The thunder-phobic dog: tips for weathering the storm

 Fear of thunderstorms can be incredibly stressful on both the dogs who suffer from it and the people who live with them. Symptoms can      range from mild panting to hours of uncontrollable trembling. In severe cases, mounting panic can cause some dogs to claw and chew their way through walls or jump high […]

The Art of Kong Stuffing

Kong stuffing as art form? Really??? Absolutely. This wonderful stuff-able little rubber toy has transformed many a dog’s life. Almost  every pet store carries it. Many informed dog owners have one. But not everyone uses it to it’s maximum benefit. Here is how you can turn that unassuming little rubber cone into a most-treasured prize […]

Innocent until proven guilty: do dogs feel guilty?

You walk in your front door and instead of the usual full-body-wag greeting you’re accustomed to, Rover appears at your feet, head bowed, shoulders hunched, ears back. You glance around and notice the contents of your garbage strewn about. You assume his greeting is because he feels guilty for this egregious misdeed and that he […]

Living with dogs: tips for the holidays

  This can be a confusing time for pets with new smells, guests and strange new things in the house. The last thing you want is to spend Christmas day at the Emergency Vet Clinic. Here are some basic tips to make sure everyone in the family enjoys a safe and happy holiday:     […]

Why ‘how’ we train matters: Notes from the Guide Dog Users of Canada Conference

A few weeks ago I received a call from someone with a new pup looking for a trainer. Unfortunately she was already convinced that the combination of a choke chain and shock collar was the fastest and best way to get the job done and there wasn’t much I could do to dissuade her so […]

When every day is hump day: what to do about mounting

When it comes to dogs humping, I think there are two kinds of people: the gigglers and the mortified. I’ll leave why that is up to others to ponder but I would like to shed some light on what it means in terms of canine behavior. Some dogs will mount other dogs or humans while […]

The Not-Ok Corral: how to stay safe at the dog park

I don’t like dog parks. I don’t mean big open green spaces – Kali and I explore these on a daily basis.That’s her in the picture at one such park, sharing a stick and a goofy grin with her handsome friend Buffett. I’m referring to the fenced-in-designated-off-leash-zones or ‘corrals’ that are popular in this city […]

Your Dog is Not Your Adversary

I recently spent several months deciding whether to switch from a PC to Apple’s new Macbook Pro. It wasn’t just the expense; after all, hadn’t I been using a PC for 20 years and always managed to get the job done? True, but there were EPIC battles along the way (those of you with Windows […]

Learning from the Denver Anchor Dog Bite Incident

Last week a Denver news anchor was bitten in the face by a dog during a live interview with a firefighter who had recently rescued the dog from icy waters. The injury required reconstructive surgery and our hearts go out to her as we wish her a smooth and speedy recovery. Watching the news clip […]

Teaching your puppy to share – preventing possession issues

I was commiserating with a client last week over the number of ball-thieving dogs out there whose owners are unable to get the ball back. I admit, it’s mildly amusing to watch them chase their dog around in vain before shrugging helplessly, but mostly it’s annoying for those of us who rely on retrieving activity […]