The Daily Dog Walk… Really? Do I Have to?

Dog Walk Issues: Should You Always Walk Your Pet Dog?

You’re feeling guilty about your dog. You look at him and he gazes back with those patient brown eyes that can see right into your heart. You feel guilty because you’ve been so rushed today that you didn’t fit in a morning walk, and now it’s pouring with rain and you can’t face it. But have another look at those gorgeous brown eyes: what’s your dog trying to tell you?   He’s saying that what he wants is some time with you – some action, yes, to use up his huge store of energy – but mainly it’s time enjoying … 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

12 Reasons Your Dog Is Overweight

Overweight Dogs and How to Keep Them Healthy

Are you concerned about your dog’s weight? Well, typically we adore fat dogs, and they may win us over with their charm, but unknown to some, those extra pounds may hurt the dog’s back, may result in heart problems, lead to expensive vet bills, make the dog less active or even worse – shorten its life if it develops an illness such as arthritis or diabetes.   So, if you have realized your dog is becoming overweight or are just curious how a dog becomes that way, let’s take a look at the top reasons a dog is packing on … Continue reading

How to Keep Your Senior Dog Comfortable This Winter

Winter Season for Dogs? Keeping Your Dogs Happy

Let it snow, let it snow! Winter is a wonderful time to celebrate gratitude and family with your senior dog.   Unfortunately, with the cold weather comes more dangers and discomforts for your pooch. Read on below for some easy ways you can keep your senior dog happy and comfortable during the cold season. Getting Outside No matter your dog’s age, exercise is very beneficial to your dog’s well-being and comfort. Exercise can reduce the risk of obesity, and help your dog enjoy their last years feeling their best. Your senior dog might grow accustom to lounging around inside, so … Continue reading

10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Busy Indoors This Winter

Winter Season for Your Pet Dogs! How to Have Fun and Enjoy…

When winter is here in full strength, and the weather is just too cold to spend as much time outside with your dog as you normally would… what could you possibly do to keep you and your dog occupied?   Playing in the snow is fun, and your dog might even enjoy it. But lets face it, sometimes its nice to just stay all warm and snug as a bug in a rug indoors. Today, I would like to share my 10 ways to keep your dog busy indoors. 1. Hide and sniff!   Put a k-9 spin 0n the … Continue reading

Want to Be Healthier and Smarter? Get a Dog!

Healthier Body in Having a Pet Dog

Are dog owners healthier and smarter? Studies show yes! Well, sort of. During the past ten years, studies have revealed that exercise – movement – is key to solving many health problems. And these findings have been widely shared. Moving, even moderate physical exercise reduces your chances of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes and lowers blood pressure. The good news is any exercise is better than no exercise. So, people are encouraged to start with just ten minutes a day, even walking. Ten minutes a day? If you’re a dog owner, you know this is impossible. It’s too short. My … Continue reading

How Technology Affects Our Relationships With Our Dogs

Technology Effects on Dog Owner and Dog Relationships

In our stressful, fast paced, technology focused, concrete jungle world, many people crave the warm bodied, devoted companionship of a dog.   Technology has made it easier than ever before to find, buy, and rescue dogs, and purchase services, equipment and gifts for them. Technology has also made it easier to discover information, courses and discussion groups about dog training and behavior. Technology has also made it much easier to avoid putting any of that learning into practice. To get the dog you want, at some point (your dog suggests sooner rather than later), you must peel your eyes off … Continue reading

Greyhound Fever! Everything You Need to Know About Greyhounds

Greyhound Breed: Personalities of Greyhounds

Did you know that April is adopt a Greyhound month? The Greyhound is a paw-tastic breed, and can make a wonderful addition to any home, they are gentle, intelligent and of course, beautiful. But what do we really know about them? I know that before doing research on the breed a few years back, I had always thought they were extremely high energy breeds. Boy, was I wrong! I don’t think I am alone in thinking that Greyhounds are high energy, and I believe that comes back to most people relating the greyhound to those races we hear so much … Continue reading

What Is a Happy Dog? And How to Tell If Your Dog is One!

Happy Dog? What Makes Your Pet Dog Happy…

As a professional dog trainer I have had the opportunity to be around thousands of dogs and owners in their homes and observe how they relate to their pets in the most intimate ways possible. Despite the wide range of dog breeds and owner lifestyles, the one constant which never changes is that everyone just wants their dogs to be happy. But what constitutes a happy dog?  Is it the dog with the most bones? The pooch with the biggest yard? Or is it the dog who expresses his “excitement” the most? Happiness is a constant goal dog owners strive … Continue reading

Important Trail Etiquette You Should Know When Walking Your Dog

Walking and Dog Etiquette While Outside

I love walking with my dogs on the local rail trail in New Hampshire or on the beach in the off-season on Cape Cod. I feel rejuvenated after getting some fresh air and some vigorous exercise and I know the dogs are better for it. They are more content, less destructive and there is an overall calmness. My partner likes to say that dogs need more energy-withdrawals than deposits. Dogs that sit around the house, day after day are making energy deposits. Dogs that are walked regularly or go on hikes are having energy withdrawals. I believe there is dog … Continue reading