To Dress Up or Not Dress Up: Halloween Costumes for Dogs

To Dress Up or Not Dress Up: Halloween Costumes for Dogs

Let’s face it – people enjoy Halloween costumes more than dogs. Although I love seeing dogs dressed up as goblins, ghosts, celebrities, and hot dogs, I also accept that costumes are not for all dogs and no amount of treats will make them have fun. Our first dog LOVED dressing up. He would actually dance in circles at the sight of a new outfit or costume. While our current dog enjoys sweaters and coats, anything else like skirts, hats, boots, costumes really stress her out. As much as I would love to dress her up like a Hollywood starlet (she’s … Continue reading

Is Your Dog Ready to Travel When Disaster Strikes?

Is Your Dog Ready to Travel When Disaster Strikes?

It has been a crazy summer of devastating hurricanes, flooding, fires and other disasters. Is your dog prepared to weather the storm? We just spent a week on the road with our three dogs after being evacuated for Hurricane Irma. It was extremely stressful and full of anxiety for us and our dogs. I felt prepared and ready to keep my dogs as calm as possible under the circumstances. Sadly, as we crawled down the highway in bumper to bumper traffic, it became clear that many dog owners were just not prepared to travel in an emergency with their dog. … Continue reading

Preparing Your Dog For Back-to-School Time

Preparing Your Dog For Back-to-School Time

August has just arrived, and while many folks are still enjoying the summer time soaking up the sun and splashing in the water, the thought of school is not that far off. Some families are already preparing!   While items such as bookbags, notebooks, and pencils are being added to shopping lists, the transition from summer sun to school-time fun could actually be a stressful one for pets. Here are a few of my FiveSibes™ “golden rules” to help ease the change for our furry best friends and their human pals: Practice Makes Perfect (Sense) Before the first day of … Continue reading

7 Important Fourth of July Safety Tips for Dogs

7 Important Fourth of July Safety Tips for Dogs

The Fourth of July is one of the highlights of the summer for many Americans – but not for American dogs.   More pets are lost on July 4th than any other day of the year. While fireworks are usually the cause, there are other doggie stressors and dangers out there as well. Here are seven tips to keep dogs (and other pets) safe this July 4th: 1. Keep lighters, charcoal, lighter fluid, matches, sparklers, citronella candles, glow sticks, fireworks and open flame away from dogs.   All of these items are dangerous and if ingested can cause stomach upset, … Continue reading

Do You Have a Disaster Preparedness Plan for Your Pet?

Do You Have a Disaster Preparedness Plan for Your Pet?

Disasters can strike at any time, anywhere; from tornadoes to hurricanes, to flash floods and fires, to earthquakes. If an emergency suddenly arises and you need to evacuate, do you have a plan for your family, including your pets? If not, this is a perfect time to develop one. Here are some of my FiveSibes™ tips on being prepared: 1. Get Certified! If you have not yet taken a Pet First Aid/Pet CPR course, sign up now! Not sure which program to sign up for? Check with your veterinarian for a recommendation. 2. ID Your Pet Pets can get spooked and … Continue reading

7 Tips For Keeping Dogs Safe & Cool in the Yard & Car!

7 Tips For Keeping Dogs Safe & Cool in the Yard & Car!

It is important that while we prepare our homes, yards, and even cars for the fun-in-the-sun days, we keep our canine companions’ safety in mind, too. Here are some of my FiveSibes™ tips to help keep the fun in summer for everyone: 1. Yards of Fun! As we prepare our yards for the great outdoor season, do a thorough yard check, sans dogs, of course, and: Inspect all the fence lines and gates to be sure they are still solid and intact. Look around to see if any animals or bees made a nest that needs to be removed. Did … Continue reading

5 Reasons You Should Never Tie Your Dog Outside a Shop

5 Reasons You Should Never Tie Your Dog Outside a Shop

Question for you: Would you leave your toddler tied up outside a shop? Universal answer: “No!” We’ve read the papers, we’ve heard the news: horrific stories of child abduction and murder. Most parents won’t take their eyes off their children, and with good reason. Why is your dog different? Do you not care what may befall him? There are five big reasons why you should never leave your dog tied up. 1. He Can Be Stolen Sadly, this happens all too often. Dogs can be snaffled from gardens. How much easier to take one who already has a handy lead … Continue reading

How to Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

How to Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

Spring has sprung, the weather is beautiful and everyone is ready to get out there for some fun in the sun! Your best friend is eager to come out with you and enjoy the beautiful weather. Some of the most common dangers that our dogs face during the warm summer months can be avoided if we plan ahead. It is a season of trips to the park, festivals, farmer’s markets, family bbq’s and plenty of fun in the sun and water. These tips will help you and your dog safely enjoy the summer months: Avoiding Heat Stroke Heat stroke is … Continue reading

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