4 Other Ways Fido is Trying to Talk to You

We all know the happy dog tail, wagging back and forth to express joy at a bone or a new toy.  But dogs use much more than their tails to communicate and a wagging tail, when paired with other movements, doesn't always mean a happy pooch.  Here are four other ways your dogs is trying [...]

By | February 5th, 2017|Dog Training, Education, Tips & Advice|Comments Off on 4 Other Ways Fido is Trying to Talk to You

Five Cold Weather Myths

Five Cold Weather Myths : Protecting Your Pet This Winter   Like it or not, winter weather has arrived!  You’ve likely turned up the heat, stocked up on firewood and pulled out the boots and sweaters from storage. But what have you done to prepare your four-legged friends for the chilly weather?  If you think [...]

By | January 5th, 2017|About Animals, Education, Tips & Advice|Comments Off on Five Cold Weather Myths

Fences Make Good Neighbors—and Frustrate Some Dogs

NOTE: this piece was originally published on the author's personal blog. It is used with permission. Part of dog ownership is making sure your pooch gets the right amount of exercise for his age, breed, size, and temperament. Walks are necessary, and a great activity for dogs, but walks alone won’t meet most large, boisterous [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|Dog Training, Education, Tips & Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fences Make Good Neighbors—and Frustrate Some Dogs

Keeping Your Pet Safe from the Piedmont Park Coyote

When a coyote is frequenting a park that you and your dog also frequent, what can you do to keep them safe? We asked our resident education expert, Dr. Gloria Dorsey, "Is it safe to take my dog to Piedmont Park?" Fights between a coyote and dog are rare, but it isn't out of the realm of possibility. When you're [...]

By | December 27th, 2016|About Animals, Tips & Advice|Comments Off on Keeping Your Pet Safe from the Piedmont Park Coyote

Thanksgiving Pet Tips

  'Tis the season for friends, family and holiday feasts—but also for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on under-cooked turkey or an unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink. Watch out for those tempting nibbles! Chocolate, raisins, garlic, onions or onion powder, [...]

By | November 22nd, 2016|About Animals, Tips & Advice|Comments Off on Thanksgiving Pet Tips

The Space Between the Notes

NOTE: this piece was originally published on the author's blog. It is used with permission. Most dog owners are pretty familiar with how to meet a dog’s basic needs. These include quality food, fresh water, proper shelter, proper grooming, and veterinary care. Dogs require the above primary needs to survive. Many dog owners also understand that dogs [...]

By | November 1st, 2016|Dog Training, Education, Tips & Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Space Between the Notes

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 for them as it is for us.  Let’s keep our [...]

By | October 25th, 2016|About Animals, Tips & Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Halloween Safety for Pets

One-Trial Learning

Remember, if you can, learning how to ride a bike, or use roller skates, ride a skateboard, throw or hit a ball, or dance a routine as a young child. If you grew up in the age before video, you were shown what to do by someone who had already mastered the skill. Patiently or [...]

By | October 18th, 2016|Dog Training, Education, Tips & Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on One-Trial Learning

So, Your Dog Doesn’t Like Its Crate?

So, your trainer and everyone else on the planet told you you should be crating your dog. Everywhere you turn, dog-intelligent people are telling you that crates can solve many behavior issues, provide structure, and make everyone's life easier. This is absolutely true for the vast majority of dogs. What many people will also tell [...]

By | July 20th, 2016|Dog Training, Education, Tips & Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on So, Your Dog Doesn’t Like Its Crate?

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 are very forgiving. There are a lot of things people [...]

By | May 20th, 2016|Dog Training, Education, Tips & Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Truth About Hugging Dogs

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