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

Common Sense Dog Walking!

Walking With Your Dog? Here Are Some Dog Walking Etiquette You Need to Know

Many dog owners in this country as well as others have or have had a dog that is reactive on the lead. This could be for numerous reasons, whether it be they are frustrated greeters that become increasingly wound up when they see other people or dogs that they cannot get to, they could be dog aggressive, or they may just be really nervous and fearful. Whatever the reason walking these types of dog can be incredibly stressful for the owners as well as the dogs! Sometimes when walking a dog that is reactive you are watching everything else as … Continue reading

A Look Inside the World of Police K9s and North Edge K9, Inc.

North Edge K9 Inc and How They Manage Dogs Perfectly

Police K9s are fascinating to observe as they perform a myriad of functions, including tracking and trailing people, building searches, evidence recovery, narcotics and explosives detection, and apprehension of criminal suspects. The K9’s control and obedience are captivating, yet how are these dogs able to perform such demanding tasks? Welcome to North Edge K9, Inc. North Edge K9 specializes in police dog import and training, as well as providing personal protection K9s to individuals and families. The company’s headquarter and training facility is located on 30 secluded acres in Gorham, ME. Multi-level K9 training is offered to both law enforcement … Continue reading

3 Mistakes I Have Made As a Pet Parent

Pet Parent Mistakes to Avoid and Have a Happy Time With Your Pet Dog

Every day I strive to be a better pet parent to Rooney, but there have been times where I fell short on providing him with the absolute best life.   My goal today is to share with you the mistakes I made when I first became a pet parent, in hopes that my honesty will improve your pet’s life. 1. Training  When we first adopted Rooney, we did take him to a basic training course. I knew that it would help strengthen our relationship and perhaps improve our communication. I believe the early training course did just that. After 6 weeks … Continue reading

The 4 Quadrants of Dog Training: Are You Doing All Four?

Dog Training and Positive Reinforcement Tips

There are four ‘quadrants’ when it comes to dog training; positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive punishment and negative punishment. To summarise quickly… Positive reinforcement is when you add something to the dogs environment that he likes for example if he sits he gets a piece of cheese. This increases the chances of the behaviour happening again. Negative reinforcement is when you remove something the dog doesn’t like from the environment; for example stopping an electric shock when the dog eventually sits down. The dog learns that by sitting he avoids the shock thus increasing the chances of the behaviour happening … Continue reading

Safe Puppy Socialization Tips to Try Out Now!

Puppy Socialization Tips for Proper Parenting

Getting a new puppy is fun and exciting but it can also be overwhelming. There are many things to do when you bring a new puppy home: finding a veterinarian; getting the right food; potty training; crate training; and getting a bed, leashes and toys. Although all of these things are important, one of the most important things you can do is to properly socialize your puppy. A puppy’s prime socialization period is from about 3-12 weeks. During this period puppies learn about the world including what objects, people and environments that are safe. During the socialization period, you want … Continue reading