How to Choose the Right Puppy For Your Lifestyle

Right Puppy to Take Home

Many people pick fluffy, cute puppies; when in fact they should be choosing a puppy that fits their lifestyle the best. This is the most common mistake when looking to make a puppy a part of your family. Some families are looking for a dog that will lie around the house with them and their children, while others are looking for a puppy that will be able to go hiking with them on their weekend camping trips. Although this task of choosing a puppy may seem easy, it is something that be done with a lot of thought and research … Continue reading

3 Doggy Sports to Help Exercise Your High Energy Dog

3 Doggy Sports to Help Exercise Your High Energy Dog

During these cold Canadian winters, us dog owners have a hard time tiring out our high energy dogs. If you have children, you know there are certain hours where kids get this abundance of bubbly energy that needs expelled. Dogs require the same energy outlets to avoid behavior issues like anxiety, destructive chewing and excessive barking. Some dogs were bred (designed) for a job! Yes… a job! Dogs like herding breeds or working breeds have instincts telling them to exert behaviors (like nipping at heals, or barking when they see a bird) that is helpful for their specific purpose. Exercising … Continue reading

10 Fun Facts About Dogs You May Not Know! (Part 2)

Facts About Dogs You Should Know

Alright everyone, you asked for a part 2 version of my 10 Facts About Dogs You May Not Know, so you got it!   I hope you enjoy this one as much as the last! If you would like to go back and read part one, check it out here. 1. You have all heard that pets are good for our health. But did you know that it has been proven, petting a dog can in fact lower your blood pressure? 2. Have you ever noticed your dog curl up into a nice swirl type position? This seems to be … Continue reading

The Issue With Off-Leash Dogs in On-Leash Areas

Off-Leash Dog Tips to Help Other Dog Owners

If I had a dollar for every time an off-leash dog (in what was supposed to be an on-leash setting) came bolting towards me with it’s owner yelling, “It’s okay… he’s friendly!” I would have several fully-stuffed piggy banks.   Now don’t get me wrong; if you’re that dog owner, I completely understand your desire to provide off-leash ‘free time’ so your dog can follow his nose, explore, and burn off some additional energy. These are all beneficial things, and because he’s a friendly fellow you probably think, “What’s the harm in letting him off-leash for a while?” even though (technically … Continue reading

Can Your Dog Get Stressed Out?

Stressed Dog? How to Further Understand Your Dog’s Needs

As humans we know that stress can wreak havoc on our lives. Stress can make us sick, tired, grouchy, distracted and so much more.   Often times our stress touches other people our lives, our children, friends, coworkers, bosses, etc. With our fast paced lifestyle, we are experiencing more stress all the time. We typically get stressed because we have too much on our plate, we have a troubled relationship (child, spouse, friend, coworker, parent, boss) or we are facing a problem or project that is overwhelming. If stress can affect the other humans around us, can stress also affect … Continue reading

Finding the Right Dog Trainer for You and Your Pup

Dog Trainer: How to Find the Right Dog Trainer to Help You…

When you start looking for a trainer for your dog, it can be confusing on who to choose. Because dog trainers are not required to obtain a license in the United States, there are no set standards. The education, experience and skill of trainers can fluctuate greatly.   To try to address some of this problem, different training certifications have been developed. However, the “certification” programs can differ significantly. Some trainers are “certified” by schools where they learn to dog train. Other trainers are “certified” through private certifying programs that are not affiliated with any particular school. However, there are … Continue reading

4 Ways to Stay Connected With Your Dog While You Travel

4 Ways to Stay Connected With Your Dog While You Travel

For many of us, our dogs simply can’t travel everywhere we go. If you are anything like me, you simply won’t fly your dog in cargo unless you have no other option and have to transport them. Which means that you may take vacations or work trips, and you won’t be able to bring your dog. Not being able to bring Rooney with me makes me miss him tremendously when I am gone. Therefore, I try to think of ways to stay connected with him when I travel. Here Are a Few of My Favorite Ideas: 1. Flat Pet BlogPaws … Continue reading

Separation Anxiety in Dogs and How to Manage It

Separation Anxiety Dog Problems of Being Left

Separation anxiety is one of the most debilitating dog problems I see as a canine behavior specialist in Los Angeles. In addition to the many dogs suffering greatly from this condition, it is also frustrating for an owner who is afraid to leave their dog alone for any period of time. This is out of fear their dog will harm themselves or destroy the home when they are gone. I even saw a case where the dog was so overwhelmed by his anxiety that he thought crashing through a window would be a better option than being left alone! Fortunately … Continue reading

What Causes a Dog to Pant?

Pant Issues on Dogs

Dogs can be complex creatures at times. Specifically, their basic behavior and mannerisms can have multiple meanings. Panting is one of those behaviors. Many people think that panting is a singular behavior with a single cause, but there is much more to it than that. Panting can be caused by the following: 1. Cooling Down Because dogs don’t sweat as humans do (except some sweating through their paws) they cool themselves by panting. When a dog is hot, panting circulates the necessary oxygen so that your dog can cool down. If you see your dog panting, it is important to … Continue reading

How Puzzle Toys Can Change Your Dog’s Life!

Puzzle Toys to Keep Your Canine Friend Mentally Stimulated

Interactive dog toys, also known as puzzle toys, can be lifesavers in many situations.   Have a dog with separation anxiety? Get a puzzle toy. How about a dog chewing up everything in your house? Get a puzzle toy. What about a dog who barks non-stop? You guessed it, a puzzle toy can help. For those who aren’t sure what I mean by a puzzle or interactive dog toy, these toys are ones you can fill with treats or dog food and your dog has to problem solve to get the treats out of the toy. Kong toys are the … Continue reading