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

Killian’s Wheels: Living With an IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) Dog

IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) and How to Take Care of Your Dogs: Killian

I did not seek out a special needs dog. I really wanted something easy. Killian was “whole” when I picked him out, sight unseen, on Petfinder.  I completed my application and paid my fee, and made my plans to drive the 250 miles to the shelter to pick him up. The day before I picked him up I received a phone call. Killian was not walking on his back legs. They wanted to know if I still wanted him. I called every veterinarian I knew, I googled the condition, and I decided that I would bring him home anyway. I drove … Continue reading

How to Get Your Dog to Love Their Crate

Crate Training for your Dog’s Safety

There are many benefits to crate training your dog. Although there has been some controversy in the past, many people support positive and necessary crate training. If used appropriately, crate training can improve your living conditions and provide your dog with additional safety. For example, your pet may be a chewer, and never quite outgrow their habit of wanting to chew on things. If your dog has a particular affinity for chewing on wires or some other dangerous household item, crating them while you are away and unable to distract them, may be the safest option for them. For crate … Continue reading