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The Same Mission with More Purpose

I will be forever honored to say that I once operated a 9000 square-foot facility to care for dogs while their people were away. I’m touched to know that I once led teams of well educated, experienced people with positive vibes who proudly cared for those dogs as if they were their own. I’m grateful…

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When One Door Closes, Another Dog Door Opens

Dear Valued Clients, I’m writing today to provide you with an update about the impact that Covid-19 has had on Wag ‘N’ Tails Dog Activity Center and the changes being made as a result of it. Wag has met the evolving changes and needs of dogs and their families for over twenty years in Michigan.…

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How to Groom Your Dog From Home

Pet parents are having to keep their dogs looking and feeling healthy and happy without relying on their professional groomer during the stay home quarantine order we are experiencing in Michigan. Home grooming is a hassle (to put it mildly) for even the most patient dog owner. Bending over the tub can be a real…

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How to Best Care for Your Dog During The COVID-19 Quarantine

We’ve all heard the clichés, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”; and “It’s what’s on the inside that counts.” If dogs could talk, that’s what they would be saying right now when we look into their eyes underneath their overgrown bangs, talons for nails that click and clack like high heels on the floor,…

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COVID-19 Update

StayHome #takeapaws Due to Governor Whitmer’s executive order, both locations are closed. We appreciate your support and loyalty during this mandated closure. Let’s stay home as ordered until further guidance is given to get our country up and running again. When that time comes, we will appreciate your patience and understanding as following all recommendations…

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4 Ways to Enrich Your Lifestyle With Your Dog

So what exactly is dog enrichment and how can it possibly become a “lifestyle ?” Just like it’s root word dictionary definition, “to improve or enhance the quality of,” canine enrichment improves your dog’s mental capacity and enhances his understanding of his relationship with you and the world around him. So let’s make every experience…

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Using Medication for Behavior Modification in Dogs: 7 Things You Should Know

Using behavioral medications can make a significant difference in the management of severe behavior problems.  What I like best is that these medicines can help to begin the modification process for cases that would otherwise be very complicated. I recently attended the Science of Animal Behavior Conference hosted by K9 Turbo Training and Detroit Dog…

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My Charley Boy

It’s the Beginning, Not the End I lost my best friend Charley today He went to that beautiful place we all come from. I know he’s still with me, I can feel him in my heart, like a beating drum. When I sit at my desk, I’ll still feel him at my feet As though…

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Bark and Burn – Exercising WITH Your Dog

It was quite a long time ago when I introduced dog daycare to Shelby Township, Michigan. I was so young, so brave, so determined. At that time there were only four daycare centers in MacombCounty. Nothing was gonna stand in my way of launching something so beneficial to our dogs! People thought I was crazy.…

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5 Reasons to Bond with Your Dog Without Talking

When you communicate with your dog without talking, this builds a bond as you’ve never experienced before. Dog’s don’t read, and they aren’t born speaking English. Mammals are not born understanding the rules of safety nor do we use words to communicate right away. Just as we don’t expect a young infant to completely understand…

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Teaching the Release Word in Dog Training

When you are communicating with your dog, the release word is the ever-important cue allowing your dog to know when something may start or when it’s finished. If you skip using a release word in dog training, it’s like telling someone you’ve got a great story to tell and then walking away, leaving the person hanging.…

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35 Reasons to Use the Leash in the House

Teaching a puppy to wear a leash in the house can be a great tool to get you started with teaching basic manners at home. Preventing unwanted behaviors is always more effective than teaching a pup who has already learned that misbehaving is lots of fun! Prevention of misbehavior does require that you think ahead…

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Trick Training: 6 Dog Training Techniques for the Learner and the Teacher

These five favorite “go-to” trick training techniques are fun and simple to learn. You will know when the experience of learning has happened for you and your dog when you have continued success over and over. You will both achieve results together building a bond based on trust, communication, and mutual respect. Enjoy the learning…

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More Than a Heart and a Home

At Wag ‘N’ Tails, you will be able to engage with other dog lovers, learn more about our passion for education, and discover interesting ways to prevent and treat behavior problems. Dogs need more than a heart and a home – I believe education comes first! I’ve been teaching dogs and their people since 1999…

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Dog Travel Safety Tips: How to Keep Your Dog Safe

Many of our pets travel with us on a daily or regular basis and since this month recognizes National Pet Travel Safety Day this blog is devoted to dogs and their welfare. Here are a few safety suggestions you may not have considered:   1. Identification Tags  When you are heading out the door with the…

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3 Tips for Communicating Openly With Your Pet Care Provider

Communication is key for a successful relationship when finding a life long care provider for your dog. As caregivers, we are counting on you, the pet parent to speak on your dogs behalf and your dog is counting on you too! Dogs can’t talk, so if they could speak using words, what would be said?…

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Changes at the Doghouse

Wag ‘N’ Tails was founded on a basic principle and goal : ‘We will strive to reduce the number of dogs given away or euthanized due to preventable and treatable conditions.’ Over the years, while we always kept this mission alive, we also added many additional services to accompany pet parent’s needs. From grooming to…

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Monthly Specials April 2019

Email special Monthly Specials Save $15.00 off our Puppy or Basic classes with Christine at our New Rochester Location:RARA Center, 500 E. Second Street, Rochester, MI 48307 Classes are: Puppy Preschool: Tuesday May 21st at 8:00 pm Thursday, May 23rd at 6:30 pm Bark to the Basics: Tuesday May 21st at 6:30 pm Thursday, May…

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