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The Truth About Hugging Dogs

May 20th, 2016|Comments Off on The Truth About Hugging Dogs

It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week. We share our homes and lives with millions of dogs, and most of those dogs never end up biting anyone. This is largely because dogs, like us, are social, and want to avoid confrontation. But it’s also because dogs [...]

Avoiding the “Abuse Excuse”

March 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Avoiding the “Abuse Excuse”

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  ~John Quincy Adams Dog owners have heard for years how dogs need us to be good leaders. But few people really understand how to take charge [...]

Playing Tug with Your Dog

February 24th, 2016|Comments Off on Playing Tug with Your Dog

You probably already know that most dogs enjoy play, and toys make it even more fun. Our dogs love toys, and we love to buy them for our dogs, trying to find what will really excite them. Some dogs are obsessed with fetching toys, while [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]