Is it Separation Anxiety or “Please Don’t Put Me in My Crate”? How to Tell The Difference!

Is it Separation Anxiety or "Please Don’t Put Me in My Crate"? How to Tell The Difference!

The term separation anxiety is often a mislabeling term used in describing a dog that has not been properly taught how to handle being alone. The behavior of a dog that does not like being left alone include, whining, barking, howling, digging, destruction, and just plain upset when they are left. Let’s face it, if you’re home, WHY can’t they be with you right? Actually no, we encourage what we call controlled separation to help a dog develop coding skills in their crate. I tell my clients that a dog has to be “taught” to handle being alone. The best … Continue reading

4 Reasons Raw Bones Are Good for Dogs

4 Reasons Raw Bones Are Good for Dogs

Should you feed your dog raw bones? On the fence about whether to feed your dog raw bones or not? Let me help you. Here are 4 reasons why it’s a good idea to ‘give a dog a bone‘. Reason #1: Raw Bones Keep Their Teeth Clean This is not an old wives tale, it’s the God’s honest truth! Raw, meaty bones are Mother Nature’s tooth brush for dogs. When they gnaw with the sides of their teeth it scrapes off all the plaque. And when they rip and tear at a bone the strings of meat act like dental floss between their teeth. True story! … Continue reading

7 Tips For Keeping Dogs Safe & Cool in the Yard & Car!

7 Tips For Keeping Dogs Safe & Cool in the Yard & Car!

It is important that while we prepare our homes, yards, and even cars for the fun-in-the-sun days, we keep our canine companions’ safety in mind, too. Here are some of my FiveSibes™ tips to help keep the fun in summer for everyone: 1. Yards of Fun! As we prepare our yards for the great outdoor season, do a thorough yard check, sans dogs, of course, and: Inspect all the fence lines and gates to be sure they are still solid and intact. Look around to see if any animals or bees made a nest that needs to be removed. Did … Continue reading

10 Ways Your Dog Shows He Loves You

10 Ways Your Dog Shows He Loves You

Dogs are full of love, that is no secret. And they love to show us just how much they have to give. Generally, its not hard to tell when a dog is showing affection. But sometimes their action can be mistaken for affection, or vice versa – their affection can be mistaken for something completely different. What do I mean? Take tail wagging for instance… We assume that when a dog wags his tail, it means he’s happy and showing his love for us. But that is not always the case. Tail wagging can mean different things such as anxiety, stress … Continue reading

How to Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

How to Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

Spring has sprung, the weather is beautiful and everyone is ready to get out there for some fun in the sun! Your best friend is eager to come out with you and enjoy the beautiful weather. Some of the most common dangers that our dogs face during the warm summer months can be avoided if we plan ahead. It is a season of trips to the park, festivals, farmer’s markets, family bbq’s and plenty of fun in the sun and water. These tips will help you and your dog safely enjoy the summer months: Avoiding Heat Stroke Heat stroke is … 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

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

Muddy Paws? We Have Solutions!

Muddy Paws Tips for Your Pet Dogs

The weather is warming up, the flowers will start to bloom, the grass will start to turn green, the ground will get… muddy. Muddy paws is a never ending issue we pet parents have to face. Especially in the Spring season. There are some solutions that can help though, but best of all – prevention! Prevention is key when it comes to muddy paws. Not that we can technically prevent paws from getting dirty, because let’s face it, there is simply no way around that. But what we can prevent is keeping those muddy paws off of our clean floors … Continue reading

Earth Day: 12 Ways to Reduce Your Pet’s Carbon Pawprint

Pet’s Carbon Pawprint

April 22 is Earth Day, a day for the world’s communities to come together on a global scale to talk about climate change and the environmental future of our planet. The year 2020 will see the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and its mission of forging a vision of change to protect the environment for future generations, and that includes our pets. But the health of our planet is not a concern for just for one day, it’s an everyday priority. Did you know besides the many ways we can reduce our own carbon footprints, we can also reduce our … Continue reading