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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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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Tuesday, December 16, 2008


My friend saw that her Father in Law was getting up there in age and needed a companion. So she and her husband purchased for him an Old English Sheepdog puppy who, of course, became his daughter, Daisy.

That dog was a sight during the winter in New York! She would race to the top of a piled up "snow hill," sit, then slide down on her rear. I certainly would have loved to see that.

Daisy was a fine example of the Old English Sheepdog breed, sired by the canine star of "Please Don't Eat The Daisies." She later mated with a Grand U.S. and Grand Bahamian Champion who had sired many champions. What an awesome litter that was!

I'll tell you about the pups some other day. My friend has a thick "puppy album" of just the first six weeks of the litter's life.

My Mother often tells me that the film, "Please Don't Eat The Daisies," is hilarious. I suppose I should see it in honor of Daisy. She was a character!

Rena Murray

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Who Put Your Dog In T,he Pool?

Drowning dogs are a unnecessary heartbreak and loss.

I personally do not like swimming pools, and do not allow my dog in them. To me, dos and swimming pools do not mis. However my dog knows how to get out if he should ever fall in.

I met two people who had their dogs drown in pools because they failed to show them the way out.

How do you prevent this from happening to your dog?

Put your dog in again and again, then coax him in the direction of the steps. Do this over and over until he goes out the right way without your prompting.

It may save his life someday...

Rena Murray

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Friday, December 12, 2008

What do you want?

Dog Training - "To do or not to do," that is the question.

What do you really want?

A well behaved dog, or an out of control dog?

Face it. No one wants their dog to pee in the house. We want that done outside.

No one wants to have their house torn up or their flowers rooted out of the ground. We want the dog to tear up his own toys and dig in a digging box.

No one wants a dog who will not come when called, or one that has to be on a leash all the time. Imagine having to drive around the neighborhood all the time to get your dog. Or having to put the lead on when it is cold, instead of just being able to let the dog out.

And Nobody wants and aggressive dog. That is a time bomb.

After looking at this, wouldn't you say it is worth it to put the training time into your dog?

Rena Murray

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Jumping Dog

A dog who jumps on people either craves attention. or he is making it clear that he is in control.

How do you stop dog jumping?

You can usually solve the problem by blocking the dog's access to the person he wants to see until he calms down.

At other times, you need to take the dog out of the room again and again... again and again... until you achieve your goal.

He will get the idea. Being calm brings reward. Jumping dog does not.

Rena Murray

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

How many people can't? - Do You Have An Out Of Control Dog?

I love a movie at home with some popcorn. However, I rarely get to do that.

But I did the other day... Gatsby lay at my feet and did not make a sound. Refreshing.

Afterward, I could not help thinking of how many of my clients cannot even enjoy a little reading, family fun, or TV because their dogs are so out of control.

Owning a pet that has been worked with is a stress reliever by a lot. They are coherent, soft to rub, loving, forgiving... just plain warm and comforting and good company.

But stress goes through the roof with a dog who runs the house.

Is your dog out of control, or a joy to be with?
Who rules the roost in your house?

Rena Murray

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Lassie and Old Yeller?

What did these two movie dogs have in common?

The original Lassie was named Pal and was abandoned by his owner.

Old Yeller was named Spike. He too was abandoned, but he was left in an animal shelter.

Lassie was bred large to look big next to a child. Old Yeller was so big that one of his human co-stars rode him like a horse.

Spike (Old Yeller)was in a lot of the Lassie episodes. He also played Petrache in "A Dog Of Flanders." Fabulous movie dogs, both.

For two dogs that started life being abandoned, I say they did rather well!

Rena Murray

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Dog Gifts and Gifts for Pet Lovers at Holiday Savings

The economy doesn't have to dampen your Holiday Gift-Giving. Here are some of my favorite sites offering COUPONS for SAVINGS on Dog Gifts, Pet Lover Gifts, Pet Supplies and more. Enjoy!

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Leave a comment to let me know about your savings and special finds here.

Christmas and Hanukkah blessings to you, your family and pets,

Rena Murray

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008


As the economic crisis worsens, here's one economic stimulus you don't want to miss. Your pet's health doesn't have to suffer, too, nor your wallet.

Dr. Andrew Jones recognizes that Vet care can be very expensive. But there are things you can do about it:

1. PREVENT Disease, for starters.

2. TREAT Your Dog or Cat AT HOME, safely and effectively.

So Dr. Jones is offering a Dog and Cat Health 'Economic Stimulus' Special, his COMPLETE Dog and Cat Healing SYSTEM on SALE for 85% OFF!

Until Until 12AM on Friday, Nov. 28,
you can get his entire Pet Healing System for $628 OFF.

Here's where you can grab your copy:

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INCLUDES ALL of His Digital Materials...

1. Veterinary Secrets Revealed (e-Book)
2. Veterinary Secrets Revealed (MP3 Audio)
3. Pet First Aid Secrets: Complete First Aid Manual
4. Pet First Aid Secrets Audio
5. Pet Food Recall Report (Video Presentation)
6. The Veterinary Code (Video Presentation
7. Homeopathy, Herbs, Acupressure and Massage (Video Presentation)
8. Pet CPR Training Video (FULL Demonstration Video)
9. Acupressure Training Video (FULL Demonstration Video)

PLUS 6 incredible BONUSES

1- Pet First Aid Video Presentation

2- At Home Pet Health Exam Video Presentation

3- NEW Pet Food Report

4- The Pet Vaccine Report

5- Dog and Cat At Home Recipes E-Book

6- Special LIVE Phone Seminar with Dr. Jones

*He will be holding a Special Online Seminar going into
Detail on the most common Dog and Cat Health Problems,
And how you can begin to treat these At Home Immediately
>>> >>>But ONLY for the First 100 Clients<<<

You have NEVER seen ALL of this BEFORE..
and it WON'T LAST

That's MORE BONUSES than he has EVER offered before ...and you get them all FR*EE when you try Dr. Jones' entire system for 85% OFF.

Go here right now for full details on the package and Bonuses, and claim your copy before they're all gone!

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P.S. This special 85% OFF sale ends at MIDNIGHT on Friday, Nov 28.
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P.P.S. Bonus NUMBER 6- The Special LIVE Teleseminar with me is SO NEW that it isn't even on Dr. Jones' website yet. Because of the LIVE Question and Answer aspect, he wants to give those that ACT FAST personal attention. So it's limited to the First 100 clients. If you want to get personal attention,
then I suggest you get on board before it's too late:

==> Pet Health 'Economic Stimulus' 85% Off

* * * * * *

I have this pet health information and cannot recommend it enough.

Times are tough, but your dog doesn't have to suffer ill health because of it. Now your dog's quality health care is within your reach. He depends on you...

Happy Thanksgiving!


Rena Murray

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Dog Supplements -What To Look For and Dog Health Webinar

Dog Health Supplements from Dr. Andrew Jones

I'm excited! Dr. Andrew Jones has done it again - giving us more incredible dog health information you won't get elsewhere...

BELOW is a Checklist
of what to LOOK FOR and what to AVOID when evaluating DOG SUPPLEMENTS.

Join me as I attend my friend, Dr. Andrew Jones,' Dog Health Webinar this coming week to get my Dog Supplement questions answered... and you will also get FREE Dr. Andrew Jones' new SPECIAL REPORT on DOG FOOD & DOG SUPPLEMENTS.

I wanted to get this to you as quickly as possible, so you can sign up while there is still space. Under 250 seats available as of today.

from Dr. Andrew's message:

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Date: Thursday Oct 23
Time: 6PM Pacific (9PM Eastern)

To register go here:
==> Dog Supplement & Dog Health Webinar

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Soon he will be selling his all-natural Dog Supplements,
Dr Jones' Ultimate Canine Health Formula,
and there's a Special Trial Offer for attendees.

