Kong toys are my favorite! They are one of the few toys that my lovely 6-year-old pit, Tank, hasn't destroyed and can provide dogs with tons of mental stimulation. They can be stuffed in a thousand different ways and have an almost magical ability to keep my dog busy for hours! They can be given … Continue reading How to Get the Most Out of Your Kong!
I don't want you to have to learn the hardway. That's why I'm giving away some of the best advice a trainer can give... for free. (Let's get this out of the way.) 1. Hire only a Certified Professional. Don't give a trainer a penny until you read this. If a trainer does not does … Continue reading What I Wish I Knew Before Bringing Home a Dog
Teach Your Dog to Never Jump at the Door... just in time for the Holidays! "Anytime, anyone is struggling with a dog behavior problem, I ask them one simple question. "Well, what do you want your dog to do instead?" I get a lot of surprised looks! Most of us haven't actually thought about it … Continue reading Get Off! Teach Your Dog to Never Jump on Guests
It’s that time of year. Rain. Pouring rain. Oh then a little sunshine—boom!— the fireworks have started. Now is not to late to start preparing your dog for noisy holidays and seasonal storms. If you’ve found your dog hiding in the bath tub, these are not polite suggestions but rather requirements for a healthier dog. … Continue reading Surviving Rain & Fireworks
Hi guys! As some of you know, I started pet sitting for Pat Thompson at the Pet Parlor. It's an amazing job! I drive to houses to care for furry kids big and small. We always potty, always play, always snuggle, and always photograph. It's a great alternative to leaving your pet alone all day! … Continue reading The Pet Parlor
I’ve been thinking about one of our dog’s favorite past times quite a bit lately. The warmer weather is here and our dog’s heads are hanging out the car window, no doubt capturing each and every scent. The problem is there’s nothing safe about this scenario. You would never let your child run free in … Continue reading Riding in the Car
Summers here and its all about safety and holidays! Get the lawn chair and the kiddie pool for your pup. It's easy to get caught up in the picnics and festivities, we sometimes miss signs the of stress and the general safety of our dogs. First, let's talk signs of distress that may occur during … Continue reading Dog Safety & Summer Holidays
Its true. Our pups tend to eat that early summer grass. This could be caused by a number of medical conditions from upset stomach, low quality food, or intestional parasites so you should seek out a vet's advice just in case. A student of mine just contacted me to ask how to get her dog … Continue reading Why is my pup eating grass?
I've been thinking about one of our dog's favorite pasttimes quite a bit lately. The warmer weather is here and our dog's heads are hanging out the window, no doubt capturing each and every scent. The problem is there's nothing safe about this scenario. You would never let your child run free in the back … Continue reading Dogs & Car Rides
Dogs need stuff to do. When dogs have stuff to do it keeps them busy (and out of trouble!). It burns up extra mental energy and can help relax. It builds confidence by learning new skills. All with minimal effort from you. Step 1. Put treats or dry dog food in toy. Step 2. Supervise … Continue reading Let’s Play: Interactive Toys
Find it! is Tank's favorite game in the.entire.world. It turns out that it is a great training exercise as well! In find it, dog's use their nose to locate a hidden toy or treat. It's an excellent way to begin nosework and can build confidence in dogs! This is another great idea for a game … Continue reading Let’s Play: Find it!
In my previous post, Kids & Dogs: Keep It Safe! - Part 1, I discussed a number of things kids (and adults!) should never do for the happiness and safety of our entire families. It's time to take a positive spin and discuss fun activities that give kids an opportunity to safely play with pets. Training! … Continue reading Kids & Dogs: Keep It Safe! – Part 2
It's 1987. My parents (who don't even like dogs) let me "play doggie" and share a drink with this big ol' dog! They tell me it happened so fast yet someone had the time to get out a camera... Fishy... Cute photo? Sure looks cute. You can't help but assume it's where I started my career … Continue reading Kids & Dogs: Keep It Safe! – Part 1
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