How Cold Is Too Cold for Your Dog?

How Cold Is Too Cold for Your Dog?

Winter Is Coming! How many times have you seen that phrase this month? But it’s true! Winter is on its way and oh boy has it been getting chilly at night! We all know it is key to give our dogs plenty of exercise, walks, play time etc… but the cold, snowy, winter months can prove difficult to maintain usual routines. While some dogs absolutely love the cold, their humans may not feel the same. Or maybe the humans don’t mind, but their dogs make it quite obvious that the snowy weather is just not their cup of tea. So today, … Continue reading

September Charity Spotlight on Canine Assistants

Training Great Dogs to Help Special People The volunteers at Canine Assistants have been working since 1991 to improve the lives of children and adults with physical disabilities, seizure conditions, or other special needs. Founded by Jennifer Arnold, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as a teenager, this non-profit organization trains and provides service dogs, seizure response dogs, and companion dogs to eligible applicants living in the Atlanta area. Because Jennifer fully understands the challenges of living with a life-changing diagnosis, she is inspired to provide others with the gift of unconditional love and acceptance offered by specially trained service dogs. … Continue reading

5 Benefits to Owning a Dog You Should Be Thankful For

5 Benefits to Owning a Dog You Should Be Thankful For

The Thanksgiving season is upon us once again. So what better time to be thankful for your dog. Here Are 5 Benefits to Owning a Dog: 5) Dogs Lower the Risk of Home Invasion Any would-be thief is way more likely to break into a house with no dog. So whether you have a big, intimidating rottweiler or a cuddly little Shih-Tzu, dogs make noise. They bark at intruders and that attracts attention. Attention to a home invader is a huge obstacle. So for that reason, a lot of thief’s will take the path of least resistance… a house with no dog. … Continue reading

September 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

September 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

Here are the September 2017 Photo Contest winners! Here are the September 2017 winners of our 4Knines Photo Contest. Each of these pup’s families 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

How to Help Your Barking Dog!

How to Help Your Barking Dog!

At agility trials, dogs bark A LOT! During one trial I observed and I overheard how some of the trainers attempted to stop the barking. Some trainers ignored the behavior, some yelled while others talked quietly to their dogs while they were barking. I overheard trainers saying that they used a can of pennies, citronella collars and shock collars to stop the barking. These are trainers who profess to be positive reinforcement trainers. The thing I never heard any of the trainers say and never saw anyone do was to find out why the dog was barking. All the training … Continue reading

Wellness Care for Aging Dogs: Breaking Down Alternative Therapies

Wellness Care for Aging Dogs: Breaking Down Alternative Therapies

Aging well isn’t just a human problem. With proper care and attention, many older pets can stay vigorous and energetic, aging gracefully well into their senior years. Regular adjustments to key lifestyle factors, like diet, nutrition, activity and exercise levels can make a big difference to your pet’s health and wellness throughout the golden years. By keeping your dog healthy and properly addressing age-related health problems as they arise, you boost your dog’s psychological well being too, avoiding depression that often comes with poorly managed health problems. Since dogs are individuals with their own unique challenges, histories and genetics, no wellness plan … Continue reading

What Makes a City or Town Pet-Friendly?

What Makes a City or Town Pet-Friendly?

Hometowns can be a very sacred thing. People love to safeguard where they are from and represent their community in a variety of ways. When people are looking for a new town to call home, often they are looking at a variety of factors: price, average income of the area, school systems, commutability, etc. But one of the best perks of a hometown can be how dog-friendly it is! What exactly makes a city or hometown pet-friendly? Each year, publications around the nation compile lists of the most pet-friendly cities in America. But each list uses a menagerie of factors … Continue reading

Not All Dog Toys Are Alike…

Not All Dog Toys Are Alike...

Why do we buy toys for our dogs? Is it really for them or do the companies really market to the pet parents to sell ‘cute’ toys? Maybe a little of both? A lot of toys in the stores sell dog toys that aren’t cheap but most don’t last very long once you get it home. Take time to shop around so that you can find toys that: 1) meet your dog’s need but 2) will last a little longer. Know Your Dog Does your dog like to hunt? chase? tug? dissect? Being a dog owner you quickly learn what … Continue reading

Fall Safety Tips for Your Dog

Fall Safety Tips for Your Dog

The onset of fall brings beautiful fall colours but also some hazards for dogs. Here are some tips for keeping your dog safe over the fall season: In many areas, it is legal to hunt certain species of animals in the fall. Keep your dog safe by avoiding the areas where hunting is allowed. To be extra safe, ensure that your dog is visible by dressing him in a high visibility vest. Fall is also mushroom season and many mushrooms are toxic to dogs. If you suspect your dog has ingested mushrooms, take the dog and, if possible, a sample … Continue reading

Important Questions You Should Always Ask a Pet Sitter

Important Questions You Should Always Ask a Pet Sitter

Nowadays, pet owners are lucky enough to have a lot of extra options besides traditional boarding kennels. Like my fur kid (who is a big introvert!), your pet might prefer staying in the comfort of his or her own familiar home space. Or perhaps you own a socialite who loves nothing more than meeting new humans and their furry friends. Or maybe you own a pet with special needs, such as an elderly dog or a very young puppy. Fortunately, there are thousands of awesome local sitters out there to suit virtually every situation and pet temperament. Home visits or … Continue reading