Dr. Jones writes: {quote}

I am getting a tonne of questions about my supplement and dog supplements in general. Here is one of the more common ones:

Does Holistic MATTER?


YES and YES.

As a concerned dog owner, you should be avoiding as many
'un-natural' ingredients as possible.

Here is what you should be looking for in a Quality, natural dog supplement:

1. In choosing a natural supplement, ensure that none of these are on the LABEL-

No wheat, No Soy, No Dairy, No Sugar, No Artificial Ingredients, No additives and NO fillers.

2. The ingredients should be derived from NATURAL SOURCES- If you can't pronounce them, then they probably are NOT natural.

Some of the more common Natural ingredients include Vitamins, Minerals, Flax, Fish Oil, Amino Acids-

plus both naturally derived animal and plant related components. This includes ingredients such as Herbs, Mushrooms, Colostrum, Glucosamine, and Digestive enzymes.

3. Ensure that the supplement is NATURALLY preserved. Vitamin E and being 'air tight' is the preservative of choice.-

AVOID BHA, BHT and Ethoxyquin.

4. NATURAL FLAVOR & COLOR- If the supplement is chemically flavored or colored, DON'T use it!

My Ultimate Canine Health Formula is all NATURAL.

Here is a List of the NATURAL Ingredients:

Complete Vitamin Blend
Complete Mineral Blend

* Glucosamine HC l
* Chondoitin Sulfate
* MSM (methylsulfonyl methane)

* Fructooligosaccharides
* Lactobacillus acidophilus
* Bifidobacterium bifidum

* Flaxseed oil (Omega Fatty Acids)

* l-lysine
* l-methionine
* l-arginine

* Bovine colostrum
* Inositol hexaphosphate
* Aloe vera
* Maiitake

* Brewers Yeast (Saacharomyces cerevislae)


P.S. NOW is the time to register for the Fr**ee Online Seminar, before ALL the Spaces disappear.

On the 90-minute webinar, you'll discover the REAL truth about Dog Supplements...AND you'll also learn....

* Supplements: Are they REALLY necessary?

* Safety: Here's how to know if supplements are safe for your dog.

* Do Supplements Actually WORK? The answers revealed.

* Natural Ingredients: Are natural ingredients important?
Find out more.

* Are Supplements WORTH The Price? Find out why you 'Get What
You Pay For' with supplements.

* Quality Control: Is what's on the label actually in the
supplement? The importance of Third Party testing.

* At what Age Should I give a supplement? Does my puppy or my
middle aged dog need it, or is it just for senior dogs?

* For dogs on Premium Diets: If I'm feeding my dog a Premium,
High Quality diet, do I need to supplement as well?

* I'm feeding my dog a RAW DIET - Do I need to supplement,
or will she get all she needs from her diet?

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Date: Thursday Oct 23,
at 6PM Pacific/ 9PM Eastern

To register go here:
Dog Supplement Webinar

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See you on the webinar!

Rena Murray

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Let's Stop Dog Bites In America!

Thousands of people are bitten by dogs every year. Most of the injured humans are children. However a dog bite is no less traumatic for a child than it is for an adult or a senior citizen.

Another fact is, most dog bites on people are from small dogs not from large dogs.

I have a neighbor who spent three days in the hospital following a dog bite...due to the trauma of the attack. It was a nasty, aggressive, small dog, too.

A major problem is that very few people even know how to read dog body language... or even how to approach a dog in the first place.

Dogs always give a clear warning before they bite. And dogs are consistent. If they give a warning and you don't heed it, they are going to bite. They don't mess around like humans do.

Some things you should always keep in mind:

(1) Never stick your fingers through a fence to pet a dog.

(2) Pet a dog on the chest when you first meet it, not the head. Petting on the head is threatening to the dog.

(3) Do not make any attempt to touch a dog until after it has smelled you and relaxed.

(4) Dogs operate in scent, sound, and site... always in that order.

(5) Always treat a dog with respect.

Instead of a person taking responsibility himself if he has been bitten, to see if he might have done anything to provoke the dog, the dog is more often than not blamed. Then it is reported. The dog is considered dangerous, and its life is pretty much over.

I would be the first to say you should euthanize vicious dogs. I've done it before. But I'm even faster to say, there should be a requirement that two dog behaviorists must determine beyond a shadow of a doubt that a dog is truly vicious and deserves to die.

The irresponsibility and lack of education of the public needs to stop. And the only way it's going to, is when professionals like me speak up!

For more information, check out my articles:
Children and Dogs - How To Approach Dogs and
Dog Body Language - Sam, Say What?

Rena Murray

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The Truth About Dogs

One of the truths about dogs that some people prefer not to hear is that they are animals, and they think and behave like animals.

Dogs have instinctive behaviors that some of us do not like. For example, eating poop is often a way that dogs hide themselves from predators. Or sometimes they will kick lots of dirt and debris over it.

Chasing is an instinct to bring down prey. My Border Collie has a strong desire for this. But because I am his leader, when I direct him to leave something be, he will.

People need to understand that you can control an instinct, but you cannot take it away. You cannot make a dog into a human.

Rena Murray

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

How To Bring Back Youthfulness To Your Older Dog

If you have one dog who is getting older and you want to bring its youth back out, get another dog that is the opposite sex.

Two dogs of the same sex naturally compete with each other for rank. This will drain and stress your old dog, instead of making him young.

This is why, when it comes to dogs, male and female work best!

Rena Murray

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Puppy Biting

When one puppy in the litter bites another puppy too hard, the hurt one cries loudly and stops playing, ignoring the first puppy altogether for a while.

This is what the owners of bitey, mouthy puppies should do, too - "OW!" (nice and loud, showing it really hurt) - Then turn around, walk away, and ignore the mouthy pup. He gets absolutely no attention whatsoever, negative or positive.

Biting stops play.

Let him have about 10 minutes to think about it. Then you can resume play. But if he gets too rough, it's over. Repeat the process.

The pups remember this training from their litter mates, and they respect it.

Rena Murray

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Choosing A Dog

If you have not had a dog for some time, and you would really like to own one, here are a few tips to keep in mind before you take the leap to bring a new dog home:

1. What are the dog breeds that you would like to have?

2. Are you sure that you have the time the dog needs?

3. How many are in your household? How will they help with the dog?

4. What rules will be followed in the house and out?

You must be prepared to provide more than just feeding and a safe environment for the dog - but also to meet the requirements of his training, exercise, grooming, and special needs.

As you can see, a lot of serious thought needs to go into selecting your new pet!

Rena Murray

P.S. Regardless of where you find your new dog, here are some pointers:
Adopting A Dog - Pointers On Choosing Your Shelter Dog
A Shelter Dog In Adopt-A-Dog Month?

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Do I Practice What I Preach?

My Grandmother asked me some days ago if I walk my dog with the same discipline as I tell my clients to. I explained to her that unless it is storming violently outside, that dog is run twice a day. I make the time because I took the responsibility of adopting him.

It has poured rain many days this month and has rarely stopped. But my boy has not missed one run. I am just assuring all of you that I talk the talk, and in this case, run the run!

By the way, I had four dogs staying with me for more than three weeks. Nobody missed any of their two outings per day each... and did I ever get wet!

Their ears had to be cleaned every day go make sure no water got trapped in there. They had to be dried, and some of them re-brushed each time...

You get the idea... Lots of work!

But walking a dog and basic dog care cannot be skipped...

Rena Murray

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dog Walk Courtesy - Pick Up Poop!

It goes without saying that you should always pick up your dog's poop when he goes on other people's grass or around sidewalks and roads, and certainly anywhere people might walk. If you own the dog, you are responsible for the dog, and that includes his dog poop!

Be courteous. Be respectful of others.

But there needs to be some balance in all this. Cities add waste receptacles for trash that might otherwise be dropped on the road or in a park. Those can be used for smelly food scraps. Well, those should be available for bagged poop, too!

