Dog Training Philosophies: Medical Model, Behavioral Model and Knee-Jerk Reactions

Training Tips for Your Dogs to Properly Communicate With You

Most of our dog pet owners are not aware that there are different philosophies/approaches to “training” a dog and more so how to approach solving behavior problems.   There are two main veins of approach even though I titled with three; two of them go together. Medical Model see “problem behavior” as if it’s a disease.   The “trainer”, “counselor” or “veterinary behaviorist” may take a history of your dog and come up with a diagnosis for the behavior and label it something like “dominance aggression”. This approach focuses too heavily on the “symptoms” presented and do little to address … Continue reading

Dog Allergies: Oh The Fun They Have! Oh the Itching They Will Do! 

Allergies of Dogs: How to Keep Your Pet Dogs Clean and Allergy Free!

Does your fur baby have allergies? For being such a big ole boy, at 95 lbs, my Hendrix The Hiking Dog sure does have sensitive skin. Have you ever wondered what is actually going on when allergies come into play?   The process is the same for humans and animals. When an allergic reaction happens, the body sees an otherwise harmless agent, as a threat, the same as it would say a bacteria. While the process of fighting a bacteria is positive, obviously it is a negative response when the body misreads an agent as a danger. Dogs are like … Continue reading

Choosing the Right Veterinarian for Your Dog

Veterinarian that Fits Your Dog’s Needs

Choosing the right vet can make a big difference on how both you and your dog feel about veterinarian care. Here are some tips to help you decide on which doggie doctor is right for you: Choosing a vet is a lot like choosing a doctor for yourself. You are going to want someone who is certified, and has the bedside manner that you prefer. A good way to start looking is to start asking around. Look for other pet owners and ask who they see and why (or who they would not see). Social proof is also a very … Continue reading

Why Does My Dog Like Poop So Much?

Poop of Dogs? Reasons Why Dogs Like Their Poop…

The other day, my husband and I had a photoshoot with Rooney out on this beautiful trail and beach in Northern California. We were walking along, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery and then I look down to see Rooney rolling around in deer poop. Mind you, we had yet to take a single photo. Although I wasn’t looking forward to a smelly dog on the ride home, Rooney looked like he was having the time of his life. When I worked at the veterinary hospital, it was very common for us to have patients who visited the kitty … Continue reading

How to Know When It’s Time to Say Good-Bye to Your Pet…

Good-Bye to Your Pet Best Friend: Euthanasia

Your beloved pet has been with you for years as your companion, protector, and friend. Now, your pet isn’t doing so well. The prognosis doesn’t look good either. You know you’re going to have to make the decision to let go at some point, but when do you know it’s time? You probably have many questions going through your mind right now: What if he or she recovers? Maybe he or she will hang on for a while? Is he or she in a lot of pain? These questions are common ones as you decide if euthanasia is the only … Continue reading

Canine Epilepsy: 12 Important Tips if Your Dog Has a Seizure

Canine Epilepsy and Things You Can DO to Protect Your Dog’s Health

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month and a perfect time to discuss Canine Epilepsy. Once upon a time, euthanasia was the suggested protocol for dogs with seizure disorders or Canine Epilepsy (Epi-dogs), but, thankfully, that is so not the case today! Now, there are many resources and healthcare routes to explore, both medical and alternative that just didn’t exist years ago. Having a trusting, solid relationship with your veterinarian is key. There are also some wonderful online support groups where members share their stories, recommendations, treatment options, and support. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Your … Continue reading

National Pet Wellness Month #NPWM

National Pet Wellness Month for Dogs

October is National Pet Wellness Month. That means, this would be a great time for you to consider the care of your pet. Every year, or even more, it’s good to take a step back and think about any appointments your dog or cat may have had, or any that they may need. You might be thinking, “well, I think about those things often, why do I need to do it once a year?” Perk up your ears, and we will go through some common thoughts pet parents have in common, and some questions we should all be asking ourselves. … Continue reading

What Causes a Dog to Pant?

Pant Issues on Dogs

Dogs can be complex creatures at times. Specifically, their basic behavior and mannerisms can have multiple meanings. Panting is one of those behaviors. Many people think that panting is a singular behavior with a single cause, but there is much more to it than that. Panting can be caused by the following: 1. Cooling Down Because dogs don’t sweat as humans do (except some sweating through their paws) they cool themselves by panting. When a dog is hot, panting circulates the necessary oxygen so that your dog can cool down. If you see your dog panting, it is important to … Continue reading

5 Reasons Senior Dogs Rock & Ways to Keep Them Comfortable as They Age

Senior Dogs and the Benefits of Having One

Dogs are considered to be seniors when they reach the last 25-30% of their lives. Life expectancy varies by size, but the average age of seniors is 7-8 and up. Senior dogs in shelters are more difficult to adopt out, but there are many reasons that seniors make wonderful pets. 1. Their Exercise Needs Are Reduced Seniors still need exercise, but if you are not feeling well or just feeling lazy, your senior dog probably won’t act out if they don’t get their daily walk, run, or game of fetch. Walks can be shorter and more relaxing, and there is … Continue reading