4 Ways to Help Your Dog Have a Pleasant Vet Visit

Vet Visit and Dog Training

From my personal experience as a veterinarian, I can tell you that certain procedures are unavoidably stressful and painful for a dog. However, routine veterinary health checks shouldn’t have to be! With some conditioning and training, you can help your dog learn to accept and even love visits to the veterinarian so that he doesn’t have to be terrified the moment you pull into the clinic parking lot. Here’s what you can do to help your dog have a pleasant visit to the veterinarian every time: 1. Teach Your Dog to Go Inside and Stay Quietly in a Crate Not … Continue reading

July Charity Spotlight on Pilots N Paws

Pilots N Paws Charity: Saving Dog Lives

Four million animals are euthanized each year because they do not have homes. One national charity is going “above and beyond” to change all that. Their mission? Saving the lives of innocent animals. In this month’s spotlight, 4Knines recognizes Pilots N Paws for their unique approach to saving the lives of innocent animals. Working with volunteer pilots, plane owners, rescue groups, and other volunteers around the world, Pilots N Paws provides an online forum to facilitate the transport of rescued animals to a safe haven. Pilots N Paws provides a user-friendly environment where all parties can come together to make arrangements for … Continue reading

The Risks of Using Choke Chain or Prong Collars on Your Dog

Collars on Dogs Good or Bad? Choke Chains and Prong Collars

“Do you…WANT TO GO FOR A WALKIES?”  Those can be a dogs favorite words along with, “Do you…  WANT TO EAT?” Sadly, for some dogs the walk experience is fraught with frustration, confusion and outright pain. For some dog owners the walk experience may be fraught with similar feelings of frustration and anxiety as they struggle to have a pleasant walk with their dog that has not been educated about how to walk in a relaxed manner with their person. For other dog owners they may think they have pulling behavior under control by using outdated dominance/punishment training methods. People using … Continue reading

How to Get Your Dog to Love Their Crate

Crate Training for your Dog’s Safety

There are many benefits to crate training your dog. Although there has been some controversy in the past, many people support positive and necessary crate training. If used appropriately, crate training can improve your living conditions and provide your dog with additional safety. For example, your pet may be a chewer, and never quite outgrow their habit of wanting to chew on things. If your dog has a particular affinity for chewing on wires or some other dangerous household item, crating them while you are away and unable to distract them, may be the safest option for them. For crate … Continue reading

How to Raise a Doggy Superstar!

Superstar Dog: How to Train by Socialization

Two words: Early Socialization. I know, I know. Puppies need manners training and crate training, potty training and chew training, alone time training and resource guarding prevention. Those things are important, no doubt. But when it comes to your pup’s long term behavioral health and wellness, none is as important as proper early socialization. Socialization, the process of exposing a puppy to all sorts of people, places, puppies, things and experiences in a positive way, is the highest priority for raising a superstar. Socialization gives your puppy the best chance of growing up to be a confident well-adjusted dog. It greatly … Continue reading

National Lost Pet Prevention Month: How to Protect Your Pet!

Lost Pet? How to Avoid and What to Do…

July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month. Today, i’m going to go over a few tips and advice I have to prevent your dog from becoming just another “lost pet“ statistic. What does it mean to ‘protect’ your dog from being lost? How can I prevent the worst from happening? Lets start with some basic ideas of proper pet Identification.   Having proper pet ID is a must when it comes to finding a lost dog. If your dog has no ID, how on earth is anyone suppose to know who he/she belongs to when they are found? The most … Continue reading

Are You Ready For a Second Dog?

Second dog Relationship Tips and Advice

With as much as you love your dog, it is easy to entertain the idea of getting a second one for your family. While a second dog can be a great addition to the family, the decision to get one should not be taken lightly. There are a few important factors you should consider before making your final decision: Are You Ready For the Commitment? Having one dog is a lot of responsibility, but having two dogs requires about three times as much work. Not only will you have to train each dog separately, but you will also have to … Continue reading

Protect Your Dog From Heartworm Disease!

Hearthworm Disease? How to Avoid and Use Dog Seat Cover

Summer is in full swing and we all know what that means…mosquitoes are out in full force. Although it important to protect yourself from these nasty, bloodsucking insects, it is also extremely important to protect your pup. Mosquitoes carry a host of horrible diseases that not only affect humans, but they also carry deadly diseases that can affect your pet’s health. Heartworm Disease Heartworm disease is caused by long worms that infect your pet’s heart. Although these worms typically reside in your pet’s heart, they have the ability to travel to your pet’s lungs, as well as other vital organs, … Continue reading

Mixed Breed vs. Purebred? Make Mine a Schnoodle!

Schnoodle Dog Breed Mixed Breed

When it comes to canine behavior there are no absolutes. While certain qualities are often associated with particular breeds, the truth is that ultimately behavior is breed independent — well, sort of. As an example, in general Labs love the water. But I guarantee you that I can show you Labs that are terrified of water. In the end, behavior is not determined solely by breed, even though breed does play a role. It’s the classic nature versus nurture model where both genetics and environment combined determine behavior and either can override the other. That being said, we can generalize … Continue reading

What’s the Difference Between “Socializing a Puppy” and “Puppy Socialization”?

Socialization and Communicating With Dogs and Humans

When you get a puppy, you want to do the right thing. You talk to other puppy owners, friends, relatives, and to dog professionals such as veterinarians and dog trainers. You may read books and also articles on the Internet. Everybody’s talking about “socializing your puppy” and “puppy socialization,” but everybody has a different idea on what those terms mean. “Socialization” is not the same as “socializing,” but people use them interchangeably. There are different meanings even if you look these terms up in reference books. Let’s get the correct definition from Dr. Ed Bailey, Professor Emeritus in Animal at … Continue reading