About Lindsay Stordahl

Lindsay Stordahl is a blogger for dogIDs.com. She has a black Lab mix named Ace and two naughty cats named Beamer and Scout. Lindsay owns a pet sitting business called Run That Mutt and also maintains the blog ThatMutt.com.
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3 Easy Tricks to Teach Your Dog Today

I wanted to come up with a couple of easy tricks dog owners could teach their dogs of any age. The tricks are “speak,” “play dead” and “roll over.” These aren’t necessarily the only ways to teach these commands, but hopefully they can help you brainstorm.

And let us know if your dog can do any fun tricks!

3 Easy Tricks to Teach Your Dog Today
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How to Choose the Right Dog Trainer

How to Choose the Right Dog TrainerHow did you go about choosing a trainer for your dog? Did you read reviews? Did you choose the trainer a friend recommended? Did you make your decision based on cost? We would love your feedback because choosing a trainer can be such an overwhelming process for new dog owners.

The following are some ideas from two professional trainers to hopefully help you make the best choice for your dog if you need help with training.

Also check out our post on common dog training mistakes.

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November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes in Pets

Photo by Len Saunders

November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, so I wanted to learn more about the signs of diabetes in pets, what causes it and if there is anything pet owners can do to prevent their pets from becoming diabetic.

Here’s what I found out:

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7 Ways to Save Money on Dog Care

7 ways to save money on your dogDog care can get expensive, especially if you have multiple dogs. The following are some tips and tricks from me and fellow dog lovers on how to save money in the long run on food, vet bills, boarding and other expenses. Please share your ideas in the comments.

1. Buy higher-quality items.

If you spend more up front on higher-quality items, you can usually end up saving over the long run because you won’t have to replace the items as often, if at all. A couple examples include high-quality dog beds, durable dog toys and high-end collars and leashes.

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Keep your dog safe in the dark

ScruffTag modelMornings and late afternoons are getting darker and darker for many of us this time of year. With the time change coming up, late afternoon and evening walks are only going to get darker!

You want to make sure you and your dog are visible to drivers when you’re out and about, so the following are a couple of safety tips to keep in mind this fall.

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How to Get a Puppy Used to Walking on a Leash

Sheepdog puppy on a leashOct. 1 to 7 is National Walk Your Dog Week, so this week is a great opportunity to encourage other dog lovers to get out and walk more with their dogs.

For this post, I thought I’d focus on puppies and when to start teaching them appropriate leash manners.

If you’ve recently adopted a puppy, you’re probably already teaching her the basics such as “sit.” But at what point should you start teaching your puppy to walk nicely on a leash?

I reached out to a professional dog trainer and asked for her tips on when and how she begins teaching a puppy to walk on a leash. Here’s what she had to say:

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How to Teach a Dog to Take Treats Gently

How to Teach a Dog to Take Treats NicelySome dogs will naturally take treats gently from a person’s hand, while others can be quite careless!

If you have a dog that snaps at your hand in a frantic attempt to get a treat, the following are some tips you can use to teach him to be more patient and gentle.

These are also good tips to try if you recently adopted a puppy. It’s much easier to start out by teaching good manners than it is to try correcting a problem later on.

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Benefits of Antler Chews vs. Other Chews for Dogs

elk antler chews for dogsHave you ever given your dog an antler chew?

dogIDs now carries elk antler chews for dogs in three different sizes. Antler chews are a natural alternative to traditional rawhide chews, and they even last longer.

The following are some of the benefits to antler chews vs. rawhide chews, along with safety tips to keep in mind no matter what type of chew you give your dog.

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Tips for Preventing and Managing a Dog’s Food Aggression

How to stop a dog's food aggressionSome dogs have a tendency to guard their food, toys, bones or whatever they view as valuable. They may guard these “valuables” from other dogs, or they might guard them from people, too. Some dogs will just growl, while others will actually try to bite.

The following are some ideas on how to prevent and manage this type of aggressive behavior, often referred to as resource guarding. For the sake of this post, I’m focusing on one of the most common issues – guarding the food bowl.

As always, if you are even slightly concerned about being bitten by your dog, it’s a good idea to reach out to a professional trainer in your area for some help. Even one session with the right trainer can make all the difference.

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You Won’t Believe These Embarrassing Dog Stories!

Artie the black LabIf you live with dogs, I know you definitely have a few embarrassing stories to tell. And, you can probably relate to the stories I’m about to share!

I hope you can get a few laughs out of these, and of course, feel free to share your own embarrassing dog stories in the comments. At least we can all laugh about them after the fact!

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