Great Tips for Combining Training With Playing With Your Dog!

Training While Playing With Your Dog: Benefits of Having Fun With Your Pet Dog

In my view, training and playing with my dog are synonymous. Training should be fun for both participants. The most mundane of tasks can be made into a “training game” with a little bit of creativity. Playing with my dog can also morph into a covert training session that she is ecstatic to participate in.Whenever I play, I try to have guidelines that my dog needs to follow. It’s not as regimented as it may sound. How many games do we play that have rules that need to be followed that enhance the fun? Even the most basic of games … Continue reading

The Stigma Of Muzzle Wearing

Muzzle Wearing? Is it Good or Bad?

Following recent developments in Dog Law, it has become apparent of the surrounding stigma attached to dogs that are out and about and muzzled. In several countries in fact it is the Law to have your dog muzzled in various circumstances especially if they fit the ‘Pit Bull’ type Dog. One of the problems is that the type of dog required by Law to wear a muzzle is the type of dog that already has stigma attached to them because of Breed Specific Legislation. When people see these dogs with muzzles out for walks, they often feel intimidated or nervous … Continue reading

When Pet Parents Should Seek Professional Training

Training Your Pet Dogs? When Is the Right Time…

Training is a crucial part of a pet parent relationship. Not only can formal training improve communication between you and your pet, but it can also provide your pet with mental stimulation and exercise.   Many pet parents seek training when they bring a new puppy into their lives, but there are several other times throughout your dog’s life where it is not only appropriate, but encouraged to seek additional training, or even start training for the first time. Here are some key transitions in my opinion: NEW ADOPTION There is that old saying, “you can’t teach an old dog … Continue reading

Top Dog Adoption Tips to Start You Off on the Right Paw

Dog Adoption Advices to Get Along Easily With Your Pet Dog

Here are our top ‘day in the life’ tips for helping adopters start off on the right paw with a new dog during those oh-so-important first days after adopting… Don’t let the dog out of the car until you are sure that it is securely leashed. Once an adolescent or adult dog is out of the car you cannot expect it to stay with you as you might a puppy. Take the dog outside on leash to potty before even entering the house. The dog may not go, but it’s always worth a try. Even if a dog already has … Continue reading

How the Use of Hand Signals Can Help Old Dogs

Hand Signals and Advantages it Can Do for Senior Dogs

More recently as I have been coming into contact with more and more dogs of a variety of ages and breeds, I am becoming increasingly more aware of the importance of using hand signals when you train ANY dog regardless of whether they can hear or not. My Dalmatian, Logan, is completely deaf and for training purposes I have to use hand signals. Some people with deaf dogs choose to use British Sign or American Sign Language when coming up with the different signals for the different cues and this does work well. However a lot of the time when … Continue reading

August Charity Spotlight on Snooty Giggles

Snooty Giggles: 4Knines Charity Spotlight August 2016

This month’s charity spotlight organization, Snooty Giggles, was nominated by one of our Facebook followers.   This 100% volunteer, foster home based rescue located in Middle, Tennessee was started 10 years ago as a grassroots organization by a husband and wife team. Shawn South-Aswad and her husband began fostering a few dogs and slowly grew the organization into a team of approximately 50 active foster families and what is now Snooty Giggles. The rescue’s original focus and passion has been to help senior dogs, medical needs dogs, and hospice rescues which still account for approximately 80% of their intakes. They … Continue reading

What Not to Do While Dog Training!

Dog Training Tips : The Worst Dog Training Advise You Can Get

You have probably seen over a thousand articles on dog training. Everything from “How To’s” to “5 tips on…” and you get the idea.   I am in several different pet related Facebook groups in which I both take part in on a daily basis, as well as admin a few of them. In doing so, I often see some of the silliest advice when it comes to dog training. Not even just silly advice, but some of the worst advice I have ever heard. So today, rather than give you advice on training, I thought it could be interesting … Continue reading

How to Find and Hire a Pet Care Professional

Pet Care Professional Wanted? Here’s What to Consider…

Recently I took the decision to leave a job in retail to become a self-employed Dog Walker and Pet Sitter. I love the idea of spending the day walking and providing care for a variety of different pets and I feel privileged that people trust me with their pets’ welfare whilst they are away on holiday or at work.   More and more people are choosing to opt for this type of care for their pets when they go away for a variety of reasons. Firstly, ALL pets are different. What one animal likes, another may hate and this is one … Continue reading

Finding the Right Dog Trainer for You and Your Pup

Dog Trainer: How to Find the Right Dog Trainer to Help You…

When you start looking for a trainer for your dog, it can be confusing on who to choose. Because dog trainers are not required to obtain a license in the United States, there are no set standards. The education, experience and skill of trainers can fluctuate greatly.   To try to address some of this problem, different training certifications have been developed. However, the “certification” programs can differ significantly. Some trainers are “certified” by schools where they learn to dog train. Other trainers are “certified” through private certifying programs that are not affiliated with any particular school. However, there are … Continue reading

Walking Your Puppy 101: How to Start Your Puppy Off On the Right Foot

Puppy 101: Training Your Puppy to Have Good Behavior While Walking

Do you have a new four-legged best friend living with you? Or are you considering adding an adorable puppy to your family’s life?   As fun and exciting as adopting a puppy can be, training them correctly is not an easy task. But with a little help, you can learn how to start your puppy off on the right foot—well, technically feet, since they have four paws. Trust us, the hard work you put in at the beginning will be well worth the reward of a happy and well-trained pup for life. Practice Leading & Handling the Leash Properly   New … Continue reading