Summer Dog Fun: 5 Activities For You and Your Dog

Summer Fun With Your Dog

Summer’s the perfect time to head out with your best furry friend. With so many options, it’s hard to choose what to do. Make sure you don’t miss out on these five must-do summer dog and human adventures to create a season filled with memories for you and your dog. Create A Frozen Treat Frozen […]

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3 Tips for Safe Outdoor Play

Now that the weather is warming up, we hope your dogs have been enjoying more time outside! Here are 3 tips for ensuring that unsupervised playtime is not only fun but safe: 1. Fencing – A dog-proof fence is key to maintaining a safe place for your dog to run and play. The height of the […]

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What is Tellington Touch (TTouch)?

Tellington Touch is a technique created by Linda Tellington-Jones.  It has shown to help improve behavior, enhance performance and health, and teach a dog to learn willingly.  The idea behind TTouch is that it helps you connect with your pet even deeper and who wouldn’t want to do that. Here’s a video of how TTouch […]

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How To Train Dogs

Rewards One of the biggest keys to success with positive reinforcement training is rewarding your dog properly. This means giving him something he loves at exactly the right moment.  Your first task is to figure out what kind of reward will best motivate your dog. How To Train Dogs & Food Treats All dogs are […]

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Peee-Yewww! Tips on reducing doggy gas!

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t’s a Friday night, you’re all curled up with your sweetheart on the couch, engrossed in the latest DVD new release, sharing a glass of wine, when out of nowhere… OH. MY. GOD. A certain SMELL hits your nostrils. Sound familiar? We tackle the problem of doggy gas so you’ll be spared in the future. You can thank us later.

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Stress-busters for dogs

Destructive stress based behavior in dogs

In a recent post, we wrote about the most commonly observed symptoms of stress in dogs, to which you might rightly be thinking: “Yeah… thanks for leaving me hanging. So now that I’ve identified that my dog is a bona fide stress-case, what do I do about it?!” And right on cue, we’ve got a follow-up to answer this very question, in order to address the more important issue here: how you can help soothe the anxiety in your little furry worrywart! Read on for the most common stress-inducers, and how to relieve them!

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Do you know the most common symptoms of stress in dogs? Read our list, and relax!

stress anxiety in dogs

If your dogs are stressed out, at best, you’ll notice some behavioral clues that they’re feeling anxious and/or fearful, ranging from panting and excessive yawning, to its worst, acute diarrhea, vomiting, or even aggressive acts like lunging at other dogs or people. Because every dog is different, and every dog reacts differently to different kinds of stressors, it’s important to know your dog and what his “trigger-stressors” are, in order to help minimize or even prevent the stress from occurring. But the initial stress signals dogs give off are actually difficult for most people to recognize as indicators of anxiety. Read on to find out what the signs of stress are in your dog!

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L'Eau de Carcass: Why your dog loves to roll in it

More research has unearthed (pun completely intended!) a pretty comprehensive study conducted on “scent-rubbing” (not to be confused with “scent-marking,” which transfers the animal’s individual scent to the environment, most effectively accomplished by “territory marking” through urinating and defecating, but also (especially in cats) by rubbing up against things). A study of wolves and another study in hyenas (unfortunately, no similar studies have been found in domestic dogs) showed that scent-rubbing is an “unconditioned response”, which means that it’s an instinct, simple as that.

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Summer Coat Care for Dog Paddlers!

If your dog loves jumping in the lake, cavorting on the beach, or even diving into the pool, that summer splash factor can wreak havoc on your dog’s shiny coat and itch-free skin unless you take some simple grooming precautions. Read on for more coat care for Pool Pooches, Beach Dogs, and Freshwater Fidos!

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How to prevent dog bites! (in honor of Dog Bite Prevention Week)

In honor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week 2011, (May 15 to 21), we thought we’d dedicate some time to dog bite awareness and highlight the top signs that a dog is feeling anxious and uncomfortable, and the best ways to help ensure your dog won’t ever bite. Do not assume that the dog will not bite because he hasn’t yet… As dogs get older they can become less tolerant. Read on for tips on how to recognize signs of anxiety in a dog, the top 4 things to teach kids about interacting with dogs (they are most at risk for bites), and top training tips to ensure your dog won’t bite!

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Why dogs roll in dead (or other disgusting) things

You’re taking your dog for a walk, perhaps down a verdant trail through the forest, or maybe along the beach, when your dog starts sniffing the ground with a bit more “focus” than is usual. He then starts acting as though he’s sniffed out the most delicious, intoxicating scent and is no longer responding to […]

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