Rules are important, because some self-absorbed people don't tend to think of others and must be "reminded" to be courteous. But for those who are trying, there should also be some grace when there are extenuating circumstances - such as a thunderstorm, injury, or dog diarrhea and you're out of bags for the last droplets.

We need to face a couple of realities here:

(1) There are millions of dog owners around the world. People who don't like them need to learn to live with having them around, because they aren't going away.

(2) People get stuck in these stupid squabbles that don't mean anything... such as your neighbor's dog going to the bathroom in your yard. Don't call the police or Animal Control! Talk to your neighbor and try to resolve it.

(3) For anyone starting to post something reminding me to pick up my dog's mess, no matter how many I am walking... know that I pick it up every time they go. If you find it, it doesn't belong to my dog!

The point of writing this is asking all people to work together and be in balance.

Rena Murray

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Crate Training Can Be Easy

A dog crate or kennel should be your pet's den or special place from day one.

People often have trouble crate training a puppy because they do not make it part of the dog's life from the beginning of ownership.

If you choose to begin crate training an older dog because he is getting destructive, then you must make it a process.

Put your dog in the crate in a matter-of-fact way and allow him to smell around and get comfortable. When he is relaxed, close the door. Be sure he has a couple of toys to chew on in there. Leave for a few minutes while he is relaxed.

Do not allow him to come out of the crate without your cue, or he will come barging out in time.

For more tips on crate training your dog the right way - so that he loves his den and you have peace of mind - see my article Puppy Training - Crate Training A Puppy - It's My Den!

If you want to find a quality dog crate for home or travel, there's a great selection at value-conscious prices on our Dog Kennels & Carriers page. There's a dog crate to suit every need, even a one to fit your home decor.

Do it right and your dog will love you... and so will your house!

Rena Murray

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Dog Safety For Summer Swimming Fun

Dog safety around swimming pools is not unlike safety rules for children. Pools can be fun and refreshing, but dangers lurk for the untrained dog.

One dear friend of mine had an old dog of hers drown in her pool. She felt awful and voiced over and over how she could not imagine how the dog got out of the house and into the pool.

She had several dogs, so I brought them all out. First, I had them placed in the deep end one at a time, and made them swim to the steps and climb out by themselves. Then we had them all at once, so they would get used to the chaos without panicking, and still head to the steps to get out.

If they don't know to go to the steps, then they will try to get out the sides. Then they can become vertical in the water and drown.

For short-legged dogs, you may want to install a little ramp, or put blocks on the steps to make it easier. Consider this also for older dogs whose hips are getting weak.

I also had my friend install a self locking gate on the pool fence to insure safety.

Don't let your excited dog get over tired, either. Especially an older dog, whose hips simply are not as strong as before. And just because you have a canine, do not automatically assume he can swim, or swim well without tiring. Watch your dog as you would a child.

Pool safety rules for children should always include no running on the pool deck. It's slippery when wet, and someone could slip and be hurt badly on the deck or into the pool. The same holds true for dogs, with broken bones and other freak accidents that you cannot undo.

You also need to remember that chlorine is toxic for dogs. Do not let your dog drink the pool water. It's hot, so be sure to have fresh drinking water available at all times on or near the pool deck, and show your dog where it is. Also, the dog's eyes can be irritated by the chlorine, so after the swim time is over, rinse them thoroughly with fresh water.

So have fun in the pool, and keep your children and dogs safe!

Rena Murray

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Frequent Dog Bathing?

In my opinion, bathing a dog weekly is a must.

Of course, you should use an oatmeal based shampoo if possible. Otherwise a NEEM shampoo with coconut oil does a good job. These are good for the skin and keep it from drying out. Not to mention the shiny coat.

This helps reduce pet allergies and misery, pet dander, rainy day dog odor, and general pet stink.

I tried following the once-a-month rule in bathing my dog. She was very dirty by the end of the month, and her odor was still bad despite the scrubbing. Sometimes it seemed worse, sort of like wet wool. But now when we went to weekly bathing.

Rena Murray

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Do You Have a Jake?

If I were given a choice, I would say the hyper and excited dogs are the hardest to change. These are often dogs who seem to be nonstop 24/7. Once I worked with one who nearly tested my patience to the limit. It seemed like he had eaten jet fuel!

"Frustration does not work," I told myself, correcting the Jack Russell yet again. I had run him thirty minutes on the bike behind me. Then just as suddenly as Jake had been having his resistances, he relaxed completely. I asked many more things of Jake, from mental challenge to basic commands. He was eager to please, and did so without hesitation.

Not giving up and pressing on brings the results you want. The best thing to remember is that a dog has to change what he is doing at some point. And, stay there until you accomplish 100%, no less. If you stop at less, you keep less.

Rena Murray

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Abandoned Pets - Better Alternatives In The Foreclosure Crisis

Plea to Pet Owners –
If you are facing foreclosure, do NOT abandon your pet!

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) urges homeowners facing foreclosure not to abandon their pets or to drop them outside a veterinary clinic. After all, your pet loves and trusts you, and you have a responsibility for its welfare. It is not an inanimate object that you can just discard.

So pursue the alternatives. Turn instead to humane organizations or ask your vet for advice. Who knows? He may even have a client who would want your beloved pet!

"Frequently asked questions about pets and foreclosed homes"
Click on "Issues" and then look under "Animal Welfare."

An increasing number of pets are being found in foreclosed homes, some while they are still healthy, but others starving, ill, dying, or already dead...apparently waiting for the owner to return. Don't let that happen to your pet!

If you lose your home and must stay in a place where animals are not allowed, the FAQ provided by AVMA suggests ways you might find someone - a friend, family member, or someone through an internet search, social network postings, or veterinary bulletin boards - to either foster your pet until you find more suitable housing, or to adopt your pet and give it the kind of home it deserves.

You'll sleep better knowing your faithful friend is well taken care of!

As a last resort, there are rescue organizations and NO-KILL shelters that can help find your pet a loving home.

Understand that euthanasia is a possibility at many shelters, such as the Humane Society, if the right family doesn't stumble upon your pet fast enough - but even there, it stands a better chance of adoption than in an empty house.

Again, AVMA has shelter suggestions, and you can check out more in your local Yellow Pages and through a Google search as well. Look for NO KILL!

The Escondido Humane Society (California) encourages you to plan early if you are a pet owner who is facing potential relocation. Then you have a chance to look for animal-friendly housing, and to seek out family and friends to take in your pet temporarily until you are on your feet.

Advance planning also lets you find no-kill shelters within a reasonable driving distance. (Your dog would go miles for you, so won't you go miles to save it's life?)


If you are not one who is facing foreclosure, why not help alleviate the pain of this crisis? Shelters across North America are all short of funds - which means more dogs and cats are put down. They need you!

And your own pet needs for you to be an empowered pet owner caring for his health and welfare. That's what our friend, Dr. Andrew Jones, has done for us with his pet health care manual, home study course, and membership site (where everything is available online, you can ask questions, and much more).

I was excited to learn that before the end of April, Dr. Jones is donating 10% of all sales to the Second Chance Animal Shelter near him, which he supports regularly. And a great way to get started is to check out his pet health membership site with a fr*e*e trial -- I'm in it!

Let's save our pets!

Rena Muray

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

If Your Dog Bites Someone For No Reason

If your dog bites someone for no reason...
What should you do?

Get help from a dog behaviorist right away. The laws about dangerous dogs are very strictly enforced.

Don't misunderstand me. There are insane dogs here and there. Those should indeed be euthanized. But I just hate to see dogs that could be rehabilitated have no quality of life from dire restrictions of be put to death. The safety of people always comes first with me though.

Rena Murray

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Abandoned Pets

With the outrageous increase in taxes, it is not surprising that foreclosures are on the rise. There has also been an untold number of pets abandoned in these homes.

I know that sometimes things are not in your control to keep your animal in times such as this. My Grandfather fought in WW2 and lived in Japan for some time. While there, he was given an Akita.

