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Learn more about our successes, our struggles, and what we have learned from our clients at The Freckled Paw. 

The puppy and the cold weather

The puppy and the cold weather

Well 2020 started out really nice, I was on the beach barefoot for a few days there. These days we are back to typical January weather, wet and cold. I hate the cold weather, one day when I have made all the money, I'll be a snowbird and winter in sunny Florida. (We...

Adoption Counseling

Adoption Counseling

We have a new dog in the family! I had the privilege of accompanying my cousin to our local animal shelters to find his new best friend. He's never lived with a dog, his parents didn't have dogs growing up so he only had my train wrecks to play with. (I didn't get a...

Puppy Classes

Choosing a Puppy Class: Playing isn’t always good for your dog! Being a dog trainer, I know lots of dog trainers. Also, calling yourself a dog trainer, and teaching classes does not make you a good dog trainer, or a knowledgeable dog trainer. Keep this in mind always!...

Puppy Socialization: What does it mean?

So you’ve been to the vet and they have said “make sure you socialize your dog”, the breeder said “make sure you socialize this puppy”, friends and neighbors say “make sure you socialize so you don’t end up with behavior problems”. So what does that even mean? When I...

So you have a puppy!

Whew! So you found your perfect puppy and now you have a date to go pick them up! You are totally ready for bringing a brand new moldable baby into your life. You have a plan ready to go to make this pup a perfect dog by the time they are 6 months old! No? haha okay...

Being sent to the principals office

Why is “going to the trainer” a bad thing? When did I become a high school principal? I am currently working with a dog at a local daycare. I pull him out of his play group for an hour in the morning, and put him back when we are done. It’s a good set up for the...

2017 and the holes in 2016

It's 2017. Is anyone else wondering how that happened? I will tell you that I am definitely that person who still thinks 10 years ago was 1996. A client's 7 year old son was singing "baby got back" at an appointment today, and I realized how long that song has stood...

Crate Training… Do it Now!

Got a new puppy? Crate Train them! Got a newly rescued dog? Crate Train them too! Got an older dog who is trusted inside the house? Make sure they are still comfortable inside their crate! Think crates are "mean" and "jail" for your dog? Get over it! I have to say...

The Journey of J.D.

January 2016 I received a call from a friend through one of the rescue groups I had volunteered for many years. She had been without a dog in her home since the passing of her previous dog, and was now ready to bring a new temporary companion into her house. She had...