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Celeste Patten on January 6th, 2017

I don’t know about you, but when I get dressed in the morning I think about how my clothes look AND function. I know we all have that sweater that lives in the closet; we love the way it looks, but never wear it because we don’t like how it feels. Too itchy, too small, too […]

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Celeste Patten on September 3rd, 2016

Downtown is a great place to take dogs there is a lot to see and smell and lots of ways to practice or if you are a pup learn how to deal with it all.  It can be overwhelming though so with little pups  or anxious adults take care to go slow and start with […]

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Celeste Patten on August 1st, 2016

One of my favorite places to walk in Bellingham is the Columbia Neighborhood, and I always start and end at Elizabeth Park.  This park was founded in 1884 by Henry Roeder, and is amazing for many reasons.  Did you know it used to have a man made lake?  Most of all, I love it for […]

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Celeste Patten on August 1st, 2016

The thing about dog training is that sometimes it’s you and your dog in a room, learning to spin or some other discrete behavior; you have everything you need and all the time to work out the plan and make adjustments. Other times, it’s you and your dog taking what the world hands you. You […]

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Celeste Patten on July 5th, 2016

Bellingham dog owners are blessed with many ways to incorporate their furry friends into their outdoor lifestyles. Local coffee shops and brew pubs welcome dogs onto their patios, and stores like Village Books make shopping together easy. It feels like every new client’s ultimate goal is to take their dogs to Starbucks or Kulshan — […]

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Celeste Patten on July 5th, 2016

When seeking relief from hot pavement and the beating sun, a shady stroll through Cornwall Park can be just the ticket. It is also one of the best places to work on your puppy training. In 1909 the Cornwall family donated 65 acres of land to the city for a park to memorialize Pierre Barlow […]

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Celeste Patten on June 2nd, 2016

A reliable recall is one of the most requested behaviors in my private lessons.  I agree that it is important and can even be lifesaving.  I find recall training is based on two things:  A solid reinforcement history, and good relationship building.  A solid history of reinforcement is established over time.  Lots of time.  Don’t […]

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Celeste Patten on July 25th, 2015

Dealing with the puppy or dog in front of you, not a fiction you make up, is very important. My new blog post is about the risk we run when we deny our dog or puppy the right to be who they are and love them anyway. In the course of a day I get […]

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Celeste Patten on April 27th, 2015

The Squalicum Creek Park: The dog park construction is complete Having watched this construction project for a long time, I was excited to check it out.  So I loaded up the new fluffy puppy and checked it out.  Here is my review. Upon our arrival I was impressed to see the large parking lot.  This is nice […]

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