There is so much we thought we knew years and years ago about our 4 legged companions.   Over the years, so much has changed as we have learned more and more about them as time goes by. And I believe we still have much to learn. While some things still ring true today, there are many which are now considered myths. That being said, some people still swear by them. So, what is true and what is not? How are we suppose to know what is a myth and what is fiction? Lets take today and learn 5 myths about … Continue reading

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In some instances, you can walk in and walk out of an establishment with a new fuzzy family member the same day. However, other times you may experience a long process in order to adopt an animal.   No matter which route you choose, there’s usually a bit of paperwork involved so that shelters, organizations, and breeders aren’t just handing an animal to anyone who wants one — though that’s not the case in every situation. If you do encounter an adoption situation that requires a lengthy process, don’t get frustrated or discouraged. What you should know about the lengthy … Continue reading

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Bringing home a new dog or puppy can be just as exciting as it can be overwhelming.   As a pet parent, you are responsible for not only your new best friend’s physical health but for their behavioral health as well. As pet owners, we want to prevent as many unwanted behaviors as we can. Food aggression is one of those (all too common) unwanted behaviors. Food aggression is rooted in the idea that your approach is something to be feared. Sometimes this fear is genetic and therefore very difficult to prevent. However, food aggression is more frequently a learned behavior. There … Continue reading

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There are a few variations in the definition of stubborn but this is the most concise “difficult to move, remove, or cure.”   When a client tells me their dog is “stubborn”, it always leads me into asking MANY more questions. I will ask about the situations, I will ask about past experiences, I will ask them how they respond to the “stubborn” behavior and I will ask about their dog’s body language. When I ask these questions, I want as much detail as possible. Because dogs do not use verbal language (the language that most humans understand), I really … Continue reading

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Time This is the first of 2 resources that are rarely talked about when we refer to a dog’s resources. I think it’s fair to say we may hear a term like “resource guarding” and we know it refers to a dog’s toys or food, but how do we control a dog’s time? The obvious answer is keeping track of how long each activity lasts. We can control time by how long their training sessions are, how long the walks are, and how long they get to eat. Even though dogs are always in the present state of mind, we still … Continue reading

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Is my dog fat? Nobody wants to admit it but over half of us have an overweight pet!   The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) recently released their 2016 clinical survey survey where a whopping 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the U.S. were classified as overweight (Body Condition Score of 4) or obese (BCS 5) by their veterinary healthcare professional. This equals an estimated 41.9 million dogs and 50.5 million cats that are too heavy. Not only are the shear numbers staggering but these numbers continue to rise each year. Yikes! Obesity in our pets is … Continue reading

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Summer time again! And it’s scorching out there, but your dog has energy.   Here are some fun ideas to help keep your dog cool: Dog Beaches If you live in a community where there’s water, hopefully there’s a designated dog beach access. If so, it’s the perfect place to bring Fido for a cool down in the heat of summer. It’s also a great place to let them run off some steam without overheating! Cool treats Making your dog some frozen treats is a fun way to help them cool down. And it’s easy! Simply mix some of their favorite … Continue reading

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You have two options. Before you consider your options, first observe the dog and handler. Ask yourself if the dog and handler look like they are on a mission.   Take note of any special equipment the dog may be wearing. Is the dog wearing a vest that states “do not pet” or “adopt me?” Is the dog muzzled or wearing a collar or leash saying “no dogs?” After you have made your observations, you can either ignore the dog or engage with the owner. If the dog is a service dog, ignoring it is the best thing to do. … Continue reading

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Wow!! It’s getting hot out there! Fun in the sun, swimming, outdoor activities… summer can be great! But, how hot is too hot when it comes to your dog? Check out these 10 tips to help your dog beat the heat! 1. Frozen treats! Dogs are very much like us humans when it comes to a cool treat on a hot day! 2. Shade is your best friend. Whether you’re in the comfort of your own home, or out on a walk with your pooch. Find some shade and take a break from the sun. 3. Air conditioning! I couldn’t make it through … Continue reading

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A dog with a high energy level can be a challenge to deal with on a daily basis. Depending on the breed, certain dogs require more mental and physical exercise. Otherwise, their pent up energy may lead to destructiveness, nervousness, separation anxiety, and aggressive tendencies.   Not only is it important to drain your dog’s energy physically, it is also important to drain your dog mentally. Below are five solutions for satisfying your dog’s mental and physical needs: A Calm Dog Walk First and foremost, frequent dog walks are very important, between 20 to 45 minutes a day, multiple times … Continue reading

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