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

How to Protect Your Garden from Your Curious Pet

How to Protect Your Garden from Your Curious Pet

Do you have a green thumb and a curious furry friend? Protecting your garden from your four legged family members can present a challenge. After all, your horticultural hobby is encroaching on their turf. It’s outside where they should be allowed to roam free. The outdoors is a pet’s domain above all. Your garden and your pets can coexist in peace and harmony if you take precautions to protect the treasured area. This is a case where you want to establish firm, non-negotiable boundaries; for everyone’s benefit. Beyond the obvious reason – pets destroying your plant life – there are … Continue reading

How to “Close the Door” on Dog Stress in 3 Steps

How to "Close the Door" on Dog Stress in 3 Steps

In my work with clients and their dogs in behavior modification, I see a lot of anxiety, fear, impulsivity, overexcitement and aggression.   One of the first things we do as a foundation of good behavior: Set a dog up to succeed and learn as much as possible by reducing unnecessary stress, overexcitement and opportunities for them to practice being out of control. The front door is a frequent source of triggers and stress for dogs, and their owners, so this is a great place to start. A door is a simple thing to humans but so often it is … Continue reading

10 Spring Dangers You Should Be Aware of for Your Pet

10 Spring Dangers You Should Be Aware of for Your Pet

Spring is in the air! …Well, almost! Winter is nearing its end, and while some of us may be breathing a sigh of relief and welcoming the warm weather, others might not be so keen to say goodbye to the fluffy white snow, and cold breezes. And by “others,” I am specifically referring to my 3 Siberian Huskies!   The Spring season is warm, beautiful, and seems to just bring your surroundings to life. But with all this beauty are some hidden dangers. Some of which can be extremely harmful to your pets. Today, I will share 10 common (and some … Continue reading

5 Facts About Purple Day®: Supporting Human & K9 Epilepsy

5 Facts About Purple Day®: Supporting Human & K9 Epilepsy

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 65 million people around the world have Epilepsy. Canine Epilepsy also affects thousands of dogs across the world, across the breeds each year. It is so important, on both the human and the canine fronts, to join together to help others understand, to not be afraid if they see a person or a dog having a seizure, and how to help and be supportive. That is what March 26 – Purple Day® is all about! Facts About Purple Day®: In 2008, a nine-year-old girl with Epilepsy named Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, along with … Continue reading

What Painhaviour Is & Why I Think We Need to Create a New Word!

What Painhaviour Is & Why I Think We Need to Create a New Word!

Pain affects all of us at some stage in our lives. It can be acute or chronic, come and go or be constant. It might only hurt when we do certain actions or over do things, like dig the garden. Pain is the reason we most often visit the doctors. It isn’t always obvious; watch ten people in the street and maybe eight will have some kind of pain but you can’t necessarily see it. Pain influences how we deal with the world around us: our tolerance levels, mood, ability to communicate well and energy levels. In short our behaviour … Continue reading