When Allison Marks dropped off Colby, her 2-year-old Golden Retriever, for a routine grooming, she never could have imagined the tragedy that would ensue.
This is not about dog training and behavior. This is about human sympathy. And a mission. And justice. A couple of days ago, I was forwarded a public YouTube video of a dog trainer working with a dog who had previously bitten and shown aggression, especially while being bathed and groomed. I'm writing this to express my sympathy for the trainer. I mean that without an ounce of insincerity – I truly feel bad for him and what he has gone through since the video of him working with that dog has gone viral.
Keeping your pet’s skin and coat clean and healthy is an important part of pet ownership. While some dogs require more extensive grooming than others, all dogs require some level of grooming maintenance. Bathing Bathing is the most basic foundation of grooming, and is a must for any dog regardless of its breed or size. Read More
For over a decade, I’ve been blessed to work with all types of animals. People and institutions contact me to assist them with their domestic animals, farm animals and sanctuary animals. I work with them in numerous ways but, what I’m probably best known for is my work with missing animals. I have worked with Read More
Veterinarians have long been supportive of vaccinating social dogs against the general term we call “kennel cough,” associated more specifically with canine infectious hepatitis and respiratory disease/adenovirus type 2; canine parainfluenza virus (Not be confused with dog flu with is canine influenza virus) and Bordetella bronchiseptica. In fact, veterinarians have been vaccinating social dogs to protect Read More
It’s nothing to sneeze at, an outbreak of dog flu affecting at least 11 states. After inundating Chicago with flu and bouncing around the country in 2015 into 2016, the H3N2 virus, which arrived from Southeast Asia, took a lower profile. Last month, the virus appeared on radar, and in a big way. The epicenter Read More
“I wonder if I’ve done the wrong thing … Perhaps I’m not capable of looking after a dog.” I don’t know exactly what had caused such a devastating loss of confidence in what 30was clearly a capable individual. But Gwen voiced a sentiment I come across from time to time. Her family had left home Read More
Essential oils are effective, natural substances which are ideal for pet grooming. What are essential oils? Essential oils have been used for more than 5,000 years around the world. There’s evidence that the ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Greeks, among others, used essential oils for cosmetic, medicinal and ritual purposes. With the rising popularity of natural Read More
Every dog behavior professional keeps a mental list of other dog care professionals such as dog walkers, pet sitters, boarding facilities, groomers, etc. that meet their own personal care standards. Those standards will likely mirror their own philosophy of how dogs should be treated. Those who practice behavior modification with modern scientific-based methods in their Read More
As a committed champion for oldies, and passionate collector of good books, when I spotted the release of one that celebrates the lives of senior canines, of course it had to find its way into my collection.
There are several things you can do when you live with a small dog to prevent them from becoming aggressive to handling--these are just a few things I have found to help my 7.5 pound terrier.
Tropical storms, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, floods, mudslides – phenomena no one can be completely prepared for. Yet, with a little preparation, there are things exotic pet owners can do to be ready.
With a little commonsense and mindfulness, our cats can enjoy summer as much as we do. There’s nothing like a cat on a lap to help us slow down to smell the roses. Have a safe, happy and healthy summer!
Call it irony, or just odd – for the second consecutive year, the most popular cat breed in America is a breed most cat owners have never heard of.
Finding the right dog is not as simple as falling in love with the cute face in the adoption photo. As responsible pet guardians, it is our job to ensure the new addition fits our lifestyle so we are able to attend to the dog’s needs. What are some factors to consider when finding your Read More
The primary form of communication for dogs is body language. It is important that you learn more about this language, especially if you are caring for senior dogs, in order to understand their changing needs.
Want an interactive pet that’s not as demanding as a dog? How about a bunny? Rabbits make terrific pets in the right circumstances. February is adopt-a-rescued rabbit month, so if you’re considering a new pet, here are some reasons a bunny might be best...
Every now and then a video crosses my desk from people either amazed, dismayed or generally seeking my opinion on something. Such was the case when I was shared this video, and I felt it was a great learning opportunity to highlight some of the misconceptions and ‘teaching moments’ of what should not be done when teaching a dog with a history of biting while being groomed.
Thinking about getting a puppy for Christmas? First, make sure you are ready for a 10-20 year commitment and can afford the money that it takes to raise a happy and secure dog. If all that is worked out, then you want to do your research to make sure you pick out the right breed for Read More
With a little bit of training any dog can work cooperatively with you at the vet. VSPDT Sara McLoudrey talks about how she trained her dog to cooperate at the vet without the use of restraint.