But Granddaddy was not allowed to bring the dog back to this country (back then it wasn't allowed), and no one would take him. So he had to be put to sleep. As awful as that is, it is better than him joining a wild pack of dogs or starving to death.

Please take your pet somewhere if you cannot keep it. Never abandon your friend.

Rena Murray

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Tainted Dog Food Alert - NutroMax

I just received this shocking notice from Ginny Rodgers of

"NutroMax is now killing animals who are being fed the food, and the company is not acknowledging it. PLEASE pass this along to all rescues...."

See - - - Customers tell their recent experiences with Nutro dog food products and how the company did / did not respond.

Read and decide for yourself. Be aware.


This is yet another reason we do NOT buy dog food from grocery stores, pet stores, etc. I order (fast, free delivery) the TRUSTED all-natural, human-grade, fresh, "pure," nutritious Flint River Wellness Dog Food for my Gatsby!

Rena Murray

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Easter According To A Lab

When I was growing up, I used to spend some Easters with my Grandparents like most children will. My sister and I were getting a bit old for egg hunting, so we wanted to make this last one special.

Grandmother counted the eggs carefully and made note of where she hid each one. Boy do rotten eggs smell! (A few Easters before, we found out the hard way. So the noting and counting were official rules of the Easter egg hunts from then on.)

We were also caring for a friend's Black Lab who had to stay inside during the egg hunt, because she would eat the eggs as fast as she found them.

This time, we found all the eggs except for one. Unaware that one egg was yet to be found, Grandfather released the Lab. She located and sallowed the missing egg before we could blink. She had bitten off the shell perfectly into near equal halves on the ground, and thanked us with a very satisfied burp!

We all agreed that since dogs could not have Easter baskets, she should surely be given a couple of eggs!

With our Grandparents' permission given, we wished the dog Happy Easter, and each peeled an egg for her.

Happy Easter to you and yours,

Rena Murray

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Bad Dog Behavior - Was It Worth It?

Here's a true "bad dog behavior" story.

"It's after midnight, and a long, long evening. Mama was cooking everything in sight for Thanksgiving the next day and I was "kitchen help." Finally, sinking into bed, this whipped 14-year-old was drifting off to sleep. Deep sleep.


Then screaming! (My parents never screamed.) Alarmed, I jumped out of bed and ran down the hall to the kitchen. Mama was throwing that yellow Lab out the door!

I couldn't enter. The large kitchen floor had what seemed like inches deep, thick, awful ham fat all over it. Well-trained Ginger, so good and reliable, just somehow couldn't resist the ham cooling in its pan and drippings (fat) on top of the stove.

Mama tossed me cleaning rags as she prepared a bucket of hot, soapy water. As my sister appeared, she was given the same.

Seemed like Mission Impossible! Ever tried to clean up thick, widespread ham fat? Trust me, you don't want to! It took the two of us three hours. Every time we wiped and scrubbed and wiped and scrubbed, it was STILL slick and greasy. I'll never forget it.

Mama started cooking something else to augment the turkey for the big day that was coming all too soon. And Ginger spent the night outside! (She was the lucky one.)"

Thank you, my dear friend, for sharing this story.

For those of you facing what she's experienced in - caregiving for an elderly or infirm family member - check out The Caregiver - Caregiver Support To Relieve Caregiver Stress

Rena Murray

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Bad Dog Behavior - Or Is It?

Having been around dogs all my life, I stress the importance of listening to and paying attention to your dog. Especially if your dog does a behavior that is out of his character, a bad dog behavior.

I read a story of a woman who had a Black Lab, who was very gentle, and never harmed a living thing. He also was just the "average Joe" pet, and had not received any special training.

One day she sat on the couch. Her dog came up and began nudging her breast frantically. She pushed him away in annoyance, and told him "No!" The more she resisted, the harder he pushed. . . And then, he bit her!

The woman had a doctor's appointment scheduled. She went into the appointment, and the doctor examined where the dog bit her. He recommended a biopsy. Sure enough, the results came back POSITIVE. . . directly in the place where her loyal friend had bitten her.

He was trying to tell her something was wrong, but she had not listened to his warnings. So he took action and MADE her listen.

I pay a lot of attention to my dog's signals. Of course, he gets corrected when he is clowning around instead of listening to me. But here have been a couple of times already when he has refused to listen to me because he is trying to help me.

So please, pay attention to out-of-character behavior. It just might not be bad dog behavior. It just might save your life!

Rena Murray

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

How To Solve Dog Separation Anxiety?

Don't you just hate that piercing howling, constant whining, or unceasing barking from dog separation anxiety? I couldn't live with it, your neighbors shouldn't have to, and neither should you.

But there's a way to stop that dog behavior problem by addressing the underlying cause - the separation anxiety itself. And it's done with dog crate training. Yes, even crate training an older dog.

Find out how with my step-by-step guide for crate training your dog. I just published it under the title: "How To Solve Separation Anxiety With Dog Crate Training." Get it for free on the Dog Behavior Articles page of

If you are calm, consistent, and follow the steps in the article, then you can accomplish your dog crate training in relatively short order and put an end to your dog separation anxiety problem.

Need a good dog crate? Check out the selection on the Dog Kennels and Carriers page of One of my decorator friend's favorites is this Resin Wicker Dog Crate. Click the image to find out more.

Wicker Dog Crate at PetStreetMall

If you want more help, contact me for a Consultation. You'll see the questions you should address, my rates, and contact information there. Then we can move forward quickly to solve your problem once and for all.

Rena Murray

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

What Makes A Good Dog Trainer?

I read something last night that absolutely cracked me up. It was a story by another professional dog trainer that addressed an issue I also deal with constantly.

A friend his dog knew, a former dog owner related to a dog breeder, approached his dog in her Halloween costume. The dog freaked out and warned her with his body posture, "back off." The dog trainer warned her, "Stop, you idiot. You're going to get bitten."

But she continued moving toward that dog even when he gave his warning lunge, saying, "He knows me." Well, she ended up being pinned in the corner...

There are those who breed dogs that believe this makes them an expert "dog trainer." Breeding dogs may make you an expert on the dog breed, its tendencies, its looks... that kind of stuff. But it no more makes you an expert dog trainer than owning a dog does. Thousands of people all over the world have dogs that are completely out of control.

Degrees don't really make you an expert, either. A degree comes through studying and fulfilling some requirements.

So what really makes you a "professional?"

EXPERIENCE. And genuine insight.

Dog trainers are not created equal, and many don't really know what they are doing. You don't need to be letting someone handle your dog who goes strictly by the book. Or anyone who believes that every dog is the same. All dogs must be respected and treated as INDIVIDUALS.

By the way, guys, I walked into a hospital a few months ago. I did not come out a doctor.

Rena Murray

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Going to the Dogs!

So, you know you cannot stop a dog from barking, because yours never stops.

He also seems to make you believe that house training a dog is impossible. One mark from him wets the whole floor... or even worse, the carpet.

You can't stop a dog from chewing, or stop a dog from digging, either. Your beautiful garden is gone, and your brand new $300 glasses are barely recognizable. They disappeared from the bedside table, so how did their remains show up in the yard?

Why you have to shut him outside, because no one can stop this dog from jumping on people. Friends just started staying away...

The point here is that you need to get help from a professional involved before things get way out of control. Call someone when you see a problem. Please don't wait until your home has gone to the dogs!

Rena Murray

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dogs on the Titanic

A lot of people are aware that there were many dogs on Titanic. Only two survived. One of them performed an heroic act that night that saved many lives.

Reginel was either Lightoller or Murdock's dog. He was in the freezing water for many hours, and yet he managed to swim ahead and bring the Carpathia to the life boats.

There were many heroic acts done in selflessness that night. Titanic should never be forgotten because of the many things that we learn from it. Always be prepared. Nothing made by man is infallible. You have no guarantee of your next day.

