3 Mental Exercises You Should Try With Your Dog!

3 Mental Exercises You Should Try With Your Dog!

We give our dogs long walks and plenty of playtime to ensure their daily exercise needs are met. But after all that, a lot of dogs are still restless, bored,or worse, destructive. This is because they haven’t had a good mental workout, even though they already had plenty of physical exercises. That’s right, your dog needs mental and physical exercise each and every day. Different dogs require a different amount of each, but all dogs need both. Mental exercise is any form of problem-solving, such as trying to figure out how to get the lid off of the new trashcan, … Continue reading

How to Prevent Food Aggression

How to Prevent Food Aggression

Bringing home a new dog or puppy can be just as exciting as it can be overwhelming.   As a pet parent, you are responsible for not only your new best friend’s physical health but for their behavioral health as well. As pet owners, we want to prevent as many unwanted behaviors as we can. Food aggression is one of those (all too common) unwanted behaviors. Food aggression is rooted in the idea that your approach is something to be feared. Sometimes this fear is genetic and therefore very difficult to prevent. However, food aggression is more frequently a learned behavior. There … Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons Your Dog Isn’t Listening to You!

Top 5 Reasons Your Dog Isn't Listening to You!

If I had a penny for every time I heard the phrase: “my dog just doesn’t listen to me!” I would have a lot of pennies. It’s a big accusation that implies your dog both heard and understood what you said. It sounds simple enough. But it isn’t.   Selective hearing affects all dogs at some point in their lifetime. If you have a dog, then there has been, and will be many more instances where you ask your dog to do something… and he doesn’t do it. Let’s go over the top five reasons for this far-too common complaint: … Continue reading

The First Two Months After Adopting a Dog…

The First Two Months After Adopting a Dog...

It’s bound to be one of the most exciting days of your life. From this day forward you will forever have dog hair on your clothes and in your mouth at least one (or two) meals a week. But the future is bright and full of long walks, snuggles, and trips to the park.   Today is the day you adopted a dog. Everything is waiting for your new friend at home: bed, bowls, toys, treats, food, the works. As time goes on you love the dream life of dog ownership. Everything is going great – until it isn’t. What … Continue reading