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
You don't have to be a behaviour geek like me to have heard of a recent study that proclaimed dogs preferred praise over treats. If you haven't, the following article from The Bark magazine by noted Applied Animal Behaviourist Karen B. London explains it best: https://thebark.com/content/study-dogs-preferences-praise-versus-treats. So is it true? The answer is: It … [Read more...] about Praise vs Treats: You might be feeding but are you reinforcing?
You’ve seen those dogs riding in cars - head stretched out the window, ears flapping in the wind and an expression of pure joy on their face. Yet your young dog has to be physically forced into the car and once inside is a drooling, barfing picture of misery. Car sickness can be a common problem for puppies and young dogs. It may start off as motion-related but can quickly … [Read more...] about What to do if your dog gets car sick
Having a dog with separation anxiety is heartbreaking and stressful. Unfortunately it's also not uncommon. Some dogs experience true separation anxiety where they are so closely bonded to their human that they can't cope when that person leaves, even if there are other people around. More prevalent is isolation distress in which a dog can tolerate their main human's absence as … [Read more...] about Separation Anxiety in dogs