The Trials of the Teenage Dog (And How to Deal With Them!)

Teenage Dog Attitudes and Training Them Patiently

For anyone who has lived with a teenage dog, you will know it isn’t easy. This stage of growing up in any species is challenging for the parents or carers. Dogs, like us, have to learn self-control, good decision making and cooperation with others, while still wanting to push the boundaries with those ‘in charge’. Modern attitudes demand quick fixes and we expect that to apply to the sentinel, hormone filled, and emotional creature that is our young dog. There is no quick way through this, even dog professionals have to wade through the teenage terrors to get to the … Continue reading

Finding the Right Dog Trainer for You and Your Pup

Dog Trainer: How to Find the Right Dog Trainer to Help You…

When you start looking for a trainer for your dog, it can be confusing on who to choose. Because dog trainers are not required to obtain a license in the United States, there are no set standards. The education, experience and skill of trainers can fluctuate greatly.   To try to address some of this problem, different training certifications have been developed. However, the “certification” programs can differ significantly. Some trainers are “certified” by schools where they learn to dog train. Other trainers are “certified” through private certifying programs that are not affiliated with any particular school. However, there are … Continue reading

6 Mental Stimulating Games to Play with Your Dog!

Mental Stimuation Games for Your Pet Dog

Sometimes it’s just not feasible to exercise your pet. Whether due to injury, illness, age or weather, what can you do when getting your dog outside just isn’t an option? Most dog trainers will tell you, a tired dog is a good dog. What many people overlook in exercising their pets, is that mental stimulation can tire your pet out, as well, if not better than physical exercise. Here are six easy and simple ways to exercise your dog’s mind: Food Toys Food toys, such as the ones made by Kong, can really keep a dog busy. Some people use … Continue reading

Saving the Lives of Shelter Dogs Begins in the Home

Shelter Dogs and the Responsibility of Adopting a Dog

Overpopulation in animal shelters continues to be one of the leading causes of euthanasia in homeless dogs. What many do not know is that every day responsible pet care can help reduce overcrowded shelters, and our nations skyrocketing euthanasia rates. Animal advocacy and the potential to save the lives of dogs begins in the home. First things first, are you prepared to have a dog? Many dogs are relinquished at animal shelters because their owners are not prepared for the responsibility of owning a dog.  Before You Adopt: 1. Does Your Residence Allow Pets? Be sure to check with the owners … Continue reading