Training & Behavior
Keeping Fido Safe from Fire: Tips for National Pet Fire Safety Day
Pets and flames definitely don’t mix! Did you know that around 1,000 fires are started by pets each year according to the National Fire Protection Association? That’s a scary number, and it doesn’t take into account the number of pets affected by fires annually. That’s why the American Kennel Club (AKC) and ADT Security Services formed National Pet […]
Fear, Anxiety, Stress, and Phobias in Dogs
We all have encountered fear, anxiety, and stress in our lives. Our dogs are no different. Fear and anxiety and the stress they induce in our pets is often down-played and overlooked. Most of us fail to notice anxiousness in our own pets. Once we understand stress and can recognize the signs, we can work to […]
Our Pets Need Jobs, Too
When we think of “working dogs” we usually think of military canines, police dogs, or dogs working as service animals for their disabled companions. We don’t typically recognize our own pets’ need for daily responsibility. Dogs have an innate need to work. In the wild, every member of a pack contributes to survival. Hunting for […]
Service Animals and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Service animals can be not only a very important part of everyday life for people with disabilities, but they can also become a best friend and partner for these same people as well. When our best friend is also the dog who provides life-changing services for us, we want him to be able to […]
10 Ways Your Dog is Telling You He’s Stressed
It’s apparent that humans and canines have different ways of communicating with each other, and it’s completely obvious that we sometimes have trouble crossing that communication barrier. As a pet parent, it’s our obligation to learn how our dogs communicate so we can provide the best possible home for them. You probably already know what […]
All About Hairballs!
Almost every cat owner has seen a hairball, and many of us have stepped on them on our way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Hairballs are gross and squishy, but unfortunately very common. However, do we really know what hairballs are and what causes them? And why do some cats get […]
Do My Children Know How to Interact with Dogs and Cats?
It seems so natural for many families…parents, children, and pets all living together and having a great time! However, if we are unsure how to introduce our child to a new dog, or how to introduce our sweet cat to our new baby, then things may not always go smoothly. Dogs and cats may not […]
Can My Pet Be Identified and Returned Home To Me?
It’s every pet parent’s worst nightmare: To arrive home after a long day at work and let the dogs into the backyard only to realize ten minutes later that the meter reader left the back gate open. Now the dogs are having a blast exploring the neighborhood, but they have a ten-minute head start when we […]
4 Reasons We Should Volunteer at Our Local Animal Shelters
Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? Are you thinking about adopting a new pet? Do you love getting attention and love from dogs and cats? There are many reasons we may want to volunteer at our local animal shelter, and all of them are great in my opinion. Next week, April 10th to 16th […]
Top 10 Tips for Responsible Dog Ownership
When you decide to adopt a new dog, it’s very exciting! There are so many fun things you can do with your new dog and they are so very cute at any age. It is easy to imagine all of the adventures you will have with your new companion, and it can be just as […]