Is Your Dog Bored? How to Tell…

Dog Bored? How to Check…

Is your dog bored or frustrated? Here are some fun activities that are actually easy to add to your life…   Especially if you are the owner of a “supahsmaht” dog, you may have found out that the pent-up canine can get destructive or otherwise into trouble when they’re bored, frustrated, or simply too full of energy to relax! Here are some fun and easy ways to keep Chauncy out of the garbage and your sanity intact without too much extra work. Play the Find It Game!   Get yourself a handful of smelly treats that your dog loves & … Continue reading

Don’t Bite My Fingers! A Handy Cue to Teach Your Dog

Handy Cue to Help Dogs Learn Not to Bite!

This is a handy cue you can teach your dog to be careful with its mouth. All too often dogs snap at hands to get treats and reward themselves for this bad behavior. Don’t let your dog bite you as it takes a treat.   If your dog is not gentle when it takes treats you can teach a cue like ‘easy’ or ‘gentle’ to help it recognize your fingers are not food. Although bite inhibition should be learned by the time adult teeth are finished growing, we can sometimes help a grabby dog to have more respect while taking … Continue reading

Fun Summer Activities for You and Your Pooch

Summer Activities for Your Pet Dog: Hiking, Swimming With Sweet Treats

Summer is here and that means it is finally time to get outside! With the warm weather and long days, there are so many fun activities just waiting for you and your pup. Recently, we have been discussing traveling with your dog. We have covered everything from what to bring on a road trip to what are the best dog-friendly hotels, but what kind of trips might you take with your pup? The possibilities are endless! There are so many different places to explore and things to do, it would be impossible to include them all in a few short paragraphs. … Continue reading

A Dozen Ways to Entertain Your Dog on a Rainy Day

Rainy Day Time With Your Pet Dogs

While rain can send one dog diving into mud puddles, it can also send others to run for cover! When the skies are not sunny and long periods of rain keep dogs indoors, many will display signs of boredom. Even the overflowing box of toys seems unappealing. What’s a dog parent to do? Here’s 12 Ways to Help Entertain Your Dog on Those Rain-Soaked Days: 1. Singin’ in the Rain Channel your inner Gene Kelly and grab your umbrella, slip on your rain slicker and boots, and enjoy a walk in the rain! (Don’t forget your dog’s raincoat, too!) If … Continue reading

3 Great Games to Play With Your Dog

Playing With Your Dog and Dog Tricks Combined

Talk to most dog owners and they’ll tell you the importance of taking Fido out for his daily walk. Yet when it comes to playtime, some owners might not rank this activity so highly. However, the first things we learn as humans are learnt through playing.  That red bouncy ball that escaped you so many times at the beach was the key to developing the coordination that lets you eat food, tie your shoelaces, and even fly a jet aircraft.  It’s the same for our dogs. Playing provides the foundations that let dogs perform daily activities, it allows them use … Continue reading

Can Deaf Dogs Understand Sign Language? My Dog Does…

Deaf Dogs Training Using Sign Language

I am the proud owner of a deaf Dalmatian called Logan. A dog considered by many to be untrainable because of the fact he cannot hear. The truth; I’d have a deaf dog over a hearing one any day! When I was researching deaf dogs both when Logan was a puppy and when writing a previous article I was amazed at the negativity towards owning a deaf dog, with many people, sites, books and breeding clubs suggesting euthanasia as the only option for a dog that cannot hear. After all they have no quality of life, become aggressive, are untrainable … Continue reading