Brand New 4Knines “About Us” Video Released!

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We are so excited to share our brand new 4Knines About Us video with you all. This video really captures the essence of what we believe in and what we sell… Premium, heavy duty seat covers that make traveling with your best friends easier. Our seat covers, cargo liners and front seat covers look great in your vehicle while providing superior protection for your pet. Please take a look and share with your friends if you feel so inclined. Because, nothing but the best for your best friend. <3

How the Use of Hand Signals Can Help Old Dogs

Hand Signals and Advantages it Can Do for Senior Dogs

More recently as I have been coming into contact with more and more dogs of a variety of ages and breeds, I am becoming increasingly more aware of the importance of using hand signals when you train ANY dog regardless of whether they can hear or not. My Dalmatian, Logan, is completely deaf and for training purposes I have to use hand signals. Some people with deaf dogs choose to use British Sign or American Sign Language when coming up with the different signals for the different cues and this does work well. However a lot of the time when … Continue reading

How to Find and Hire a Pet Care Professional

Pet Care Professional Wanted? Here’s What to Consider…

Recently I took the decision to leave a job in retail to become a self-employed Dog Walker and Pet Sitter. I love the idea of spending the day walking and providing care for a variety of different pets and I feel privileged that people trust me with their pets’ welfare whilst they are away on holiday or at work.   More and more people are choosing to opt for this type of care for their pets when they go away for a variety of reasons. Firstly, ALL pets are different. What one animal likes, another may hate and this is one … Continue reading

The Importance of Dog Breed Research

Breed of Dogs and the Importance of Considering Them

Many breeds of dogs have been selected for over many generations for a specific or series of traits. These traits would have served a specific purpose, probably for the breed’s original purpose for example retrieving or herding.   A lot of the time these traits have been bred for for so long that they become instinctive or innate to that particular breed. This means that even without training certain types of dog will exhibit certain types of behaviours. Problems can arise when potential owners don’t research the breed of dog that they are going to be housing. Take for example … Continue reading

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