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 “Close the Door” on Dog Stress in 3 Steps

How to "Close the Door" on Dog Stress in 3 Steps

In my work with clients and their dogs in behavior modification, I see a lot of anxiety, fear, impulsivity, overexcitement and aggression.   One of the first things we do as a foundation of good behavior: Set a dog up to succeed and learn as much as possible by reducing unnecessary stress, overexcitement and opportunities for them to practice being out of control. The front door is a frequent source of triggers and stress for dogs, and their owners, so this is a great place to start. A door is a simple thing to humans but so often it is … Continue reading

10 Spring Dangers You Should Be Aware of for Your Pet

10 Spring Dangers You Should Be Aware of for Your Pet

Spring is in the air! …Well, almost! Winter is nearing its end, and while some of us may be breathing a sigh of relief and welcoming the warm weather, others might not be so keen to say goodbye to the fluffy white snow, and cold breezes. And by “others,” I am specifically referring to my 3 Siberian Huskies!   The Spring season is warm, beautiful, and seems to just bring your surroundings to life. But with all this beauty are some hidden dangers. Some of which can be extremely harmful to your pets. Today, I will share 10 common (and some … Continue reading

5 Facts About Purple Day®: Supporting Human & K9 Epilepsy

5 Facts About Purple Day®: Supporting Human & K9 Epilepsy

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 65 million people around the world have Epilepsy. Canine Epilepsy also affects thousands of dogs across the world, across the breeds each year. It is so important, on both the human and the canine fronts, to join together to help others understand, to not be afraid if they see a person or a dog having a seizure, and how to help and be supportive. That is what March 26 – Purple Day® is all about! Facts About Purple Day®: In 2008, a nine-year-old girl with Epilepsy named Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, along with … 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

3 Doggy Sports to Help Exercise Your High Energy Dog

3 Doggy Sports to Help Exercise Your High Energy Dog

During these cold Canadian winters, us dog owners have a hard time tiring out our high energy dogs. If you have children, you know there are certain hours where kids get this abundance of bubbly energy that needs expelled. Dogs require the same energy outlets to avoid behavior issues like anxiety, destructive chewing and excessive barking. Some dogs were bred (designed) for a job! Yes… a job! Dogs like herding breeds or working breeds have instincts telling them to exert behaviors (like nipping at heals, or barking when they see a bird) that is helpful for their specific purpose. Exercising … Continue reading

What Painhaviour Is & Why I Think We Need to Create a New Word!

What Painhaviour Is & Why I Think We Need to Create a New Word!

Pain affects all of us at some stage in our lives. It can be acute or chronic, come and go or be constant. It might only hurt when we do certain actions or over do things, like dig the garden. Pain is the reason we most often visit the doctors. It isn’t always obvious; watch ten people in the street and maybe eight will have some kind of pain but you can’t necessarily see it. Pain influences how we deal with the world around us: our tolerance levels, mood, ability to communicate well and energy levels. In short our behaviour … 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

You Know You Love Your Pet When…

You Know You Love Your Pet When...

How much do we love our pets, am I right? Its no secret that the world of pet lovers is massive. And let me tell you, we sure don’t try and keep it secret either!! Today, I think it would be fun to share some more than obvious ways we show the world that we love our pets. Ready? Lets get started! You know you love your pet when… Your cell phone has more photos of animals than anything else Your friend asks you to go out for a girls or guys night out but you decline due to your dog … 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