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 fences to escape, injuring themselves, getting hit by cars or winding up … [Read more...] about The thunder-phobic dog: tips for weathering the storm
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 and training tool: Start with the … [Read more...] about The Art of Kong Stuffing
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 knows he did wrong, but are you right? Science and … [Read more...] about Innocent until proven guilty: do dogs feel guilty?
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: Christmas trees can be fascinating for cats and dogs alike – never … [Read more...] about Living with dogs: tips for the holidays
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 needless to say we did not end up working together. She no doubt found someone who was happy to … [Read more...] about Why ‘how’ we train matters: Notes from the Guide Dog Users of Canada Conference