5 Benefits to Owning a Dog You Should Be Thankful For

5 Benefits to Owning a Dog You Should Be Thankful For

The Thanksgiving season is upon us once again. So what better time to be thankful for your dog. Here Are 5 Benefits to Owning a Dog: 5) Dogs Lower the Risk of Home Invasion Any would-be thief is way more likely to break into a house with no dog. So whether you have a big, intimidating rottweiler or a cuddly little Shih-Tzu, dogs make noise. They bark at intruders and that attracts attention. Attention to a home invader is a huge obstacle. So for that reason, a lot of thief’s will take the path of least resistance… a house with no dog. … Continue reading

September 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

September 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

Here are the September 2017 Photo Contest winners! Here are the September 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 Help Your Barking Dog!

How to Help Your Barking Dog!

At agility trials, dogs bark A LOT! During one trial I observed and I overheard how some of the trainers attempted to stop the barking. Some trainers ignored the behavior, some yelled while others talked quietly to their dogs while they were barking. I overheard trainers saying that they used a can of pennies, citronella collars and shock collars to stop the barking. These are trainers who profess to be positive reinforcement trainers. The thing I never heard any of the trainers say and never saw anyone do was to find out why the dog was barking. All the training … Continue reading

What Makes a City or Town Pet-Friendly?

What Makes a City or Town Pet-Friendly?

Hometowns can be a very sacred thing. People love to safeguard where they are from and represent their community in a variety of ways. When people are looking for a new town to call home, often they are looking at a variety of factors: price, average income of the area, school systems, commutability, etc. But one of the best perks of a hometown can be how dog-friendly it is! What exactly makes a city or hometown pet-friendly? Each year, publications around the nation compile lists of the most pet-friendly cities in America. But each list uses a menagerie of factors … Continue reading

Not All Dog Toys Are Alike…

Not All Dog Toys Are Alike...

Why do we buy toys for our dogs? Is it really for them or do the companies really market to the pet parents to sell ‘cute’ toys? Maybe a little of both? A lot of toys in the stores sell dog toys that aren’t cheap but most don’t last very long once you get it home. Take time to shop around so that you can find toys that: 1) meet your dog’s need but 2) will last a little longer. Know Your Dog Does your dog like to hunt? chase? tug? dissect? Being a dog owner you quickly learn what … Continue reading

Fall Safety Tips for Your Dog

Fall Safety Tips for Your Dog

The onset of fall brings beautiful fall colours but also some hazards for dogs. Here are some tips for keeping your dog safe over the fall season: In many areas, it is legal to hunt certain species of animals in the fall. Keep your dog safe by avoiding the areas where hunting is allowed. To be extra safe, ensure that your dog is visible by dressing him in a high visibility vest. Fall is also mushroom season and many mushrooms are toxic to dogs. If you suspect your dog has ingested mushrooms, take the dog and, if possible, a sample … Continue reading

Important Questions You Should Always Ask a Pet Sitter

Important Questions You Should Always Ask a Pet Sitter

Nowadays, pet owners are lucky enough to have a lot of extra options besides traditional boarding kennels. Like my fur kid (who is a big introvert!), your pet might prefer staying in the comfort of his or her own familiar home space. Or perhaps you own a socialite who loves nothing more than meeting new humans and their furry friends. Or maybe you own a pet with special needs, such as an elderly dog or a very young puppy. Fortunately, there are thousands of awesome local sitters out there to suit virtually every situation and pet temperament. Home visits or … Continue reading

12 Pet Tech Apps to Make Caring for Your Pet Easier…

12 Pet Tech Apps to Make Caring for Your Pet Easier...

It’s stating the obvious to say that your pet’s health is very important. Just like their human companions, this includes mental health and stimulation – this last is really important in helping alleviate common problems for dogs such as boredom, loneliness, separation anxiety and lack of mental stimulation. There is an ever growing choice of tech solutions and apps available to help in these increasingly important aspects of caring for your pet. These typically fall under the five headings below. We have included a brief overview of a couple of market leaders in each category. Pet Sitting, Doggy DayCare, Dog … Continue reading

5 Health Benefits of Adding Pumpkin to Your Dog’s Diet

5 Health Benefits of Adding Pumpkin to Your Dog's Diet

Ah, October! Here in the northeast, it is truly one of the most beautiful seasons as trees become emblazoned with leaves changing from bright orange to sunny yellow and apple red! There is a crispness in the air that puts pep not only our steps, but our dog’s as well! Along with the drop in temperatures, the season is ripe for fun with apple and pumpkin picking at area farms! And who hasn’t seen the “pumpkin is the spice of life” on t-shirts and in everything from coffees, teas, and cereals (for humans) to delectable treats for both people and … Continue reading

Why Dogs Should Have Spa Days Too!

Why Dogs Should Have Spa Days Too!

Who doesn’t like a spa day? Manicure, pedicure, a nice style to make us look our best can really lift spirits. Looking good can make you feel good and ready for anything that comes your way. Unfortunately, our dogs don’t feel the exact way about their spa day. As a dog groomer, I deal with this often, very few of my canine clients come rushing in with delight on their appointment day. A few do come running in with excited whines and oddly enough are very happy about it and actually give a big hug or enthusiastic tail wagging. Some … Continue reading