Brenda Knutson

  1. Bark Mitzvahs - A Fun Trend in Dog Parties

    It is so exciting to see a new trend, and even more fun when it is for our furry friends! One of the latest dog party trends is Bark Mitzvahs, or holding a celebration for a dog’s coming of age. This mirrors the Jewish traditional Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah that is celebrated when boys turn 13 and girls turn 12. Bark Mitzvahs are not necessarily held at a certain age for dogs, however many occur when the dog turns 13 years, 13 months, or 2 years old (close to...
  2. Water Safety for Dogs - The Need for Dog Life Vests!

    Water Safety for Dogs - The Need for Dog Life Vests!
    Most of us assume all dogs know how to swim, which is a common misconception. The “doggie paddle” was named that for a reason, right? While some dog breeds love to be in the water, there are some that don’t enjoy being anywhere near the water. For some breeds that have low body fat, like Greyhounds, it can even be dangerous. These breeds may have a very difficult time staying afloat and regulating their body temperature. If a dog is afraid of the water, and shows high levels of anxiety...
  3. Dog Training: Tips, Tricks, Best Breeds and Physical Effects

    Dog Training: Tips, Tricks, Best Breeds and Physical Effects
    Don't you ever wonder what your pooch is thinking on the twenty-third time you are tossing his ball while playing fetch? This infographic may not reveal your pup's thoughts, but it does tell you exactly what is going on in his brain! Training actually stimulates sections of his brain, both releases and reduces different chemicals, and makes him physically addicted to listening to you. (Now if I could only figure out a way to do that with my kids!) This great reference really drew me in with all of their...
  4. Dog Training Treat Options and Recipes

    Dog Training Treat Options and Recipes
    artolog / Foter / CC BY-NCGiving your dog different food treat rewards for good behavior is a fun and effective way of training. Using a variety of treats will also help keep your dog from getting bored, and keep him interested in training. Training treats are best if they are tempting and delicious, small or easy to break into small pieces, easy to carry, and healthy. It is also good to have some that mean less to your pup (like his dog food) and more valuable treats (like meat) so...
  5. Teaching “Drop It”

    Why is it important to teach a dog to “drop it”? If you have a puppy at home, you know they seem to always have something they shouldn’t in their mouths. If you have an older dog that still has this habit, it will protect her from having something dangerous, toxic, poisonous or even valuable to you in her mouth. It also allows you and your dog to safely play games like tug-of-war. The goal is right when you say “drop it”, your dog drops whatever it is they have...
  6. “Four on the Floor” – Positive Reinforcement Training for Jumping Up

    When trying to stop dogs from jumping up, most people try to correct the behavior by using punishment. With positive reinforcement, however, you want to focus on what you want your dog to do rather than what you want them not to do. So, when teaching your dog not to jump up, you want to reward your dog for having all four feet on the floor. In order to make the Four on the Floor behavior work, you will need to do the following things: 1) Teach your dog that...
  7. Positive Reinforcement Training – How it helped our family.

    Positive Reinforcement Training – How it helped our family.
    What do you do when a loving pet does the unexpected and hurts a family member? Unfortunately this happened to us. What we consider a member of our family, our dog, bit my daughter. We didn’t know what to do – How could we ever trust him again? We found an animal behaviorist that works with positive reinforcement training, and it changed our lives. Many experts believe animals learn faster and retain the most information when taught through positive reinforcement. This type of training means the dog gets something he...

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