7 Simple Ways to Shower Your Dog With L-O-V-E!

Love for Your Dogs in Many Ways!

Welcome to the month of love! Ah, yes, love. Poets and authors write about it. Singers croon about it. Artists create visions of it. While every day is a day for showing our pets how much we love them, February is a time to celebrate that love with Valentine’s Day on February 14 and Love Your Pet Day on February 20! While we can certainly count the many ways our beloved dogs love us and we love them, here’s a few ways of showering our canine best friends with some l-o-v-e! Love Is Simple Nothing says, “I love you,” more … Continue reading

Why Guard Dogs Should Not Be Aggressive!

Guard Dogs and Their Behavior

I own a Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff) named Zeus. If you are unfamiliar with the breed, think 100-pounds of muscle in the form of what many think looks like a giant Pitbull.   People constantly cross the street, pick up their small children, and shoo their dogs away when we are walking by. I know this is because people are afraid of Zeus, they assume he is aggressive and would harm them. If only they knew how well behaved he is and that he will not attack at any given moment. When most people think of a typical guard dog … Continue reading

Dog Training Philosophies: Medical Model, Behavioral Model and Knee-Jerk Reactions

Training Tips for Your Dogs to Properly Communicate With You

Most of our dog pet owners are not aware that there are different philosophies/approaches to “training” a dog and more so how to approach solving behavior problems.   There are two main veins of approach even though I titled with three; two of them go together. Medical Model see “problem behavior” as if it’s a disease.   The “trainer”, “counselor” or “veterinary behaviorist” may take a history of your dog and come up with a diagnosis for the behavior and label it something like “dominance aggression”. This approach focuses too heavily on the “symptoms” presented and do little to address … Continue reading

Why You Should Consider Dog Rehab BEFORE Surgery

Dog Rehab and Go With the Basics Before Operation

In October of 2014 my husband and I noticed our Bernese Mountain dog, Bethany, began limping. It was evident the issue was the front left shoulder. We went to our regular vet where we were referred to an orthopedic surgeon (DACVS) who specializes in soft tissue injuries. At our appointment the doctor conducted an examination and took x-rays, determining she most likely had a tear in her ligament. We were given a couple of options: surgery or rehabilitation. The surgery had a long recovery period and there was a chance it wouldn’t work. Bethany was a 6-year-old puppy mill breeder … Continue reading

How to Prepare for Air Travel With Your Dog

Air Travel Tips With Your Pet Dog

New year, new adventures! Are you planning a big trip in 2017? And are you thinking about bringing your dog along for the ride (or flight)?   Besides working out where to stay and what to eat, there are many things to consider when flying with a pet. Here is how you can prepare yourself, and your dog, for air travel. As soon as you have decided on a destination, it is crucial to start planning your trip at least a month ahead of time. There is a lot to do! 1. Plan Your Trip You will have to decide whether … Continue reading

Coconut Cream Cookie Dog Treat Recipe!

Dog Treat Recipe to Make Your Pet Dog Happy!

I’m a big fan of coconut in all its forms and incorporate it in many of Kirby and Kenzie’s meals and treats. Once believed to be unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content, we now know that the fat called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) lead to efficient burning of energy.   Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or other, provides a wide range of health benefits. Holistic veterinarians recommend daily servings of up to 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body. I wanted to make a treat in the purest form of coconut as possible, and … Continue reading

10 Ways to Show Your Pet You Love Them on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Fun for Your Pet Dog

Yes, you read that right. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner… already!   Valentine’s Day is a day of love, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day. February 14’th was originally in honor of different saints named Valentinus. The day became associated with romantic love in the 14’th century. Now that we are more familiar with the day of love, do you have a furry friend you want to be your valentine? Let’s Go Over 10 Ways to Show Your Pet You Love Them on Valentine’s Day 1. Bake some yummy, pet friendly, heart shaped biscuits for your pets! 2. … Continue reading

What Are the New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet?

Resolutions This New Year for Your Pets!

When we think of New Year’s Resolutions we often think of things we will do for ourselves, lose weight, exercise more, eat better, etc. This year why not make a New Year’s Resolution to train your dog, cat or other pets. Training your pet provides great mental stimulation and it will improve your bond! When deciding to train your pet, there are many options. We most commonly think of training dogs but all animals can be trained. Group classes are commonly provided for dogs, you could join a Good Manners class, Agility class, Trick class or Nose work class (depending … Continue reading

What to Look Out for When Buying a Puppy

Puppy: How to Find the Perfect Puppy for You!

It goes without saying seeing as I’ve written three books and hundreds of articles on the life I share with my mine that I love dogs.   I’m like millions of other people for whom it’s a natural wish that we want to share our homes and lives with canine friends. But it can be difficult to know how best to find and buy puppies in today’s busy puppy market. The puppy business is huge and unscrupulous practices are rife, making it a terrible maze to work through, especially for novice puppy buyers. The simple answer to avoid being duped … Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Dog for the Arrival of Your New Baby!

New Baby With Pet Dogs: How to Meet and Greet!

You’re pregnant! The most exciting news in the world! Whether this is your first baby or or not, this new little life joining your family is going to affect your dog.   As wonderful as your dog is, don’t blindly believe they’ll be thrilled with the new addition. Dogs are not little humans. They’re animals and they perceive things very differently to humans. So set your dog up for success by preparing them for your new arrival with these tips: Start Preparing Your Dog as Soon as You Find Out You’re Pregnant Decide what the rules will be once the baby comes. And start practicing … Continue reading