Some Of The Signs That Your Dog Is Going Deaf

It is true that as animals get old, they either lose the ability to hear or see. In some cases, they may lose both. The dog too is an animal and may become deaf as it gets old. This condition may be stressful to the dog especially when it loses the ability to hear what it considers the most familiar sound including not being able to tell who is approaching. [Read more…]

3 Great Reasons To Teach The Down Exercise To Your Dog

Here are 3 great reasons to teach your dog the down exercise. To start with the down exercise is probably the most important thing you can teach your pet. I always tell my clients that when your dog is 20 feet away and you give the dog command it should drop to the ground without you having to do anything else. No treat, no nothing. When your dog does that your dog is acknowledging that you are the master. [Read more…]

Is A Dog Friendly Just Because It Wags Its Tail?

In the past people understood much more about animals than they do today. People knew how to read animal’s “body language”. However, if you tell someone today that cows, pigs, and goats have body language they will probably laugh at you pretty hard. The lack of contact with animals in our modern society has caused the general population to be somewhat ignorant in regards to them. [Read more…]

Can A Second Dog Help Solve Separation Anxiety?

It can be difficult if you have a dog, but you have to be gone much of the time. Some dogs are well suited to being alone for much of the time. It doesn’t bother them. Still other dogs have a hard time with it. They don’t want you to leave, and occasionally bark or howl when they’re left alone. And then there’s the third kind of dog, who not only hates it when you leave, but actively causes problems. They rip things up, bark non-stop, and generally have a hard time. What can you do for them? Is there any way to fix the problem? [Read more…]

When Is It Okay To Leave A Dog Loose In The House

If you have a new dog and have been leaving him in a crate in the house while you are working, you are probably wondering when you can let him have free roam of the house when you are gone. The truth is, the time it takes for a dog to learn that they can’t destroy everything in their path varies from dog to dog. Some dogs are never able to be left alone in the house and will constantly have to be crated when you are away. [Read more…]

The Love Of A Senior Dog

While there may be a number of reasons that potential pet owners will be looking for younger dogs to buy or adopt, there are even more reasons why it is a good idea to look into the love and companionship of a senior dog. Whenever you find that you are looking for a new pet to add to your household, you will see that a senior dog is an excellent choice for a number of reasons. [Read more…]

Don’t Take Your Puppy Away from the Litter Too Soon

Puppies need to stay with their original families (at least the rest of the litter) for at least the first two months (or 8 weeks) of their lives, according to some recent scientific research.

Certain canine behavioral components (i.e., aggression, anxiety, and noise phobia) are largely influenced by genetics. However, animal experts agree that this is only part of a much larger picture. A combination of environment, genetics, and life experience most significantly influences a dog’s behavioral development. [Read more…]

Schutzhund:  Creating Well Rounded Working Dogs

Schutzhund (also known as IPO) is a dog sport that test the working abilities of a dog.  Originally created in the early 1900’s to serve as a breeding test for German Shepherd Dogs (dogs were not allowed to breed if they could not pass the test), schutzhund has now became a sport that welcomes all breed of dog and is less of a breeding test than it is a dog sport enjoyed by many handlers of all ages, and many breeds of dogs. [Read more…]