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

4 Great Ways to Stop Your Dog From Digging

Digging Issues With Your Pet Dog? Here Are Easy Tips…

If you’re tired of falling in the holes your dog keeps digging in your yard, you may be ankle deep in frustration. While some dogs dig out of boredom, cold weather dogs such as Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes will dig their way towards cooler parts of the earth when they’re stuck outside in hot weather for too long. Other dog breeds can’t help but dig as they were specifically bred to hunt for burrowing prey. These typical digging breeds include: Dachshunds Terriers Beagles Miniature Schnauzers Wirehaired Pointing Griffon If you have a digger on your hands, you may be … Continue reading

The Top 5 Dog Myths I’ve Encountered

Myths With Dog Behaviors and How to Determine What Your Pet Wants

I am not exactly sure why or how myths exist, but they do! Particularly for dogs. While most myths are harmless, the myths that surround dog health and behavior can be dangerous if believed to their fullest. Here Are 5 Myths That I’ve Encountered: 1. Dogs Only Wag Their Tails When They Are Happy Although most dogs do wag their tails as a sign of happiness, many dogs wag their tail when they are unsure or uncomfortable. If you ever have to approach a dog you don’t know, don’t simply assume they are happy because their tail is wagging. Be … Continue reading

7 Goals to Set for You & Your Dog for 2016

Goals With Your Pet Dog This Year

Here we are in the year 2016! WOW! Seems a little crazy doesn’t it? I remember when I was a child, everyone had thought that by the year 2000, we would all be driving flying cars, and wearing silver futuristic clothing. While there is definitely some “futuristic” clothing being worn around the world, we are certainly not travelling by air in our cars. My point in all this is, each year, when we welcome the beginning of another 365 days, about 45% of people make New Year’s resolutions, and according to www.statisticbrain.com – only 8% of those people actually keep their … Continue reading

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly of Pet Adoption & Animal Rescue

Pet Adoption and Pet Care

There is an epidemic of homeless dogs in this country! There are an estimated 3.9 million dogs placed in shelters annually because of unwanted behavior problems and medical need. Unfortunately for many of these dogs, the outcome is bleak. However, due in part to the thousands of shelters and rescue organizations working diligently, many of these dog’s lives have a happy ending. But what happens to those dogs who don’t end up as new members of a family? The ones who are seen as unadoptable or returned for the unwanted behavior or medical issues which outlasted their novelty or cuteness quotient?  This … Continue reading

8 Important Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs

Halloween Advice for Your Dog’s Safety

Halloween can be a truly frightening day for our pets. With all of the chaos and darkness looming, there are many dangers of not looking after your dog on this spooky holiday. In preparation for Halloween this year, here are some tips to ensure your dog will be safe and comfortable! 1. Up to Date ID Information Many dogs get lost or run away on Halloween. The sounds and commotion might scare them into running away, or perhaps they run out the door when you open it for trick-or-treaters. It is extremely important to make sure that your pets have up … Continue reading

The Benefits of Trick Training Your Dog

Trick Training With Your Canine Friend

Teaching your dog tricks can be a really cute way to show off at a party, but there are many benefits that can help with everyday life. Independent Thinkers Most owners love when their dogs sit in front of them and give them eye contact. Focus is a wonderful skill to have, but when you have an independent thinker (or a dog that thinks outside of the box), the possibilities of what you can train your dog are endless. An independent thinker can problem solve faster and not get as frustrated. Many of these tricks can be very helpful. Some … Continue reading