Titanic was made to resemble Versailles. It was over 800 feet in length, and had four elevators - one in second class, three in first. She was licensed to carry 3500 people.

I learned all this and a whole lot more on the site link here. There are fascinating photos of different angles inside and out of Titanic. Why, there's even a copy of the first class menu and the wine they drank the last night. Check it out.

Rena Murray

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Dr. Dog Wildfire Victim -
Your Win-Win Opportunity To Help

Raging fires in Southern California... over 900,000 people evacuated from their houses... and it's struck home.

Early Monday morning, October 22nd, our friend Dr. Dennis Fetko, "Dr. Dog", received a reverse 911 call. He quickly left his home of decades with his dogs, cat, and only the clothes on his back. What he found on Wednesday was just rubble where he home once stood.

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Rena Murray

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

How Important Is It To Love Your Dog?

How important is it to love your dog?

I was amazed to be asked that question by a client. If you do not love the dog, do not have him. Dogs have feelings, and they are living creatures.

I have an incredible bond with my Border Collie, and I love him dearly.

Rena Murray

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Dog Dominance Behavior - Are You Kidding Me?

Can you believe it? Someone who claimed to be an expert on Dog Dominance wrote this in an article. He said that if your dog is dominant over another dog, you should feed, pet, and walk your dog first. The claim was that it would reassure your dog if you give him extra attention and make him first! Then he would be at ease with the other dog.

Rongo, Bongo! This will only reinforce his dog dominance behavior, not change it. It's the same as with children - Preferential treatment will only cause jealousy! Your dog needs to know right away that if you bring the other dog in, it's because you want to. And you have the authority to.

It doesn't mean you don't still love your dog. You can pet WHO you want, WHEN you want. You can take a walk with one when you want to, and you can feed or treat one when you want. YOU are the leader. That's the way it is in the wild.

Your life doesn't suddenly get rearranged so that you are walking on eggshells around this dog. He may not be happy with the new dog at first, but he needs to deal with it. Your attitude is not mean, but more matter-of-fact: "This is how it is, because this is how I want it to be."

The dogs must become a pack for things to work out. Equal treatment and affection are critical items in the matter.

Rena Murray

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Friday, October 19, 2007

What Training Method Is Best For Your Dog?

How do you decide what training method is best for your dog? That is a hard thing for some people. There's no shortage on dog training books, dog training DVDs, and how-to-train-your-dog methods. There's actually a shortage on understanding the differences, and the proper use and the appropriate use of each method.

For example, just about anyone can put a choke chain on. But very few people actually know how to put it on right, and how to correct right.

It's kind of like clicker training - where people click to say reward is coming. (There's virtually no correction with clicker training.) Everybody knows that in this method of dog training, they click and then give the dog a piece of food when it does a good behavior. But what they fail to look for is the right dog body language along with the behavior before they give the food. The dog is learning no mental challenge from this. Simply, if I do this one behavior, I get a treat - and it doesn't matter whether I respect and surrender to my pack leader or not.

I personally do not agree with positive reinforcement training. However, when it is the best method for the particular animal, I put aside my personal preferences and do it.

I don't like to give animals rewards for doing things - Because the right thing should be done simply because it's the right thing! Your dog should be performing because he loves you and respects you, solely in response to your incredible bond.

Otherwise it's bribery. The dog should never perform simply because he's expecting the reward. Rather, you give rewards at times to express your pleasure, not on a predictable schedule.

I give my dog affection at times to encourage him when I want something done, and plenty of treats at my discretion. But when I meet the unique dog that is not responding to what I normally do, I spend the time to find out whatever it will take to rehabilitate that dog - And I DO IT!

So you see, training a dog is about what is best for the dog!

Rena Murray

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Dog Dominance Behavior - What Are Some Symptoms?

What Are Some Symptoms Of Dog Dominance Behavior?

- Marking in the house

- Refusing to move out of your way

- Stealing your food

- Peeing On your bed

- Pooping on your bed

- Refusing to obey commands that he knows well

- Growling at you

- Snapping at you

- Biting you

- Stealing your clothes

- Blocking your access to furniture or something else you want

- Guarding food or toys

Of course there's more where that came from. These are the common symptoms that people sometimes miss. More often than not I just hear, "That's the way the dog is."

That is dog dominance behavior. Until you accept what something is, you can't take care of it.

Rena Murray

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

What's the Scoop on Poop?

I was asked: "Why shouldn't a dog be allowed to eat his own poop? And what does it mean?"

First off, to us, that's nasty! It's enough to gross most people ... (guess) ... right out your door.

Dogs shouldn't be allowed to eat poop because, think about it: Fecal matter has eColi in it. Dog eats poop. Dog eats floor. Dog eats counter. You licks counter. You get sick. EColi could be all over your house and you don't even know it. That's deadly, people!

What does it mean when your dog is eating his own poop? It either means:
(1) Poor nutrition, or
(2) He was neglected by his breeder, left alone, and his poop was the only thing to eat.

And by the way, your dog is not trying to hide from you the fact that he went. He's also not afraid of the possibility of predators. (Fear of predators would be shown by rolling in it.) Dogs cover their poop with tons of leaves and grass to mask the scent. The helpless pups are the only ones they clean up after by eating poop so the predators don't find them.

Okay, so what has now become the priority? This is totally gross. How do we stop it?

Feed your dog some pineapple. Every night, right after his dinner. That makes poop taste REALLY bad, and he won't want to eat it any more.

There's also the option of taking him outside, letting him do his business, and then honking a child's bike horn when he tries to eat it. Obviously, let the dog do his business in peace. If you honk the horn before he's finished, you're likely to make him afraid to go outside.

You can also just simply grab the leash and go, after he has finished doing his business. Or clean it up each time he goes to the bathroom.

If my dog had this problem of eating poop ... personally, I think I'd go the pineapple route. I love fresh pineapple, so this would give me an excuse to have it on hand all the time. It also would get rid of a very big thorn in my side!

Rena Murray

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Dog Training - The Rule is...

In training a dog, one of the key rules is to remember that dogs do things in life a step at a time. And they finish the task at hand before they try to do something else.

The speed of your training is not important. What matters is if your dog will obey you when distractions he really likes are around.

If your friend's dog is off leash at six months and yours at a year? So what! You can depend on him then. There's all this competition about how fast it can be done. It's about doing it RIGHT, not doing it fast. That is all that matters.

Rena Murray

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Brownie the Shelter Dog

I give full credit to Animal Planet for this story.

Brownie the Shelter Dog was a chocolate Labrador Retriever who looked as though she may face euthanasia. No one seemed to want her. She was rather thin and carried the scars of past neglect. But one man saw some potential in her that would save many lives. He took her for the training she would require.

Brownie soared through the requirements to be a bomb sniffing dog. She was soon paired with a bomb technician who matched her eagerness to work.

Officer Jackie renamed Brownie "JJ." Jackie had a dream to have a canine partner, because she knew their great value. She took some tips from a friend of hers that had a bomb sniffing dog. (The friend's dog did not like her and growled. Some dogs only like their handlers.)

Obviously, to become a team, Jackie and JJ had to undergo rigorous training, working very closely together. But once Jackie learned to run in front of JJ and to keep her ambition in check just a little bit more, they made a top bomb sniffing team!

Most dogs who don't work out in families can do exceptionally well in some of these life-or-death jobs. Sadly for people and animals both, too many such dogs are euthanized and never given the chance!

Rena Murray

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Walking A Dog - Focus Is The Principal Thing!

When you are on your daily walks with your dog - or in my case, it's runs - your dog needs to be your primary focus.

Of course you need to be aware of your surroundings. But if your friend says "hello" to you, and your dog wants to say "hi" to her dog, do NOT answer her until your dog is under control.

Dogs learn very quickly to take advantage of any situation where you're not paying attention. Two dogs trying to play with each other on leash is really not something you want to be in the middle of!

