Do You Talk to Your Dog?

Do You Talk to Your Dog?

Do you speak to your pets? Most people admit to having regular conversations with their furry friends. If we aren’t talking to them, there’s a good chance that we are talking about them.  Are you guilty of saying any of these things? “I was talking to the dog.” This conversation happens several times each day between spouses. Question: “What did you say?” Response: “Nothing, I was talking to the dog.” “Is this a dog-friendly event?” It is our version of “Are the kids invited?” If the answer is “no” pet parents usually choose to stay home with those who really ‘get … Continue reading

Help! Why Does My Dog Bark and Lunge at People and Other Dogs?

Help! Why Does My Dog Bark and Lunge at People and Other Dogs?

If you have a dog that barks and lunges at other dogs and people, it can be very stressful. After work, you want to take your dog on a relaxing walk to unwind but you end up more stressed than when you started! This is particularly perplexing for you if your dog is a sweet and loving angel at home with people and dogs that he or she loves. I not only work with these dogs every day, I also have had dogs like this myself. Sometimes these dogs come from shelters or rescues with these behaviors, other times the … Continue reading

Big Dogs Are Not Right for Everyone: 5 Critical Facts of Big Dog Ownership

Big Dogs Are Not Right For Everyone: 5 Critical Facts of Big Dog Ownership

What do I mean when I use the words BIG DOG? A big dog is one who, when laying in your bed, takes up more space than you do. A dog who, when not properly leash trained, could drag you down the street chasing after a rabbit. Or one who could potentially break your toe if he stepped on it. I learned that lesson the hard way.   In a nutshell, a big dog is one who, when fully mature, will reach about 50 pounds or more and range in size from a Labrador retriever and German shepherd to the … Continue reading

Why Creating a Bucket List Can Help You with Pet Loss Grief

Why Creating a Bucket List Can Help You with Pet Loss Grief

Pet loss is not easy for anyone. The emotional upheaval can throw your daily routine off and create anxiety, sadness and other normal feelings of pet loss grief.   Depending on how ill or infirm your companion is, doing things on their bucket list can help you through this special time together and create beauty memories. Having a bucket list that you are able to carry out is a wonderful way to celebrate your pet’s life. It is also a way to acknowledge the love you share and help support you during this very raw and painful time. When creating … 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

Preparing Your Dog For Back-to-School Time

Preparing Your Dog For Back-to-School Time

August has just arrived, and while many folks are still enjoying the summer time soaking up the sun and splashing in the water, the thought of school is not that far off. Some families are already preparing!   While items such as bookbags, notebooks, and pencils are being added to shopping lists, the transition from summer sun to school-time fun could actually be a stressful one for pets. Here are a few of my FiveSibes™ “golden rules” to help ease the change for our furry best friends and their human pals: Practice Makes Perfect (Sense) Before the first day of … Continue reading

20 Ways to Help Dogs in Your Community Today

20 Ways to Help Dogs in Your Community Today

As dog lovers we all want to help dogs lead healthier, happier, and safer lives – both our dogs as well as dogs at risk or in need of assistance. But it is easy to get overwhelmed and not know where to start or how to help.   Here are 20 simple ways to help dogs in your community today! Have Fun, Help Dogs – Here’s How! Adopt or foster a dog from a shelter or breed rescue. Volunteer to walk a dog for a senior citizen in your neighborhood. Host a party and ask guests to bring a donation … Continue reading

How to Get Your Dog to Love the Car

How to Get Your Dog to Love the Car

Some dogs love nothing more than feeling the wind beneath their ears, and sniffing the air from the open car window. While other dogs spend much of the ride being nervous and clearly wanting the car ride to end as soon as possible. If your dog falls into the latter category, I would like to share with you some possible solutions, so that you can get your dog to love the car. How Can I Tell if My Dog is Stressed in the Car? The first step is to determine if your dog likes the car or not. In my … Continue reading

Why You Should Always Give Your Dog a Choice…

Why You Should Always Give Your Dog a Choice...

The young boy in class adored his puppy. It was a delight to see how proud he was of her, and how attentive he was to everything being taught. Carl was 10 years old, and animals were clearly his passion. He was more diligent in his practice than many of the adults. And I was particularly impressed with how quickly he grasped this concept: Don’t beg your dog! Many of the owners were trying to coax their puppy to pay attention to them. They waved treats in front of their inattentive noses. They bent over and called their name repeatedly. Some … Continue reading

Why Dog Size Does Matter

Why Dog Size Does Matter

There are some trends in dog breeding that should never have been dreamed up. One that falls firmly into this box is teacup puppies. There’s no official definition of teacups and no dog registries recognise them but loosely they’re small dogs that are bred to be smaller than their breed’s average weight and size. Commonly bred teacups include Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, Poodles, French Bulldogs, Maltese, Miniature Schnauzers and more. They are hugely popular on social media and tap into the current Zeitgeist of worshiping everything cute. And their appearance is cute if, like most humans, you react to baby-like features, … Continue reading