Counter-attack! What to do when your dog counter-surfs

Stealing  from counters is a common complaint, not always limited to large dogs. I’ve known more than a few crafty small dogs who found their way onto the middle of the breakfast table! It’s an annoying habit and potentially expensive if your Sunday roast gets pinched, but it can also be dangerous if Rover steals […]

Good reads: top 5 books for dog lovers

Nothing like a long and cold winter to get caught up on reading! So many books on dogs – which ones are worthwhile? Out of curiosity I looked at the best seller list of some popular online retailers and what is most popular is not necessarily what is best. Choosing just 5 books was next […]

training with treats: facts and fallacies

OH BOY!!!  THE TREAT LADY IS HERE!! Throw in an adorable four-footed furry wiggle-wagging at my feet and you have a pretty good picture of a typical greeting when I arrive at client’s homes.   We should all be so lucky to get such a warm reception every time we show up for work!  But […]

How to choose a dog-walker

Of all the questions I get, the toughest may just be ‘can you recommend a good dog walker?’ In an ideal world, everyone would make the time to take their dogs out daily for some play and/or a walk together.  A dog walker isn’t a replacement for this but can be  a great help in […]

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 […]