Why You Need to Teach Your Dog Tricks

Why You Need to Teach Your Dog Tricks

When was the last time you taught your dog a new trick? Been a while? Sometimes when we get a new dog/puppy we spend a lot of time teaching tricks and behaviors and once we feel the dog is “trained” we… well stop. Dogs love, love, love to train and learn behaviors. The AKC has launched a new trick dog program and it is just the ticket for some fresh new ideas. Why train tricks? Dogs love to learn new things Mental stimulation and activity helps improve your dog’s overall behavior New tricks prevent boredom (which can lead to bad … Continue reading

How to Train Your Dog to Heel on a Loose Leash

How to Train Your Dog to Heel on a Loose Leash

To train your dog to walk to heel, it is vital they are calm and responsive. This allows them to have the focus to learn what you are asking of them. To accomplish this, it will help to plan the walk in a series of stages, starting off at a place with minimal distractions so you have the dog’s attention and can teach it the correct response. Then working through the stages whilst simultaneously reinforcing the response until your dog walks to heel in a busy place with many distractions. For example: Stage 1 – pick up the lead Stage … Continue reading

Dog Bites: Understanding the Why and the What To Do…

Dog Bites: Understanding the Why and the What To Do...

People Magazine reported that the son of Kim Zolciak-Biermann (star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta) was bitten by their family dog. The bite required surgery and was so near to the child’s eye that if it had been 1-millimeter closer the child would have been blind. The family explains that they are sharing their story as a way to educate others. Unfortunately, dog bites are fairly common and most of them are preventable. Why do dog’s bite? Most often dogs bite because they are anxious or afraid. Because dogs cannot say “stop” they will bite if they feel like … Continue reading

Tight Budget? 7 Money Saving Tricks to Trim Costs Without Compromising Your Pet’s Health

Tight Budget? 7 Money Saving Tricks to Trim Costs Without Compromising Your Pet’s Health

Sniff Around for Quotes Without a Paid Visit Did you know the majority of veterinarian offices offer quotes on procedures over the phone? Information is often available about routine annual exams and emergency situations at the tip of your fingers. In order to find and keep the best care for your fluffy friend, compare fees to ensure your best deal. Keep in mind, emergency surgery that requires anesthesia can cost a pretty penny, always be prepared. Attack Health Issues Before They Become a Major Problem  If you notice that your aging dog doesn’t have as much pep in his step, is … Continue reading

Smarter Treat Choices for Canines & Snacks to Avoid

Smarter Treat Choices for Canines & Snacks to Avoid

When it comes to feeding our four-legged friends, keep in mind the pet obesity epidemic facing our nation. Not only does this growing problem put them at a greater risk for many health problems, it also reduces their overall lifespan and can make them extremely uncomfortable. Also in the light of recent poisoning threats from treats manufactured overseas, many pet owners are choosing better alternatives for rewarding their animals. A majority of fresh fruits and vegetables are not only healthier choices, but a large number of pets actually enjoy them when compared to traditional, packaged treats. For example, some dogs … Continue reading

Thanksgiving: Dog Style

Thanksgiving: Dog Style

Thanksgiving is a time to have friends and family around, and your family also includes your dog! It’s easy to forget that this time of year can be a big health risk for our pups, and we have to keep them supervised. Here are some things to remember this holiday season… The Food Thanksgiving usually means a feast and a lot of these foods are actually toxic to our pups! The first thing most people think of is: Turkey… Turkey skin is actually super high in fat and holds all of the seasoning and butter (although delicious to us humans, … Continue reading

6-Simple Steps to Learn Animal Communication!

6-Simple Steps to Learn Animal Communication!

Would you like to explore what Animal Communication is all about? Maybe you have wanted to learn how but didn’t know where to begin? Or do you already know how to communicate with your animal and would like some extra tips? Whatever your goal may be — you have come to the right place to get the answers to these questions and some others that you may have. Before I share with you the 6-Steps of what I exactly teach my Animal Communication students (see my bio below for more details), here are some are some things to consider. Let’s … Continue reading

Doggy, It’s Cold Outside: How Cold Is Too Cold for Your Dog?

Doggy, Its Cold Outside: How Cold Is Too Cold for Your Dog?

It’s that time of year where I get asked how cold is too cold to leave your dog outside during the day and some I know have their dogs outside all the time. The answer depends on the following factors: where you live, the size of your dog, the weight of your dog, the type of coat your dog has, the color of your dog’s coat, the type of condition your dog is in, your dog’s overall health and your dog’s age. Not all dogs are alike nor are the temperatures. When it comes to the temperature you have to … Continue reading

Pet Cancer Awareness Month: How Can You Protect Your Pets?

Pet Cancer Awareness Month: How Can You Protect Your Pets?

There is one word that strikes fear in the heart of every pet parent; cancer. Unfortunately, it is a diagnosis heard each day in veterinary offices around the world. November is Pet Cancer Awareness month and the perfect opportunity to explore ways we can help protect our best friends. Did you know that many of the cancers humans get can also affect pets? It makes sense when you think about it. We share the same environments, are exposed to the same toxins, we share love and companionship as the human-animal bond, and our DNA or genomes are similar. The human … Continue reading

The Truth Behind Loose Leash Walking

The Truth Behind Loose Leash Walking

As a trainer, often I get asked how a client can teach their dog to walk on a loose leash. Dogs sometimes pull on the leash because the dog walks at a faster pace than the person or because he has been inadvertently rewarded for pulling (like when they see someone they like and pull toward them and then get a greeting from the person) or perhaps the dog is very interested in the environment and pulls to investigate odors and other things he is interested in. Not only is this often uncomfortable for the person at the other end … Continue reading