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We’re an ASPCA Business Ambassador!

We are very proud to announce that our PawZaar store is now an ASPCA Business Ambassador! PawZaar is proud to support the ASPCA® and its mission to save lives. As you know, PawZaar helps support the…



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Win our newest Aromatherapy Car Vent Diffuser!

Mention a car ride and your dog’s tail starts wagging. The car is the place for the two of you to set out on an adventure, make lifelong memories and enjoy each other’s company. And you…



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9 Adorable Little Girl Spring Dresses Under $25

9 Little Girl Spring Dresses Under $  25
1. Floral Sweatshirt Dress ($ 17.99)  |  2. Organic Cotton Navy Floral Print Dress ($ 7.99)  |  3. Patterned Cotton Dress ($ 12.99)  |  4. Powder Pink Bell Sleeve Dress ($ 17.99)   |  5. Olive Floral Cami Dress ($ 22.99)  |  6. Floral-Print 3/4-Sleeve Swing Dress ($ 24.00)  |  7. Ivory and Navy Striped Dress ($ 22.50)  |  8. Grey and Black Animal Dress ($ 12.99)   |  9. Blue Butterfly Dress ($ 17.99)

I was always fairly confident that no one could possibly get more excited than I do to see spring dresses hit the racks each February – until Essley turned 4, became obsessed with clothing, and decided that spring dresses are a magical gift from the universe. Between the two of us, the enthusiasm is over the top (and borderline annoying to those around us, I’m sure). The other day we had a fun window shopping session for some new dresses for her for the upcoming season, and I decided to share our favorites with you. I think number eight is my favorite, and Essley says she especially loves number four. They’re all pretty great though, and the fact that they’re all incredibly affordable is a major bonus. I wish some of them were available in my size too.

As Essley yelled, loudly, in a store the other day: “Bring it on, spring. We’re ready for cute dresses!” Truth.

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Springtime Florals on My Mind

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I know, I know. We have over a month before the first day of spring. (And let’s face it, here in Chicago it doesn’t feel like spring until the end of April, and then boom, it’s summer.) But my eye is on the prize friends. I don’t do very many of these “inspiration” posts these days, but I’m so over winter and so ready for flowers and green trees and birds singing and every springtime stereotype that that I felt almost a duty to post some freaking flowers today. Plus all the flowers that have been everywhere because of Valentine’s Day have me seriously jonesing to frolic in some springtime gardens and stuff, man. I have a feeling some of you are probably on the same page in terms of longing for spring, so hopefully this will tide you over for a few more weeks.

(I should also confess that I’m going to northern California next week, where it’s apparently already very much spring, so I feel like I don’t even really have a right to complain. But for now, today, where I stand, I need a little spring inspiration regardless.)

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Los Angeles Dodgers to Host Pups at the Park

The calendar may show that we are still in the midst of the freezing season, but the thought that the boys of summer will soon step up to the plate both literally and figuratively to help dogs and…



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Dog Fancy Magazine Features Kevin Behan, Neil Sattin and Natural Dog Training

I always look forward to opening up the mailbox. Sure, email is great – but there’s something magical and mysterious about having physical, tangible items delivered to you from somewhere beyond. The other day was no exception, as I happened to receive the latest issue of Dog Fancy magazine (November 2011). And in the “Natural Dog” section is a feature on Natural Dog Training, including interviews with me and Kevin Behan, along with a couple people who have had some very positive experiences with NDT. (Cliff Abrams and Sang Koh).

The article is entitled “Push Away Stress” – and I think it does a great job of zeroing in on one of the central principles in how we interact with our dogs – that the key to establishing a rock-solid connection with your dog is to recognize that life for your dog, especially in a human world, creates stress. Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to give your dog ways to relax that tap into their innate mechanisms for releasing stress. By doing so, you are teaching your dog that no matter how the world makes them feel, you are uniquely capable of helping them get through it.

Neil Sattin Heeling With His Dog Nola

This might all sound a little mumbo-jumbo-y, but I’ve seen it now time and time again, how tapping into your dog’s primal circuitry changes things for the better. My DVD set (and this website, and Kevin’s books, and Lee Charles Kelley’s articles, and…) gives plenty of examples of how once you’re plugged in with your dog you can turn that relationship into enthusiastic “obedience.”

Note that the reason that I put the word “obedience” in quotes is because the concept becomes almost moot. Your dog doesn’t “obey” you – because there’s no need. What happens is that you learn how to communicate with your dog in a language that they understand. So your dog listens, and responds.

Not because they are suddenly blindly obeying you, or because you’ve become the “authority” in their lives – but because they care what you have to say. It makes sense to them. Even more, it FEELS good to act in harmony with your desires. Because now you both want the same thing.

Neil Sattin and His Dog Nola Sit-Stay

If reading the Dog Fancy article is your introduction to Natural Dog Training, welcome! I’m sure you’re intrigued to know what “pushing” is all about – as the technique was essentially the focus of the article, without any detailed instruction on how to actually do it! As you might expect, I do explain thoroughly how to do it on my DVDs – but I also provide written instruction here on my website on How to Push with Your Dog (and the follow-up – Why to Push with Your Dog).

Thank you to Dog Fancy magazine (and writer Susan Chaney) for an open-minded article about what we do. And thanks, once again, to all of you. It’s your attention, questions, and feedback (yes, keep sending emails with your stories of your success!) that help remind me why I’m doing this in the first place.

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Hi Jim, I am reading your book, The Found Dogs. I …

Hi Jim,
I am reading your book, The Found Dogs. I love the book. As I was reading about each dog, I saw that several have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, it's sad, but it is happy that they were loved and got the chance to know real love. But I was wondering just how many of them are still living today besides Uba. I was so thrilled when Dogs Deserve Better got the Vick property and turned it into a Haven for chained and abused dogs. I personally know the TN representative of DDb and was happy when a TN dog was the first to move in at the headquarters. It's now a happy loving place for dogs. Barbara
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