Is it Separation Anxiety or “Please Don’t Put Me in My Crate”? How to Tell The Difference!

Is it Separation Anxiety or "Please Don’t Put Me in My Crate"? How to Tell The Difference!

The term separation anxiety is often a mislabeling term used in describing a dog that has not been properly taught how to handle being alone. The behavior of a dog that does not like being left alone include, whining, barking, howling, digging, destruction, and just plain upset when they are left. Let’s face it, if you’re home, WHY can’t they be with you right? Actually no, we encourage what we call controlled separation to help a dog develop coding skills in their crate. I tell my clients that a dog has to be “taught” to handle being alone. The best … Continue reading

Important Tips for Crating Your Dog

Important Tips for Crating Your Dog

If you were anything like me growing up, you never had a crate for your dog let alone heard of one. These were the times of letting our dogs run loose to visit the neighbors and the neighbor’s dogs would come visit us. I remember my dad cutting a cardboard box in half that a refrigerator came in. Then he cut out a slot for our dogs to get in and out of the boxes, and after putting in a garbage bag full of fleece scraps it was quite the cozy place for our dogs on the patio. Little did … Continue reading

6 Winter Pet Items to Bring on Your Holiday Travels

Winter and Travel: Keeping Your Dogs Safe

As you prepare to visit your family and friends for the holiday season, I’m sure you are busy getting all of the gifts together and probably completing some early packing as well. In addition to your standard road trip preparation, you might want to start thinking about what your pet will need, especially during the winter season. On our road trips with Rooney, there are always a handful of items that we consider our essentials. However, during the winter season, there are some new essentials. To decrease the holiday chaos you are currently experiencing, I thought it would be helpful … Continue reading

Important Tips That Make Moving With Your Pet a Lot Easier…

Moving With Your Pet and Transferring to a New Place…

Whether moving a few miles across town or many miles across the country, relocating with the family pet can be a challenge. A little planning can make the transition smooth for human and furry friend alike. If moving across town, you have the advantage of being familiar with the pet care providers, pet supply stores and emergency clinics available to you. If you are moving a greater distance, depend on the internet to assist your transition. Do a search to find possible veterinarians to get your pets established in their new community. Notifying your previous vet and letting them know … Continue reading

Debating Crating Or Puzzling About Muzzling? Do What’s Best For Your Dog!

Crating or Muzzling? What Are the Advantages?

When assisting clients with their dogs’ behaviour issues, there is a range of potential strategies and tools that can be employed. And depending on the specific issue, that range could include a recommendation for the use of a crate or a muzzle. Interestingly, it’s relatively common for clients to tell me they simply “aren’t comfortable” with their dog having anything to do with a crate or muzzle… and some even going as far as to say, “Nope… no way… I’m not doing that to my dog!” But why is that? After further discussion, clients usually confess their reason for feeling … Continue reading

3 Important Reasons Dogs Need to Be Inside a Crate In a Car

Crate Advantages for Your Pet Dog

While some animal activists may condemn the practice of crate training, I beg to disagree with their complaints about this common practice.   Organizations like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) compare placing dogs in these temporary enclosures to putting them into prison. They point out cruel training techniques and keeping animals confined for long periods of time, but that’s the owner’s fault and not how many canines feel about being in a crate. Since dogs are inherently “den” animals, most of them feel perfectly safe and content inside this temporary confine. Crate training a dog, or even … Continue reading

How to Prepare to Evacuate With Pets in Case of Emergency

Emergency Situation: How to Be Prepared in Evacuating Your Pets

From devastating earthquakes to floods, wildfires and all other manner of disasters, some of the most vulnerable victims can be our pets. Many times, residents are expected to evacuate with little to no notice. Are you prepared to evacuate with your pet in the event of an emergency? Have you ever thought of items you will need? Some of the items you’ll include may vary, depending on whether you are evacuating to a shelter, the home of a relative or a hotel. A relative may not require you to crate your pet, while many shelters and hotels do. Know where … Continue reading

The Must-Know Facts About the Dangers of Cage Biting

Biting on Crate? Reasons Why Your Pet Dogs Are Biting on Their Cage

February is National Pet Dental Health Month by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dogs biting on crate bars can cause major dental problems. Pet parents don’t realize until it is too late and oral surgery becomes necessary. I was one of those pet parents. Why Is My Dog Biting on the Crate? I crate trained my youngest Siberian Husky, Cairo, since the day he came home at the too young age of 6 weeks. Unfortunately, I still had problems with him biting on the bars of the crate.  Here are some reasons your dog may be biting on the bars … Continue reading

House Training 101: How to Get Your Puppy to Pee Outdoors

House Training 101 Pee Dog Tips

Toilet Training toddlers can be stressful. Some childcare centers won’t accept children unless they are using the toilet. Shopping of any kind can become a nightmare as your three year old announces she has to go to the bathroom, which sends you into a frenzy looking for the nearest facility. Then there’s the endless laundry, accidents resulting in wet pants, accidents resulting in the bathroom needing to be cleaned or worse, the living room. Ultimately human beings want to use the toilet. We want to conform to the societal norms. We want to do what others are doing, so children … 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