Ask the Trainer: Help! How Do I Train My Deaf Dog?

Deaf Dog Training Tips!

Training our dogs is all about communication. Clear, consistent cues enable our dogs to learn quickly and easily, while reinforcing the learned behaviors make the behaviors strong and long lasting. But how can we communicate to our furry, four-legged friends if they can’t see or hear us?   In reality, training a blind or deaf dog is no different than you would train a dog that can see or hear. It’s as easy as ABC. Antecedent. Behavior. Consequence. An antecedent is something that causes a behavior to occur. A classic example is the ringing of the doorbell causing a dog … Continue reading

10 Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Holiday Season Safe & Bright!

Holiday Season Safety Tips for Your Pet Dogs

‘Tis the season for spending time with family and friends, making delicious foods, decorating, and shopping! To help keep the season bright, here’s 10 tips to be sure your dogs enjoy the season as much as you do! 1. Jingle! Jingle! Jingle! With all the busyness of the season, putting a bell or a jingle collar on your dog is not only a festive thing to do for the holidays, it’s also a great way to hear where s/he is! 2. Down Through the Chimney No matter the egress or ingress to your home, when the holidays are near, doors … Continue reading

The Issue With Off-Leash Dogs in On-Leash Areas

Off-Leash Dog Tips to Help Other Dog Owners

If I had a dollar for every time an off-leash dog (in what was supposed to be an on-leash setting) came bolting towards me with it’s owner yelling, “It’s okay… he’s friendly!” I would have several fully-stuffed piggy banks.   Now don’t get me wrong; if you’re that dog owner, I completely understand your desire to provide off-leash ‘free time’ so your dog can follow his nose, explore, and burn off some additional energy. These are all beneficial things, and because he’s a friendly fellow you probably think, “What’s the harm in letting him off-leash for a while?” even though (technically … Continue reading

Fun Water Activities Your Pup Can Do at Home

Water Safety Tips and Suggestions for Your Pet Dogs

In some of our past blogs, we talked a little bit about water safety tips and how you can help keep your dog safe during the summer. Spending some time romping around in the water can be a great way to help keep your pup cool this summer, but we understand that you won’t be able to take them out to the park or the lake every afternoon. However, there are plenty of ways your pup can have fun with water around the house. Kiddie Pool When our pups get hot after playing a game of fetch and are looking for … Continue reading

How Wool Helped My Dog Stay Warm!

Wool Benefits for Your Pet Dog

As a sheep farmer, spinner, knitter and general lover of wool, I know what a wonderful fiber wool is. And I utilized that amazing fiber to help my best friend, Bayou, a coon-hound mix with very little hair and a thyroid problem deal with the coldest winter in history. My family and I live on a small sheep farm in upstate New York.  It’s an old farmstead with a house built about 1850. It’s a challenge to keep our old home warm in the winter, especially during last winter – the coldest winter ever recorded in history. Our dog also … Continue reading

December Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

December Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest! - feauted

Here are the last Photo Contest winners of 2015! The families of these pups each won a $50 Amazon Gift Card and so can you… Just upload a picture of your dog with your4Knines product here now: https://4knines.wishpond.com/photo-contest/    We pick new winners EVERY month! So, upload a picture of your dog with your 4Knines product for a chance to win now: https://4knines.wishpond.com/photo-contest/ Don’t have a 4Knines Seat Cover yet?? Check out all of our products here: http://4knines.com/collections/all

How to Protect Your Car’s Interior from Your Dog

How to Protect Your Car's Interior from Your Dog

If you are anything like us, you love taking road trips and going on exciting adventures with your dog. From camping and hiking to running to the grocery store, we all love traveling with our furry best friends. These fun little outings, however, can come at a price if you are not careful. Over time, if your car’s interior is not properly protected or cleaned, it will start to look worn, faded, and damaged. There are a few different ways you can keep your car’s interior looking clean and new throughout all of your adventures. Dog Seat Cover Who likes … Continue reading

Worried About Rattlesnakes Biting Your Dog? Read This Now!

Rattlesnakes Issues and How to Protect Your Pet Dog

Hiking with my dog Clovis is one of our favorite ways to spend time together. Unfortunately, during the summer in Colorado where I live, there can be lots of rattlesnakes around. Clovis, like almost every other dog, has no natural fear of snakes the way that some of us do, and is naturally curious, so finding a snake can be particularly dangerous for him. Rattlesnake bites can be deadly if you aren’t able to get your dog to a vet soon enough, and can be very costly (around $1,000 for antivenom) if you do. Now like all of you, I … Continue reading

3 Tips That Could Save Your Dog’s Life

Save Your Dog Using Leash and Commands

Do you speak dog? Do you teach your dog safety commands? Does your dog look puzzled? Did you know there would be a quiz? All kidding aside, what could be more important to dogs than their very lives? What’s the Biggest Danger to Our Dogs? Living in a human world, small town or city, our dogs navigate an increasingly complex world. Few dogs live removed from the dangers of traffic. Simply crossing a street in major cities often proves life threatening for humans. We cannot expect dogs to understand and to cope with traffic and distracted drivers. 1. Leash Your … Continue reading

Canine Epilepsy: 12 Important Tips if Your Dog Has a Seizure

Canine Epilepsy and Things You Can DO to Protect Your Dog’s Health

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month and a perfect time to discuss Canine Epilepsy. Once upon a time, euthanasia was the suggested protocol for dogs with seizure disorders or Canine Epilepsy (Epi-dogs), but, thankfully, that is so not the case today! Now, there are many resources and healthcare routes to explore, both medical and alternative that just didn’t exist years ago. Having a trusting, solid relationship with your veterinarian is key. There are also some wonderful online support groups where members share their stories, recommendations, treatment options, and support. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Your … Continue reading