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Pet Parenting in 2013

January 7th, 2013 at Mon, 7th, 2013 at 11:07 am by Diane Rich

My list of Ten “Hopes” for You and the Dog in your Life

I train dogs from top breeders and I train top dogs from rescue and shelters.   All dogs deserve time, medical care, proper nutrition, exercise, limited isolation from life, human love and kindness and an education.

Chase is from a top breeder and Shiva is from a shelter out of E. Washington
c Diane Rich 2013

There is a mountain of information on line, in books and on forums about dog breeds and behavior. If you cannot find the information online you should be able find help from a trainer in your area.  If not, I along with other trainers offer phone and email consults should you not be able to find a trainer.

Dogs do not deserve to be ornaments, left outside all day to entertain themselves, or be blamed for behaviors caused by lack of care, harsh methods of training or no training. It is unrealistic to expect a dog to be alone 9-12 hours per day and be fulfilled and then also expect the dog to be without issues.

Even with all the information people continue to buy or adopt dogs on a whim. Some people, even after extensive research still get a dog not suited to their particular residential living situation or general lifestyle.

However, I feel fortunate to meet and work with very dedicated pet parents who step up to the plate and do what it takes to fulfill the needs of the family dog.

c Diane Rich 2013

  1. I am hopeful that dog parents give their dog some latitude with regard to human expectations for canine perfection.
  2. I am hopeful that dog parents put time into the dog’s education be it a toy breed or giant breed.
  3. I am hopeful dog parents realize that a round of puppy classes and an obedience class is fantastic  but follow through and
    practicing those skills throughout the dog’s life is as important

cDiane Rich 2013

4. I am hopeful dog parents look in the mirror before blaming the dog for normal canine behavior. When looking at one’s own image in the mirror, rather than feel guilty or angry, take a breath, get on board to help the dog learn what to do

cDiane Rich 2013

5. I am hopeful dog parents control their temper when a dog misbehaves
6. I am hopeful dog parents don’t buy a dog for a child under 12, then wonder why the child’s activities have taken precedence over the dog’s needs
7. I am hopeful people looking for a dog skip the pet store for their puppy purchase
8. I am hopeful when people are looking for a dog to buy, they scrutinize the well written websites and smooth talking sales pitches before sending a check to an anonymous dog seller.  Keep in mind reputable breeders do not take credit cards.
9. I am hopeful when people have decided on a dog and the seller won’t let you come to the home to see the dog’s environment, a red flag should stop you in your tracks even if your heart is set on that dog
10. I am hopeful that when people look for a breed or breed mix consider contacting your local rescue organizations and shelters

Wishing you and your family pet good health and good times in 2013

Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC

I have been training dogs and their people for over 25 years. I work with pups from 7 weeks old to senior plus dogs and offer basic obedience to advanced off leash training both privately and group classes. Other services include behavior consultations to help both ends of the leash with everything from aggression, puppy/dog manners and public manners to separation anxiety. As a "real world" dog trainer, I take training out of the classroom or home when both the pet and family are ready, and take training to the street. I also offer pet therapy training classes preparing both the handler and dog for their therapy test and future service as a therapy team. I also coordinate several pet therapy programs in the Seattle area. My complete bio, description of services, class dates and on line class registration is listed on my website at

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