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May 2014: Three Mistakes People Make in Public with Their Dogs
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3 Mistakes Dog People Make in Public

Don't do these things!

Uh oh. Surely you won’t recognize yourself in these, but maybe you can use this article to educate your neighbor or friend who could use a little help.
 
Many dog owners don’t realize they’re doing anything wrong or even that there are unspoken rules in the dog community. This article aims to fix that by exposing the things that drive most of us dog people batty. Let’s just rip the Band-Aid® off quickly and get right to the mistakes. 

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Service Puppy In-Training: Levi

Levi's training has continued in earnest. He's one of the smartest puppies we've ever raised and training is always fun.

We're working on several advanced behaviors such as ignoring:
  • food on the floor
  • food being tossed at him
  • squeaky toys
  • hands reaching toward him to be petted
  • dogs walking nearby
In addition, he's had his first Lake Anna experience and -- no surprise -- is a strong swimmer. His energy level exhausts us, but the lake really helps to deplete his activity level!

Levi will be spending two weeks at Service Dogs of Virginia (SDV) on a planned "puppy swap." The swap will allow SDV to work very closely with him, assess his skills, and have some fun with our boy.

We'll miss him while he's gone, but aren't worried about him -- he'll barely notice his change of scenery!

Keep your eye on the Smart Dog Blog, Levi and his adventures appear there regularly. 

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