Nose Work Is Scentsational for Dogs

Nose Work Is Scentsational for Dogs

Exercise & Enrichment, Senior Pets

Everyone knows dogs love to sniff, but we tend to think of it as a distraction, that walks should be for exercise, not wasting time dawdling and sniffing. But exercising an animal’s mind is important too, and a substantial part of the dog brain is devoted to smells. A study–“Let me sniff! Nosework induces positive […]

Are You the Cause of Your Pet’s Stress?

Are You the Cause of Your Pet’s Stress?

Relationships

It’s not only people who suffer from stress; our pets most certainly do, too. The question is, could you unknowingly be the cause of some of your pet’s anxiety? Everyday noises and events that humans take for granted, for instance, can cause pets to be fearful and anxious. And because pets, like people, react differently […]

Hitting the Road: Summer Travel Tips

Hitting the Road: Summer Travel Tips

Travel & Safety

I love to take summer vacations with my husband and our dogs, Rio and Peach. It’s a thrill to pack the car and drive to an idyllic campground here in Colorado or head west to explore the off-leash dog beaches of Southern California or north to Wisconsin to splash around in refreshing lakes – checking […]

When Your Dog is Afraid of Fireworks: What To Do

When Your Dog is Afraid of Fireworks: What To Do

Behavior & Training

Is it noise aversion? Does your dog run and hide or start panting and shaking when children in the neighborhood set off firecrackers?  Has your dog run away during the Fourth of July celebration?  If so, your dog likely suffers from noise aversion, also commonly known as noise anxiety or noise phobia.  Noise aversion affects […]

Keep Calm and Kennel On

Keep Calm and Kennel On

Behavior & Training, Kittens & Puppies, Travel & Safety

Relaxing comfortably in a crate or carrier is a critical canine skill with many applications. A dog’s crate is an important management tool that assists in building better behaviors and deterring unwanted antics such as chewing furniture instead of appropriate toys or eliminating on the rug instead of outdoors. A kennel is also a protected […]