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

5 Commands All Dogs Should Know

Commands Your Pet Canine Should Obey

As a long time dog trainer I’ve established a routine that I go through with my training clients, a routine of commands that serve more than one purpose. As dog owners the first thing we tend to teach is “Sit” followed by “Stay” usually followed by “Come” but not many of us have a dog that will sit while company comes over, or come when called at the dog park… not saying that reading this article will give you that but it will give you some real life skills that are not commonly used by pet owners that can be … Continue reading

5 Reasons Senior Dogs Rock & Ways to Keep Them Comfortable as They Age

Senior Dogs and the Benefits of Having One

Dogs are considered to be seniors when they reach the last 25-30% of their lives. Life expectancy varies by size, but the average age of seniors is 7-8 and up. Senior dogs in shelters are more difficult to adopt out, but there are many reasons that seniors make wonderful pets. 1. Their Exercise Needs Are Reduced Seniors still need exercise, but if you are not feeling well or just feeling lazy, your senior dog probably won’t act out if they don’t get their daily walk, run, or game of fetch. Walks can be shorter and more relaxing, and there is … Continue reading

Pet Obesity: How to Spot It in Your Dog and Manage It

Pet Obesity, Dog’s Health and Dog Safety

There are many things you don’t think about when picking up a dog from your local breeder or animal shelter. You look online at the newest articles on what to look for but beware, you’re always going to miss something. There is no one quick article you can read over and know every problem your dog might run into, they are just like kids and every situation is unique. This being said I’m going to delve into what has become ubiquitous here in the US. In a new study taken in March of 2015 by the Association for Pet Obesity … Continue reading

3 Popular Breeds You May Want to Reconsider

Breeds of Dogs Having Dog Issues

I decided to write this article from the perspective of a dog trainer and just a general dog lover. I can remember studying dog breed books as a child and would relish in the challenge to name a “rare” breed or to meet an unusual breed in person for the first time… I’m sure it’s the same for most dog lovers. The following are 3 dogs that stick out in my mind and I want potential owners of these breeds to make sure that they understand fully what they are signing up for when they welcome one of these guys … Continue reading

3 Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

Health Benefits of Your Pup Bestfriend

We all enjoy being around our companion canines, but did you know dogs can also have positive benefits on our physical and mental health? From the blood pressure lowering to the calorie burning and endorphin releasing merits of taking your dog for a walk, companion animal ownership is good for people. In fact, there’s a term for the beneficial effects companion animals have on human health: zooeyia. Although zooeyia may sound like an exotic disease where animals serve as the source of infection for people (zoonosis, there spread of illness across species), it’s actually the positive inverse of zoonosis. 1. … Continue reading

7 Fun Ways to Celebrate National Puppy Day

National Puppy Day Celebration With Man’s Best Friend

If March 23 doesn’t yet hold significance for you, it should. In 2006, National Puppy Day was started as a way to remind us of the joys and responsibilities of K9 ownership. Founded by well respected author Colleen Paige, National Puppy Day is now recognized as an international holiday! National Puppy Day was created out of a necessity to confront the worldwide problem regarding puppy mills and the conditions they provide. According to, http://www.streetinsider.com, there are “unfavorable conditions at the estimated 8,000 – 10,000 puppy mills in the nation.” Poor diet, dirty and overcrowded kennels and a lack of proper … Continue reading