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

How to Make Emergency Preparation for Your Pets

How to Make Emergency Preparation for Your Pets

With Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the fires in California and the storms in Mexico we know that an emergency can occur at any time.   Whether it is a fire, flood, hurricane, tornado or any other kind of disaster, the more prepared you are the better the outcome can be. Although many of us consider our furry and feathered family members to be part of the family, we don’t always make emergency preparations for them. Preparations for pets should not only include food and medications but it is also important to do some emergency training as well. When putting together … Continue reading

Senior Dogs in the City: 8 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog Happy & Healthy in the Concrete Jungle

Senior Dogs in the City: 8 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog Happy & Healthy in the Concrete Jungle

Keeping your city dog happy and healthy into old age is easy provided owners follow a few guidelines.   1. Keep your animal’s weight down—the thinner the dog, the easier it is to handle them and the easier it will be to help lift him to his feet, if needed. Consult a veterinarian about proper weight loss methods. 2. Try to eliminate stairs— both up and down are difficult on the joints. Get a ramp, if possible. 3. There are many slings and harnesses available. The harness I like is the webmaster, by Rufffwear, and slings from Walkabout. These will … Continue reading

5 Psychological Benefits to Having Pets at Home

5 Psychological Benefits to Having Pets at Home

I wanted to tell you about Colonel Deems and his dog Riley.   In a court case reported in the New York Times in 1908, it was announced that the Colonel’s attachment to his pet was “not evidence of a mental derangement.” Now, over 100 years later, we know even more: that Riley probably helped Colonel Deems stave off depression and anxiety associated with living alone as a bachelor. Pets and Their Humans People of all ages can benefit from any kind of pet – dogs small and large, cats, fish, birds, and even farm animals, amphibians and reptiles have … Continue reading

It’s Back to School Time… But What About the Dog?

It's Back to School Time... But What About the Dog?

September again. And everyone in the house is anxious and excited to get back to school. So in all the chaos, where does that leave Rover?   Back-to-School Doggy Blues Did you know that dogs can suffer from things like depression and anxiety just like humans can? And it can be easily triggered by daily routine changes. Think about it; all summer long there’s probably been a lot of activity, outdoor fun and kids to play with. Then all of a sudden one morning, everyone gets up and leaves for the day. And not only that, it happens the next day … Continue reading

Learning Your Dog’s Language

Learning Your Dog's Language

Dogs use their whole bodies to communicate how they are feeling. Groups of signals indicate whether a dog needs more space from something (distance increasing signals) or would like less space (distance decreasing signals). Sometimes a dog will display a mix of these signals when they feel conflicted or ambivalent in a situation. Groups of signals can also tell us when a dog is feeling stressed or playful. These behavioral signals can be limited by whether or not the dog has a coat that allows him to raise his hackles or whether he has surgically cropped ears or a docked … Continue reading

August 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

August 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

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

August Charity Spotlight: Hurricane Harvey Pet Rescue Relief

August Charity Spotlight: Hurricane Harvey Pet Rescue Relief

Texas has never seen a storm like Hurricane Harvey before. The overwhelming majority of Harvey’s rains are over, and we have a new calculation for the total volume of water it dispensed on U.S. soil: 33 trillion gallons. This number incorporates the rainfall not only in Texas and Louisiana, but also in Tennessee and Kentucky, which also experienced torrents.   The devastation Hurricane Harvey slowly is leaving behind includes at least 31 people dead and up to 40,000 homes destroyed. What we don’t yet know is the toll it has left on pets caught up in the flood or left behind by their … Continue reading

Should Your Pet Be Allowed on Your Bed/Furniture?

Should Your Pet Be Allowed on Your Bed/Furniture?

Hot topic alert! Should we let our pets on our beds and/or furniture or shouldn’t we?   Everyone has their own views on this, so let’s take today to go over some pro’s and con’s so to speak. CONS: Fur. One of the biggest reasons some people say no when it comes to letting pets on furniture is because of the fur. Some people believe letting a dog on the furniture/bed will create behavior issues. Preventing the dog from feeling like he has to listen to you etc… Now, in my humble opinion, I believe this is a myth that … Continue reading

Why You Should Get Expert Advice When Selecting a Dog

Why You Should Get Expert Advice When Selecting a Dog

Leaving home to go off to college? Starting your first big career opportunity? Getting married? Buying a house? Having your first child? Getting divorced? A family member gets ill, disabled or passes away?    There are many big life-changing events that occur that would benefit from research and expert guidance. Same goes to when you finally make the big decision to add a puppy or dog to your life for the first time. You are entering an unknown reality. You see your friends with dogs and it looks all really great or it could be a nightmare situation. Throw your … Continue reading