Dog Bites: Understanding the Why and the What To Do…

Dog Bites: Understanding the Why and the What To Do...

People Magazine reported that the son of Kim Zolciak-Biermann (star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta) was bitten by their family dog. The bite required surgery and was so near to the child’s eye that if it had been 1-millimeter closer the child would have been blind. The family explains that they are sharing their story as a way to educate others. Unfortunately, dog bites are fairly common and most of them are preventable. Why do dog’s bite? Most often dogs bite because they are anxious or afraid. Because dogs cannot say “stop” they will bite if they feel like … Continue reading

How to Help Your Barking Dog!

How to Help Your Barking Dog!

At agility trials, dogs bark A LOT! During one trial I observed and I overheard how some of the trainers attempted to stop the barking. Some trainers ignored the behavior, some yelled while others talked quietly to their dogs while they were barking. I overheard trainers saying that they used a can of pennies, citronella collars and shock collars to stop the barking. These are trainers who profess to be positive reinforcement trainers. The thing I never heard any of the trainers say and never saw anyone do was to find out why the dog was barking. All the training … Continue reading

How to Make Emergency Preparation for Your Pets

How to Make Emergency Preparation for Your Pets

With Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the fires in California and the storms in Mexico we know that an emergency can occur at any time.   Whether it is a fire, flood, hurricane, tornado or any other kind of disaster, the more prepared you are the better the outcome can be. Although many of us consider our furry and feathered family members to be part of the family, we don’t always make emergency preparations for them. Preparations for pets should not only include food and medications but it is also important to do some emergency training as well. When putting together … Continue reading

Help! Why Does My Dog Bark and Lunge at People and Other Dogs?

Help! Why Does My Dog Bark and Lunge at People and Other Dogs?

If you have a dog that barks and lunges at other dogs and people, it can be very stressful. After work, you want to take your dog on a relaxing walk to unwind but you end up more stressed than when you started! This is particularly perplexing for you if your dog is a sweet and loving angel at home with people and dogs that he or she loves. I not only work with these dogs every day, I also have had dogs like this myself. Sometimes these dogs come from shelters or rescues with these behaviors, other times the … Continue reading