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Carolyn's Corner

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Carolyn Lapps is the General Manager at Fetch Family Pet Resort. Her love and passion for all animals began at a young age and has led to a career. She is frequently consulted on pet socialization, family integration issues, and is highly regarded for her experience with domestic animal management and care.

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Play Patterns Between Dogs and Humans

When your dog likes to play, do you ever give thought to how they play? All pets have their favorites modes of play with their human caregivers and understanding each helps enhance the experience, keeps you and your dog safer, and furthers the bond between you and your furry family member. Essentially, there are four…

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Basic Obedience and Behavior Modification

The most important thing you can do for a dog is train them. Hands down, it is the best investment of time in your relationship with your dog. It will keep them safe; it will keep you safe; it will keep others safe. Training your dog teaches them how to interact with other dogs and…

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Why Training

Training your dog is essential. Many of us want to treat them like little furry humans – but they aren’t – they are animals – who with the right nurturing and training become members of our family. Training is a time investment in the beginning, or at any stage of the relationship, and requires maintenance…

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Why Doggie Daycare Should Not Be Your New Dog’s First Interaction – Timing is Everything

Recently, I wrote about the 3-3-3 rule when bringing a new dog to your home. Furry family members take a while to adjust to a new environment. There are new smells, sounds, and people. There are patterns to adjust to so that your pet feels safe and secure – and this takes time. The same…

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Boarding Your Dog vs Friend Watching

There’s always been a debate about which is better – boarding your pet or having a neighbor watch them. In many ways, this topic is outdated as the chatter around the choices emanates from days when a pet was boarded in a kennel and simply kept in a cage except for the occasional walk. Pet…

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Types of Dog Aggression

When a dog barks or growls or even attempts to bite, it is seen as aggressive behavior. While this can be frightening and a cause for concern, did you know there are seven types of dog aggression? Understanding each and their origins will help develop treatment plans and improve behavior and safety. Fear Aggression: Dogs…

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The Risks of an Untrained Dog

As someone who is around dogs all day every day, I am frequently amazed by the amount of money one will spend on their furry family member with toys, bedding, and grooming – yet never invest a cent towards training. Many pet owners think they can do it themselves, and while some people can, most…

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The 3 – 3 – 3 Rule

So, you just adopted a dog. Wonderful news and congratulations from all of us at Fetch Family Pet Resort. Now what? I know – off to the Pet Supply Store or a binge on Amazon for food, bed, toys, chewy things – but how about beyond that? What comes after the euphoria of a new…

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How to Notice Anxiety in Your Dog

Dogs can have anxiety for a myriad of reasons, and different dogs respond to the same environment in different ways so there is no cookie-cutter way to predict how a dog will react and what will cause them stress. Most of the time anxiety in dogs is directly related to a lack of training and…

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Why Dogs Need Private Space

We are going to confront the word “crate” once and for all, because, simply put, a crate is not a bad thing for your dog. Dogs come from wolves and, wolves are denning animals. Dogs need a den of their own. Most homeowners use crates or outdoor doghouses for such (another subject for summer). Dogs…

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