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Hello, Loop readers!

Have you ever thought your dog might make a great therapy dog? If so, we'd love to meet you and your mutt, and potentially invite you to join the Miracle Mutts Tehachapi Crew! As dedicated advocates,...

 

Phasing out food rewards in dog training

B.T. writes, "I'm trying to train my dog to do basic commands like sit and lay down, and at first he was doing great. But now, no matter how many cookies I give him, he seems distracted and won't...

 

Aggressive behavior

L.J. from Stallion Springs, writes, "What are some signs of aggression in dogs? How can I diagnose my dog's behavior as aggressive?" Dear L.J., Thanks for your question! First, a disclaimer: While I...

 

Help with personal space

Nina R. of Tehachapi writes, "My dog Jackson, a Jack Russell terrier mix, follows me everywhere; he might as well be my shadow. He can't even be in the backyard by himself without scratching on the...

 
 By Liz R. Kover    Community    May 27, 2017

Ask a trainer!

M.B. writes, “My dog constantly wants to lick my hands and face! I don’t mind some kisses, but once she starts licking, she doesn’t know when to stop. Correcting her only seems to make it...

 
 By Liz R. Kover    Community    May 13, 2017

It's a Dog's Life

Alexander the Great said, "I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well." While undoubtedly he was referring to a human father and his biological progeny, and/or he meant f...

 

Fitness, the 'frisky' way

Do most of us look back at our experiences in middle school PE with fondness and pride? Or do we cringe, remembering all-too-painfully the emotional torture of being picked last for a team; or...

 

Why it's important to keep your dog guessing

Dogs thrive when their lives include a balance of predictability and spontaneity. I believe the same is true for us humans, which is reason #4,325 why we and dogs make great life partners. If your...

 

An update on Fred

First of all, I can hardly deal with how precious Fred's face is in this picture; the sweetness is almost too much to bear. Even better is what the image represents, which is a relaxed, calm, and...

 

'The Jolly Routine'

"The Jolly Routine" is a term coined by the renowned canine behaviorist William Campbell. It means a pet parent "acts" relaxed and happy, even in moments they may feel otherwise, as a way of...

 

We give thanks

• To the supporters, both locally and worldwide, who literally keep us going every day. With financial gifts and morale-boosting messages of appreciation and encouragement, you all keep us moving fo...

 

Making miracles

As most regular readers of our column know, I am the director of Marley's Mutts' community outreach, education, and therapy dog certification program, also known as "Miracle Mutts". Zach and I...

 

Students PLEDG(e) to Make a Difference

Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue has an extended community of impassioned supporters that spans the globe. Affectionately branded "The Mutt Militia", this group is nearly a million strong, its members'...

 

Program Updates

The " Miracle Mutts" program – Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue's Outreach, Education, and Therapy Dog Certification endeavor – continues to spread joy across Kern County, reaching ever-farther into the...

 

What can we learn from Hooch?

Mutt Fans, put your hands and paws together for little Miss Vivi, who has just surpassed fifty hours of community service, and earned her Therapy Dog certification! This sweet girl was found...

 

Frisky fitness

When a kid hears a parent say, "Walk the dog", I imagine he sees a looming item on a dreaded to-do list; it just sounds like a chore. To the contrary, when kids learn young, the intrinsic value of...

 

Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue Ranch

As a dedicated group of animal rescuers, trainers, and community educators, we at Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue hold fast to a vision...that someday, very soon, our organization will have a "forever...

 

Reflecting on the last two years

As we approach the end of another fruitful year at Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue, I’m moved to reflect upon how far we’ve come in the last two years, and the bright, potential-paved road that lies...

 

Partners for life

The benefits of canine intervention in so many activities with children are well-documented. Dogs in library programs motivate kids to open up and read aloud, lending soft, nonjudgmental ears; service...

 

Miracle Mutts

Miracle Mutts is Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue's Outreach and Education division, and involves the community at many levels. First of all, we offer dogs with the right temperament -- who are able to pass...

 

Barks & Books

Greetings, Mutt Fans! In this month's article, I get to make a very special announcement, geared especially to Marley's Mutts' oldest and dearest friends and supporters in Tehachapi and Bear Valley....

 

Fred-Courage Rogers

Fred is the beautiful yellow lab I raised and trained to be a service dog two years ago through Good Dog Autism Companions, while simultaneously working as Animal Assisted Activities director for...

 
 By Liz R. Kover    Community    May 23, 2015

Life skills class the Mission at Kern County

You know how when you're on a long, intense hike up a steep incline, and your focus is solely on reaching the summit – then, when you finally get there, you have a breathtaking vantage point from...

 

Dear Fed-Up-With- Things-Being-Chewed-Up

Not many things are more frustrating than finding your favorite pair of shoes or expensive headphones shredded to a pulp. But it's important to face the issue calmly and objectively, which you can do...

 

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