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

Are You Raising a Trashcan Dog?

Are You Raising a Trashcan Dog?

Anthropomorphism. It’s a big word that refers to the interpretation of animal behavior as looking like human behavior.   How many times have you heard someone say something like “He got in the trash again. When I walked in the door he looked guilty, turned around and left the room.” Guilty? Maybe not. Here is the dog’s perspective… 7:03 a.m. Zach is still a puppy at 10 months. He has had breakfast, a drink of water, a poop and a pee. His Mom left the house, bidding Zach a good day. Zach settles in for his morning nap. 8:45 a.m. The sound of … 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

5 Things to Look for in a Pet-Friendly Car

Pet-Friendly Car Tips

If you are anything like me, you probably travel with your dog often. Rooney actually commutes with me to work once a week, not to mention the occasional road trip. Most pet parents will make a car purchase at some point during their pet parenthood, and it might not seem like a big deal, but some pet parents will want their new car to cater in some way to their pet’s needs.   So today, I would like to share with you a few key things I think pet parents should consider when purchasing a new vehicle. Seat Material There … Continue reading

The First Two Months After Adopting a Dog…

The First Two Months After Adopting a Dog...

It’s bound to be one of the most exciting days of your life. From this day forward you will forever have dog hair on your clothes and in your mouth at least one (or two) meals a week. But the future is bright and full of long walks, snuggles, and trips to the park.   Today is the day you adopted a dog. Everything is waiting for your new friend at home: bed, bowls, toys, treats, food, the works. As time goes on you love the dream life of dog ownership. Everything is going great – until it isn’t. What … 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 Owning a Dog Can Make You More Sociable

How Owning a Dog Can Make You More Sociable

One thing is for sure. If you have a dog you have no choice but to exercise it. That means getting up off the couch and heading out the front door.   And depending on what age, breed and energy level your dog is will depend on how much exercise and stimulation they need. So here are 3 ideas to help you meet people while out with your dog: Talk to People at the Dog Park Dogs have a way of bringing people together! So take your dog to a dog park in your area. Then, strike up a conversation with another dog person. I’m a pretty shy person by nature, … Continue reading