Boarding your dog

We all need to board our dogs some time, and this doesn’t have to be stressful at all.

On this episode Turk covers the boarding options for you, and give some pointers to make sure whether you decide on dog sitter coming to your home or you take your dog to a boarding facility you can feel confident with your decision knowing your dog is well cared for.


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Happy Client Testimonial : Auckland, NZ

Dany & Avalyn from Auckland, New Zealand reached out to us when they got Marvel The border collie.

Marvel is their first dog. Naturally, they had questions about dog ownership, and obviously 🙂 the usual border collie issues.

At first I was skeptical about the effectiveness of dog training via Zoom, but things worked out super amazing.

Obviously a benefit of the virtual dog training sessions is the flexibility of scheduling. Dany & Avalyn live in New Zealand; literally 16 hours ahead of Charlotte. So what was Friday afternoon for me, was Saturday morning to them.

Another benefit of the virtual dog training program is clients develop better training skills. When we’re working with in-person clients, we do some of the heavy lifting which is not an option for virtual clients.

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Let’s Talk About Dog Parks

Dog parks are like play ground for our dogs, but often because of the cluless people and their dogs they get a bad wrap.

There are some simple steps you can take to make sure your visits to the dog park is an exciting event  rather than cause for expensive vet bills.

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Let’s Talk About Grooming: with Paola Anderson


Does every dog need grooming ? How often should you wash your dog? What happens if you shave your Huskie? What questions should you ask to a potential groomer(s) before they “go to work” on your dog?  These are some of the questions we asked to our guest Paola Anderson on this episode.

Paola S. Anderson is a pet professional, pet industry educator and influencer with over 18 years of experience. She is the owner of Laguna Pet Spa from Laguna Hills, CA and a Pet Health care advocate who coaches and teaches in both Spanish and English.

Paola has worked in 7 different countries, founded a non-profit organization to help animals around the world, worked with thousands of Pet Care Professionals and saved countless animals.

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Dog Holiday Season Safety

Dogs Safety During The Holiday Season

Holiday season is approaching faster than my dog 7 can steal a food from a baby.

As far as your dog is concerned Holiday season is insane time.  More people are in and out of the house,  family’s energy is out of whack.  Not to mention lots of strange boxes & plants are being placed in the house.  In fact as far as our dogs are concerned all the human energy is insanely abnormal.

Your dog will enjoy the holiday season right along with you if you consider 2 areas. Dog Safety and dog sanity.


If you’re going to have a live tree in a home with dogs. Remember the tree water at the base of live trees can be harmful. Often preservative chemicals are added to prolong the life of the tree. Keep your dog from drinking the water. You can cover the tree basin with foil or a tree skirt.  You can also use this as a Dog Training Opportunity. To practice your “Off” and “Boundaries” exercises.

To prevent your dog from knocking over your holiday tree(s), anchor your tree with cord or wire to the ceiling directly above the tree’s trunk.  Not a good idea to attach it with wire to a wall behind the tree. Your dog could get caught in the wire if he is behind the tree.

Always hang your ornaments with ribbons rather than hooks. This will keep your dog from accidentally swallowing something that could get lodged in his throat.

If you’re going to have a party try not to use toothpicks for hors d’oeuvres. The smell of food on a toothpick will attract dogs. If your dog swallows a tooth pick, it can get stuck in his throat or puncture internal organs.

Electrical cords are the enemy of puppies. Always, always, always secure the electrical cords. If a new dog enters into your house, or if you are at someone else’s house with your dog, have eyes on your dog for about 5 minutes. See where your dog is exploring. If it’s near electrical cords, then good time to practice your “Leave It.”

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1 Enjoy the season

Stay calm. We all get stressed out during the holidays, and our dog picks up on our stress. She looks to you as the leader. If you are calm, she is calm.  If you also try to spend a little quiet time with her every day – it will help too.

One thing you can do is to freshen up on your dog’s basic obedience exercises.  Don’t teach her something new during this stressful time, but practice what she already knows & reinforce yourself as a leader and someone she can trust.

2 Keep the routine with your dog

Keep your dog’s regular daily routine. Feed and walk her at the same times as you usually do. Changing her routine can make her stressful, and she can seek attention by misbehaving. According to your dog, any attention, even if you are screaming at her, is better than no attention.

3 Play with your dog before your party.

If you tire her out, she’ll be too tired to get into any mischief when guests arrive. If that is not possible, hire a dog walker or take him to doggie daycare.


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Service Dog Blue Helping Veteran with PTSD. Bob Macpherson

On this episode we are talking about PTSD and How a service dog named Blue is helping Bob a career infantry officer in the U.S. Marines help a normal life.

Robert Macpherson is a writer, aid worker, and career infantry officer in the U.S. Marines with service in Vietnam, Iraq, and Somalia. After retiring as a Colonel, he enjoyed a second career with the humanitarian organization CARE.

He lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Veronica and service dog, Blue.

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Making Your Dog’s Food at Home

I begun making our dogs’ food at home consistently when my doghter Zilli (my Vizsla) had some health issues.