For example, this morning I was running Gatsby when my neighbor walked by with her two Shelties. He REALLY loves them! And it was very hard on him when they gave him an invitation to play.

My neighbor said "hello." I did not even look at her or respond until Gatsby was completely under control again. I kept my eyes on him.

So if you are worried about being rude, explain to people later. When you are walking a dog, your focus is the principal thing.

Rena Murray

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Grab The Scruff To Stop Dog Behavior Problems?

Hyper Sparky has some dog behavior problems. Now he's about to rush out an open door toward the busy road. Act fast!

Important! - Grab him by the scruff of the neck to remove or correct him.

Never grab a dog by the collar. Even an excited puppy can accidentally nip your hand if it's on the collar instead of the scruff. Any startled or angry dog would!

The scruff makes it impossible for the dog to whip around. It's also a natural touch from "mom" saying "we're going somewhere."

Just imagine if you were going to break up a serious dog fight. The dog bite would be worse on us than it would be on the other dog. They have fur for protection, and we do not.

Please remember this rule!

Rena Murray
Dog Whisper Woman

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

A Shelter Dog In Adopt-a-Dog Month?

October is "Adopt a Dog Month". I am personally all for adopting a shelter dog so long as the shelter has a reputation that can be trusted. I have the skills to evaluate dogs, and I know how to read dog body language to see what the dog is telling me about himself. But most potential adopters do not.

Meeting with the family who fostered the dog is important. So is speaking with any previous owners the dog has had.

I also strongly recommend NOT getting a new puppy as a gift or a surprise for a family member. Especially on holidays or birthdays, as there is a frenzy of activity that make scare the new pup.

Before you bring home a new puppy or older dog, you should sit down and determine all rules for the dog. Inconsistency really causes a lot of dog behavior problems.

You also need to research your dog breed of choice well and be sure you can handle it's care needs. Walks, grooming, etc. A dog is not a toy that you can play with when you wish. It is a serious commitment.

The truth is that many dogs were abandoned for one of two reasons:

1. The owner no longer wants the responsibility, or
2. Extreme dog behavior problems.

You need to know which it is before you give your heart to that cute shelter dog or playful pup.

It's also good to agree that "I am going to try this shelter dog for two to four weeks before committing." Sometimes, the full extent of dog behavior problems doesn't show up at first, and most owners might miss the subtle symptoms. Explicitly stating and enforcing this "trial period" will help prevent heartbreak, for we people tend to form serious emotional attachments to our furry friends very quickly!

Consider this. Everyone loves to watch Beethoven and Turner and Hooch, but it's not cute at all when it's YOUR house!

Rena Murray

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Keep A Trained Dog On Leash?

Even though my dog is well trained, I am a firm believer in having a leash on him during our daily walks. Why?

Cars do not always stop even when your dog does. It only takes one moment for disaster to strike!

Remember, even a well trained dog might have just one little slip, when he just can't resist chasing that squirrel who jumps out to tease him... at the wrong moment, when the only car on the street is just passing...

My friend's well trained Lab died that way. A door blew open, and a fresh run across the property was just too enticing. Only that harmless chase led across the street. Sure, she made it safely one way. But when she saw her puppy sitter racing to get her, she ran toward him ... SMASH!

It was horrible. The only car on the street at the time ... the wrong time ... and it was too late. She died long before she made it to the vet. Two years old and beautiful, so full of life ...

You just never know when the unexpected can happen. So don't take a chance with your beloved pet. Keep even a trained dog on leash when walking or running along roadsides or in any risky situation.

Rena Murray

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Followers Protect The Leader?

I was asked this question by a client who was worried about his dog being overly friendly with strangers. He wanted her to growl at people who came up to them.

"If you do that, you will make people believe she is a nasty dog." He had not considered that part.

I explained to him how much the dog pack respects the leader. Yet all of dog pack members are willing to defend the leader with their lives. They take direction without question, unless "The Man" is in trouble!

For anyone who doubts this, think about it. The head of the human household will defend his family with his life. However, if he was threatened or struck down, his entire family would work as one to defend him.

The dog does no less for his human family. My sweet, happy-go-lucky Border Collie has proven that on more than one occasion.

There's no need to make your dog mean. Just earn his respect and trust, and you will have an animal who will do anything for you!

Rena Murray

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Nothing In Life Is Free?

Nothing in life is that mean? Unfair? Asking too much?

In truth, no it is not. Not even for puppies.

Pups compete for milk right from the start. The one who fights the hardest gets the most. So the understanding of having to work for what you get is already in them.

The only free part is that fact that the mother provides the milk. The pups conk out after eating, because they spent all that time working for it!

The pups have to focus and push hard for the milk. This works both the body and the mind, taking away excess energy.

Likewise, your dog should begin his day with focused, concentrated work... 30-45 minutes, depending on your dog's needs. Swimming, running, bike riding, treadmill, walking, wearing a backpack, pulling a cart, roller-blading, running beside a golf cart... These are all healthy ways to provide your dog's needs.

Exercised dogs live longer, and they are much less prone to destructive dog behaviors, jumping, and other annoying bad dog behaviors that drive people nuts.

Please remember, if you love your dog, you will treat him like a Dog.

Rena Murray

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

What Can I Do About My Jumping Dog?

First, don't make this mistake. Here's what NOT to do with your jumping dog.

If your dog jumps all over guests like a kangaroo, do not take the easy way out and put him away... or try to teach him the "kangaroo bop." This leaves him excited, which makes him even more excited the next time a guest comes by.

How can you stop dog jumping?

Give a firm, one word correction. "Firm" means serious, not shouting or screaming at the dog. If you look, you will note that your shouting excites him more, thus making the situation worse.

Next, make the dog sit and stay in one place until he is totally calm before releasing him to say hello.

Remember, if your dog has any kind of behavior problem and you give up in the correction process at eighty percent, that is the reason he only gives you eighty percent. Dogs want to give you one hundred percent, but you have to ask for it.

Rena Murray

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

Dog chasing tail is often a dog obsessive behavior that I am called in to correct.

Certainly, a young puppy's fascination with his tail is like a baby's fascination with his toes. So be aware that a puppy is usually just thinking, "Wow, I have a tail!" Begin to address it, though, if it starts to become a habit.

The dog obsessive behavior forms as a result of boredom, lack of physical and mental activity, and frustration. Not blocking the behavior when it is escalating can lead to this compulsion as well.

However, in some cases it is a symptom of a serious medical problem. Only your vet can determine that.

On the mental front, some of my clients claim that they have walked their dogs and seen no difference in their dogs' behavior. So they have come to accept that "this is the way he is."

The fact is, if you are not having your dog focused on you, then he automatically gets excited about everything around him and stays excited. When you have your dog focus, he works his mind and relaxes.

"No tail chasing, Spot!"

Rena Murray

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

How Do I Stop Puppy Biting Me?

So you have a biting puppy?

Puppy biting and dog bite are common problems people face with young, high energy dogs.

In a dog pack, this is corrected early. Puppies in a litter correct each other by screeching and nipping each other when they get too rough.

So if your puppy is biting and nipping, use this dog instinctive behavior and the signals that will seem natural to the pup. Scream and turn away from him for 10-15 seconds. Then start the game again.

If the puppy bites again, promptly cry out and turn away from him yet again. He'll get the idea.

Your scream should be like the yip of a hurt puppy, not so loud it scares your dogs to death.

No Dog Bite!

Rena Murray

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Why Do Dog Show Handlers Put Dog Food In Their Mouths?

I was asked by a friend, "Why does a handler at dog shows tend to be taking a piece of food out of his mouth and giving it to the dog?"

According to the judge, it helps keep the dog focused on his dog handler instead of his surroundings. And because the food is at a level that's up from the dog's view, the animal ends up staring upward at his handler.