The Canine Noise Phobia Series (CNP) is a 4-CD compilation of specialized audio recordings and innovative training protocols specifically designed to reduce and prevent noise phobias and anxiety in dogs. “In my work as a dog trainer both on TV and in private practice over the past 15 years, I have seen countless dogs suffer Read More
It has become somewhat common for dog owners to leave music or TV's on when they leave the house in the hopes that the constant sound will help soothe their lonely pets. While the intention behind this technique is noble, behavioral science has now uncovered enough about the way our dogs process sounds to know Read More
Vaccines, inoculations, immunizations, SHOTS! No matter what term is used, they serve a purpose, and almost always a good one. Though there is growing skepticism among many dog owners regarding vaccine recommendations for their four-legged children, it is important to fully understand the purpose and reason behind vaccinating your pets. Distemper-Adenovirus-Parvovirus-Parainfluenza More commonly termed the Read More
It is vital to habituate a puppy to human touch as soon as the puppy is born. A new pup relies on touch to find its mother, to stimulate milk flow for feeding, and as a source of comfort. Mothers in turn lick and nuzzle their puppies from birth, improving the puppies’ circulation and encouraging Read More
Some dogs are prone to compulsive self-grooming on a particular area of the body, causing wounds to form and making them hard to heal. This is called acral lick dermatitis or lick granuloma, but licking can also occur on objects or other materials and is usually a displacement behavior that helps relieve a dog’s boredom Read More
Pet dogs are impressively adaptive. Coping with new environments and situations is a product of domestication, and most dogs do extremely well adapting to the pressures of domestic life. There are some dogs, however, that find it hard to adjust, and consequently live in a constant state of stress, making life difficult for them and Read More
This is a great cue to teach your dog because it not only requires a stationary body position but also promotes a positive emotional response. Asking your dog to relax on cue helps in situations where you need your dog to be calm and comfortable. This cue should not be used to force a calm Read More
As a dog owner, there are many decisions you have to make related to your pet’s health. Should I get my dog spayed or neutered? Should I keep my dog on monthly preventatives? How should I groom my dog? Which vaccinations should my dog receive? These are just a few of the common questions pet Read More
Top 10 “Thank You” Gifts for your Jingle Dog. Our precious pups bring such joy to our lives and deliver unconditional love all year long. Consider saying “Thank You” with gifts that keep on giving throughout the year. Some of these may make you smile-- all of them will make your dog smile. Adopt Read More
First Dog Bo ha now been joined by newcomer Sunny, and the Obama family's decision to welcome a second Portuguese Water Dog into their home will certainly generate interest in the breed. Although these dogs are beautiful and can make wonderful pets, it's important to consider a few variables before following in the Obamas' footsteps.
iCalmDog plays four hours of clinically tested calming music on automatic repeat and is the size of a Labrador’s paw. It’s a dog’s security blanket at home or can be taken to the groomers, vet clinic, dog sitter’s, on vacation, to the boarding facility and beyond.
Enrichment is a big buzz word in the field of animal behavior. According to the Encarta Dictionary,” enrichment” is defined as “to enhance or improve the quality of something usually by adding something else to it.” Whether this term is applied to the behavior of a dog, cat, bird, fish, or other animal, the notion Read More
Cancer is a disease that we veterinarians are diagnosing more frequently in pets. According to the Morris Animal Foundation, “1 in 2 dogs will develop cancer and 1 in 4 dogs will die of the disease.” As there is no guarantee for a cure, we should strive to prevent our pets from developing cancer in the first place.
Reward your dog for all the joy and love you get all year! Say "Thank You" you with gifts that keep on giving. Some of these may make you smile — all of them will make your dog smile. 1) Adopt or donate. There is no greater gift. Consider adoption to fill that special place Read More
The lingering aroma of hot cider, eggnog, and evergreen, sparkling lights that brightened each night, and my great hope for a wonderful new year, stir me to share a list of “gifts” that can enhance the quality of every dog’s life. Your thoughtful choices make a big difference-- from adoption to the twilight days. 1. Read More
Part II If your thoughts of gratitude this Holiday Season include your precious pup who faithfully brings so much joy and unconditional love all year long - show your appreciation by including your dog in the festivities of the season. Please help us to find new ways to say "Thank You"! 6. Grooming A trip Read More
Victoria gives us an update on the new season of IMOTD while discussing her role as a counselor to humans on the show as well as dogs. The hot topic is pet bereavement and grieving: how pets grieve for each other and how animals have a greater capacity than we're aware of. Victoria discusses the Read More