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

5 Things to Think About Before Getting a Second Dog

5 Things to Think About Before Getting a Second Dog

Dogs are man and woman’s best friend. They enrich our lives as we enrich theirs. We simply cannot live without them. Well in that case, the more the merrier, right?   Seems legit… however multi-pet households are not always the best option for some people. Have you ever heard that saying from Lays potato chips? “betcha can’t eat just one.” Change it up a bit and the phrase “Betcha can’t have just one” rings so true for many pet owners. Pets can be addicting, and with good reason. But before you decide to add to your pack, lets go over … Continue reading

How to Help a Family Deal With the Loss of Their Pet

How to Help a Family Deal With the Loss of Their Pet

Dealing with any type of loss is extremely difficult, especially when it comes to a member of our immediate family. A child’s pet is often one of their very first best friends and having this relationship end can be heartbreaking for them and the rest of our family. While caring for an animal and eventually losing them for whatever the reason is an important life lesson for kids, it’s also a teaching moment that needs to be shared, experienced and explored. Obviously there are age considerations that come along with dealing with this type of a tragedy since a five-year-old … Continue reading

The Exciting Launch of ISpeakDog.org!

The Exciting Launch of ISpeakDog.org!

Have you ever seen an unknown or known person interact with their dog in a manner that made you cringe or made you mad? I remember witnessing a middle aged woman beating her small dog that was on a flexi with the handle part. In my mind 1) it was not pleasant to watch 2) how can I make a change and 3) what did the dog do to deserve such treatment? Dogs behave as dogs do, unfortunately millions of dogs are relinquished to shelters, abandoned, tortured or killed due to our misunderstandings of dog behavior and our “sacred cow” … 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

Important Tips for Crating Your Dog

Important Tips for Crating Your Dog

If you were anything like me growing up, you never had a crate for your dog let alone heard of one. These were the times of letting our dogs run loose to visit the neighbors and the neighbor’s dogs would come visit us. I remember my dad cutting a cardboard box in half that a refrigerator came in. Then he cut out a slot for our dogs to get in and out of the boxes, and after putting in a garbage bag full of fleece scraps it was quite the cozy place for our dogs on the patio. Little did … Continue reading

Top Five Reasons Why Specially-Abled Dogs Rock

Top Five Reasons Why Specially-Abled Dogs Rock

Today is National Specially-Abled Pets Day – a day to educate and celebrate dogs with physical challenges like paralysis, blindness or deafness. Whether from injury or birth defect, specially-abled dogs make wonderful companions and can live happy, healthy lives. Sadly, specially-abled dogs are often overlooked and euthanized by both breeders and shelters alike. Top Five Reasons Specially-Abled Dogs Rock: 1. Specially-abled dogs possess an enormous capacity for love and make amazing companions. While it’s true they may require extra care, training, and planning, they help us live in the moment and their gratitude, loyalty and love is immense. 2. Specially-abled dogs … Continue reading

Top 4 Puppy Life Lessons

Top 4 Puppy Life Lessons

Welcoming a puppy into the family is an exciting and busy time spent getting to know the pup, building a bond and of course lots of puppy cuddles! It’s easy to get caught up in house training and basic obedience training, such as learning to sit and walk on the lead, that teaching important puppy life skills might be missed out on. The following life lessons will help your pup to grow into a happy, confident and stable adult dog who is a pleasure to own. Socialisation Early puppy socialisation between 12-16 weeks old is the most crucial stage of … Continue reading

4 Tips to Help You Find a Great Pet Care Professional!

Pet Care Professional and Tips on How to Find One

Dog walking and Pet Sitting as a profession has grown rapidly and with new Dog Walkers and Pet Sitters popping up at an increasingly fast rate it can become a difficult task trying to find the best professional for you and your pets.   Firstly it is important to note that the Dog Walking industry is unregulated, this means that anyone can start up a dog walking business without having any previous experience, pet knowledge and sometimes without even having insurance. With that in mind, and with me being a professional dog walker and pet sitter full time I have … Continue reading