What some people do not think about is the natural dog instinctive behavior in a dog pack. There the adult dogs regurgitate food for the pups once they are weaned, and continue doing this for a while before the pups can share the kill. So of course, this act is familiar to them.

Let me make one thing clear, though. I go to great lengths for my dogs. But I do not place dog food in my mouth! Your breath would not smell very good!

Rena Murray

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Dog Whisper Tip - When Your Little Dog Is Bullied

What happens when small dogs get bullied by larger dogs? Most people step in and pick up the little guy, trying to comfort him because of the trauma he just went through.

What most people do not realize is that petting an animal who is under stress only reinforces and nurishes the dog's stressed feeling.

Here's a Dog Whisper Tip.

The correct way to handle this kind of situation is to block the attacker and calm him down. Then make him smell the little guy's rear. This removes the trauma from both.

And once your dog has calmed down, give him all the affection you want!

Rena Murray

P.S. It's usually not the big guys who start it, either.

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Dog Health Care Tip - Preventing Dog Gas

I am going to be frank. Everyone passes gas from time to time. And everyone's gas has an unpleasant odor, too.

But it is no secret that when our canine friends do it, it really makes the eyes water! And, can you believe the nerve of that dog to look at you as though YOU did it?

Well, the look I am afraid I cannot assist with. However, the gas itself is very preventable. Change the dog's diet to an all natural dog food.

For those of you who are facing this problem, here is some food thats really works! It's an all-natural wellness dog food that gives your dog sweet breath, a gleaming coat, with great dog health! (It's on Dr. Andrew Jones' short list of approved dog food.)

Ahhh... Fresh air!

Rena Murray

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Dog Whisper Method - Red Zone Case

Why do people who use the "Dog Whisper Method" ask the owners of "Red Zone" dogs to leave the room when they are working with them?

The reason is, the owner has become the source of power for the dog. With the owner not in the picture, it is easier to accomplish the first steps of rehabilitation.

Also, most people panic when their dog shows aggression. Panic intensifies this, and puts the handler at much greater risk.

Rena Murray

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Dog Health Care Tip

If your dog is having loose bowel movements, feed him some rice cooked in chicken broth instead of water. This will soothe his system and help bind him up so he can recover.

This works like a charm.

My friend had a Golden Retriever with a very delicate tummy, and this simple thing worked wonders for her!

Rena Murray

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Dogs Eating Chocolate

Is it really true that dogs eating chocolate can kill them?


If your dog eats some, instantly give him peroxide to induce vomiting. Just be aware that he will vomit right away.

Another thing that will cause very swift vomiting is white potatoes. A dog can eat the sweet potatoes, but never the white. He will throw up!

Rena Murray

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Who does not love Lassie?

Okay, I know some people are out there. But I have seen just about every Lassie movie there is. I love the innocence and simple courage of the show as well.

I think "Lassie Come Home" is my all time favorite. But once again, I have a different point here.

"Pal" was the original Lassie. He was an undersized Collie that Robert Weatherwax took in when his owner refused to pay his dog obedience training bills. This little dog became one of the most well known canines in history!

Some of these shelter dogs really turn out great, don't they?

Rena Murray

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Old Yeller - Shelter Dog?

Old Yeller was one of my favorite movies as I was growing up, and it remains so. That is a story of courage, selflessness, and triumph.

But I am writing this to make another point.

Spike was his real name. He was abandoned at a shelter. Who would believe that such a dog would star in "A dog of Flanders," appear in many of the "Lassie" series, and and as I said, "Old Yeller?"

Not too bad for a dog who was unwanted, eh?

Rena Murray

P.S. Want to see another wonderful shelter dog? Check out Gatsby at Dog Whisper With Rena on Squidoo.

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Dog Attack..For Real or Bluff?

Usually, a dog who is barking at someone does not really want to do a dog attack on that person. So how do you know if the dog is full of bluff, or he is really going to give you a dog bite?

Two of my neighbors' dogs are perfect examples. Sam barks loudly with her tail raised and her ears up. Her ears are not forward, which means she means no harm. She is just saying, "This is my territory."

At this point, one should stop, make eye contact, and move forward a few steps. Once she turns her back, you may move on. NEVER turn your back on a dog in this circumstance until he has done so first. This means he has surrendered to you. Otherwise he might chase you.

Dog body language is saying "Dog Attack" for sure when the dog's tail is up like a flag and the ears are forward.

Also, WATCH OUT for the dog who shows no emotion. If the dog is aggressively charging you, hold your ground and steady confident eye contact.

Remember, never go away before he turns away.

Rena Murray

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Lady and the Tramp

Most of us have seen "Lady and the Tramp" ... Lady, the adorable Cocker Spaniel Puppy sneaking into Jim Dear and Darling's room, and quite promptly hopping in the bed.

"Just for tonight," Jim Dear says firmly, tucking her in..

At six months old, Lady still sleeps in the bed...

How many of you thought, "The puppy would feel less lonely if he spent the first night with me?"

Then you get very comfortable with that nice little bundle curled up at the end of the bed, or the soft, furry little thing snuggled sweetly next to you.

Well, if you get any kind of dog that grows very big, it may be YOU who has to curl up at the bottom!

And those little ones? Before too long, they start getting up when THEY want to.

Just for everyone to know: In the wild, all dogs have their own sleeping space. They are in the same den and in close proximity to each other, but definitely with a nice amount of space.

So your puppy will adjust quite well to his own bed right from the beginning.

Please don't fall for that "just for the night" thought.

Rena Murray

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Dog Bite on the Butt

Many people who have been bitten by dogs are often bitten on the rear end. And, all the person is trying to do is get away from the situation. What a place for a dog bite, too!

So why a bite on the butt?

If you think about it, turning your back on a dog who is not relaxed is making your rear a perfect target.

This is another reason that knowing Dog Whispering and Dog Body Language is important. Knowing what the dog is saying can save your butt! (literally)

Rena Murray

P.S. Turning your back on a dog before he has surrendered to you puts him in "prey drive." That is much more dangerous than his natural dog instinctive behavior to chase. This is why you have to learn dog body language and to address and take care of a situation before you move on.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Dog Play Bow

What does it mean when your dog greets you by bowing down and placing his rear in the air? Not to mention he is growling and/or barking?

That, my friends, is what we call the play bow among dogs. The barking and growling are ways of releasing excitement... not threatening to people ... and is a very clear invitation to play!

So what are you waiting for?

Rena Murray

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Sam the Police Dog

One of my favorite stories about a police dog was one that aired on Animal Planet again a few days ago.

Sam had a deep bond with her human partner. They had been working together for some time. Sam was always on time and obeyed her handler promptly. However, the woman was about to get a first hand look at just how deep the devotion of her partner ran for her.

She and Sam were in the middle of a random drill as a real call came in on her radio. A murder suspect was loose, and she and Sam were in close proximity. They went straight to the location. Sam struck the man's trail and was right on his tail in a matter of seconds.

The suspect was desperate to avoid being caught, and looked at what appeared to be his only way out. A nearby bridge. The water was a long way down and filled with mud and concrete. A sure recipe for disaster.

The handler commanded Sam: "Get Him!" - confident that the man would not jump.

The suspect did. And, Sam went right after him. There was silence for a moment as they both hit the water. As the handler ran toward the riverbank, she kept calling Sam's name, but doubted they would even be able to find the bodies.

Then the suspect appeared, franticly swimming for the shore. Sam was not far behind. He tried to force Sam's head under, but she overpowered him and pinned him on the riverbank.

Needless to say, the dedication of Sam the Police Dog was never questioned again!

Rena Murray

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Sarge the Police Dog

If your dog isn't working out for you, maybe this might work.

Beazel is a German Shepard. Originally, he was named Sarge. Purchased by a single woman with two teenage sons to guard their home when they were gone.

Sarge became an increasingly aggressive dog from day one. By the end of two weeks, the whole family was afraid of him. He had not bitten anyone, but his behavior was scary. Instead of throwing her hands in the air, the owner searched for someone who could train police dogs.

