Wait What Pack?

Is my dog trying to be Leader of the Pack? Sigh. Sadly, I still hear this question, although not as much as I used to. The question is misguided for a number of reasons. The sigh is for how this mindset adversely affects my favorite species, the dog.Several decades ago, some faulty research proclaimed that […]

The Loss

I recently lost a dog.  Not just any dog, Leo was my heart dog:  THE dog that bonds, loves and understands you like no other ever did or ever will. The dog that sets the standard for all dogs to come.His death, while not a surprise, was a shock, just the same.  He was sick […]

Body Language – Your Dog’s Native Tongue

If you own a dog, then you teach English as a second language. A dog’s native tongue is body language. Yet, dogs adapt and learn our English words with remarkable ability. There are many emotions that we share with our canine friends, and some that we project onto them. It’s in our best interest to […]

Fear-Free Vet Visits

The Wave of the Future? Does your pet shake with fear at the veterinarian’s office? Pets who are hard to examine often find it a traumatic and stressful experience and so do their owners. This can result in missed appointments and pets not getting the medical care they need to thrive. Dr. Marty Becker, has developed […]

Training Success Story | All-American Pittie

Amy McGraw called me, concerned about her rescue dog Sparty, who she only had for 5 days. Sparty was rescued from the streets of Miami and rehomed by a police officer. Amy told me that Sparty had growled, snapped and tried desperately to escape when he was grabbed by the collar at the veterinarian’s office. […]

Live Healthy: Love A Dog

Our physical and emotional health go hand-in-hand, or hand-in-paw, for those that love dogs. Interacting with a dog releases powerful chemicals in our brains: Endorphins, which produce feelings of confidence and well-being and Oxytocin, which increases feelings of attachment and trust. The physiological effects of these chemicals include lowering stress, increasing immune response, blocking pain perception, and healing wounds faster. Much […]

Help, My Dog Lunges at Cars!

Lunging at cars, trucks, bicycles and other moving objects is a common and frustrating behavior issue. We often see this behavior in a dog that wasn’t socialized as a puppy. Maybe the puppy didn’t get to leave its yard during the critical social development period, or perhaps lived in a quiet rural neighborhood where fast-moving objects were few and far […]

So You’ve Decided One Dog is Not Enough

To make sure everything goes smoothly, the new kid on the block should be a good match for your dog. Choose one with a similar energy level and a friendly temperament. First impressions are important, so make sure they happen in a fun, neutral place. Walk in a park or make a playdate for the first meeting. Allow the dogs […]