When it comes to dog training, especially in the case of a dog that must be socialized slowly and carefully, it’s always a good idea to enlist help.
Fortunately I have some of the best help around at my canine center, Dog Gone Smart.
Mystic enjoyed visiting Dog Gone Smart. The puppy playtime was a great help for him in learning how to interact with other dogs.
Until he was too big for puppies his age. He pounces harder and nips too roughly. He started to outweigh the...
It can catch you by surprise. One day, your dog is an overly enthusiastic young puppy and the next, someone tells you he’s a senior. But while some senior products are labeled for dogs aged seven and up, the actual age varies. A larger dog may hit “senior” status as young as five, while smaller dogs can sometimes go all the way to age 10 or 11 before officially becoming seniors.
Whether your vet would classify your pet as a senior or not, it can never hurt to shift to...
Dogs are great. There is almost nothing like the love and loyalty and joy that comes with canine companionship. What is better than a dog?
How about two dogs? Or three dogs?
What about more dogs?
At some point every pet parent begins to ask themselves that most important of questions…Should I get another dog?
That is quite a question. And don’t believe for one second that there is only one right answer. Like many questions when it comes to pet parenting, it all depends. On you....
Dogs need exercise.
That’s a simple fact of canine life.
The amount varies from one breed to another with some breeds needing a ton more than others. But no matter the breed, a daily walk is good for both you and your pet.
A recent study found that dog owners added an average of 3 miles and 22 minutes to their daily walk average. The health benefits are quite real.
But lacing up your shoes, putting a leash on your dog, and pounding the pavement consistently can be tough, especially if...
It can be tough not to shower your dog in treats and extra food. They give you so much love and affection, and nothing gets that tail wagging like something yummy. But more than half of all dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese, and if your dog is among that statistic, there’s a reason your vet may suggest you cut back a little.
We have some tips for getting the weight off, as well as details on the health risks those extra pounds bring.
The first thing you...
The warm weather months serve as a stark reminder that hydration is essential. If you’ve spent any time outdoors in hundred-degree temperatures, you’ve probably personally experienced the side effects of dehydration: nausea, weakness, and headaches, among others.
But what about your dogs?
Your pet experiences those hundred-degree temperatures alongside you. Even worse, many dogs are covered in at least a light coat of fur. It’s important to have water handy for your pet at...
When the weather cooperates, a trip to the park is a great way for your dog to get some exercise and burn off all that excess energy. But the weather doesn’t always cooperate. When it’s rainy or chilly outside, your dog may still crave that exercise—not to mention some fun bonding time with his humans.
The good news is, there are plenty of games you can play indoors that will keep your dog engaged while also helping him get a little exercise and mental stimulation. Mental...
The “Dog Days of Summer” are here. And as the temperatures creep higher and higher, nothing spells relief for man and beast like a dip in the nearest body of water.
Unless you can’t swim. Then it’s just a danger to be avoided.
And the same applies to your pooch. Swimming is great exercise for your dog. Many experts believe that just 5 minutes of continuous swimming is equivalent to a 5-mile run in a lower impact activity. Swimming is great for high-energy, active dogs...
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