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How To Communicate Calm To Your Canine

How To Communicate Calm To Your Canine

Training

Are you helping or hurting your pet by providing comfort? You may have heard that comforting a pet when he’s frightened is the wrong thing to do because it “reinforces” that he’s right to be fearful. I’m here to share the good news with you that this concept isn’t correct. Here’s what to know about […]

How To Help Dogs Stay Calm During Noisy Events

How To Help Dogs Stay Calm During Noisy Events

Training

Sound-sensitive dogs benefit from training that conditions a calmer response to perceived noises outside their natural comfort zone. Here’s how to get started. Prep your pooch with positive exposure to sounds. Exposure for exposure’s sake can backfire and increase fear in the future, especially if the dog is forced to face the scary sound scenario […]

Training Small Dogs Takes Awareness, Trust

Training Small Dogs Takes Awareness, Trust

Training

When training dogs, size does make a difference. Small dogs are dogs, just as Golden Retrievers and Great Danes are, and they respond to training just as their larger cousins do. However, just the fact that toy breed dogs, small spaniels and terriers, and other little dogs are diminutive in comparison means your training techniques […]

Cat Costume Conundrum

Cat Costume Conundrum

Exercise & Enrichment

You’re at the pet store and it’s October. There’s an aisle of pet costumes, some of them cat size, and you pause. Your tuxedo kitty would make an adorable vampire! Wouldn’t Muffin be an elegant Egyptian princess? Some of these costumes make it very tempting to dress up your cat for Halloween, or for the […]

Taking the Spooky Out of Halloween Costumes

Taking the Spooky Out of Halloween Costumes

Exercise & Enrichment

For many pets, there is no escaping Halloween. Each year, people dole out more than $370 million in pet costumes so that their four-leggers can join them in celebrating this bewitching holiday, according to the National Retail Federation. This begs the question: do dogs and cats view donning costumes as a welcoming treat or a […]

Make Brushing Time Bonding Time

Make Brushing Time Bonding Time

Grooming

Your long haired dog needs regular brushing to keep his coat healthy, even if he makes regular trips to the groomer. Relax and enjoy some bonding time while you brush and cuddle together. Grooming can be a big job, but you don’t have to brush him from head to toe in one sitting. Teach him […]