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Choosing a Trainer

by Jimmy Maxwell Let me start by throwing an honesty-bomb. This blog is going to come across a little strange. I am a trainer, who uses knowledge and experience to make a living. So, it would seem likely that in a blog about choosing the right dog trainer, I’m may talk about why I am […]

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Choosing a Breeder

By Katie Spruill KPA-CTP If you are like me, finding a new furry family member is one thing that gets me very excited. When I picked out Havoc, the most recent addition to my family, my head was in the clouds. I was thinking about puppy breath, names, and the ideal qualities of my new […]

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Live It Well

By Jimmy Maxwell Last Wednesday morning Uptown Pup lost a beloved coworker and friend in Becky Miller. If it’s okay with you I would like to put dog training aside this week Our staff was given the news last Wednesday of Becky’s passing. Though she had been sick and undergoing cancer treatments for a while, […]

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Puppy Socialization

By Katie Spruill From seven weeks to four months of age puppies go through what is called a critical or socialization period. Like children, puppies are sponges, taking in everything that they can, so they can determine what is safe and what isn’t. If you’re a puppy parent, the most important thing you can do […]

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Dogs Are People Too

By Jimmy Maxwell I used to train service dogs and one of my favorite things about that work was taking the dogs to public places where normal pets can’t go. Being able to spend the day training a service dog to exist in our world, though challenging, was very rewarding. Outside of getting the dog […]

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5 Puppy Myths (Part 1)

by Katie Spruill KPA-CTP 1. Dogs wag their tail when they are happy. Although it is common for dogs to wag their tail when they are happy, don’t be fooled, wagging can mean many things. Sometimes tail wags can be signs of stress, fear, or anxiety. So how do you know when it is a […]

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Raising Teenagers (part 2)

When I was a kid I really loved school, well, until about the 5th Grade, when I learned that the letter D was used for more than just spelling words. I learned that sometimes adults used that letter to show you that you were a short jump from being a huge embarrassing Failure, and being […]

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Potty Training 101

by Kathryn Spruill As a dog trainer that specializes in puppy care, I often get asked what the most important thing is to teach a puppy? While I love these questions, I often find that people are a bit disappointed by my answer. Most people want to teach their puppy new tricks like sit, down, […]

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Raising Teenagers

When humans are 5 years old, we begin to learn the basics of dealing with other humans, reacting to social situations, and surviving in the world. Most of us continue honing these skills at varying speeds and success rates for the next 12 years. Some of us opt to be gluttons for punishment and continue […]

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