To Dress Up or Not Dress Up: Halloween Costumes for Dogs

To Dress Up or Not Dress Up: Halloween Costumes for Dogs

Let’s face it – people enjoy Halloween costumes more than dogs. Although I love seeing dogs dressed up as goblins, ghosts, celebrities, and hot dogs, I also accept that costumes are not for all dogs and no amount of treats will make them have fun. Our first dog LOVED dressing up. He would actually dance in circles at the sight of a new outfit or costume. While our current dog enjoys sweaters and coats, anything else like skirts, hats, boots, costumes really stress her out. As much as I would love to dress her up like a Hollywood starlet (she’s … Continue reading

Why Dogs Should Have Spa Days Too!

Why Dogs Should Have Spa Days Too!

Who doesn’t like a spa day? Manicure, pedicure, a nice style to make us look our best can really lift spirits. Looking good can make you feel good and ready for anything that comes your way. Unfortunately, our dogs don’t feel the exact way about their spa day. As a dog groomer, I deal with this often, very few of my canine clients come rushing in with delight on their appointment day. A few do come running in with excited whines and oddly enough are very happy about it and actually give a big hug or enthusiastic tail wagging. Some … Continue reading

What to Do If You and Your Pup Encounter a Rattlesnake

What to Do If You and Your Pup Encounter a Rattlesnake

In our blog, “Keep Your Pup Safe From Rattlesnakes This Summer,” we discussed a few different ways you can protect your pup from a rattlesnake bite, as well as measures you can take to avoid an encounter altogether. However, if you are going to be spending a lot of time outside and on different hiking trails, chances are you will encounter a rattlesnake at some point. While this can be a scary experience, there are a few things you should keep in mind if you and your pooch come into contact with a rattlesnake. Stay Calm If you and your … Continue reading

3 Mental Exercises You Should Try With Your Dog!

3 Mental Exercises You Should Try With Your Dog!

We give our dogs long walks and plenty of playtime to ensure their daily exercise needs are met. But after all that, a lot of dogs are still restless, bored,or worse, destructive. This is because they haven’t had a good mental workout, even though they already had plenty of physical exercises. That’s right, your dog needs mental and physical exercise each and every day. Different dogs require a different amount of each, but all dogs need both. Mental exercise is any form of problem-solving, such as trying to figure out how to get the lid off of the new trashcan, … Continue reading

Is Your Dog Ready to Travel When Disaster Strikes?

Is Your Dog Ready to Travel When Disaster Strikes?

It has been a crazy summer of devastating hurricanes, flooding, fires and other disasters. Is your dog prepared to weather the storm? We just spent a week on the road with our three dogs after being evacuated for Hurricane Irma. It was extremely stressful and full of anxiety for us and our dogs. I felt prepared and ready to keep my dogs as calm as possible under the circumstances. Sadly, as we crawled down the highway in bumper to bumper traffic, it became clear that many dog owners were just not prepared to travel in an emergency with their dog. … Continue reading

5 Polite Behaviors Your Dog Should Know Before Traveling

5 Polite Behaviors Your Dog Should Know Before Traveling

When outdoor temperatures start dropping, you know the holiday season is quickly approaching. Bringing furry family members along for holiday family visits has increased dramatically, so it’s time to make sure your dog learns important polite behaviors before heading out to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. Start teaching your dog polite behaviors months in advance, so your dog can show off her polite manners to family members when they see her. 1. Crate Training All traveling dogs should learn how to quietly settle in their crate in different situations. When traveling by car, dogs should travel in crates for safety. Also, … Continue reading

The Holidays Are Coming! What This Means For You and Your Dog…

The Holidays Are Coming! What This Means For You and Your Dog...

Labor Day seems to start the holiday ball rolling, and right behind it is Halloween, Thanksgiving and the big one-CHRISTMAS! How do you feel about the holidays? Do you feel like I do when you walk into a store on a 95-degree day and stare down aisle after aisle of Halloween candy? Does it literally make you nauseated and stressed? For some people dressing in their alter ego for a party and shopping for Christmas presents makes them gleefully giddy while others are stressed merely thinking about it. Their minds race to all the unfinished projects at home, costumes for … Continue reading

Why You Should Adopt, Not Shop for Purebred Dogs

Why You Should Adopt, Not Shop for Purebred Dogs

Shelters around the U.S. are overflowing with animals that need a home. Though many shelters try every option before euthanizing for space, it does happen. For that reason, animals everywhere need more people willing to adopt instead of shop. However, many people still prefer to shop for dogs for a variety of reasons. Whether they are looking for a certain breed, would like a dog from a line of trained animals, or are looking to show their animal, it seems as though a breeder is the better option. However, there are ways to adopt a purebred dog instead of shopping … Continue reading

Dog Training Tools VS Proper Dog Behavior

Dog Training Tools VS Proper Dog Behavior

There are so many dog training tools on the market nowadays, that it can be easy for us to begin relying on them rather than teaching proper behavior to our dogs. Tools like no pull harnesses or head halti’s can be great, don’t get me wrong… but it isn’t a fun thing to try and walk your dog on a leash when they have no leash manners. Believe me, I know from experience, and 3 Siberian Huskies who love to pull. This is why relying too much on the training tools available to us can actually come back to bite … Continue reading

What State of Mind Are You Nurturing in Your Dog?

What State of Mind Are You Nurturing in Your Dog?

Attention is a form of affection for dogs, and when they receive a human’s attention, it pleases and satisfies a need for them. It is important to be aware of the dog’s state of mind when you are giving the attention and affection they seek.   If a dog is barking and you start to pet him, the dog will receive a message that if he barks he will receive petting and affection. Often times when a small dog starts to bark at strangers, the owner will pick up the small dog in order to calm him down. The dog … Continue reading