9 Common Reasons Your Dog is a Poor Traveller…

9 Common Reasons Your Dog is a Poor Traveller...

All sorts of issues can contribute towards your dog being a less than happy passenger in the car, but if you can work out what these are, then it will be easier for you to determine the best course of action to take.   The underlying cause may be something relatively simple and obvious or might be more obscure, requiring you to turn detective. Below is a list of common causes of our dogs being poor travellers. Health Issues Certain health issues such as vestibular disease and middle or inner ear infections may cause difficulty in balancing and predispose to … Continue reading

4 Tips to Help You Find a Great Pet Care Professional!

Pet Care Professional and Tips on How to Find One

Dog walking and Pet Sitting as a profession has grown rapidly and with new Dog Walkers and Pet Sitters popping up at an increasingly fast rate it can become a difficult task trying to find the best professional for you and your pets.   Firstly it is important to note that the Dog Walking industry is unregulated, this means that anyone can start up a dog walking business without having any previous experience, pet knowledge and sometimes without even having insurance. With that in mind, and with me being a professional dog walker and pet sitter full time I have … Continue reading

Downward Dog? The Upswing of Yoga With Canines

Downward Dog: Yoga for Your Pet Dogs

Some might argue that yoga isn’t really a true exercise routine, yet still this workout regime has existed for over 5,000 years and some researchers have placed this ancient practice as far back as 10,000 years or more. Yoga is still going strong and recently this physical phenomenon has embraced canines into joining their humans in this popular fitness program along with one of its favorite poses, the downward dog. It’s being labelled as “Doga,” or the obvious combination of dog and yoga, is a newer way for pet lovers to experience the wonders of yoga with their four-legged friends. … Continue reading

10 Reasons Why You Should Walk Your Dog

Walk Your Dog: Benefits of Walking Your Dogs

Walking the dog sounds so common, so normal, like everyone must do it right?… right? Wrong. Did you know that somewhere in the range of 38 – 40% of dog owners do not walk their dogs? I know, I was surprised as well. But it’s true. Given a small percentage of those people I’m sure have good reason, but what about the rest? Here’s what some people have to say: “I can’t walk my dog because I work.” “I don’t have enough time.” “There is no where to walk my dog.” “He doesn’t need walks, we have a big yard.” … Continue reading

Are You Raising a Trashcan Dog?

Are You Raising a Trashcan Dog?

Anthropomorphism. It’s a big word that refers to the interpretation of animal behavior as looking like human behavior.   How many times have you heard someone say something like “He got in the trash again. When I walked in the door he looked guilty, turned around and left the room.” Guilty? Maybe not. Here is the dog’s perspective… 7:03 a.m. Zach is still a puppy at 10 months. He has had breakfast, a drink of water, a poop and a pee. His Mom left the house, bidding Zach a good day. Zach settles in for his morning nap. 8:45 a.m. The sound of … Continue reading

5 Tips for Polite Leash Walking Like a Pro

5 Tips for Polite Leash Walking Like a Pro

Has walking your dog become a battle of wills over who will be dragging who in what direction?   Polite leash walking can be a frustrating endeavor for many dogs and owners but the good new is by following a few tips, you can help your dog learn how to make walks more enjoyable for the both of you.   1. Walking outside with all the new sights and smells can be highly distracting for dogs who are working on their polite leash walking. To help your dog focus on what you are trying to teach them, try working in … Continue reading

Debunking Common Dog Training Myths

Debunking Common Dog Training Myths

Some dog training wives’ tales boggle my mind.   Many years ago I worked with George, an elderly man who had cerebral palsy. Because he had very limited use of the left side of his body, he could not hold a leash with his left hand and his left leg dragged behind him when he walked. When I met George, he was struggling to work with his Jack Russell Terrier, Emily. Another trainer told George that he had to walk Emily on his left side. (Some trainers require dogs walk this way because walking on the left is a requirement … Continue reading

Why I DON’T Train My Clients’ Dogs to Heel

Why I DON'T Train My Client's Dogs to Heel

In the basic obedience classes I teach as a dog trainer, I don’t spend hours training the dogs to heel. I don’t even spend much time on loose-leash walking as a trained behavior. I simply direct my students to the smorgasbord of anti-pull gear at the local pet store (front-clip harnesses and head halters), and move on to other items on the curriculum, like safety recalls, jumping up, and leave-it. It’s not that training dogs to heel isn’t fun–it certainly can be, if we toss the out-moded leash-pop and use a modern training plan. But few of my students actually … Continue reading

March Charity Spotlight on Pet Refuge South Bend Indiana

March Charity Spotlight on Pet Refuge South Bend Indiana

Pet Refuge is a not-for-profit “no-kill” animal shelter established in April 1978. Pet Refuge is run by volunteers for the placement of unwanted and abandoned pets into responsible permanent homes. Pet Refuges mission is to protect the health, welfare and provide the best possible placement for every animal placed in the care of their organization. Pet Refuge is a No-Kill organization, recognizing the value of each animal life. They spay and neuter every animal to help control pet overpopulation and educate the public as to pet care and welfare. Pet Refuge maintains an office in South Bend, Indiana coordinating prospective owners … Continue reading

Just How Similar Are Dog’s Emotions to Ours?

Just How Similar Are Dog's Emotions to Ours?

Many people have experienced behavior in their dogs that leads the owner to believe that dogs are capable of feeling emotions similar to those felt by humans. Not only do dogs appear to experience a wide range of emotions, studies show that dogs recognize emotions in other dogs and in humans. The results of a study by a team of animal behaviour experts and psychologists from the University of Lincoln, UK, and University of Sao Paulo, Brazil led the researchers to believe that dogs truly recognise emotions in humans and in other dogs and can discriminate between positive and negative … Continue reading