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Winter Walks for Both of You

February 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Winter Walks for Both of You

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”  ~John Muir
There’s nothing like taking a walk on a crisp winter day with your dog. Not only does it burn energy for both of you, but at a time when most people are […]

New Year’s Resolutions

January 4th, 2016|Comments Off on New Year’s Resolutions

Happy 2016!  Gloria Dorsey, DVM, MPH has a list of New Year’s Resolutions that EVERY pet owner should make this year:

• Resolve to not feed your pet table foods!  This bad habit will promote finickiness in your pet.
• Resolve to exercise regularly with your pet, especially […]

Problems Brewing… Part 2

December 30th, 2015|Comments Off on Problems Brewing… Part 2

(Please read Part 1 of this post here.)

Sophie is clearly uncomfortable (distressed) by visitors. Her hackles, barks, growls and forward movement with stiffness are all clues. Marcy and Dave are not helping her learn to cope properly with what she clearly considers an invasion of […]

Problems Brewing…

December 28th, 2015|1 Comment

Marcy and Dave are having guests over for dinner. Their dog Sophie barks ferociously every time she hears the doorbell, and rushes the door. Dave has to hold her by the collar as he opens it so she won’t rush out or jump on people, […]

Holiday Pet Safety Tips

December 23rd, 2015|Comments Off on Holiday Pet Safety Tips

The holidays are here!  It’s a time full of festive fun, but it’s also a time that could prove disastrous to your four-legged friends.  Holiday decorations, sweets and treats, traveling and visitors all pose hidden hazards for your furry family members.

So make your list and […]

Frustration and Punishment: Unintended Consequences

November 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Who among us hasn’t been frustrated by a dog at some point? It’s normal to experience feelings of frustration and anger because of a dog’s behavior.

But how the pet owner responds to the behavior and how he/she processes his/her feelings matters a lot to the […]

Halloween Safety for Pets

October 27th, 2015|Comments Off on Halloween Safety for Pets

Virtually everything we love about Halloween – candy, costumes, jack-o-lanterns and the party atmosphere, can become a source of fear or harm to our pets.  Because pets are such integral members of our families, we should ensure that the holiday is as safe and fun […]

Kids are Going Back to School… but Don’t Forget Fluffy & Fido!

August 18th, 2015|Comments Off on Kids are Going Back to School… but Don’t Forget Fluffy & Fido!

Now that the back to school trek is in full effect, it can be easy to forget that the needs of the family dog or cat are a part of the picture as well. Before you get into the hustle & bustle of the […]

Keeping Your Pets Safe for the 4th of July

August 18th, 2015|Comments Off on Keeping Your Pets Safe for the 4th of July


The 4th of July is looming on the horizon, and we’re all looking forward to the festivities – many of us will also want to include our pets in those festivities. Before you do, be sure to consider some of the potential risks to […]