6 Things to Train Your Dog to Do Before You Travel

Taking our dogs on trips can be fun and a great bonding experience. It stimulates their minds and senses when they get to explore new environments and we don’t have to worry that they are sad or confused in a boarding facility. But, your dog should know a few basic commands and be well-mannered when […]

Life Lessons We Learn from Traveling with Dogs

When I ask my friends what they want most out of a vacation, their answers always are “fun” and “relaxation.” When I ask myself what I want out of a vacation, my answers are those and the excitement of seeing something I’ve never seen before. You know what? That’s what dogs like. They like exploring […]

Keep Your Dog Slim and Trim!

So you’ve noticed your dog’s harness is a little tighter around her mid-section and when she lands on her feet from jumping out of the car it’s now a loud “THUD” as opposed to the softer “THUMP” from last year. Your dog might be getting chubby. Some dogs are naturally heftier than others and some […]

7 Ways to Help You Recover a Lost Dog

This morning I was walking two dogs and as I turned a corner one of them started tugging to go check out something in the grass. The other dog tugged the other way. For a split second I thought about what I would do if one got away. Their leashes were wrapped around my hands […]

Take Your Dog To Work Day: June 22, 2012

Have a dog? Have a job? Whew, good for you. Celebrate these two facts by taking your dog to work on Friday June 22. Check with your company to see if they are participating in the event and will allow you to bring your pup before Friday. This is an annual worldwide event that was […]

Dog Walking – Tips and Tricks

Walking your dog is a great way to get some exercise, reinforce the bond between you two, and a great time to practice training and tricks. One of the biggest questions many owners have is about finding the best type of leash and collar or harness for walks. Harnesses, collars, and halti leads are all […]

Socialize Your Puppy

Dogs are social by nature and enjoy the company of people and other dogs if socialized. Dog daycares, dog parks, and puppy play times have become very common for dog owners to partake in and it’s very important to have a well-socialized and well-behaved puppy to ensure that everyone has a good time. Socializing a […]

Motion Sickness and Dogs: Signs and Treatment

Dogs seem to really like car rides. Many of them try to hang their heads out the window and watch the world fly by. Some try to stand on the middle console between the front seats and others look out the back window seeing who is following them. There are some dogs that do not […]

House Breaking Tips

House breaking a puppy or dog that isn’t trained is accomplished by rewarding good behavior (going to the bathroom outside) and preventing her/him from going inside. Some dogs will learn and pick up what you are asking them to do very quickly while others may take a bit longer. Don’t be frustrated, and keep working […]

5 Tips For Leash Walking

Going out and exploring the world can be extremely exciting and over stimulating for your dog. They know when you grab the leash and it’s time and their tail may start to wag so hard that their whole body jiggles. It can be really cute and bring a smile to your face. However, sometimes this […]

Why Puppies Bite And How To Curb It

One thing that puppies do is bite. They learn about the world around them using their sense of smell, touch, and taste. A dog might lick something to learn about it or chew and bite it. Puppies bite to learn and also to help relieve the irritation that can arouse from teething. When dogs and […]

A Second Dog Might Not Be Right

Sometimes having a dog can be tough and we see them get a little bored, seem sad, and get into things that they shouldn’t. There are only so many days a week we can make trips to the dog park. Doggie daycare can be a great answer to help them socialize, run around, and have […]

Stop Your Dog From Licking and Chewing Her Paws

If your dog chews her paws, licks, and bites the padding it could be mean she is having a reaction to something she is in contact with, but determining what it is can be difficult. Anything from food allergies, substances on the sidewalk that bug her, elements in the soil, to anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorders […]

Understanding Dog Body Language and Barks

Dogs communicate with us and express their hesitations, agitation, and happiness with their body language and barks. Have you ever seen your dog lay his ears back when meeting a stranger? Or does she grunt or mutters when you’re eating dinner or when she has a ball and comes over to you? Do you know […]

5 Great Workouts For You and Your Dog

Dogs are great buddies and even better workout partners. They are always up for a jog, a walk, and a car ride. If you’re looking to burn a few calories but don’t always feel motivated to do it at the gym or alone, take your dog with you! You won’t only get a great workout […]

5 Back to School Pet Tips

The back to school rush means more days are being spent out of the house leaving your furry buddy home. Shopping for new school clothes, supplies, and attending back to school meetings, means less time spent at the dog park, taking long walks at night, or day trips to the beach. Your dog can feel […]

5 Tips For Boarding Your Dog

Heading on a vacation or bringing your teen back to college? Can’t bring Buddy with you? There are plenty of kennels and boarding facilities where you can board your dog while you’re gone. Make sure you feel comfortable leaving him at a place while you’re gone. Here are some tips for finding a boarding facility […]

5 Tips to Stop Jumping Dogs

Dogs jump up on people for various reasons. Usually it’s for attention and a way to show their enthusiasm for seeing you come home from work. They’re excited and the energy produced from it comes out as jumping. If you’re lucky your dog may not be the jumping type and instead zoom around the room […]

Finding The Right Trainer For Your Dog

So it’s happened… all the silly puppy antics like chewing a pair of shoes, eating a plastic bottle up, or ripping a pillow has escalated to other things and is driving you crazy. The exercise routine, establishing a leadership role, and teaching commands has helped but it’s not enough. Maybe the consistency is off, maybe […]

Nothing in Life is Free

Pouncing, barking at you, not coming when called, or not listening to commands… what to do? You can try a training technique known as “Nothing in life is free.” It isn’t a magic pill that will solve behavior problems but it is a way to instill a routine and way of living with your dog. […]