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Basic Manners Training Tips

Basic Manners Training Tips

Shopping List and Planning for the Perfect Dog

Shopping List and Planning for the Perfect Dog

Starting off right is always helpful when you begin your journey with your new puppy or dog.  Because of that and confusion over some items that may attract you, I wanted to give you a little help in your decision making.  There is so much out there in the stores and on-line.  Let me help you get to important minimum to effectively train and care for your new friend.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Your New Puppy

Your New Puppy

By now, you are either really excited about your new puppy and having a great time, or you are wondering: "What have I done to my life!?" In my business I've heard mostly these two extremes when people call for puppy classes or behavior work.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Crate Training Your New Puppy

Crate Training Your New Puppy

A crate is your absolute best management tool. I cannot imagine bringing up a well-behaved puppy without a crate.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


10 Steps to a Successful Adoption

10 Steps to a Successful Adoption

10 Steps to take for a successful dog adoption.  Wondering how to make your new pet feel at home?  Read how...

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Top 6 Tips to Successfully Train your Dog

Top 6 Tips to Successfully Train your Dog

Top 6 Training Tips for Successful Dog Training

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Training Myths Debunked

Training Myths Debunked

So you just acquired a new dog or puppy and you know that you must provide him with food and water, but did you know the dog's greatest need is for companionship?  That's right, companionship is more important to your dog than food.  That is a fact!

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Avoiding Damaging Training Methods

Avoiding Damaging Training Methods

It's so sad to know that with all the books and better trained dog trainers out there that there are still some old and just plain bad dog training methods still being used...

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Teaching your Dog Impulse Control

Teaching your Dog Impulse Control

Recently on the It’s PAWSible! Private FB group and my FB It’s PAWSible! business page, I asked a question:  What current dog/puppy problems would you like to address?  Here were the questions/complaints that I received from them.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Learn How to Become a Wise Dog Food Consumer

Learn How to Become a Wise Dog Food Consumer

Whenever I’m working with students one on one and sometimes during group classes, I ask them:  “What kind of dog food do you feed?” 

Sometimes I’m asking the question because of a certain behavior problem, like over-reactivity to people or dogs, obesity, frequent very loose stools or aggressive behavior.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Improving Your Dog's Recall

Improving Your Dog's Recall

Does your dog come when called?  We would like to remind everyone that you should never stop training the recall. This exercise is the most important exercise your dog can learn. Your dog can be trained and should come 99% of the time when you call him. 

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Improving your Dog's Down Stay

Improving your Dog's Down Stay

Helpful hints as to where and when you should practice the down-stay skill.  To find out Beth's hints, read more here

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Teaching your Dog to Wait at the Door

Teaching your Dog to Wait at the Door

Is it sometimes a struggle for you to get in and out of doors with your dog?  Does your dog try to leap out of your vehicle before you can get a leash on him?

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Games; Fun Training Tools

Games; Fun Training Tools

Play should always be considered training and training should be considered play. Interactive games that make you look like a trusted, respected friend are best.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Muzzle Do's and Don't's

Muzzle Do's and Don't's

Do you ever have to use a muzzle for your dog? There IS a time for a muzzle for most dogs, even if it's just a preventative measure at the veterinary clinic.  

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Nothing in Life is Free

Nothing in Life is Free

Nothing in Life is Free!  (NLIF)
Also referred to as "Say Please!"

One of the questions that people ask in classes at It's PAWSible! is: "How much time should I spend doing my homework?"

 

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA


Interview with Dr. Kirstin Losert, DVM

I recently decided to interview Dr. Kirstin Losert at the Easthampton Animal Hospital, to help my clients get a little inside look at what it's like to run an animal hospital, especially during a pandemic.
 
On October 1, 2018, Dr. Kirstin Losert, DVM, purchased the Easthampton Animal Hospital on Route 10 in Easthampton from Dr. Hayden.  When I heard that Dr. Losert was making this purchase and taking this on, I was thrilled. 
 
I’ve known Dr. Kirstin Losert for at least 20 years. Kirstin was bringing her mixed breed puppy Harry to my dog day care for quite a while back in the day.  I’m not exactly sure where she was working at that time, but I knew that she was getting ready to build (with two partners) from the ground up the emergency animal hospital we all know as VESH (Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital). 
 
Unfortunately for me, I was Dr. Losert’s VERY first client as I admitted my beautiful Doberman Treasure there for pancreatitis. (Not a good time). But I was so relieved to know Dr. Losert. Leaving your precious dog (or cat!) as some of you know is not easy. But, as difficult as that was, I knew he was in good hands.
 
Here is my interview with Kirstin Losert.
 

Beth: Dr. Losert, how long have you been a Veterinarian? 

Dr. Losert: I have been a veterinarian for over 20 years.   I worked in a human healthcare profession for 8 years prior to Veterinary school. 

Beth:  Since you’ve been a Veterinarian how many clinics have you worked in?  

Dr Losert:  I worked in Eastern Massachusetts then came to Western Massachusetts where my family always wanted to settle.  I have worked as a Veterinarian at Wellesley Animal Hospital, Boston Road Animal Hospital (ER), ER doctor in New London CT., Chief of Staff and one of the founding owners of Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital in South Deerfield, Northampton Veterinary Clinic, Montgomery Road Veterinary Hospital and VCA Southwick Animal Hospital.

by Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA