Confession of a Dog Sitter…

Dog Sitter Tips

CONFESSION # 1: Sometimes I sleep with my clients.   A few years ago to make some extra money, I thought why not try dog sitting. I have three of my own, love dogs, so how hard could it be to take in a guest or two and watch them? I have since learned that someone’s perfect angel takes on the persona of Cujo once they walk out the door. When the owner looks at me and says they think it will work, I now know they mean for them. For the dog sitter the story is just beginning. Let’s … Continue reading

Please Don’t Feel Sorry for My Deaf Dog…

Pet Care Professional and Tips on How to Find One

Being a deaf Dalmatian owner and a dog walker I often get messages and questions from new and potential deaf dog owners discussing various worries that they have heard or read about. When researching on the internet for example you can stumble across a variety of deaf dog myths such as they are untrainable, aggressive and unable to be let off lead. One particular site even recommends that they should all be put down upon finding out they are deaf. So understandably a lot of people feel very overwhelmed! With owning a deaf Dalmatian I also write articles to try … Continue reading

Can Pet Parents Be Helicopter Parents?

Can Pet Parents Be Helicopter Parents?

If you are a parent to human children, you are probably familiar with the term “helicopter parent”. If you do not have human children, you may not be familiar with the term.   “Helicopter parents” are parents that constantly oversee their children. They often are hesitant to leave their children at school, they are involved in everything the children are doing (even when they are at home playing) and they rarely allow their children to do anything without them. Most children with these overly involved parents will either become extremely dependent on their parents to do anything or they rebel … Continue reading

What “Play” Between Dogs Means…

What "Play" Between Dogs Means...

Lots of interesting research is being done on dog behavior and one fascinating field of study is on play.   Play is thought to serve several functions. For dogs, coyotes, wolves and foxes, play is important for the development of social skills, for the formation and maintenance of social bonds, to provide exercise and to teach hand-eye coordination. Play fighting and other play behaviors can provide practice for the real thing (Bekoff & Pierce, 2009). To solicit play, dogs frequently offer a “play bow” (a pose where the animal crouches down on the forepaws and sticks their hindquarters in the … Continue reading

How to Choose the Right Puppy For Your Lifestyle

Right Puppy to Take Home

Many people pick fluffy, cute puppies; when in fact they should be choosing a puppy that fits their lifestyle the best. This is the most common mistake when looking to make a puppy a part of your family. Some families are looking for a dog that will lie around the house with them and their children, while others are looking for a puppy that will be able to go hiking with them on their weekend camping trips. Although this task of choosing a puppy may seem easy, it is something that be done with a lot of thought and research … Continue reading

Is a Puppy Right for Your Family?

Puppy? How to Make the Right Decision and Choice for a Puppy!

I am the first to admit that a cute, roly poly puppy is almost impossible to resist! When those cute eyes stare up at you and you are bathed in kisses that have the wonderful aroma of puppy breath, who can say no? Unfortunately, too many people say yes to a puppy with their heart but don’t think about what the decision really involves. Puppies are hard work! They are equal to having a new born baby the first few months you have them. Just like with human babies, some are easy and others are beyond challenging. Because a puppy … Continue reading

10 Fun Facts About Dogs You May Not Know! (Part 2)

Facts About Dogs You Should Know

Alright everyone, you asked for a part 2 version of my 10 Facts About Dogs You May Not Know, so you got it!   I hope you enjoy this one as much as the last! If you would like to go back and read part one, check it out here. 1. You have all heard that pets are good for our health. But did you know that it has been proven, petting a dog can in fact lower your blood pressure? 2. Have you ever noticed your dog curl up into a nice swirl type position? This seems to be … Continue reading

6 Tips for Keeping Your Car Clean From Dog Hair

Dog Hair Off From Car Seat Cover

If you ever read my blog, My Kid Has Paws; you know that Rooney is the kind of dog who loves to swim in mud puddles as much as he loves to swim in swimming pools. Not to mention, he sheds, a ton!   So, one would imagine that my car isn’t always in the best shape. However, my car is new, so I try not to let the dog hair in my car get out of control. Today, I would like to share with you some tips that you can use to keep your car clean from dog hair. … Continue reading

7 Simple Ways to Shower Your Dog With L-O-V-E!

Love for Your Dogs in Many Ways!

Welcome to the month of love! Ah, yes, love. Poets and authors write about it. Singers croon about it. Artists create visions of it. While every day is a day for showing our pets how much we love them, February is a time to celebrate that love with Valentine’s Day on February 14 and Love Your Pet Day on February 20! While we can certainly count the many ways our beloved dogs love us and we love them, here’s a few ways of showering our canine best friends with some l-o-v-e! Love Is Simple Nothing says, “I love you,” more … Continue reading

Why Guard Dogs Should Not Be Aggressive!

Guard Dogs and Their Behavior

I own a Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff) named Zeus. If you are unfamiliar with the breed, think 100-pounds of muscle in the form of what many think looks like a giant Pitbull.   People constantly cross the street, pick up their small children, and shoo their dogs away when we are walking by. I know this is because people are afraid of Zeus, they assume he is aggressive and would harm them. If only they knew how well behaved he is and that he will not attack at any given moment. When most people think of a typical guard dog … Continue reading