How to Choose the Right Dog for Your Family

Dog to Choose Which is Appropriate for Your Family Needs

I once had an 85 year old man come to me because his niece gave him a Jack Russell puppy because he had had a Jack Russell before. This match was difficult from the start. Jack Russell’s tend to be intelligent and highly active. They usually need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. This dog was no exception. The man did not have the skills or the desire to teach this puppy. He tried to keep her for a year but had to finally find another home for her. This was devastating for the man and the puppy. I often … 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

The Not-So-Obvious Benefits of a Beginner Dog Training Class…

The Not-So-Obvious Benefits of a Beginner Dog Training Class...

“I just want my dog to…” It is the phrase heard over and over at group dog training classes when the owners are asked what they’d like to get out of the class. Beginner training classes usually have descriptions about what behaviors the dogs will learn. Sit, down, come, loose leash walking, stay, are just some of the common behaviors. All in all, we just want a well behaved dog, right? As an instructor, I see much more when I’m teaching owners. Although I want to help fix behavior problems by teaching good things, I am always looking for ways … Continue reading

Got a Dog? Get a Kong! (Part 2)

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If you read my previous article about having a dog and needing a Kong, then you’ll appreciate the follow up material and tips in this article! As I mentioned in my previous post, Kongs improve life with your canine companion for a variety of reason, but there are few more things you need to know about how to set yourself and your dog up for success! The Many Benefits of Chewing Did you know that your dog needs to chew?  Chewing is a natural stress relief for dogs. Chewing releases calming hormones in your dog and helps them to feel better. … Continue reading

A Personal Story: Trust Your Intuition When It Comes to Your Dog’s Health

Dogs and Dog health: Ares after surgery

Last week was a rough week for 4Knines… We were dog sitting my mom’s Great Dane Riley who is an expert counter surfer.  We know this, therefore, whenever we leave the house we make sure there is no food or tempting items on the counter.  However, we never even thought about putting up a pill bottle that was on the counter. Our Doberman Ana has incontinence issues and is on a medication to help her. We leave it on the counter right next to their food bowls so that we remember to give it to her.  Well, since we have a … Continue reading

Obesity and The Effects It Can Have On Your Dog

Obesity and The Effects It Can Have On Your Dog

An extremely high percent of Americans suffer from obesity. We all know the effects obesity can have on our bodies. From heart disease to cancer, obesity in humans has been linked to a number of deadly diseases. But what does obesity have to do with your dog? Just as your weight and obesity directly affect your overall health, they also directly affect the health of your pup. Many pet owners do not take things seriously when they hear from the vet that their dog is overweight, however, this is something every pet owner should take very seriously as this can … Continue reading

Got a Dog? Get a Kong! (Part 1)

Kong for Dogs to Keep Them Intellectually and Physically Challenged

There are things we want, and there are things we need. If you are a dog owner, dog lover, kennel worker, shelter staffer, or pet sitter, then you need to have Kongs handy.  Lots of them. We use Kongs all the time in our family, and I recommend them to anyone who owns a dog. They are amazing and they make life with a dog much easier and less stressful!  I’ll explain why. Kongs are Enrichment The Kong is a nontoxic, dishwasher-safe rubber toy. When stuffed with food and treats, it provides dogs with a healthy outlet for their natural desire to … Continue reading

How to Introduce Your Dog to Your Home

Home Alone Puppy Dog and How to Train Them

Getting a dog, whether it’s a new puppy or an older dog is an exciting time. To ensure this transition goes well for you and your pet, there are a few things to plan and consider before bringing your furry friend home. Pet proofing If you already have a dog you may be fine on this front. Some dogs can jump pretty high fences, while some will dig under the fence or find even small gaps between fence posts. Some awesome dogs do all three things and it can be tricky to curb that wandering spirit. Desexing male dogs will … Continue reading

15 Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets

Plants? Poisonous Plants , Dangerous Plants, Toxic Plants to Pet Dogs

Plants and flowers around your home may be pretty and relaxing to you, but could you unknowingly be putting your pets at risk by growing certain species? As lifelong pet lovers, we’ve found that the greatest danger for animals is often the most surprising to humans. And frequently, owners won’t even know there’s a problem until it’s too late. If your pet ingests a poisonous plant, symptoms can be noticeable anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple hours after ingestion. Watch out for: excessive drooling diarrhea vomiting labored breathing lethargy unusually slow or fast heartbeat loss of motor coordination (including … Continue reading

How to Make Simple Homemade Dog Treats

Dog Treats Homemade for Puppies

Making your dog treats at home is the only way to 100% know what your feeding your dog. But making everything at home can be time consuming. That’s why we are excited to share this quick and simple doggy treat created by Leanne Ely, best selling author of the cookbook series “Saving Dinner”.  Watch above and be sure to check out SavingDinner.com for the full recipe!