How the Use of Hand Signals Can Help Old Dogs

Hand Signals and Advantages it Can Do for Senior Dogs

More recently as I have been coming into contact with more and more dogs of a variety of ages and breeds, I am becoming increasingly more aware of the importance of using hand signals when you train ANY dog regardless of whether they can hear or not. My Dalmatian, Logan, is completely deaf and for training purposes I have to use hand signals. Some people with deaf dogs choose to use British Sign or American Sign Language when coming up with the different signals for the different cues and this does work well. However a lot of the time when … Continue reading

The Importance of Dog Breed Research

Breed of Dogs and the Importance of Considering Them

Many breeds of dogs have been selected for over many generations for a specific or series of traits. These traits would have served a specific purpose, probably for the breed’s original purpose for example retrieving or herding.   A lot of the time these traits have been bred for for so long that they become instinctive or innate to that particular breed. This means that even without training certain types of dog will exhibit certain types of behaviours. Problems can arise when potential owners don’t research the breed of dog that they are going to be housing. Take for example … Continue reading

June Charity Spotlight on Streetdog Foundation

Streetdog Foundation: 4Knines Charity Spotlight October 2015

Alexandria loves hanging out on patios. Henry Higgins loves naps. Lenny loves sandwiches. Marco loves trampolines. Penny love learning new tricks. The pups available for adoption through Streetdog Foundation are beautifully photographed and profiled on the foundation’s website.   These dogs are not placed with new families on a first-come, first-served basis. At Streetdog Foundation, a Memphis-based nonprofit, the primary goal is to find a perfect fit for both the dog and the household. The Streetdog Story began in 2009 when founders, Melanie and Kent Pafford, received a frantic phone call from a Memphis area rescue who was desperately trying … Continue reading

Choosing the Right Toy for Your Dog

Right Toy For Your Pet Dog? Here’s How to Choose…

One of our favorite things about dogs is how much they love to play. Whether we’re playing a friendly game of fetch or watching our pups have fun on their own, toys are an important part of your dog’s health and well-being.   Playtime provides both mental and physical exercise for our dogs and is something they need both as growing puppies and mature adults. That said, choosing the right toys is imperative to keeping your dog safe during playtime. Accidents can happen, but the right toys will keep them to a minimum and allow worry-free play. So what should … Continue reading

How to Handle and Help Your Aging Dog

Aging of Your Pet Dog: Things to Do to Have More Time With Your Bestfriend

We all love our dogs. So probably the hardest thing for us is to watch them age. Just like us, they undergo changes that may require further support from us as pet owners.   So what are some of the common changes that occur in your aging dog? How can we help them deal with these changes? What changes do we need to make in their care? Orthopedic Changes Most dogs, especially active dogs experiences changes with their bones and joints as they get older. Arthritis sets in especially in the hips, knees, and elbows. Many dogs with these signs … Continue reading

Tips for Socializing Small Breed Dogs

Small Breed Dogs and How to Train and Handle Them Easily

Small breed dogs. People seem to either love them, or hate them. The topic of small breed dogs can be a hot one. But why? See, like any breed, (small, medium, or large) there are good apples and bad apples, so to speak. That being said, if you ask me, there are no bad ‘apples’ when it comes to pets, only bad owners. Which brings me to today’s post – Tips for socializing small breed dogs. Before I get started, I want to point out that I am not picking on small breed dogs, or their owners. I am simply going … Continue reading

4 Important Things to Think About Before Getting a Dog

Getting a Dog: Things You Need to Consider

It’s a heartbreaking story, but something we hear time and again — owners of a year-old dog discover they just don’t have the time, energy, or capabilities to take care of the animal the way they thought they would, and they’re looking for a new home for their pet. Re-homing at that age is tough on the dog, and even tougher on the people who have formed an attachment. It also raises a few questions: Are people not putting enough thought into the type of dog they are bringing into their lives? Are they getting lost in the sweetness of … Continue reading

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

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