The World Of Working Dogs

The World Of Working Dogs

My husband suggested this topic to me as he said he didn’t realize how many sorts of working dogs there were. So welcome to the world of Working Dogs!   My first true connection to working dogs was by meeting Rita Martinez back in 2002 as she was a SF/SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers presenter. Her work at the time was with Search and Rescue doing cadaver work. If you are interested in learning more check out her work. Forensic Evidence Canines: Status, Training and Utilization and Cadaver Scent Project. Rita has since transitioned to Diabetic Alert, Medical Alert, Seizure Alert, Hearing, Assistance … Continue reading

What to Do When You See a Dog in Public…

What to Do When You See a Dog in Public...

You have two options. Before you consider your options, first observe the dog and handler. Ask yourself if the dog and handler look like they are on a mission.   Take note of any special equipment the dog may be wearing. Is the dog wearing a vest that states “do not pet” or “adopt me?” Is the dog muzzled or wearing a collar or leash saying “no dogs?” After you have made your observations, you can either ignore the dog or engage with the owner. If the dog is a service dog, ignoring it is the best thing to do. … Continue reading

How to Prepare for Air Travel With Your Dog

Air Travel Tips With Your Pet Dog

New year, new adventures! Are you planning a big trip in 2017? And are you thinking about bringing your dog along for the ride (or flight)?   Besides working out where to stay and what to eat, there are many things to consider when flying with a pet. Here is how you can prepare yourself, and your dog, for air travel. As soon as you have decided on a destination, it is crucial to start planning your trip at least a month ahead of time. There is a lot to do! 1. Plan Your Trip You will have to decide whether … Continue reading

What Are Fake Service Animals?

Service Animals and Their Authenticity

Here are lots of places both in this country and others that do not allow animals except for service ones.   This for example could be a Guide Dog or a Hearing Dog for the Deaf. These dogs go through years of training, socialization, assessments and are matched up to appropriate owners that suit them. It is important to note that some dogs do not pass the course because there is a standard that needs to be met. There is however a worryingly increasing trend where people can pay to have their dog registered as a service animal. Of course … Continue reading

Giving Back: How 4Knines Is Helping to Make a Difference in the Pet Community

4Knines Charity Works to Support and Take Care of Dog’s Welfare

The way we see it, running a business is a two-way street. With every 4Knines product sold, there’s an opportunity to give back to the pet community… so that is exactly what we do! In the holiday spirit of giving this winter, we’d like to share a little about the incredible charities we contribute to. Each of these organizations is doing their part to ensure that every dog is fed, adopted, cared for, and loved. Here’s a few of the many great charities that we’ve highlighted and supported: ASPCA When most people think about wonderful pet charities, one specific organization usually … 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