Paws Look Listen

Mark Heyne/WVXU

Your holiday celebrations may have been merrier this season if you added a furry family member. But your gift may also bring some added grief. A new dog or puppy needs time to adjust to a new home, family and other pets. There can be accidents, aggression and plenty of anxiety to go around. It may be time to call in an expert.


Ohio is America's second largest puppy mill state according to the Humane Society of the United States. These large-scale breeding facilities are considered by the Humane Society to put profit above animal welfare, housing dogs in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions, and breeding females with little recovery time.

Mark Heyne

National Train Your Dog Month was started six years ago. Since so many dogs and puppies find new homes during the holidays, January is a good time to start their socialization and training. So how do you teach Fido not to bark at the mailman, chase squirrels and beg for food at the dinner table, and be friendly with your other pets?