Big Dogs Are Not Right for Everyone: 5 Critical Facts of Big Dog Ownership

Big Dogs Are Not Right For Everyone: 5 Critical Facts of Big Dog Ownership

What do I mean when I use the words BIG DOG? A big dog is one who, when laying in your bed, takes up more space than you do. A dog who, when not properly leash trained, could drag you down the street chasing after a rabbit. Or one who could potentially break your toe if he stepped on it. I learned that lesson the hard way.   In a nutshell, a big dog is one who, when fully mature, will reach about 50 pounds or more and range in size from a Labrador retriever and German shepherd to the … Continue reading

What to Know About the Sometimes Lengthy Process of Pet Adoption

What to Know About the Sometimes Lengthy Process of Pet Adoption

In some instances, you can walk in and walk out of an establishment with a new fuzzy family member the same day. However, other times you may experience a long process in order to adopt an animal.   No matter which route you choose, there’s usually a bit of paperwork involved so that shelters, organizations, and breeders aren’t just handing an animal to anyone who wants one — though that’s not the case in every situation. If you do encounter an adoption situation that requires a lengthy process, don’t get frustrated or discouraged. What you should know about the lengthy … Continue reading

June Charity Spotlight on Sammy’s Hope

June Charity Spotlight on Sammy’s Hope

They took their name from one of the dogs in the shelter called Samson (“Sammy” for short). Sammy is a large brindle Pit Bull/Boxer mix whose sweet demeanor and winning personality stole everyone’s heart.   They felt he exemplified all the wonderful qualities of these misunderstood dogs but knew that it would be difficult to find him a forever home given the public’s perception of Pit Bulls. The idea behind “Sammy’s Hope” was that they would work their hardest to bring some hope to the future of Sammy, and all the animals like him unfortunate enough to find themselves homeless. … Continue reading

10 Reasons Why You Should Walk Your Dog

Walk Your Dog: Benefits of Walking Your Dogs

Walking the dog sounds so common, so normal, like everyone must do it right?… right? Wrong. Did you know that somewhere in the range of 38 – 40% of dog owners do not walk their dogs? I know, I was surprised as well. But it’s true. Given a small percentage of those people I’m sure have good reason, but what about the rest? Here’s what some people have to say: “I can’t walk my dog because I work.” “I don’t have enough time.” “There is no where to walk my dog.” “He doesn’t need walks, we have a big yard.” … Continue reading

Is a Puppy Right for Your Family?

Puppy? How to Make the Right Decision and Choice for a Puppy!

I am the first to admit that a cute, roly poly puppy is almost impossible to resist! When those cute eyes stare up at you and you are bathed in kisses that have the wonderful aroma of puppy breath, who can say no? Unfortunately, too many people say yes to a puppy with their heart but don’t think about what the decision really involves. Puppies are hard work! They are equal to having a new born baby the first few months you have them. Just like with human babies, some are easy and others are beyond challenging. Because a puppy … Continue reading

Why Guard Dogs Should Not Be Aggressive!

Guard Dogs and Their Behavior

I own a Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff) named Zeus. If you are unfamiliar with the breed, think 100-pounds of muscle in the form of what many think looks like a giant Pitbull.   People constantly cross the street, pick up their small children, and shoo their dogs away when we are walking by. I know this is because people are afraid of Zeus, they assume he is aggressive and would harm them. If only they knew how well behaved he is and that he will not attack at any given moment. When most people think of a typical guard dog … 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

Top 10 Books on Dog Training and Dog Care

Dog Training Resources for a Better Life With Your Pet Dogs

Whether you’re just considering getting a dog, getting started with a new pup, or looking for help with a current pet, it can never hurt to turn to a good book for some advice on how to care for your dog.   5 Essential Dog Books on Dog Care…  Here are some of our picks for the top 5 books on dog care to help you learn about your dog’s physiology and mind: “How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain” by Gregory Berns This professor of cynology and canine neuroscience works with his adopted dog … Continue reading

10 Activities Your Dog Will Love!

Activities for Your Pet Dog: Indoor and Outdoor Dog Activities

When your dog is laying around the house, with nothing to do, looking up at you with those big dark eyes like there is a void that needs to be filled, it’s time for you to step in and do something about their boredom.   We’ve got a list of 10 activities that you can do with your dog on sunny days, rainy days, hot days, and cold days, so there’s always something you can do to keep them busy. #1 – Hide & Go Seek This is an activity that your dog will love because it is going to … 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