Hide and Seek: Just Add Dogs!

Hide and Seek: Just Add Dogs!

Exercise & Enrichment

Hide ‘n seek is the greatest dog game ever because there are so many benefits. It keeps children (or adults) engaged. There’s some exercise involved for dogs. When the dog inevitably finds the person hiding, the human-animal bond is enhanced. It’s a great way to reinforce calling your dog to you. And most of all, […]

Safe Exercise for Dogs With Limits

Safe Exercise for Dogs With Limits

Exercise & Enrichment

When we think of exercising our dogs, we tend to think of going all out – long, brisk walks, throwing a ball as far as possible, vigorous romping with other dogs. But in the life of nearly all dogs there will be circumstances where that’s not possible, including when your dog is recovering from injury […]

Saying “No” to Hello

Saying “No” to Hello

Exercise & Enrichment

We’ve all been told our dogs need to socialize with other dogs and with people, leaving some of us with the notion that our dogs and puppies should go to the dog park often or greet every dog who pulls toward them on the street. No doubt about it, we humans love dogs and, more […]

Cabin Fever: Keep Kids and Pets Happy in Isolation

Cabin Fever: Keep Kids and Pets Happy in Isolation

Exercise & Enrichment

Got bored kids, dogs, and cats at home because of the quarantine? To the rescue are two new books by Fear Free contributor Arden Moore, herself a Fear Free certified professional. She has written “A Kid’s Guide To Cats” and “A Kid’s Guide To Dogs” (Storey Publishing, ebook, $9.99, paperback, $14.95). Both are filled with […]

Quash Quarantine Qualms: Brain Games to the Rescue

Quash Quarantine Qualms: Brain Games to the Rescue

Exercise & Enrichment

Are you and your dogs stuck at home hiding out from the coronavirus? They’re probably wondering why they’re not getting as many walks or car rides to different places. Changes in their routine can be stressful. You can help to reduce their stress—and yours—with some mental activities that are perfect not just when a pandemic […]

Smell of Success: Scent Enrichment for Cats

Smell of Success: Scent Enrichment for Cats

Exercise & Enrichment

Our cats are sensory creatures, but we often overlook their acute sense of smell. Using scent to enrich their environment offers inexpensive, effective, and fun ways to keep your cats happy, stress free, and healthy. Why Enrichment Matters An outdoor cat can chase butterflies, climb and claw trees, munch grass and mark territory, stalk critters, […]

Dogs in Yards: Are They Happy?

Dogs in Yards: Are They Happy?

Exercise & Enrichment

Even those of us who love dogs don’t love the sound of constant barking. One effective way to get dogs to bark their heads off is to leave them outside in a yard alone. Maybe you have a neighbor who does this, but maybe you even do it yourself, because you think your dog loves […]

Dog Sports Roundup

Dog Sports Roundup

Exercise & Enrichment

Is walking your dog getting to be a drag? Do you and your dog want to be more active outdoors? Have you ever thought it would be fun to try a dog sport but don’t know which one, how to get started, or where to practice? We have the answers that will get you and […]

How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Need?

How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Need?

Exercise & Enrichment

It’s natural to wonder exactly how much exercise your dog needs. Your friend, the marathoner, runs with her dog. Your neighbor, the lawyer, who is gone all day and half the evening, has a dog walker. When you were a kid, you couldn’t wait to get home from school to go exploring with your dog. […]