How to Care for an Elderly Dog

Elderly dog sitting in a car smiling.

It happens fast. One day she is a young puppy causing havoc in your home running around and looking oh so cute. Then one day you see a few grey hairs on her muzzle and realize that your friend is getting on in her years. Aging is a normal part of life. Caring for an … Read more

How to Stop a Dog from Chewing on Things

I’ve cared for dogs that never chew. I’ve cared for dogs that will chew whatever they can get their paws on the minute you turn your back. I always say there is no such thing as a ‘bad dog’. When a dog chews- there is a reason for this behavior. The trick is to find … Read more

How to Socialize a Reactive Dog

A reactive dog will overreact in certain situations. Reactivity in a dog can be caused by lack of training, past abuse or lack of socialization. Usually it is fear that causes a dog to be reactive. Reactivity in a dog can be confused with aggression and some behaviors of both overlap. So before we look … Read more

How to Relieve Separation Anxiety in Dogs

A sad looking Pug dog that has chewed shoes.

Many dogs struggle with separation anxiety for different reasons. Separation anxiety in dogs is a behavioral issue. In this post we’ll discuss what separation anxiety looks like and strategies to help relieve symptoms. Why Do Dogs Develop Separation Anxiety A dog can develop separation anxiety from boredom – not enough mental stimulation. Separation anxiety can … Read more

Why Dogs Bite and How to Stop It

Dog growling and showing teeth.

A common question I often hear from people is “How do I stop my dog from biting?” Before we look at how to stop a dog from biting- let’s look at why dogs bite. Why Dogs Bite Dogs bite for numerous reasons. A dog will bite if she feels threatened in some way. She may … Read more

Basic Dog Training Tips

Woman training dog with treats.

Today I would like to discuss some basic dog training tips. These are suggestions that I have found to be helpful while training my dogs. We’ll cover the basics today. We’ll further discuss training in more detail in future posts. While we are on the subject of basic dog training tips – I would like … Read more

Correcting Aggressive Dog Behavior: Strategies

Angry dog barking and showing teeth.

I remember when I first brought Archer home from the rescue. He was very reactive on the leash, in the yard and in our vehicles. Basically he was anxious and reactive most of the time. When correcting aggressive dog behavior there are strategies that I have used and found effective in training dogs. We won’t … Read more

Things You Need for a Dog: A Basic Checklist

Smiling dog.

When shopping for things you need for your dog there are decisions to be made. Supplies you buy for your dog will depend on her size, age and temperament. The better prepared you are for your dog the more enjoyable and predictable the experience will be for both dog and owner. I want to go … Read more

Dog Collars and Harnesses: Things to Consider

Dogs with harnesses.

A dog who gets plenty of exercise is a well-behaved dog. When shopping for dog collars and harnesses people have asked me which they should purchase to walk thier dog. For our dogs there are times when I use a collar and times when I use a harness. We’ll discuss this further. When shopping for … Read more

When You Shop for Dog Supplies: Things to Consider

Two dogs smiling.

When shopping for dog supplies there can be a lot of confusion as to what products are suitable for our furry friends. Quite often while shopping for dog supplies – dog owners will purchase products that are unsuitable for their dogs. In my years of caring for dogs I have come across many quick fix … Read more