Dog Training

  1. Holiday Safety for Pets: Hazards Around the House

    Holiday Safety for Pets: Hazards Around the House
    With gifts to wrap, meals the plan, and lists to complete, it is a fun but overwhelming time of year. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, my house turns into Santa's workshop with gift wrap, tape and ribbon on the dining room table; a tree full of festive decorations in the living room; and a guest room hiding spot for super-secret toys. With all of the crazy happening, it is easy to forget the pet hazards that all of this holiday fun leaves behind. Pet Safety: Holiday Hazards for...
  2. Have a Barking Good Time with These Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs

    Have a Barking Good Time with These Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs
    Halloween is a fun time for everyone - planning the perfect costume, getting the BEST candy (and trading the rest), and decorations that are gloriously spooky spectacular. But, what if you were a knee-high furbaby who didn't understand the holiday? With all of the ghosts and goblins running around, it could be a scary and stressful time for your dog. Not to mention the tempting sweet treats they may find laying around afterward. Follow these eight Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs to keep your pooch happy and everyone will have...
  3. {Ruh-roh} Dog Moment #37 – Adventure Time!

    {Ruh-roh} Dog Moment #37 – Adventure Time!
    Our furbabies sit. Waiting. Watching. And as soon as we turn our backs, the adventure is on! Who knows what this brave duo will get into next - gotta love 'em.
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Feeding Fido: Safe People Food for Dogs

    When I first came across this list of safe people foods for dogs, I wasn't surprised to see some of my pup's favorites on the left side - and the usual offenders on the right side. But there were a few that caught my eye and prompted an office discussion of who's dog has eaten what. Of the Don'ts, the general rule of avoiding sugars and salt applies, as they will harm Fido's kidneys. The surprise came from the image of the gum - which lead to a story of...
  8. Tips on Giving Your Dog Medication

    ucumari / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-NDThis week we took a trip to the Vet and received the unfortunate news that our old dog needs to be taking a medication once a day now. For any other dog owner this may be ok since their dog loves treats. For us, not exactly. Our dog loves treats, but he is the rawhide bone type of guy, not the mushy treats that make it easy to shove medication inside. It is officially time for us to get creative! I did some searching online...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

10 Item(s)