Do You Know What Your Dog is Telling You?

Dog and Body Language: How to Know…

If you live with a dog, you have probably noticed that they express themselves using body language. However, do you know what all the different body postures mean?  Most people can recognize the happy, relaxed and friendly dog with his relaxed facial features and loose body or the playful dog that bows to invite someone to play with him. Unfortunately, a majority of people do not understand when their dog is anxious or fearful.  Sadly, these fearful dogs often get mislabeled as “aggressive”, “stubborn” or “dominate” and the resulting training these mislabeled dogs receive can often do more harm than … 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

What Does It Mean When Your Dog Is Barking?

Barking Dog and the Reason Behind It

A barking dog is generally perceived as an annoyance by majority of people. However, a dog’s barking can have a wide variety of meaning behind it, ranging from; boredom, excitement, frustration, fears and alerting when something is out of the ordinary. Many owners look to rid their dog of the barking behaviour but tend to look at the exhibiting behaviour to fix, not the underlying problem which is causing the barking in the first place. When we look at “fixing” a barking dog, you must understand what is causing it, simple examples below: Barking In The Backyard A bored and under stimulated dog. When … Continue reading