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    SHERRY DAVIS: Let's go over dog crating basics

    By Sherry Davis
    Friday, Jan 16 2015 12:00 PM

    A few days before Christmas I received a desperate call from a former client whose crated 8-1/2 week old puppy's crying and howling at night was preventing her family from sleeping. Since I had worked with Kathleen 12 years ago in the training of her beloved dog Magic, she was familiar with the use of a crate for housebreaking, but she didn't remember having this problem with her.

    The family was actually doing more right than wrong, but they were sending some mixed signals to the puppy on what was expected and not taking advantage of opportunities to drain her mental, as well as physical, energy during the day so they could get some sleep at night.

    We refined the housebreaking set-up, started leash-breaking and began shaping behaviors...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Why are so many dogs disposed of by owners?

    A few weeks ago I watched one of the most emotion-provoking programs I'd seen in a long time. Reported by KGET's Rachelle Murcia, the three-part special investigation, "Disposable Pets," was an in-depth exploration of the obstacles and...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Leading dog does not sacrifice love

    "I felt like a parent who had been summoned to the principal's office because of their child's bad behavior," Bobbi told me as she described the day she was called to come pick up her puppy from daycare. Not that Baxter has a mean bone in...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Here's an addition to your dog's first-aid kit

    Here's some valuable information for every pet owner, and I assure you a copy will go in my dogs' first-aid kit. In an article for "Dog Fancy Magazine," board-certified veterinary specialist Justine Lee, D.V.M., a diplomat of the American...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Prevent dogs' yard destruction with proper training

    Barking, hole digging, landscape destruction. When dog owners contact me for help with any of these behaviors, it is never a surprise to hear that their dogs are confined for long periods of time to the backyard. While many owners cringe...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: When your dog has a urinary tract infection

    Great! Nora has a urinary tract infection. I guess I shouldn't be surprised; it seems like every female dog I've ever given houseroom to has had one at one time or another. The common symptoms were there; she was drinking a lot of water...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: With groundwork laid, dog ready for formal education

    It's always great when I'm out and about in Bakersfield and run into readers of this column. The love we share for dogs makes it feel like I'm bumping into old friends. Regular readers often remark about how much they enjoyed a particular...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Service dog fraud is becoming epidemic

    If you're a regular reader of this column, you already know my feelings about people who try to pass their dogs off as service dogs so they can take them into places of business, restaurants or on public transportation. Service dogs...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Weigh evidence when you consider jerky treats for dogs

    The safety of jerky treats for dogs has been in doubt since early 2007, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began hearing from dog owners and veterinarians about animals becoming ill or dying after eating chicken jerky treats made...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Training tips for dogs' potty time

    Emails with a subject line that reads "Need Help for Potty Retraining" are always head-shakers and usually mean one of two things. Either they are about a dog who was never properly housebroken and the owner has finally decided to train it...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Create boundaries, expectations for dogs

    Training continues with my new dog, Nora. A housebreaking schedule has been established with only a couple of unavoidable mistakes made during the worming process. Nora indicates her need to go out by sitting up and tapping her front paws...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: My new dog needed me to need her

    If a week ago the world's greatest psychic had predicted that I would be getting a new dog, I would have told him that he should seriously consider another line of work. Bringing in a new dog is something I give a lot of thought to, and...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: The most popular dogs -- and what we spend on them

    It's always interesting when the numbers come in for the American Kennel Club's registration statistics listing the most popular purebred dogs for the previous year. While there are never any big surprises, the list is noteworthy in that...

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