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 […]

‘Tis the Season: Original Gifts for Dog Lovers

1. The Perfect Gift for Any Occasion:  I’ve worked with many pet photographers and Mariah Hilton of Bunch We Lunch With Pet Photography is like no other. No unnatural poses or sterile studios here; her motto is ‘as they are in the play yard’.  She has a unique talent for appreciating the individual personality of each dog […]

Is your dog smarter than a chimpanzee?

Anyone who has ever taken a Raising Rover class or private lesson has heard me talk about how dogs are masterful readers of body language. Recent studies reveal their ability to observe and interpret even our most subtle gestures surpasses that of our closest (and presumably highly intelligent) relative, the chimpanzee. The following is a clip […]

Rover’s gone missing? Top 5 tips for getting him home safe and sound.

Another dog was stolen last weekend while tied up outside a coffee shop. This is becoming an all too common occurrence; it’s the 6th one I’ve heard about in Toronto in the last 2 months. Add to that the number of dogs that go missing because someone left the gate open by mistake or a […]

Top 5 tips for a safe Halloween

Halloween can be a stressful time for our pets at home. Here are the top 5 tips to make sure everyone has a fun and safe holiday!!  The hazards of chocolate are well known but other dangers lurking in those sweet treats include raisins and anything with the artificial sweetener Xylitol. Store treats to be handed […]

Kids & Dogs: Living Safely Ever After

  Kids + dogs = great combo, right?   Absolutely, but not without a little education and effort. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, out of nearly 1 million dog bites reported in the US each year, 60-70% are to children, and almost 80% of dogs involved were familiar (either the family […]

What’s REALLY for dinner: understanding dog food labels

If any good came of the tragedies that prompted the 2007 pet food recalls it’s that people became a little more discerning about what was going into Rover’s dish. Unfortunately pet food manufacturers don’t always make it easy to make good choices and many are just plain misleading. To identify a good quality food, you have […]