How to Prepare Your Dog For a Vet Visit

Vet Visit That is Hassle Free

Does going to the vet make you nervous? I think there is nothing more frightening than rushing your pet to a vet for an emergency. It can also be scary when taking your pet for a planned appointment when you suspect there is something wrong. Since our pets cannot tell us what is ailing them, we need to be their eyes and ears. It’s important to gather the right information when you suspect there is an injury, illness, or behavior change. There are steps that we can take as pet parents to prepare for a vet visit whether it is an … Continue reading

Understanding Dog Aggression & How to Fix It

Dog Aggression, Anxiety and Sensory Processing Isssues

The Root Cause:               As a severe problem behavior specialist I have been in the unique position to meet and observe thousands of dogs who have been previously labeled as “aggressive” with no hope. Many dog owners and pet professionals assume a dog is acting aggressive because they are simply angry or scared as a human would and the reaction they display is a conscious emotional choice they are making. In reality, the majority of dogs who act aggressive are doing so because of sensory processing issues. Sensory Processing: Dogs by nature are very … Continue reading

What Is the Best Dog Food to Feed My Dog?

Dog food that Is Healthy for our Pets

As time goes on we are finding more and more food choices available for our dog, from commercial kibble, canned food, kibble with freeze dried raw bits for nutrition, fully freeze dried raw, frozen commercial raw patties with or without veggies and of course home-made diet. T.V. commercials tell you how good their food is for your dog, yet they have numerous recalls, then on the other hand you hear horror stories about a homemade diet and organ failure from a friend of a friend. I’m hoping to shed some light onto what is best to feed your dog according … Continue reading

Breathwalking? How to Meditate With Your Dog & Positively Condition Your Mornings

Breakthwalking With Your Pet Dog and Remove Everyday Stress

It’s no secret that the modern world as we know it today is a pretty hectic place. It seems that from the moment we awake in the morning, until the time we lay our heads down at night, we have somewhere we need to go, or some thing we need to do. Say goodbye to loosening your tie, or letting your hair down after a hard day at the office–in the age of the smartphone, work, and your many responsibilities have no official hours—we’re always connected, day and night. You remember charge your phone daily, but did you remember to … Continue reading

Pet Obesity: How to Spot It in Your Dog and Manage It

Pet Obesity, Dog’s Health and Dog Safety

There are many things you don’t think about when picking up a dog from your local breeder or animal shelter. You look online at the newest articles on what to look for but beware, you’re always going to miss something. There is no one quick article you can read over and know every problem your dog might run into, they are just like kids and every situation is unique. This being said I’m going to delve into what has become ubiquitous here in the US. In a new study taken in March of 2015 by the Association for Pet Obesity … Continue reading

5 Causes of Constipation in Dogs

Constipation in Dogs and How to Treat It

Does your dog strain when defecating? When he/she goes is it only a small amount? Does it come out hard or dry? If that is the case, then your dog may be constipated. The process of defecation is an intricate process that involves involuntary actions of the intestines and voluntary action involving the muscles surrounding the rectum. If anything in this process is defective it can cause constipation. Constipation can be a primary health issue, but it is often a symptom of a more serious health issue. Here Are Some Potential Causes of Constipation in Dogs: Diet If your dog … Continue reading

The Not-So-Obvious Benefits of a Beginner Dog Training Class…

The Not-So-Obvious Benefits of a Beginner Dog Training Class...

“I just want my dog to…” It is the phrase heard over and over at group dog training classes when the owners are asked what they’d like to get out of the class. Beginner training classes usually have descriptions about what behaviors the dogs will learn. Sit, down, come, loose leash walking, stay, are just some of the common behaviors. All in all, we just want a well behaved dog, right? As an instructor, I see much more when I’m teaching owners. Although I want to help fix behavior problems by teaching good things, I am always looking for ways … Continue reading

Is Your Dog Drinking Enough Water? Get the Facts on H20!

Is Your Dog Drinking Enough Water? Here’s How to Keep Your Dog Healthy

July was Pet Hydration Month. During the summer, pet parents tend to pay more attention to how much water goes into their dogs bodies. But we have to keep in mind, ensuring our 4 legged friends are well hydrated is important all year round, not just in the summer months. So, is your dog drinking enough water? How do you know? Perk up your ears pups, we have the down low on H20! How much water is my dog suppose to drink on a daily basis? You might be surprised by how much water your dog is recommended to drink every … Continue reading

Killian’s Wheels: Living With an IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) Dog

IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) and How to Take Care of Your Dogs: Killian

I did not seek out a special needs dog. I really wanted something easy. Killian was “whole” when I picked him out, sight unseen, on Petfinder.  I completed my application and paid my fee, and made my plans to drive the 250 miles to the shelter to pick him up. The day before I picked him up I received a phone call. Killian was not walking on his back legs. They wanted to know if I still wanted him. I called every veterinarian I knew, I googled the condition, and I decided that I would bring him home anyway. I drove … Continue reading

Can Deaf Dogs Understand Sign Language? My Dog Does…

Deaf Dogs Training Using Sign Language

I am the proud owner of a deaf Dalmatian called Logan. A dog considered by many to be untrainable because of the fact he cannot hear. The truth; I’d have a deaf dog over a hearing one any day! When I was researching deaf dogs both when Logan was a puppy and when writing a previous article I was amazed at the negativity towards owning a deaf dog, with many people, sites, books and breeding clubs suggesting euthanasia as the only option for a dog that cannot hear. After all they have no quality of life, become aggressive, are untrainable … Continue reading