Teach Your Dog to LOVE Getting in the Car!

Teach Your Dog to LOVE Getting in the Car!

Every dog should learn certain life skills, and enjoying getting into and out of a car is an important one. While it’s not necessary for smaller dogs to learn this skill, because they’re easily portable, it’s vital for medium and large-sized dogs. With that said, sometimes it’s not an easy behavior to teach dogs, especially if they’ve had negative car riding experiences before. Plus, it’s scary jumping into a high SUV, especially if a dog or puppy has fallen while jumping up in the past. The key to getting your dog in the car is to make the act of … Continue reading

Preparing Your Dog For Back-to-School Time

Preparing Your Dog For Back-to-School Time

August has just arrived, and while many folks are still enjoying the summer time soaking up the sun and splashing in the water, the thought of school is not that far off. Some families are already preparing!   While items such as bookbags, notebooks, and pencils are being added to shopping lists, the transition from summer sun to school-time fun could actually be a stressful one for pets. Here are a few of my FiveSibes™ “golden rules” to help ease the change for our furry best friends and their human pals: Practice Makes Perfect (Sense) Before the first day of … Continue reading

How to Make Sure Your Dog Is Eating a Biologically Appropriate Diet!

How to Make Sure Your Dog Is Eating a Biologically Appropriate Diet!

What is a biologically appropriate diet for my dog?   A biologically appropriate, also known as a species appropriate, diets for your dog is simply what their genetic makeup is designed to digest. Or what their body and mind are made for. Fortunately, my day job, has given me the opportunity to become an expert on the topic. Okay, maybe not an expert, but a good start to becoming one. So let’s talk about the dog’s basic biology, how it relates to their diet, and how feeding the K9 species the foods their bodies need in a form their brains … Continue reading

July 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

July 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

Here are the July 2017 Photo Contest winners! Here are the July 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

20 Ways to Help Dogs in Your Community Today

20 Ways to Help Dogs in Your Community Today

As dog lovers we all want to help dogs lead healthier, happier, and safer lives – both our dogs as well as dogs at risk or in need of assistance. But it is easy to get overwhelmed and not know where to start or how to help.   Here are 20 simple ways to help dogs in your community today! Have Fun, Help Dogs – Here’s How! Adopt or foster a dog from a shelter or breed rescue. Volunteer to walk a dog for a senior citizen in your neighborhood. Host a party and ask guests to bring a donation … Continue reading

How to Get Your Dog to Love the Car

How to Get Your Dog to Love the Car

Some dogs love nothing more than feeling the wind beneath their ears, and sniffing the air from the open car window. While other dogs spend much of the ride being nervous and clearly wanting the car ride to end as soon as possible. If your dog falls into the latter category, I would like to share with you some possible solutions, so that you can get your dog to love the car. How Can I Tell if My Dog is Stressed in the Car? The first step is to determine if your dog likes the car or not. In my … Continue reading

5 Tips for Hiking With Dogs in the Summer

5 Tips for Hiking With Dogs in the Summer

Taking the “paths least traveled” and exploring the wilderness with Xena is my favorite outdoor activity. This time of year with the scorching heat, planning for a hike is not quite as easy.   Overheating and heat exhaustion are very dangerous and can happen very quickly with dogs. When you have a dog that has low tolerance to heat and her dark fur absorbs and retains heat for a long time as I do, the heat can be our enemy! So here are 5 tips on how to keep your pup cool and safe during the summer months and still … Continue reading

Why You Should Always Give Your Dog a Choice…

Why You Should Always Give Your Dog a Choice...

The young boy in class adored his puppy. It was a delight to see how proud he was of her, and how attentive he was to everything being taught. Carl was 10 years old, and animals were clearly his passion. He was more diligent in his practice than many of the adults. And I was particularly impressed with how quickly he grasped this concept: Don’t beg your dog! Many of the owners were trying to coax their puppy to pay attention to them. They waved treats in front of their inattentive noses. They bent over and called their name repeatedly. Some … Continue reading

Why Dog Size Does Matter

Why Dog Size Does Matter

There are some trends in dog breeding that should never have been dreamed up. One that falls firmly into this box is teacup puppies. There’s no official definition of teacups and no dog registries recognise them but loosely they’re small dogs that are bred to be smaller than their breed’s average weight and size. Commonly bred teacups include Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, Poodles, French Bulldogs, Maltese, Miniature Schnauzers and more. They are hugely popular on social media and tap into the current Zeitgeist of worshiping everything cute. And their appearance is cute if, like most humans, you react to baby-like features, … Continue reading

5 Myths About Dogs – BUSTED!

5 Myths About Dogs - BUSTED!

There is so much we thought we knew years and years ago about our 4 legged companions. Over the years, so much has changed as we have learned more and more about them as time goes by. And I believe we still have much to learn. While some things still ring true today, there are many which are now considered myths. That being said, some people still swear by them. So, what is true and what is not? How are we suppose to know what is a myth and what is fiction? Let’s take today and learn 5 myths about dogs … Continue reading