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Meet Mikayla, Certified Obedience Trainer

My name is Mikayla and I’ve been working professionally with dogs since 2014. I grew up owning a ton of animals and started my animal training at four years old when I taught my pet rat to come to her name “Oreo”. When I was 17, my mom and I co-owned a Brittany spaniel, Mimzy, […]

What basic obedience training does for you and your dog. 

Obedience training creates understandable dialogue between you and your dog. It is teaching your pup the exact language for specific actions. Other than being great to be able to “show off” with your pup on how well he can sit and stay in a variety of settings (always a proud thing for any dog owner, […]

A Brief Overview of All Things Litterboxes

If you own a cat (or the cat owns you!), you know that litter boxes, litter and all the accessories are plentiful and vastly different!  Today, we are going to do a basic overview of the most common items for your kitty’s bathroom needs.  Litter Boxes Size The litter box should be large enough  for […]

Top 2 Tips for a Stink-Free Litterbox

There are so many joys to owning a cat (or a cat owning you?), snuggles, purrs, and many many more. But one part of cat ownership which is NOT a joy, I think everyone will agree, is the dreaded litter box. Litter boxes can be messy, smelly and just plain gross!  Here are our top […]

Let’s Talk Hot Spots

What are hot spots exactly? The scientific name is “acute moist dermatitis”, which means localized areas of skin inflammation and bacterial infection. What causes hot spots? Hot spots are a bit of a catch-22. They are caused by itching, licking, and biting, which in turn become hot spots that are itchy, thus perpetuating the itching […]

4 Steps to Fix Separation Anxiety

Hasn’t it been nice to be at home with your pup all day, everyday during this pandemic? I know my cat has loved having all of the extra attention with my husband working from home! The most common reason that a dog will begin to have separation anxiety is from a change in schedule- like […]

New Year (late post!)

It’s hard to believe it is already the end of January, in 2020!! Time seems to fly by so fast, particularly when we are busy! Did you make New Year Resolutions this year? I typically shy away from making them for a multitude of reasons, but this year I do have a few resolutions.  One […]

Tips from an Obedience Trainer: Ask it Once Rule

“Sit, Buddy! Sit! Siiiit…. SIT!!!” Sound familiar? How do you get your dog to respond the first time? When training your pup, avoid repeating commands. Ask one time and wait a moment. If your dog doesn’t respond, turn away for a few seconds, then repeat the exercise.