What do you use to take your dog on a walk? Have you ever considered a harness? Take these four reasons into consideration when choosing the right training tool for your dog. 1. More Control Harnesses offer support to the neck, chest, back, and legs. Because harnesses support more of the dog's body, the harness gives the handler more control of movement. Instead of only holding your dog back from the neck, owners are able to hold their dog by most of their body. This is espec
Happy Valentine's Day! In honor of this day of love, here are some ways your pup communicates their love for you. 1. Eye Contact Natural eye contact during play or while cuddling releases the love hormone oxytocin. Eye contact means trust, love, and vulnerability. Tense, long and sustained eye contact can be seen as a threat to your dog, so make sure the eye contact isn't forced! 2. Cuddling Physical touch is a big way dogs show affection. By leaning against you, your dog is
It's common knowledge that the earliest domestication of dogs was for hunting purposes. Historically, people took advantage of dogs for their natural impulse to track, chase, and retrieve. The modern result of years of this domestication and conditioning is the game fetch. Ball chasing is a fun and popular activity for contemporary dog owners, but what is fetch actually doing to your dog? Effects on the Brain Some dogs will keep bringing the ball back to you. Over... and... o
Why Does Their Dental Health Matter? As a pet parent, you want your dog to be happy and healthy. Just like they say eyes are the window to the soul, oral health is the window to your dog's overall health. Dental care is critical for your dog's health for many reasons. First, think about it; dental pain is uncomfortable. When a dog has a toothache or sore gums, they can't tell you about it. They have to endure extra pain and stress that they shouldn't have to worry about (not
By Hannah Stein The winter holidays are only a few weeks away and family is coming to town, so you've got to impress. Try showing off your dog's smarts by teaching your pup these fun tricks! Here are some tips before we begin: 1. Make sure your dog has a motivator. For some dogs it's treats, a clicker, or a toy, while for other dogs, it's their special bond with you. 2. Keep training sessions short and brief. It's difficult for a pup to learn if they are tired or frustrated.
By Hannah Stein Crate training is based on a dog's natural instinct to create a den. As a training tool, crates are a great way to potty train, set up house rules and manners, and give your dog a safe zone. Before we begin, keep these thoughts in mind: 1. The crate is NOT a punishment, it is their safe space and home. 2. Dogs should not be crated for too long. Make sure your dog is getting proper exercise and social interaction on a daily basis. If you are keeping your dog in
By Emily Schultze Hiking isn’t just a good way to get in some exercise, it can also be a great bonding opportunity for you and your dog! Now that spring is here, it is the perfect time to get outside and experience nature through the eyes of man’s best friend. Before You Go Whether you are planning a trek deep into the wilderness or just a quick walk over a hill, there are some things you will want to consider before you leave. If your dog has not been on a hike before, it is