixated on the food, she was put on her lead and taken out of the room. When she was focused on her owner, she was allowed back in.

Next time we corrected her, she looked at her owner right away. The dog got the picture, and two days later the owner had the dog surrendering the food to her.

Rena Murray

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Food Aggression in Dogs - It Can Be Solved

In most of the animal cop shows, a dog with any food aggression is put to sleep right away. I agree that this behavior is dangerous and has to be taken very seriously.

However, by claiming the food and correcting your dog each time he becomes locked on the food, you can redirect him... and overcome the dog's food aggression behavior problem.

Don't destroy an otherwise good dog. Solve the behavior problem instead!

Rena Murray

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Monday, March 09, 2009

What do I ask clients every time I get a new one?

The whole form is on my consult page. But, there is something I ask them after I finish helping them. I make sure they know what to do if a dog charges them on their walk. This prevents more dog bites than I will ever know. Even if you don't like dogs chances are you will come in contact with many in your life. Regardless of age or occupation dogs are here to stay and we all need to cope with them

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dog Separation Anxiety May Be Your Worst Nightmare

Today, I spoke with a woman in Alaska who had reached the end of her rope with her dog. He had such severe separation anxiety that he had eaten through the door, wall, and the couch. He had cost her two thousand dollars in damages since she got him two years before!

Her dog started fights with the biggest male he could find in a dog park, and had an endless amount of energy. But when she would leave, he would go under her bed and shake with severe anxiety.

I talked with her about how to lead him on walks. I recommended that she ski with him forty minutes twice a day. Plus I addressed controlling his food, and changing his diet. Not to mention a special massage that helps a dog relax.

One of the wisest things the owner did (although she didn't know it at the time)was that she purchased a young female puppy that was of a much lower energy than her male dog. Opposite sex dogs coexist best, and also, the lower level energy is very important. It helps the dog bond with another, find security, and come out of their shell.

Dogs are pack animals. They need each other...just as we humans need each other for companionship and development.

For those of you who have dogs with separation anxiety, be cautious in picking a second dog. A dog who is too excited, dominant, aggressive, or fearful is going to turn your chaos into a tornado!


Saturday, January 17, 2009

What counts to the dogs

A close friend of mine has been training horses most of her life. She retrains the racer rejects into champion hunter jumpers. She spoke at length with me about the diligence and patience it took to teach these animals that there was indeed more to life than running. I of course, shared parallels with stories of red zone dogs who respected neither man nor beast. Although there is a minimum fifteen hundred pound difference, the facts remain similar in many ways. You cannot force respect from an animal. You have to earn it. You have to own your space. Dogs don't care about positions, degrees, and education.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

See you Next Year!

That is right guys. It will be 2009 the next time I post!