10 Ways to Keep Your Dog From Getting Bored

Keep Your Dog From Getting Bored With Some Tips and Tricks

As humans, we know exactly what it’s like to feel that awful, bored out of our minds, just want to get up and go feeling. But did you know that our beloved dogs also experience that very same feeling?   It’s true. Often times, when someone tells me their dog is destructive, and they are at a loss with what to do and how to do it, the main reason seems to stem from their dog simply being… bored!   Not to worry, I have 10 ways to keep your dog from getting bored, and in turn becoming destructive. So … Continue reading

August Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

Photo Contest Winner on 4Knines for August 2015

Here are the photos of our August Photo Contest winners!  These pups’ families each won a $50 Amazon Gift Card and so can you… Just upload a picture of your dog with your 4Knines product here now: https://4knines.wishpond.com/photo-contest/                             We pick new winners EVERY month! So, upload a picture of your dog with your 4Knines product for a chance to win now: https://4knines.wishpond.com/photo-contest/ Don’t have a 4Knines Seat Cover yet?? Check out all of our products here: http://4knines.com/collections/all

10 Ordinary Food Items You Should NEVER Give Your Dog

Food That Is Fatal to Dogs

When a dog drinks antifreeze or eats its owner’s sleeping pills, birth control pills, psychotropic drugs, it is a serious affair. But it can be just as serious if your dog eats some of our food. Check out the list to ensure that your ignorance doesn’t end up harming your sweet dog. There is a difference between dogs and humans. What is part of healthy nutrition for humans, can be fatal to dogs. That may surprise many dog ​​owners that their dog can’t tolerate everything humans can, but unfortunately that is the truth. Because of this you have to make sure … Continue reading

5 Reasons Your Dog Needs to Get in Shape Now

5 Reasons Your Dog Needs to Get in Shape Now

When I worked at the vet hospital, many of my patients were overweight or obese. As a matter of fact, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention discovered that 52.7% of U.S. dogs are overweight or obese as of 2014. There is a lot of speculation surrounding the reasons why pet obesity is so prevalent. In my experience, many pet parents find it difficult to understand the severity of seemingly small weight gain. Specifically, if a dog is supposed to weigh 18 pounds and they actually weigh 20 pounds, this might not seem like a big deal. However, this dog has … Continue reading

5 Reasons Senior Dogs Rock & Ways to Keep Them Comfortable as They Age

Senior Dogs and the Benefits of Having One

Dogs are considered to be seniors when they reach the last 25-30% of their lives. Life expectancy varies by size, but the average age of seniors is 7-8 and up. Senior dogs in shelters are more difficult to adopt out, but there are many reasons that seniors make wonderful pets. 1. Their Exercise Needs Are Reduced Seniors still need exercise, but if you are not feeling well or just feeling lazy, your senior dog probably won’t act out if they don’t get their daily walk, run, or game of fetch. Walks can be shorter and more relaxing, and there is … Continue reading

August Charity Spotlight on Dogs for Heroes

August Charity Spotlight on Dogs for Heroes

The mission of Dogs for Heroes is to rescue pit bulls and train them as companion and service dogs for honorably discharged veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). As a combat veteran himself, Andrew P. Hoskins, the founder of Dogs for Heroes, understands the effects of PTSD on everyday life and relationships with family and friends. Andrew and the volunteers at Dogs for Heroes consider it an honor to help “Save Veterans, One Pit at a Time.” Based in Illinois with chapters across the country, Dogs for Heroes partners with rescues to identify specific … Continue reading

Are Anxiety and Control the Same Thing When It Comes to Your Dog?

Control Behaviors and Anxiety Problems With Your Pet Canine

I am sometimes flabbergasted by people who don’t realize that dogs freeze in winter. Dogs need a warm place to sleep and some of them even do need clothes, even the big ones like dobermans and such, whose hair is so short that doesn’t keep them warm at all. And yet we all are fully aware of cold. Some of us just think that dogs are fine with cold, since they don’t find them frozen to death in the morning. I shouldn’t be surprised then that we don’t see in dogs the same patterns that we can’t even spot in … Continue reading

Communication Fundamentals: How to Talk to Your Dog So That They Listen

Communication With Your Pet Dogs and How to Properly Do It: Hand Signs and Words

Many of us enjoy talking to our dogs, but long winded conversational approaches to training are seldom effective. Your dog doesn’t understand when you lovingly tell it ‘Now Rover, you know mommy doesn’t like it when you eat Fluff’s cat food.’ When you are training your dog, you can use your voice with your dog as a tool for communication but please be brief. ‘Leave It’ might be a better cue for the above scenario. It is best to speak in a neutral tone of voice when giving your dog a cue, say things clearly, use as few words as possible, … Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Dog For the New Baby

How to Prepare Your Dog For the New Baby

So you’re going to have a baby! You just received this exciting news, and now you’re venturing into major ‘mom mode.’ You find yourself grinding your brain to figure out exactly how much you have to prepare for, and what the next steps will be in your life. It was so simple… you, your husband/boyfriend, your house, your job and of course, your beloved dog. Things are about to go up a notch, as you introduce a beautiful new baby into your world. But of all the things you need to prepare for how do you prepare your dog for the … Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Dog For a Vet Visit

Vet Visit That is Hassle Free

Does going to the vet make you nervous? I think there is nothing more frightening than rushing your pet to a vet for an emergency. It can also be scary when taking your pet for a planned appointment when you suspect there is something wrong. Since our pets cannot tell us what is ailing them, we need to be their eyes and ears. It’s important to gather the right information when you suspect there is an injury, illness, or behavior change. There are steps that we can take as pet parents to prepare for a vet visit whether it is an … Continue reading