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This Hotline Gives You Access to Dog Whisperers

We are serious dog lovers, and considering almost half of all U.S. households own pets, we’re betting you adore them, too. But for all their adorable qualities, dogs have a knack for ruining your favorite stuff and acting out in pretty strange ways. It’s time to put an end to the bad behavior and the dog shaming Facebook posts that follow — there’s finally a dog whisperer you can call any day.


The American Kennel Club’s new GoodDog Helpline is a magical toll free number that immediately puts you in touch with an expert trainer. Pay a one-time fee of $80 and you have access to a staff of dog experts every day of the week.

The service is awesome for anyone, but especially pet owners in transition. Did you just get a second pet? The trainers can walk you through tips to help them get along. Say you just got a puppy. Well, we promise that $80 fee won’t sound so steep compared to the endless amount of rugs your pup could potentially pee on and sofas he might gnaw through. So go ahead, make the investment and watch the magic happen.

PureWow gave the service a try and found the staff to be helpful with everything from lunging at other dogs to excessive licking. The trainers provide tips and tricks for almost any type of issue you might see in your pup. Some require work from your pet, like training them to trade your brand new flats for their actual chew toy. Others just require a little effort on your part, like locking the trash away so the dog won’t be tempted. Try the service and you just may discover your pup no longer begs at the table for those juicy burgers.

Have your dogs ever behaved badly? Would a service like the GoodDog Helpline improve their behavior? Share how you went from “bad dog” to “gooood dog” below!

(h/t PureWow)

Hannah Schmitt
Hannah is the managing editor at MetroFamily Magazine in Oklahoma City but her favorite jobs are the ones done at home: loving on her husband and dog, sprucing up the house and entertaining family and friends.

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*