Until then, I thought about making their (dogs) food at home, but I never took the action. I was too busy, I was already giving them good food, I thought it would be too hard to figure out what to feed them, etc etc etc.

Then one day I came to the realization buying the best food bowl, the best dog toys, the best dog bed for my dogs were nice gestures for my dogs. However, if I am being totally honest with mySelf they were mostly to make me feel better about mySelf as a dog owner. But they did not contribute much to the health and well being of my dog. After all other than taking our dogs to vet for  regular check-ups what we feed them is the most impactful thing for their health.

Technically speaking there is nothing wrong with feeding your dog commercially made food .

Technically speaking you could eat McDonald’s every meal. But if you were to eat every meal at McDonald’s you can -and should expect some health complications down the road. This is not to poop on Mickey D’s (my first employer), but to point out whenever the food we eat is heavily processed, it naturally loses the nutrients our bodies need.

Think about it.  Why everyone loves the taste of home grown tomatoes vs the one you get from the grocery store.  The reason home cooked meals “feel” better when we eat them, is because for our bodies they ARE better. They just are. Don’t take my word for it, just refer to your own life experience.  

Making my dog food at home was much easier and cheaper than I thought.

My first assumption was I was too busy to make dog food at home. I thought most days I don’t even cook for myself. There is no way I have time for cooking dog food at home. But it literally takes no time to put all the ingredients into a crock pot, turn it on and 8-9 hours later I have enough food cooked for roughly 10 days.

Assumption #2 was I was already feeding them “premium food”. I know we all want to believe the premium dog food we buy at the store is indeed premium. Then I recognized all the horrible crap FDA allows to be in the human food, what must be “allowed” in dog food.

Assumption #3 was It’s going to be hard to figure it out. Yes just like everything else there was learning curve to making my dog food at home until I got comfortable with it. I think after the 3rd time making it I felt like a pro.

This is what and how I do it

There are infinite ways and combinations to making your dog food. This is just how I make my dog’s food. My purpose for this post is to be the catalyst for you to try it for yourSelf. Give it a try for a month and see how you like it…… I know your dog will love it.  If it works continue. If not you can always but another bag of dog food.

Use a big enough Crock Pot. Crock Pot is what makes things super easy. Larger the crock pot more dog food you can make. I’m not sure how big ours is, but I know it’s relatively big. I simply put all the prepped ingredient in the crock pot, let everything cook for eight or nine hours, and I am done. It’s that easy

Food Processor is a miracle. When I first started I didn’t use a food processor.  I was just cutting veggies to small pieces and cook them that way. Since everything is cooked for long time in the crock pot they all kind of blended together. Then, one day my wife introduced me to our food processor. WOW! That thing is amazing. You don’t need one, but you want one. I went from cutting veggies for 30 minutes to 10 minutes.

Keep it Simple. Don’t get overwhelmed with ingredients, If you don’t have a kitchen scale just buy frozen veggies; The bag tells you how much they weigh. The meat you buy will already have the weight on it.

Remember your “Why.” I have done it long enough to actually love making my dog’s food. I love picking the veggies, I am consciously flowing and infusing the food with my love and appreciation for my dogs. When I’m chopping the veggies, when I’m blending the ingredients, I consciously think how much I love my dog(s), how much they love eating it, how happy they are, and how happy they make me just being with me. Love was the secret ingredient of my grand mother’s cooking, and it is my secret ingredient too.

Simple Recipe For You To Start With

The photo has everything I use. And you might be a little overwhelmed (especially if you noticed that large bowl of organ meat)  Don’t start there unless you’re Enneagram 3 or Type A.

The first couple of years I used

  • 3lbs of meat (half pork and half ground beef)
  • 1 lbs of broccoli  or Brussel sprouts which ever was on sale (some times 2 bags of frozen type)
  • 1 1/2 lbs of  zucchini  (some times 3 bags of frozen green beans)
  • 4 Carrots
  • 1 can of Dark kidney beans
  • 6tbs of coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric and Mustard
  • 1/3 tsp calcium <THIS IS IMPORTANT to have
  • 1 cup of Brown Rice

Chop all the veggies, and put everything EXCEPT the rice in to slow cooker, add 4 cups of water.

Cook at LOW HEAT for 8 hours. Then add the rice, and cook for another hour.

That’s it. Turn everything off and let the food cool. That should give you about 10lbs of food. If you have a small dog, you can freeze the extra. It takes 24-36 hours to thaw in the fridge and about 4 hours on the counter.

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Zen of Dog Ownership Interview with Tyler Muto

Tyler Muto is an internationally renowned dog trainer, entrepreneur, and advisor, who has had a life long passion for training dogs.

I’ve been friends with Tyler since early days of our dog training journey. I guess because I was lucky enough to meet him at the beginning of his journey too, I got to witness his development from a new dog trainer, to an experienced dog trainer, then to become an influential leader in the dog training community.

I know from my own experience with him over the years he has dedicated years to becoming a better dog trainer with each and every interaction with dogs.

Tyler’s expertise and innovation in the dog training world had begun to attract national and international attention. He decided to open the K9 Connection Dog Training Center in Downtown Buffalo, where he still serves as training director, supervising multiple full time trainers.



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