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

How to Keep Your Dog Safe in Hot Climates

Safe Tips for Your Dogs During Hot Climates

As we move into summer, the majority of the country is experiencing warmer temperatures that could potentially cause harm to our pet’s health.   Of course, some of us live in a climate that’s generally balmy on a year-round basis, like my native Los Angeles.  Therefore, we warm-weather dwellers must always be prepared to reduce the chance that hot and sunny weather will sicken or injure our pets. Are pets more-prone to heat-related illness than humans? Yes, pets are more prone to heat-related illness than humans. Unlike people, cats and dogs aren’t able to evacuate heat in a manner permitting the … Continue reading