What Not to Do While Dog Training!

Dog Training Tips : The Worst Dog Training Advise You Can Get

You have probably seen over a thousand articles on dog training. Everything from “How To’s” to “5 tips on…” and you get the idea.   I am in several different pet related Facebook groups in which I both take part in on a daily basis, as well as admin a few of them. In doing so, I often see some of the silliest advice when it comes to dog training. Not even just silly advice, but some of the worst advice I have ever heard. So today, rather than give you advice on training, I thought it could be interesting … Continue reading

Car Rides With Your Pup Don’t Have to Be So Ruff

Car Rides and Traveling With Your Pet Dogs: How to Make It Easy…

In our most recent blog, we discussed ways you can keep you and your dog safe while you are on the road. Since then, some of our readers have asked us for some advice on how they can help their pups become more comfortable with and enjoy their car rides.   While every dog is unique and handles traveling differently, we have a few tips and tricks that might help make traveling a little more comfortable for you and your pup. 1. Make it Fun Making your dog comfortable with car rides all starts when they are young. Of course … Continue reading

How to Be an Earth-Friendly Pet Parent

Earth-Friendly Pet Parent for You, the Environment and Your Pet Dog’s Health

You may be recycling and composting to help save the planet, but did you know that you can help your pet reduce his carbon footprint, too? It’s true. Becoming an eco-friendly pet parent means you care about your pet’s impact on the environment. You not only buy organic produce and meat from sustainable, local farms, but you choose eco-friendly pet products and holistic, natural alternatives to chemicals and additives. If going green has always been your dream, today we’re going to show you how to be an earth-friendly pet parent the easy way. What Does Eco-Friendly Have to Do With … Continue reading

How Your Dog Can Benefit From Antioxidants

Antioxidants and the Benefits It Gives to Your Dog’s Health

You probably hear the word antioxidants every day, but do you know what they actually are and how they can benefit your dog? Antioxidants are substances that work in the body to reduce cellular oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical process that occurs within the body’s cells, releasing free radicals and peroxides. Free radicals are also generated when the body is exposed to environmental pollutants such as smoke or air pollution and harmful chemicals such as insecticides and pesticides. These cellular by-products are potentially toxic to cells and can overwhelm the body’s natural immune system. As a natural defense, the body … Continue reading

How to Find and Hire a Pet Care Professional

Pet Care Professional Wanted? Here’s What to Consider…

Recently I took the decision to leave a job in retail to become a self-employed Dog Walker and Pet Sitter. I love the idea of spending the day walking and providing care for a variety of different pets and I feel privileged that people trust me with their pets’ welfare whilst they are away on holiday or at work.   More and more people are choosing to opt for this type of care for their pets when they go away for a variety of reasons. Firstly, ALL pets are different. What one animal likes, another may hate and this is one … Continue reading

Finding the Right Dog Trainer for You and Your Pup

Dog Trainer: How to Find the Right Dog Trainer to Help You…

When you start looking for a trainer for your dog, it can be confusing on who to choose. Because dog trainers are not required to obtain a license in the United States, there are no set standards. The education, experience and skill of trainers can fluctuate greatly.   To try to address some of this problem, different training certifications have been developed. However, the “certification” programs can differ significantly. Some trainers are “certified” by schools where they learn to dog train. Other trainers are “certified” through private certifying programs that are not affiliated with any particular school. However, there are … Continue reading

Fun Summer Activities for You and Your Pooch

Summer Activities for Your Pet Dog: Hiking, Swimming With Sweet Treats

Summer is here and that means it is finally time to get outside! With the warm weather and long days, there are so many fun activities just waiting for you and your pup. Recently, we have been discussing traveling with your dog. We have covered everything from what to bring on a road trip to what are the best dog-friendly hotels, but what kind of trips might you take with your pup? The possibilities are endless! There are so many different places to explore and things to do, it would be impossible to include them all in a few short paragraphs. … Continue reading

A Dog’s Nose Knows What a Dog’s Nose Knows!

Dog’s Nose and What It Can Do…

The nose of a dog is nothing less than remarkable. Dogs see the whole world with their noses. They explore with it, they find things with it, they can sniff out just about anything with it!   For certain dog breeds, their whole lives revolve around their noses – for instance, police dogs who have been trained to sniff out narcotics and/or weapons have extremely important jobs with their nose. Even for our pet dogs, their nose is their world. When I see my huskies sniffing around the house or the yard, I often wonder exactly what smells they are … Continue reading

Why You Should Never Purchase a Pet… Except From a Shelter

Purchase a Pet Dog? What to Consider…

Although it hasn’t been much of a hot topic as of late, it wasn’t that long ago that headlines and gruesome images emanating from “puppy mill” conditions were flooding the airwaves. Situations where multiple cages were stacked on top of one another, females confined to do nothing more than reproduce, these disgusting environments were deplorable at best. It just doesn’t make sense that while over two million puppies are being sold through these breeders, an estimated three million dogs are being euthanized in shelters around our country. I have been an animal lover for as long as I can remember, … Continue reading

Walking Your Puppy 101: How to Start Your Puppy Off On the Right Foot

Puppy 101: Training Your Puppy to Have Good Behavior While Walking

Do you have a new four-legged best friend living with you? Or are you considering adding an adorable puppy to your family’s life?   As fun and exciting as adopting a puppy can be, training them correctly is not an easy task. But with a little help, you can learn how to start your puppy off on the right foot—well, technically feet, since they have four paws. Trust us, the hard work you put in at the beginning will be well worth the reward of a happy and well-trained pup for life. Practice Leading & Handling the Leash Properly   New … Continue reading