The World Of Working Dogs

The World Of Working Dogs

My husband suggested this topic to me as he said he didn’t realize how many sorts of working dogs there were. So welcome to the world of Working Dogs!   My first true connection to working dogs was by meeting Rita Martinez back in 2002 as she was a SF/SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers presenter. Her work at the time was with Search and Rescue doing cadaver work. If you are interested in learning more check out her work. Forensic Evidence Canines: Status, Training and Utilization and Cadaver Scent Project. Rita has since transitioned to Diabetic Alert, Medical Alert, Seizure Alert, Hearing, Assistance … Continue reading

How to Throw an Epic Dog Birthday Party

How to Throw an Epic Dog Birthday Party

So your dogs birthday is coming and you have been throwing around the idea of having a proper birthday party for him.   You’re not sure where to start, who to invite, or what activities you could possibly do. Time to put that creativity to the test! Today, I am going to share how to throw an epic dog birthday party! Who to invite? There are a couple different things you could do here. Do you have friends with dogs? If so, invite them, and have a visit with your friends while the dogs enjoy the party! If you don’t … Continue reading

July 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

July 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

Here are the July 2017 Photo Contest winners! Here are the July 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

5 Tips for Hiking With Dogs in the Summer

5 Tips for Hiking With Dogs in the Summer

Taking the “paths least traveled” and exploring the wilderness with Xena is my favorite outdoor activity. This time of year with the scorching heat, planning for a hike is not quite as easy.   Overheating and heat exhaustion are very dangerous and can happen very quickly with dogs. When you have a dog that has low tolerance to heat and her dark fur absorbs and retains heat for a long time as I do, the heat can be our enemy! So here are 5 tips on how to keep your pup cool and safe during the summer months and still … Continue reading

Ways to Have Fun in the Sun and Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

Ways to Have Fun in the Sun and Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

Summer time again! And it’s scorching out there, but your dog has energy.   Here are some fun ideas to help keep your dog cool: Dog Beaches If you live in a community where there’s water, hopefully there’s a designated dog beach access. If so, it’s the perfect place to bring Fido for a cool down in the heat of summer. It’s also a great place to let them run off some steam without overheating! Cool treats Making your dog some frozen treats is a fun way to help them cool down. And it’s easy! Simply mix some of their favorite … Continue reading

What to Do When You See a Dog in Public…

What to Do When You See a Dog in Public...

You have two options. Before you consider your options, first observe the dog and handler. Ask yourself if the dog and handler look like they are on a mission.   Take note of any special equipment the dog may be wearing. Is the dog wearing a vest that states “do not pet” or “adopt me?” Is the dog muzzled or wearing a collar or leash saying “no dogs?” After you have made your observations, you can either ignore the dog or engage with the owner. If the dog is a service dog, ignoring it is the best thing to do. … Continue reading

10 Tips to Help Your Dog “Beat The Heat”

10 Tips to Help Your Dog "Beat The Heat"

Wow!! It’s getting hot out there! Fun in the sun, swimming, outdoor activities… summer can be great! But, how hot is too hot when it comes to your dog? Check out these 10 tips to help your dog beat the heat! 1. Frozen treats! Dogs are very much like us humans when it comes to a cool treat on a hot day! 2. Shade is your best friend. Whether you’re in the comfort of your own home, or out on a walk with your pooch. Find some shade and take a break from the sun. 3. Air conditioning! I couldn’t make it through … Continue reading

June 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

June 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

Here are the June 2017 Photo Contest winners! Here are the June 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 Educate Your Children on Canine Behavior

How to Educate Your Children on Canine Behavior

As the owner and head trainer of Michael’s Pack, a dog training company devoted to canine behavior issues, located in Long Island, N.Y., I am constantly called upon to address issues between children and their interactions with dogs, be it the family dog or a dog they meet on the street.   Children and dog interaction are usually quite different from adult/dog interaction. Parents need to educate their children on canine behavior to help ensure their child experiences a positive rather than a negative and/or dangerous experience when meeting dogs. The first thing is to understand that all dogs are different. … Continue reading

May 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

May 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

Here are the May 2017 Photo Contest winners! Here are the May 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