Q: I’m attempting to get my dog accustomed to being in a crate/carrier so that she can travel with me in-cabin when I fly home over the holidays to visit my family, but every time I try and crate her, she cries and barks and screams so relentlessly that I cave and let her out. Please help!—Made Crazy By Crate Training A: It sounds like your dog has learned that barking and screaming gets her what she wants! Now, I am a rewardbased trainer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t believe in boundaries and … [Read more...] about 3 Signs Your Dog is Sick
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This breaks down everything you need to know about dog treats. Great stuff to know, especially considering how treats strengthen our relationship with our dogs and have so much to do with dog training. With those things in mind, it is wise to consider what's healthy in the "treat" department...and what isn't. Conventional dog treats We love our dogs, and it’s easy to spoil them. Treats help strengthen the special relationship we have with our dogs, and are helpful as training tools. Many … [Read more...] about The Best Dog Treats
Did you know there are many things to consider when playing Tug of War with your dog? Before jumping in to the next game without much thought, take a minute to consider some of these points. Your dog will be glad you did! Chances are your dog loves to play tug-of-war. As with much of canine play, this game is based on a dog's deeply ingrained hunting instinct. Debate exists as to whether tug-of-war is a healthy-or even safe—outlet for your dog. Will it cause aggression? Can it cause … [Read more...] about Is It Good To Play Tug of War with Your Dog?
Most people think shaving their dog is the best thing they can do to keep their pup cool in the summer. Not true! That's why it's so important to read this article. Shaving your dog can be dangerous and cause harm in ways that many people don't realize. Every year when summer arrives and the days grow longer and hotter, you can’t help but notice many people out walking their freshly shaved dogs. Well that’s nice, you think, the folks are helping their pet cool off. Is it sensible and … [Read more...] about A Shaved Dog Does Not Equal a Cooler Dog
Exercising your dog is critical for optimal health. Have you ever thought your dog is getting lazy? Has the vet ever said that your best friend needs to lose five, ten, or fifteen pounds? Whether you are looking to help maintain your dog's good shape or looking for ways to help your dog shed some pounds, here are three great ideas: Large Exercise Ball Exercise balls aren't just for yoga, Pilates classes and rehabilitation centers. They're also for our favorite pooch too. Exercise balls … [Read more...] about 3 Awesome Ways to Exercise Your Dog
Most people want to do good things for their dogs. As a result, they follow the advice of people they don't know, assuming that all people in the dog business have dogs' best interests in mind. Unfortunately, that is not the case. While some "preventive measures and treatments" are good for dogs, others are not even though advertised as such. Some treatments and measures are toxic for your dog and will shorten your best friend's life. This informative article provides insights that are crucial … [Read more...] about How Many People Are Killing Their Dogs?
This article was written to help counter a disturbing trend for dogs in America. As a whole, dogs are in poor shape and in many cases not living as long as they once did. A dog who has lived for six years should not be categorized the way most dogs are at that age. Not only that, dogs could be much more healthy and their lives could be extended if owners paid attention to a few basic things and did things a little differently. Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest … [Read more...] about 3 Ways To Help Your Dog Live Longer
Feeding your dog ice cream seems innocent enough, but... Milk and Other Dairy Products On a hot day, it may be tempting to share your ice cream cone with your dog. But if your dog could, it would thank you for not doing so. Milk and milk-based products can cause diarrhea and other digestive upset as well as set up food allergies (which often manifest as itchiness). Source: Pets -WebMD Photo Source: Gilbert Parker … [Read more...] about Is Ice Cream Dangerous for Your Dog?
Here are three proactive steps to take with your dog to prevent life-threatening illness and injury: 1. Keep Your Pet's Environment Climate Controlled Increased temperatures associated with summer create a variety of health risks for pets. Cats and dogs rid their bodies of heat primarily through their respiratory tracts (trachea and lungs). Some heat is lost through the skin, but pets lack the ability to sweat like people. Therefore, most pets can't easily acclimate themselves to hot or … [Read more...] about 3 Keys to Your Dog’s Safety This Summer