What to Know About the Sometimes Lengthy Process of Pet Adoption

What to Know About the Sometimes Lengthy Process of Pet Adoption

In some instances, you can walk in and walk out of an establishment with a new fuzzy family member the same day. However, other times you may experience a long process in order to adopt an animal.   No matter which route you choose, there’s usually a bit of paperwork involved so that shelters, organizations, and breeders aren’t just handing an animal to anyone who wants one — though that’s not the case in every situation. If you do encounter an adoption situation that requires a lengthy process, don’t get frustrated or discouraged. What you should know about the lengthy … Continue reading

What to Do When You See a Dog in Public…

What to Do When You See a Dog in Public...

You have two options. Before you consider your options, first observe the dog and handler. Ask yourself if the dog and handler look like they are on a mission.   Take note of any special equipment the dog may be wearing. Is the dog wearing a vest that states “do not pet” or “adopt me?” Is the dog muzzled or wearing a collar or leash saying “no dogs?” After you have made your observations, you can either ignore the dog or engage with the owner. If the dog is a service dog, ignoring it is the best thing to do. … Continue reading

How to Make the RIGHT Decisions for Your Dog…

How to Make the RIGHT Decisions for Your Dog...

We can all agree that this is tough. No matter the decision you have to make, it requires research, consideration, contemplation and sometimes a little soul searching. I am grateful that I have not had to make too many major decisions for my dogs. My first dog, Chloe, was a 6 lb. Yorkshire terrier who came to live with me in 1990. I knew absolutely nothing about dogs. My lack of knowledge included getting one (breeder), taking care of one and living with one (I think that covers every category). I made every mistake possible without actually causing harm to my … Continue reading

Junior’s First Trip to the Dog Park

Junior's First Trip to the Dog Park

We can all agree that dogs are social animals. Getting proper socialization starting at 10-12 weeks of age is critical.   The new approach to socialization is to have a balanced approach to their immune vulnerability and their emotional development. You have to mindfully expose your puppy to various environments, people, noises, surfaces, dogs, other species, objects, etc before their critical window shuts down at about 16 weeks of age. After that you will be doing remedial socialization, again being mindful on how you expose your youngster to novel stimuli. Dogs reach young adulthood at about 6 months of age … Continue reading

Why You Should Not Shave a Siberian Husky

Why You Should Not Shave a Siberian Husky

Ahhh, summertime is here! It is the long-awaited season of fun in the sun and having our furry best friends accompany us on so many of our adventures.   With summer, comes that ol’ hot summer heat, and while a double-coated northern breed dog, such as a Siberian Husky, may make you feel hot looking at all that fur, and you may be tempted to shave him/her, I am here to tell you, don’t do it! Maybe you have seen one of those so-called “funny” shaved Husky memes going around on social media, but the truth is shaving a Husky, … Continue reading

How to Educate Your Children on Canine Behavior

How to Educate Your Children on Canine Behavior

As the owner and head trainer of Michael’s Pack, a dog training company devoted to canine behavior issues, located in Long Island, N.Y., I am constantly called upon to address issues between children and their interactions with dogs, be it the family dog or a dog they meet on the street.   Children and dog interaction are usually quite different from adult/dog interaction. Parents need to educate their children on canine behavior to help ensure their child experiences a positive rather than a negative and/or dangerous experience when meeting dogs. The first thing is to understand that all dogs are different. … Continue reading

7 Important Fourth of July Safety Tips for Dogs

7 Important Fourth of July Safety Tips for Dogs

The Fourth of July is one of the highlights of the summer for many Americans – but not for American dogs.   More pets are lost on July 4th than any other day of the year. While fireworks are usually the cause, there are other doggie stressors and dangers out there as well. Here are seven tips to keep dogs (and other pets) safe this July 4th: 1. Keep lighters, charcoal, lighter fluid, matches, sparklers, citronella candles, glow sticks, fireworks and open flame away from dogs.   All of these items are dangerous and if ingested can cause stomach upset, … Continue reading

What Does Your Dog Mean to You?

What Does Your Dog Mean to You?

What role does he/she play in your life? While conversing with others, I usually manage to steer the conversation around to my favorite subject… dogs!   People are aghast to learn, not only that I am a multiple-dogs parent, but that they live inside with me. Seriously?! To me they are family members. Would you ask your Uncle Henry to sleep in the barn or fenced in back yard? I think not. My dogs are my life and throughout the decades, I have owned at least one. I don’t even like to use the word ‘own’ even though the courts … Continue reading

What Animal Is in My Attic?

What Animal Is in My Attic?

In your house, do you hear things that go bump in the night? Have you heard footsteps or scratching in your walls? Are you hearing strange noises coming from your attic? Do your dogs or pets whimper and scratch at your walls?   If you answered “yes” to the above questions, the chances are pretty high that you may have uninvited guests. As we hear these sounds and thumps, visions of intruders, spectral orbs, and moving shadows might run to the front of our imaginations. As the sounds continue, we might find ourselves contemplating how to get in touch with … Continue reading

Do You Have a Disaster Preparedness Plan for Your Pet?

Do You Have a Disaster Preparedness Plan for Your Pet?

Disasters can strike at any time, anywhere; from tornadoes to hurricanes, to flash floods and fires, to earthquakes. If an emergency suddenly arises and you need to evacuate, do you have a plan for your family, including your pets? If not, this is a perfect time to develop one. Here are some of my FiveSibes™ tips on being prepared: 1. Get Certified! If you have not yet taken a Pet First Aid/Pet CPR course, sign up now! Not sure which program to sign up for? Check with your veterinarian for a recommendation. 2. ID Your Pet Pets can get spooked and … Continue reading