How to Help a Stressed Dog…

How to Help a Stressed Dog...

We often recognize stress related behaviour in members of our own species but do we recognize stress related behavior in dogs? Once we learn to recognize indicators of stress in dogs, we can help a stressed dog.   Dogs can feel stressed by a variety of things. Stressors can include threatening or aggressive behavior (perceived or real) from other dogs or from people, use of punishing equipment, play periods that are too long and overwhelming, or too much or too little activity day after day. Stress can also be caused by pain or illness, hunger or thirst, or nutritional deficiencies. … Continue reading

10 Ways Your Dog Shows He Loves You

10 Ways Your Dog Shows He Loves You

Dogs are full of love, that is no secret. And they love to show us just how much they have to give. Generally, its not hard to tell when a dog is showing affection. But sometimes their action can be mistaken for affection, or vice versa – their affection can be mistaken for something completely different. What do I mean? Take tail wagging for instance… We assume that when a dog wags his tail, it means he’s happy and showing his love for us. But that is not always the case. Tail wagging can mean different things such as anxiety, stress … Continue reading

5 Reasons You Should Never Tie Your Dog Outside a Shop

5 Reasons You Should Never Tie Your Dog Outside a Shop

Question for you: Would you leave your toddler tied up outside a shop? Universal answer: “No!” We’ve read the papers, we’ve heard the news: horrific stories of child abduction and murder. Most parents won’t take their eyes off their children, and with good reason. Why is your dog different? Do you not care what may befall him? There are five big reasons why you should never leave your dog tied up. 1. He Can Be Stolen Sadly, this happens all too often. Dogs can be snaffled from gardens. How much easier to take one who already has a handy lead … Continue reading

Just How Similar Are Dog’s Emotions to Ours?

Just How Similar Are Dog's Emotions to Ours?

Many people have experienced behavior in their dogs that leads the owner to believe that dogs are capable of feeling emotions similar to those felt by humans. Not only do dogs appear to experience a wide range of emotions, studies show that dogs recognize emotions in other dogs and in humans. The results of a study by a team of animal behaviour experts and psychologists from the University of Lincoln, UK, and University of Sao Paulo, Brazil led the researchers to believe that dogs truly recognise emotions in humans and in other dogs and can discriminate between positive and negative … Continue reading

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