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

3 Popular Breeds You May Want to Reconsider

Breeds of Dogs Having Dog Issues

I decided to write this article from the perspective of a dog trainer and just a general dog lover. I can remember studying dog breed books as a child and would relish in the challenge to name a “rare” breed or to meet an unusual breed in person for the first time… I’m sure it’s the same for most dog lovers. The following are 3 dogs that stick out in my mind and I want potential owners of these breeds to make sure that they understand fully what they are signing up for when they welcome one of these guys … Continue reading

Why Do Dogs Lick? 3 Interesting Reasons You Might Not Know…

Lick Attitude on Your Pet Dog and How to Understand It Further

Dogs – they are our best friends, they are our family, they make our lives whole. When we share our lives with dogs, we tend to learn a lot about them. Not just about our own pups, but dogs in general. We learn that dogs like to explore the world with their noses. We learn that dogs show unconditional love towards their people. We also learn that dogs like to lick. A dogs tongue reminds me a lot of their noses. To me, it seems they like to explore the world with their tongues almost as much as they do … Continue reading

5 Reasons Fish Oil Supplements Could Be Good For Your Dog’s Health

Fish Oil Supplement to Improve Dog’s Health

Fish oil is a popular supplement these days for many health conscious people. There are many proven benefits, and we now know that many of these same benefits also apply to our canine companions. What is Fish Oil? As the name implies, fish oil is derived from marine animals and is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Animals cannot manufacture these fatty acids on their own; they must be consumed in the diet. For this reason they are often referred to as “essential fatty acids.” Mackerel, tuna, salmon, sturgeon, mullet, bluefish, anchovies, sardines, herring, trout, and menhaden are all … Continue reading

One Thing That’s More Important Than Puppy Potty Training

Training Your Dogs at Early Stage with Proper Socialization

As a professional dog trainer, I obviously understand the need for my services and I often forget that others do not. It seems to be a common misconception that dog training services are only for those that want competing sports dogs or own dogs with complex behavioral issues. Many new dog owners do not realize they have a chance to shape their new puppy’s future – depending on when you start the training. So, When Do We Start? Puppies go through development stages, just like human babies. During the critical socialization stage, we have a chance to change how our … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Your Dog Could Be Urinating and Drinking Excessively

Urinating and Drinking Issues With Your Pet Canine and How to Deal With It

Has any of these scenarios have ever happened to you? Your dog who is housebroken is suddenly having accidents in the house. Your dog is wanting to go out for a walk multiple times daily when in the past 2-3 times were sufficient. Are you finding yourself filling your dog’s water bowl multiple times throughout the day? Has your dog all of sudden chosen the toilet bowl for a source of water? All of these may indicate a health problem with your pet. There are several medical conditions that contribute to these signs, five of which are discussed in this … Continue reading

June Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest Are Here!

Photo Contest Winner on 4Knines for June 2015

Here are the photos that won our Photo Contest for June!  These doggies’ families each 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/                 Remember, we pick new winners EVERY month! So, upload a picture of your dog with your 4Knines product here 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

June Charity Spotlight on Frosted Faces Foundation

June Charity Spotlight on Frosted Faces Foundation

For senior dogs, time is precious, and the good folks at Frosted Faces Foundation don’t want them to miss one second! Frosted Faces is a non-profit corporation dedicated to matching forever families to senior dogs who have been left behind in the high-kill shelter systems of Southern California. Seniors are often deemed less adoptable and are among the first to be put to sleep when shelters need space to accommodate incoming dogs. Frosted Faces staff and volunteers work with families interested in becoming designated Forever Families, conducting rigorous screenings to ensure all seniors are matched with a family committed to providing the … Continue reading

How to Use Your Body Language to Train Your Dog

Body Language To Communicate With Your Dog Best Friend

Your dog – man and woman’s best friend. Keeper of all of your deepest darkest secrets. You can talk to your dog for hours. Tell him everything you are unable to tell your friends, and you can trust 100% that he isn’t going to run off an gossip to the dog down the road. Mostly because, well, he can’t talk, but also because he doesn’t understand half of what your saying. Dogs are smart, there is no denying that. But their ability to learn around 165 words from the human language does not mean they can understand everything we say … Continue reading