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Sarah Hodgson

11 Indisputable Ways Your Dog Is Exactly Like A Child

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 11.03.2016 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Dogs like kids have five basic needs: to eat, drink, sleep, play, and go potty.

It's Your Dog's Birthday! How Will You Celebrate It?

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 09.20.2016 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

So when it comes to the question of partying, off leash is best. If you don't have a fenced enclosure, schedule a time to meet at a local dog park. Still stumped where to hold your event? Try a few doggie day care centers: they may be willing to rent out their space.

From Leash Reactivity To Leash Aggression: 5 Steps To Influence Your Dog or Puppy

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 09.01.2016 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Does that describe your dog? Probably not. Many leash aggressive dogs are pussy cats at home. So what gives?

Will Sleeping with Your Dog Make Him Aggressive?

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 08.16.2016 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Have you ever worried that sleeping with your dog or sharing some cuddle time with your puppy is against all the training rules? Are you one of the multitudes taught to believe that inviting your otherwise adoring, sweet, innocent dog or puppy onto your lap will turn him into Kujo?

Separation Anxiety And The Modern Dog Parent's Dilemma

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 08.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Sarah Hodgson

Photo from Center for Canine Behavior Studies Recently I posted a piece titled "Separation Anxiety and Leash Aggression..." You may wonder, what th...

Separation Anxiety And Leash Aggression: The Top 2 Dog Problems In America

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 07.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Sarah Hodgson

Photo by Marc Khlar, Alfie Does your dog pace when you reach for the car keys, rip a few cushions while you're out, or jump all over you upon re-entr...

Does Your Dog Dig? Exactly What You Should Do About It

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

As far as vibrating/shock collars, I'm going to come right out and say it: remote trainers ruin dogs. I see it way too often. Getting shocked or vibrated in the midst of fun leads to insanity. Digging is dog play like balls, mud, and water are kids' play. Play, anger, and electricity don't mix.

Does Your Dog Have a 6th Sense, an Internal Compass?

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 02.25.2017 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

( Photo by Tischman Pets) If you've ever been lost on a trail while in the company of a directionally-savvy dog, then you'll have no trouble believin...

Who Are America's Sentient Beings?

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 12.21.2016 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Reclassifying animals could be just the wake-up call this country needs. It's time to encourage respect for others, regardless of species, race or economic standing.

Re-Classifying Dogs as Sentient Beings: It's Time, America, It's Time

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 12.04.2016 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

This shift in how we think of our pets -- from animals as property to animals as sensitive beings - isn't just happening in Quebec. New Zealand and France changed their laws this year, too.

How Many Ways Can a Dog be Loved

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 10.02.2016 | HuffPost Home
Sarah Hodgson

Storge-This is a private, abiding love. It describes a parent's adoration for their children, a pet owner's devotion to their companions as well as a deep, unconditional tolerance for family members--two legged or four--who may have grown more difficult.

Think Twice Before You Cut Off Your Dog's Balls

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 08.26.2016 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Tinkering with the body of any animal has consequences. While neutering has long been the salvation of domestication in the U.S. (versus European countries that view the procedure as cruel and inhumane), it's time to consider other options for sterilization. In the end, only you can decide what's best for your dog.

When Dogs Talks, 5 Easy Ways to Listen

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 08.05.2016 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Back home, read your dog's postures to discover what makes him happy versus what causes stress. Once you listen with your eyes, understanding your dog baby becomes a whole lot easier.

7 Reasons To Love Your Dog Like a Baby

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 07.23.2016 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

You want a well-mannered dog. Really you do. But you worry that dog training will hurt the loving bond you share. Even the act of securing a leash and forcing your dog to walk in step feels cruel and restrictive. Dog training is okay for dogs but not for your baby.

Muzzle Taping, Water Boarding and 3 Other Dog Training Techniques That Should Be Illegal

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 07.14.2016 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

I'm taking a short break from my dog-loving blog to address the serious topic of animal abuse. It's a concern that shadows my thoughts; I offer up this piece in the hope I can inspire you to take a stand.

Canine Influenza Spreads to 13 States: Are Dog Parks to Blame?

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 06.05.2016 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Word on the Canine Influenza A H3N2 Virus (CIV) is that it's spreading. Now identified in 13 states, this disease is caused by a rapidly replicating strain of organisms that invade a dog's respiratory passageways, causing body ache, fever, exhaustion, nasal discharge, coughing and sneezing.

3 Ways to Get Your Dog Into Show Biz

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Bamboozle -- my 10 pound trick dog, sat poised off camera, awaiting his signal. As I steadied my outstretched palm -- his signal to stay -- I waited for the director's cue.

7 Reasons People Dump Their Dog

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

When I hear someone badmouthing their dog's behavior, I wonder what they do when an appliance breaks. Usually when things breakdown, people call a repairman who identifies the problem, fixes the issue, and disappears into the night.

Why I Gave My Dog Diarrhea and 5 Things You Can Do For Your New Pet

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 04.11.2015 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Okay. I'll admit it. I gave my new puppy a serious case of the runs. I knew he'd get them, but I did it anyway. It was a gamble that paid off for the both of us.

11 Ways To Do Your Dog Right

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

The first step in training -- in my opinion -- is love. That unconditional feeling of parental adoration.

Do You Know Your Dog's Emotional IQ?

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

I believe that training isn't about dominance and control; it's about parenting and responsibility. Parents direct children, children listen (most of the time) and feel safer when they have a good role model at the helm. Training boils down to teaching our human language as a second language to dogs.

The Emotional Life of Dogs

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Image from Teach Yourself Visually Dog Training by Sarah Hodgson, Wiley and Sons 2006 I'm a big fan of Temple Grandin. I think she has done more to e...

Separation Anxiety and Seasonal Enrichments

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

I always encourage my clients to look at their life from their dog's perspective. Many of my current complaints can be traced to the August to September transformation, with dogs suffering the worst bouts of anxiety and frustration when suddenly left alone.

Best in Show! What's Your Favorite Dog or Cat Saying?

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Hodgson

As a parent and dog trainer I'm programmed to look at life from another's perspective, and this time my impulses took a refreshing turn. With idiom dictionaries in hand, I scrolled through and took a look at the origin and meanings of idioms that evolved from our relationship with dogs and cats. It's been a delightful romp!

Lost Vegas! Finding and Preventing Runaway Pets

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

It's been a long while since I've lost a pet. Initially, we did all the things one does. We banded together and filed a "Missing Lizard" report with the police. We alerted our direct neighbors. We looked in and under sheds, bushes and porches. Using a recent photo, we made flyers. And then my daughter had a more modern idea. What about Facebook?