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

7 Photography Tips for Capturing Great Pet Pics

7 Photography Tips for Capturing Great Pet Pics

As a photojournalist, I truly believe every picture does indeed tell a story.   Every day, our pets bring us so much joy, whether it is that moment a puppy lick’s a child’s face, a therapy dog brings happiness to an ailing or lonely person, a cat chases a butterfly, a horse gallops across a misty field, a bunny nibbles on a piece of hay, or a dog rolls in the first snow of the season, taking a photograph allows us to capture and enjoy that moment, over and over again. Every day can be a day of many special … Continue reading

6 Tips to Help Prepare Your Pup for Fall

6 Tips to Help Prepare Your Pup for Fall

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. Vacation is over, kids are back in school, and temperatures will soon begin to drop.   While September and October are usually mild, it is still a great time to prepare your dog for the cool weather to come. Here are six tips to help your dog transition smoothly, happily, and warmly from summer to fall. 6 Tips to Help Prepare Your Dog for Fall 1. Grooming, Out With the Old in With the New   If your dog requires professional grooming, September is a great month for a quick trim. Get … Continue reading

How to Teach Your Dog to Stop Barking in the Home

How to Teach Your Dog to Stop Barking in the Home

In the home, when visitors approach, the dog has nowhere to flee, so it will often choose the second defense response – to freeze, which can manifest itself in the form of barking.   In a moment when danger presents itself you need to display a calm reaction to show your dog that as its leader, you are aware of the danger and will deal with it. So, for example, if the doorbell rings, causing your dog to bark, you should thank your dog for doing its job by saying ‘good boy/girl’ or ‘thank you’ in a happy tone. After … Continue reading

Are You Afraid of Scary Dogs? Read This!

Are You Afraid of Scary Dogs? Read This!

Do you feel nervous around scary dogs? If so, please take a minute to read this.   So today I got a lovely email out of the blue which got me thinking! Yelski, my first foster dog, was sent to Sweden 6 years ago, and his owner who adopted him just found me on Facebook and sent me the beautiful picture. However, the first time I met Yelski I was petrified of him!! Was he barking? No. Was he jumping up? No. Was he displaying any signs of aggression? No. So why was I scared?   Because he was a … Continue reading

Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations

Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations

For us, a vacation is a nice change of pace from the stressful aspects of life, work, and responsibilities. For our pups, a vacation is a nice change from the smells and fun had back home.   Sure their lives may not be as stressful as ours, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t appreciate an adventure away from home. Whether you’re looking to camp, get pampered, enjoy the beach, relax, or experience something new, there’s a dog-friendly vacation destination for you and your dog to enjoy. Camping Destinations Camping is a great vacation idea if you want to bring your … Continue reading

Dog Parents FAQs About RAW Pet Food

Dog Parents FAQs About RAW Pet Food

Raw or kibble… seems to be a highly debated and thought about subject more and more every day.   While there are certain benefits to both RAW and kibble, how do you know which one is right for both you and your pet? Today, let’s go over some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about RAW pet food. Q. Is feeding RAW more expensive than kibble?   A. The answer to this is touchy. Feeding a good RAW diet is comparable to the pricing of a high-quality kibble. There are ways to cut costs of RAW diets, however… seeking out sales at … Continue reading

How to Look at Every Moment as a Training Opportunity!

How to Look at Every Moment as a Training Opportunity!

‘Oh look, a training opportunity’ is a phrase that I find coming out of my mouth a lot.   I like to pre-empt any possible problems by being proactive to facilitate an issue doesn’t come up in the future. That might be teaching my young excitable Lurcher that the sight of a bicycle means come to me for a yummy treat and calmly watch the speeding deer replacement go by. Or by starting work a month in advance to prepare him for the firework season by upping his Tellington TTouch body work and wearing his body wrap more often. The … Continue reading

When Animals Age: How to Care for Your Aging Pet

When Animals Age: How to Care for Your Aging Pet

Is your dog no longer jumping around like a puppy? Has your playful pooch started to sleep the day away?   Dogs mature differently depending on their size and breed, and it is guessed that for every one year of a human life, a dog ages 7. So, by twelve, he’s equivalent to an 80-year-old man. Wellness is of huge importance to health and a major factor in your dog’s happiness and comfort. Just like us, an aging lethargic dog often feels gloomy, while an invigorated dog faces life with a smile. We can help improve the aging process – … Continue reading