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The Life and Times of Sasha PawsCienda’s Lodge Kitty

The day started out as normal – greeted early by Amanda who made my breakfast and fluffed my pillow. I sauntered into the office area and jumped to my usual morning spot – smack dab in the middle of Amanda’s paperwork. Ahhh - all settled in for a day of naps, sunshine and meeting & greeting my fans. Then all of a sudden I was swooped away from my comfortable pillow and placed in my old familiar cat carrier. What was happening? My life as I’ve come to know it had all changed in a brief second. It took a few minutes to get my senses about me before realizing I was moving - most likely in a vehicle like the one that brought me to my new home. It seemed like hours had passed before we final

What you – and your dog! – should know before taking an off-leash walk or hike.

There is no doubt that it’s immensely beneficial for dogs to be able to run off-leash. Most dogs cannot even come close to getting adequate exercise on the end of a leash, and lack of exercise contributes to a whole host of behavior challenges. And adequate exercise can be a huge factor in the success of behavior modification programs. But taking a dog for a walk or hike off-leash must be done appropriately and legally in order to prevent any number of risks to the dog, other dogs, or humans who may encounter the off-leash dog, as well as livestock or wildlife in the area. Off-leash dogs may run off and get lost, run onto roads and cause serious accidents, cause hikers to fall and bicyclists


As you train with your dog, it is important that you don't overdo the amount of training. Science has shown that animals retain better when taught in short (five to fifteen minutes) spurts, rather than long, drawn out sessions. Dogs not only fill up on treats, they also get bored during long training sessions. If you over train, your dog will not be as excited about doing an exercise the next time. If you stop before he gets full or bored, leaving him wanting more, you will have a cooperative dog the next time you train him.

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