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. […]

Play: It’s Not Just for Kittens

Play: It’s Not Just for Kittens

Exercise & Enrichment

Kittens are born with an amazing ability to seek and pounce—but not right out of the womb. That aptitude develops in partnership with physiological changes as they grow. At first, they are helpless, fully dependent on their mother. Their only focus is staying warm, finding their mother’s teats, and sleeping. Their mother’s licking not only […]

Fitness Resolutions Go to the Dogs

Fitness Resolutions Go to the Dogs

Exercise & Enrichment

Is getting—and staying—in shape one of your New Year’s resolutions? Include your dogs, too; it’s good for their physical and mental health. But before you haul them out on a five-mile run, talk to your veterinarian about their current condition and the best ways to make sure they don’t suffer from weekend warrior syndrome—the aches […]

 Small Pets Count Too

 Small Pets Count Too

Exercise & Enrichment, Exotics

Dogs and cats get a lot of attention in our homes and from the manufacturers of pet products. There are many pampered pooches and spoiled kittens. But what about our small furry and scaly friends? They have the same need for a safe, Fear Free Happy Home. When planning a low-stress Fear Free space for […]

Time for Sniffing? Cue the Shenanigans

Time for Sniffing? Cue the Shenanigans

Exercise & Enrichment

In the article “Walk or Sniff? How You and Your Dog Can Have a Meeting of the Minds” I explained how enrichment walks are important for dogs. Dogs live the world through their noses. Giving them a chance to sniff and enjoy some “shenanigans” is healthy for them. It’s not going to be fun for […]