We just got some snow in the high country of Arizona and many valley residents are eager to take a day trip to go for a winter hike in the snow. If you like us, this will mean bringing your dogs.
I thought this may be a good time to offer up a few winter travel tips for dog owners. These are mostly related to taking your dogs out during cold winter weather and are meant to help those who will travel into areas with snow and ice.
I am sure you already heard that many dogs develop behavior issues when they get bored or don't have an outlet for their stored-up energy. Exercise and mental stimulation is one of the first things recommended by dog trainers as a way to curb such behavior. Going to the dog park and playing fetch with a ball is a great way to give such needed exercise to your four-legged friend.
Exercising WITH your dog is an even better way, as it combines providing exercise for the pet with getting exercise for yourself. The shared activity will provided a way to bond and enhance the relationship of dog and handler. In this article, I want to show you several ways to exercise WITH your dog.
If you read my blog or follow my YouTube Channel, you know I love hiking with my dogs. We live in Arizona and hiking in the Sonoran Desert means we could come across rattlesnakes anytime of the year, although summer encounters are more likely. Knowing basic rattlesnake bite safety could end up saving my pet’s life. In this article, I want to share with you what I learned about helping a dog after being bitten.
A rattlesnake bite is frightening and can be one of the most dangerous situations you may face with your pet. Not only do you need to know what to do in the moments after a bite, but you also need to act fast to save your pet’s life. Being prepared ahead of time, may ensure that you act in a way that helps your pet in this emergency.
The list contains the main things veterinarians suggest you do immediately after the bite occurred and also lists some DON'Ts - things that are widely believed to be useful, but that veterinarians do not recommend.
With the upcoming 4th of July Holiday, I thought, I share these tips for keeping your pet calm and safe during fireworks.
For many pets the loud noises and the smell of fireworks are very frightening and statistically there is a huge increase in lost pets during this time of year. Even pets that usually won't run from home can get so panicked that they run away.
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A few months back we had to say good-bye to our beloved friend Jaeger.
Jaeger was one of the kindest souls I have ever met. He helped us with so many foster dogs and in our dog training. But most of all, he brought so much joy and happiness into our daily lives. He was my companion for 13 years. Words cannot express what he meant to me and my husband. He will be forever missed.
Having to say good-bye is never easy, and deciding on whether or not to help your pet across the Rainbow Bridge is a hard and very difficult decision to make. I chose to share our experience with At-Home Euthanasia with you, in the hopes that it may offer some help, when the time comes for your pet to cross the Rainbow Bridge.
You leave your house and your dog is barking and howling and won’t stop all day. You come home after work and your dog has destroyed the blinds on your living room windows or chewed up your furniture. You put your dog in his crate and he digs at the gate, frantically trying to get out. These are some canine behaviors signaling your dog may suffer from stress and behavior problems when left alone.
Sadly, such behavior problems are one of the most common reasons why owners get rid of their dogs. This is unfortunate because these kind of behavior problems can be treated by implementing a few simple strategies.
Dogs need to chew – it’s how they clean their teeth and release stored up energy.
Just like little babies, young puppies like to explore/experience the world around them with their teeth.
You can give your dog stuff to chew on or your dog will find it for himself. If you leave it up to your pooch, he may choose your carpet or your shoes.
Having your dog chew up things in your home is frustrating and can get expensive, so it is better to go to the pet-store and find some chew toys and chew foods for him. Read on to find out about chew toys and chew foods and why having both is important.
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