Sarge went with the dog trainer. Three months later some K9 handlers came to see if he might be a likely candidate for their unit.

These men were so impressed by Sarge's natural ability for the work, that they took him to police dog training camp that day.

Sarge's handler was so impressed by his uniqueness, that he renamed him Beazel. "No other police dog has that name," He said.

Most of the time the K9 handlers require that the dogs be in training for at least six months before taking them. So the fact that Sarge was taken so quickly says a lot!

If your dog is showing tendencies you can't control, it means that you need to have some professional evaluations done. If his calling is like Sarge's, you don't want to keep him away from it.

By the way, dogs like that never make it in families! They do great with the handler's family after work, but they can become very hostile if they have no proper outlet. Love doesn't satisfy a desire to work.

Rena Murray

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Dog Whispering - More Consistent and Effective Than Positive Reinforcement Training

The most important rule of dog whispering is to remember that dog whispering is about seeing things from the dog's point of view.

I once heard a child say, "Mommy, does dog whispering mean you whisper in the dog's ear?"

What people don't realize is that by not taking time to observe dog behavior, through positive reinforcement we are often creating dog behavior problems.

Think about it.

If Rusty jumps on you, and you remove the paws gently saying, "No, no," very sweetly, that's not serious. So as far as he's concerned, you agree with the behavior.

It's the same with getting on the bed, or the sofa. If he gets up there and nobody removes him, he sees that as saying he can get up there any time he wants to.

It is for this reason that I do not like positive reinforcement training at all. It sends too many mixed messages.

The biggest mistakes I see made are rewarding bad dog behavior with affection, or simply ignoring it and thinking that with time it will go away.

Behaviors you don't agree with have to be addressed promptly and firmly. I'm not talking about being mean. There's a big difference between being mean and being firm.

Dog whispering means listen!

Rena Murray

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Response To Your Dog Humping Problem

This is directly for the poor person who left the comment on my blog today, but it is a message which others of you need to heed, also.

Your dog humping anything is not a "normal behavior" or a sexual behavior. It is a dog dominance behavior. The fact that she is spayed has nothing to do with this situation.

She rules the house, and is making it clear by barging in and asserting herself in even the most intimate of times.

What should you do?

Contact me or someone else with my qualifications ASAP. Rest assured, the problem can be fixed. But you cannot do it by yourself.

However, if left unattended, this kind of dog dominance problem will get worse... and often leads to aggression.

You wonder, "How should I ask the vet to deal with this?"

You don't. A vet is not going to be able to give you answers to a problem like this. This is a psychological problem that cannot be corrected with drugs or any kind of homeopathic remedies that a vet can offer.

Nor can a "dog trainer" with reward-based and collar-training approaches bring out what you need.

Rena Murray

P.S. To reach me, go to the CONSULTATIONS page on my website, . In any event, let me know that you got help.

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Welcome Home by a Jumping Dog!

Welcome home!

That's what you think your wildly jumping dog is saying. But in reality, why does your dog do this?

Dog jumping is an excited dog behavior. Sorry, it's not a sign that your dog really missed you.

Dog jumping is not a desired wild dog behavior, either. Imagine your nice business suit getting ripped by your excited dog's claws.

Or maybe your friend has brought her baby over, and the dog knocks the little one down.

What if the dog jumping trips you up and you break an arm or leg? That's happened to a friend of mine, and she almost didn't walk again. It was a year and a half before she could go upstairs on two feet in her own home.

Cute behaviors are ones that do not harm anyone. But what is cute about an accident waiting to happen?

Get help to stop any jumping dog behavior. Your family and friends will thank you for it. And you can come home safely and happily to an affectionate, respectful pet!

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Does the "Dog Whisper Method" Really Work on a Red Zone Case?

Some people really question if the Dog Whisper Method will work on a "red zone" dog aggression case.

I speak from personal experience, because I use the Dog Whisper Method. It DOES work! The crazy ones are the "dog whisper wanna-be's" that don't know what they are doing.

A red zone case is nothing to fool with. Any dog is capable of inflicting serious damage; however, these are the dogs that WILL inflict it. Being struck with a level 3 or more dog bite is like having several electric shocks sent through your body at the same time. The use of the injured body part is limited for a few hours up to a few days, and may require a trip to the emergency room.

The Dog Whisper Method has saved the lives of many dogs who would otherwise be euthanised. Dogs on whom Dog Trainers gave up in despair. After all, no amount of customary "dog training" can begin to solve these psychological problems!

I found a couple of things the "Dog Whisperer," Cesar Millan, has done to be crazy by my definition. But I am not going around slandering him, because I don't want people to do that to me. He does a lot of good things, and has saved a lot of dogs.

There are several of us out there who know how to do these methods. The message is not to knock the Dog Whisper Method, but to knock trying to do what you do not know how to do ... And not knowing when the dog has really had it ... And when and how to stop, to touch back ...

The results can be lethal!

Rena Murray

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Dog Vaccines -
Instruments of Health or Death?

We vaccinate out pets to keep them healthy - but are we hurting them instead?

We have been over-vaccinating our pets - and causing serious pet health problems such as allergic reactions, skin problems, fibrosarcomas, arthritis, chronic gastro-intestinal diseases, thyroid disease, epilepsy, behavioral problems, immune system overload, and autoimmune disease … even premature death.

There are other dog health risks - Concerns about Vaccine adjuvants (carriers, such as mercury and incidence of autism in children) - Concerns about how the vaccines are produced (live tissue culture).

And administering too many vaccine components at once - components linked to cancer in dogs and cats.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in cats and dogs over the age of 7!

Did you know that dogs have 35 times as much skin cancer as humans?

They have 4 times as many breast tumors as people, 8 times as much bone cancer, and twice as high an incidence of leukemia.

You MUST know what to do to protect your pet! So if you missed Dr. Andrew Jones' specifics in his 2-hour online Pet Health Seminar on the subject of cat and dog vaccines and related dog health information, it was taped. Get it here with a bonus downloadable report "The Vaccine Code" -

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This is all vital dog health information you need to know NOW. It's your pet - and he trusts you!

Rena Murray

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Dog Training Tip - This Works For Dogs Who Won't Eat!

For those of you who have been regularly reading my blog, you know that not too far back I posted a dog training tip - a trick to get your dog to eat:

Put the food down 15 minutes. He doesn't eat it? Take it away.

One of the dogs I was re-training had three different things mixed into her food by her owner: meat, cheese, and wet dog food...and, of course, she had this problem.

It only took her three days of following my prescription. She never over-eats, but she has stopped refusing her food.

For some dogs it takes up to a couple of weeks before they eat a full meal. It's better to go through that for two weeks or so, than to go through that for the rest of your dog's life!

By the way, don't forget. Most parents turn to their children and say, "Eat what's on your plate. I'm not fixing anything else." So if dogs really are your "children," then give them the same limits you give to your children!

Rena Murray

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

"The Veterinary Code" -
Free Pet Health Webinar -
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So Dr. Andrew Jones is holding another free Cat and Dog Health Webinar:

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Rena Murray

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Fearful Dog Is Free!

The most extreme fearful dog I ever worked with is twelve years old. And she has spent those twelve years running from humans. Why? After all, her owner is the kindest, most patient dog owner I have ever seen.

The dog, Valentine, has been scared of her own shadow since she was three months old. But now Valentine comes right to the owner when she makes eye contact.

So what was this well-intentioned person doing wrong? Every time Valentine ran, the owner would say "Poor baby, it's okay" and chase her.

"Stop and turn your back."

The owner looked at me as though I HAD to be kidding. It couldn't be that easy! ... But Valentine came to her less than a minute later.

"No way!" That's all the owner could say.

It's a tried and true formula with a fearful dog.

If you aren't accomplishing what you want with your dog, rethink your strategy. You're missing something.

Rena Murray

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