Are You Afraid of Scary Dogs? Read This!

Are You Afraid of Scary Dogs? Read This!

Do you feel nervous around scary dogs? If so, please take a minute to read this.   So today I got a lovely email out of the blue which got me thinking! Yelski, my first foster dog, was sent to Sweden 6 years ago, and his owner who adopted him just found me on Facebook and sent me the beautiful picture. However, the first time I met Yelski I was petrified of him!! Was he barking? No. Was he jumping up? No. Was he displaying any signs of aggression? No. So why was I scared?   Because he was a … Continue reading

Big Dogs Are Not Right for Everyone: 5 Critical Facts of Big Dog Ownership

Big Dogs Are Not Right For Everyone: 5 Critical Facts of Big Dog Ownership

What do I mean when I use the words BIG DOG? A big dog is one who, when laying in your bed, takes up more space than you do. A dog who, when not properly leash trained, could drag you down the street chasing after a rabbit. Or one who could potentially break your toe if he stepped on it. I learned that lesson the hard way.   In a nutshell, a big dog is one who, when fully mature, will reach about 50 pounds or more and range in size from a Labrador retriever and German shepherd to the … Continue reading

A Dog’s Nose Knows What a Dog’s Nose Knows!

Dog’s Nose and What It Can Do…

The nose of a dog is nothing less than remarkable. Dogs see the whole world with their noses. They explore with it, they find things with it, they can sniff out just about anything with it!   For certain dog breeds, their whole lives revolve around their noses – for instance, police dogs who have been trained to sniff out narcotics and/or weapons have extremely important jobs with their nose. Even for our pet dogs, their nose is their world. When I see my huskies sniffing around the house or the yard, I often wonder exactly what smells they are … 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

5 Most (& Least) Expensive Cities to Own a Dog

Expensive Cities to Get Your Pet Dog

Though you can’t put a price on cold puppy nose kisses, you’re probably sacrificing a large portion of your small budget to take care of your best friend. Checkups, food, pet sitters — they all add up fast. But have you ever wondered if you’re paying too much because of where you live? According to a joint study completed by Redfin, Trupanion, and Rover.com, the total cost of dog ownership varies drastically across the country. Data analysts looked at the major expenses dog owners face across 116 major U.S. cities to determine how they ranked: The Most Expensive Cities to … Continue reading

How to Keep Your House-Trained Dog From Having Accidents Indoors!

Accidents and How to Keep Your Dog Safe

Accidents happen! But if your dog consistently has trouble making it outside to do its business, there could be something else wrong. Dog incontinence can be frustrating for both owners and dogs. Your pet may be trying really hard to let you know she has to go out, but physically can’t make it. And you may be getting upset about your ruined carpet or rugs! Here’s everything you need to know about dog incontinence— what causes it, what to look for, how to treat it, and some products that will help you manage the diagnosis. Causes of Incontinence in Dogs … Continue reading