10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Busy on Rainy Days

10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Busy on Rainy Days

Spring is here! And while there is still plenty of snow in some parts of the world (specifically meaning my part of the world here in Ontario) we still know that gorgeous spring weather is on its way! That being said, all that warm sun, and blooming flowers also means lots of rain and mud. So what do you do when it’s raining outside and you and your dog are cooped up inside? Today, I will share 10 ways to keep your dog busy on rainy days. 1. Hide and sniff. Playing games with your dog doesn’t only strengthen your … 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

Is Your Dog Bored? How to Tell…

Dog Bored? How to Check…

Is your dog bored or frustrated? Here are some fun activities that are actually easy to add to your life…   Especially if you are the owner of a “supahsmaht” dog, you may have found out that the pent-up canine can get destructive or otherwise into trouble when they’re bored, frustrated, or simply too full of energy to relax! Here are some fun and easy ways to keep Chauncy out of the garbage and your sanity intact without too much extra work. Play the Find It Game!   Get yourself a handful of smelly treats that your dog loves & … Continue reading

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

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

How Patience Can Help Train Your Dog!

How Patience Can Help Train Your Dog!

I always say that in the training game, you want to “tie” with your dog; meaning if you ask your dog to sit once, you should get one sit. If you ask three times and your dog doesn’t sit, perhaps it is time to take a step back and reevaluate the training, or even, just give your dog a little more time to respond.   If a child just learned something and is asked (multiplication as an example): “What’s 6 times 7…?” And then again, without any time to think or respond : “What’s 6 times 7??” …. “WHAT’S 6 … Continue reading

The Checklist to Know if Your Home is REALLY Ready for a New Dog!

The Checklist to Know if Your Home is REALLY Ready for a New Dog

Bringing home a new pet presents many of the same challenges as the arrival of a newborn, human infant. Since we’re already in the business of providing products to transport canines as safely and comfortably as humanly possible, it’s our responsibility to deliver when it comes to this important promise.   But what happens once these little critters arrive at their new home? Are future pet owners, are we really prepared for this type of arrival? A checklist is vital for this type of preparation, and the first one that comes to mind involves the ingredients we need, like food, … Continue reading

6 Key Tips for Training Your Dog Effectively!

6 Key Tips for Training Your Dog Effectively!

When you have a puppy or a dog in your home, you expect big things from them without realizing it. Through my experience I have seen so many owners expect so much of their dogs without actually realizing what they are asking! Some examples are: Expecting their dog to come back to them in a dog off leash area from the moment they have the dog. Expect the dog to be quiet and sit nicely whilst the owner is playing a sport right next to it. As you can imagine these are quite impossible and sets the dog up to … Continue reading

5 Benefits of Trick Training Your Dog

Trick Training Benefits for You and Your Dog

Trick training isn’t just about learning cool tricks to show off, there are plenty of benefits to incorporating some time for trick training into your dog’s daily routine. Improve Your Bond Using positive reinforcement training techniques increases your dog’s positive associations with you so that your dog will be more keen to train with you in future. Trick training helps improve a dog’s focus and engagement as it learns to have fun while working with its owner. Increased focus and engagement will help in other training areas such as loose lead walking and working around distractions. Trick training is a … Continue reading

Leave It! Wait! Get Down! – The Importance of Dog Impulse Control

Dog Impulse Control: How It Affects the Behavior of Your Dog

Leave it! Wait! Get Down! These are all phrases that an owner of a dog with low impulse control will use frequently on a day to day basis.   For those of you who haven’t heard the phrase before, impulse control is the equivalent of teaching our dogs to be polite, and to have good manners. More often than not, smaller breeds of dog are able to get away with having a lower level of impulse control purely because of their size. For example someone is more likely to put up with a small Jack Russell jumping up on them … Continue reading