6 Amazing Health Benefits Pumpkin Has on Pets

Pumpkin With a Beautiful Golden Labrador Retriever

Fall is my favorite season and October is my favorite month. There are so many fun and festive activities that occur this time of year, but when I think about fall my mind directly goes to pumpkin lattes. But, let’s not leave Fido out of the picture! Rumor at the dog park is that pumpkin and canned pumpkin (not pie filling) is a wonder food. We know it’s great for humans, but what are the health benefits for dogs and cats when given in small doses? Diarrhea | Constipation Pumpkin offers a solution to both! Canned pumpkin is actually pumpkin in … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Playing With Your Dog Is So Important!

Playing With Your Dog and Enjoy the Benefits

Do you play with your dogs? I ask my clients this question quite frequently. Sadly, the reply is rarely as satisfactory as I hope: “We leave him with lots of toys to play with!,” or “Oh we let him out in the yard to run around!,” and “Well, he plays with our other dog all the time!” In all of these scenarios, the owner is hardly involved and the dog is left to create his own entertainment. What I mean by play, however, is purposeful, structured play wherein you and your dog are engaged in a mutual activity that requires exertion from … Continue reading

September Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

Photo Contest Winner on 4Knines for September 2015

Check out the photos of our September Photo Contest winners Remi and Otis!  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  

September Spotlight on Dogs on Deployment

September Spotlight Dogs on Deployment

The Marine Corps has a motto “Semper Fidelis” which means “Always Faithful” – to the Corps, to one another, to country. The word faithful (or loyal) also brings another image to mind…a dog. Dogs are known for the loyalty and unconditional love they bestow upon the humans who welcome them into their lives. Shawn and Alisa Johnson are a dual-military family who wanted to reciprocate their dog’s loyalty when they were called to serve at the same time in different parts of the world – Alisa in Virginia for six months and Shawn overseas. Alisa desperately wanted to have JD, … Continue reading

How to Get Your Puppy to Stop Chewing and Biting

Chewing and Biting Habits of Dogs? How to Make Them Stop…

Your puppy will eventually grow out of it with proper guidance (meaning redirection and offering alternatives) but not soon enough to avoid destroying some of your things – and if you don’t show him what you want him to do, then he will continue to chew and bite in a way that makes sense to him – which is basically to put his teeth on everything. He has to chew because as a puppy, he explores and learns about the world by putting things in his mouth. He also chews because it gives him something to do as a means … Continue reading

What Causes a Dog to Pant?

Pant Issues on Dogs

Dogs can be complex creatures at times. Specifically, their basic behavior and mannerisms can have multiple meanings. Panting is one of those behaviors. Many people think that panting is a singular behavior with a single cause, but there is much more to it than that. Panting can be caused by the following: 1. Cooling Down Because dogs don’t sweat as humans do (except some sweating through their paws) they cool themselves by panting. When a dog is hot, panting circulates the necessary oxygen so that your dog can cool down. If you see your dog panting, it is important to … Continue reading

6 Important Questions About Dogs in Cars That Could Save Your Dog’s Life

Dogs in Cars and How to Keep Your Pet Dog Safe

My dog Clovis and I love going hiking together, so we’ve spent a lot of time in the car. But as a responsible, loving dog-owner I exercise extreme caution when he’s in there, carefully planning my itinerary to avoid unnecessary stops, and forgoing certain luxuries like stopping for meals. The inconvenience to me of not being able to leave him in the car is still less than the dissatisfaction that we’d both feel if I always just left him at home. After all, I didn’t get a dog so he could just sit at home waiting for me, I got … Continue reading

A Special Look at the Watts Project Street Rescue

Watts Project Street Rescue: RESCUE, FOSTER, NETWORK and FEED homeless dogs

Amanda Casarez was born and raised in the streets of South Central Los Angeles in the Watts Community. Her love and passion for animals stems from early childhood. At the age of 5 years old, she began feeding and rescuing homeless animals in her neighborhood. In 2001, she decided to become a devoted volunteer and rescuer through local shelters and many well known organizations. Currently, Amanda holds the role as the Intervention Program Manager at the South Los Angeles City Shelter and founder of Watts Project Street Rescue. She has dedicated her life rescuing, educating, & helping the community with … Continue reading

Can Rescue Remedy Help Calm Your Dogs?

Rescue Remedy to Help With Your Dog Behavior

Years ago, I worked at a health food store and it seemed to me the whole staff was crazy about Bach’s Rescue Remedy. I on the other hand refrained from using this wonder spray as it contained alcohol, which I do not consume. I will say that was one happy group of people to work with. Now, many years later, I hear that people are using Rescue Remedy for calming dogs. Naturally, because of the health aspects, the topic has gained my interest. There are ways of calming a dog during periods of stress; however, I understand that most people … Continue reading

The Benefits of Trick Training Your Dog

Trick Training With Your Canine Friend

Teaching your dog tricks can be a really cute way to show off at a party, but there are many benefits that can help with everyday life. Independent Thinkers Most owners love when their dogs sit in front of them and give them eye contact. Focus is a wonderful skill to have, but when you have an independent thinker (or a dog that thinks outside of the box), the possibilities of what you can train your dog are endless. An independent thinker can problem solve faster and not get as frustrated. Many of these tricks can be very helpful. Some … Continue reading