If you have decided that giving a dog in need a second chance is the right decision for you and/or your family, congratulations! In the almost 20 years that I’ve worked with clients and their rescues (in addition to my own) I can say with absolute certainty that it is an incredibly rewarding journey. But it’s not without a few challenges and while each dog has a … [Read more...] about Top 10 tips for success with a new rescue
Just when you thought the hard work was over and done with, your puppy is now becoming a teenager. That sweet pup who never wanted to leave your side now looks at you blankly before walking the other way when you call. Adolescence starts between 6-9 months of age and can last until 2-3 years of age. Symptoms include some or all of the following: selective listening, … [Read more...] about Surviving canine adolescence: top 10 tips
Many dog owners are under the impression that they should never play tug games with their dogs. Usually they have been told that it will cause aggression or that their dog will want to start tugging on their clothes and anything else they can get their mouths on once they’ve ‘had a taste’ of the game. Where these pearls of faux wisdom originate is a mystery but the truth is … [Read more...] about Should you play Tug with your dog?
The legalization of recreational pot this week in Canada caused quite a buzz (no pun intended). And for pet owners the news may be even more exciting as legalization has paved the way for the first Health Canada-approved clinical trial on the benefits of CBD (cannabidiol) in treating anxiety in pets. But if statistics are any indication, legalization could spell more trouble … [Read more...] about Pot legalization: what it means for our dogs
Enrichment is about providing mental and sensory stimulation to enhance your dog's physical and psychological health. At the very least, an enriched environment aims to prevent boredom and stress but in the case of our dogs, it's also about finding and sharing in what gives your dog joy. Why does it matter? Considering that the symptoms of boredom can include destructive … [Read more...] about Canine enrichment: top 10 tips for a happier, healthier and better behaved dog