Dear Crabby, Help me with my Jack Russell Terrier, please!

Dear Crabby, We have a small Jack Russell Terrier and he is very hyper. He growls and barks at everyone, but does not actually bite anyone. I am afraid to leave him out when we have guests, but I feel worse locking him up every time. So far we have settled on not having guests over anymore. There must be a better way! What do you think? Sincerely, Locked Up WitPup Dear Locked Up WitPup, Well I am one who firmly believes that the dog should not alter your lifestyle, but rather you … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How do you potty train a puppy?

Dear Crabby, My daughter just brought home a cute little puppy. She is in college and lives at home still, so she said she would do all the work to raise it. However, she is gone all day and many evenings too. I end up cleaning up the dog's messes and am up to my ears in puppy poop! What do you recommend? Sincerely, Pushover Mom Dear Pushover Mom, I recommend that you kick your daughter and her dog out of the house. However, most parents that I say this to are not ready to do this … [Read more...]

Positive Training for Your Dog

Do you want a well behaved dog without using harsh training? Beth Duman, a certified dog trainer and advocate of positive training, will discuss her book The Evolution of Charlie Darwin: Partner with Your Dog Using Positive Training on Tuesday, January 17th at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. Duman tells a story of how Charlie, a rambunctious mutt, became a canine good citizen by working with him in a positive way. After the presentation, books will be available for … [Read more...]