Leave It! Wait! Get Down! – The Importance of Dog Impulse Control

Dog Impulse Control: How It Affects the Behavior of Your Dog

Leave it! Wait! Get Down! These are all phrases that an owner of a dog with low impulse control will use frequently on a day to day basis.   For those of you who haven’t heard the phrase before, impulse control is the equivalent of teaching our dogs to be polite, and to have good manners. More often than not, smaller breeds of dog are able to get away with having a lower level of impulse control purely because of their size. For example someone is more likely to put up with a small Jack Russell jumping up on them … Continue reading

Dog Training Philosophies: Medical Model, Behavioral Model and Knee-Jerk Reactions

Training Tips for Your Dogs to Properly Communicate With You

Most of our dog pet owners are not aware that there are different philosophies/approaches to “training” a dog and more so how to approach solving behavior problems.   There are two main veins of approach even though I titled with three; two of them go together. Medical Model see “problem behavior” as if it’s a disease.   The “trainer”, “counselor” or “veterinary behaviorist” may take a history of your dog and come up with a diagnosis for the behavior and label it something like “dominance aggression”. This approach focuses too heavily on the “symptoms” presented and do little to address … Continue reading

How to Prepare for Air Travel With Your Dog

Air Travel Tips With Your Pet Dog

New year, new adventures! Are you planning a big trip in 2017? And are you thinking about bringing your dog along for the ride (or flight)?   Besides working out where to stay and what to eat, there are many things to consider when flying with a pet. Here is how you can prepare yourself, and your dog, for air travel. As soon as you have decided on a destination, it is crucial to start planning your trip at least a month ahead of time. There is a lot to do! 1. Plan Your Trip You will have to decide whether … Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Dog for the Arrival of Your New Baby!

New Baby With Pet Dogs: How to Meet and Greet!

You’re pregnant! The most exciting news in the world! Whether this is your first baby or or not, this new little life joining your family is going to affect your dog.   As wonderful as your dog is, don’t blindly believe they’ll be thrilled with the new addition. Dogs are not little humans. They’re animals and they perceive things very differently to humans. So set your dog up for success by preparing them for your new arrival with these tips: Start Preparing Your Dog as Soon as You Find Out You’re Pregnant Decide what the rules will be once the baby comes. And start practicing … Continue reading

How to Use Behavioral Science to Train Your Dog…

Behavioral Science Benefits in Training Your Dog

Training is a key part of dog ownership. With the right approach, training not only improves the relationship between you and your dog but also makes your dog’s life more interesting!   Here are some basics from the field of behavioral science to help you approach training naturally and effectively.   First of all, it is important to realize that you are training your dog all the time whether or not you intend to. All creatures are continually learning and updating their behavior according to their experience. When a dog’s behavior gets the result they want (food, attention, etc), they … Continue reading

5 Great Benefits of Dog Sports

Dog Sports and How It Can Help Provide Healthy Body

There are many activities and sports that you can do with your dog, from agility to dock diving and even dry land mushing with a cart. You may have even seen dogs competing in some these sports on TV or doing demos at a festival. Have you ever wondered why people do sports with their dogs or how you might be able to get involved in one with your dog? There are several important benefits that both you and your canine friend can get from participating in sports together. 1. Exercise Like most sports, dog sports are wonderful exercise for … Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Dogs for a Newborn Baby

Newborn Baby Issues With Your Pet Dogs

Welcome Baby New Year! With the arrival of the bright and shiny 2017, I am so blessed to be looking forward to a year of firsts with the arrival of my first grandson this past December! With four Siberian Huskies, who are very social by nature, we wanted to prepare them for the arrival of the baby so they would not be too excited, overstressed, or worry when the baby cries and coos. A few things that have helped us with the transition from a four-dog household to a four-dog-and-a-baby household are: Prepare Your Dog Ahead of Time Months ahead … Continue reading

Fun Activities to Keep Your Dog Active This Winter

Winter Tips for Your Pet Dogs to Enjoy

Even when the weather is cold, there are still so many fun activities to keep your dog healthy and happy!   It’s important to make sure your dog gets plenty of playtime and exercise all year round, so why not try a few of these fun winter games and activities on a cold day? Go Outside! Snow and cold weather don’t automatically make play time outside impossible. In fact, your dog will love hopping around the in the snow and getting some fresh air. If it’s snowing out, make sure your dog is equipped with some dog booties and a … Continue reading

Important Tips for Avoiding Dog Bites

Dog Bites Issues: How to Avoid Dog Bites

A recent survey indicated that 54.4% of US households own a dog and that there are a total of 77.8 million dogs owned in the USA (Industry Trends, 2016). A 2014 survey of Canadians revealed that 34% of Canadian households contain at least one dog, resulting in an estimated population of 6.4 million dogs in Canada (Canadian Animal Health Institute, n.d.). While dogs are generally cooperative and social animals who live and work in harmony with people, sometimes dogs bite. Statistics indicate 4.5 million dog bites occur in the USA each year and that, among children, the rate of dog bites is … Continue reading

7 Dog Books That Improved My Relationship With Dogs

Dog Books to Help You in Training and Loving Your Dogs

I love reading. I can sit and read all day, especially when there’s a vast amount of articles and information available online. One of my ways to procrastinate is to get on the Internet, and just start surfing favorite topics. When I browse, one thing leads to another, and in a few hours I’m on a subject that’s nowhere near the topic that I started with. That could be a good thing and a bad thing, which is why I often choose books over the deep labyrinths of the internet. It’s also the reason why I’m still subscribing to magazines; … Continue reading