Dogs and children can make great companions, and children can learn a lot about responsibility by caring for the family dog. At the same time, there is an alarming increase in the number of dog bites in certain parts of the world. Most victims of those bites are from dogs the children know. Why are Read More
Adopting a dog can be a wonderful and challenging experience. The dog will be confused, excited, anxious, worried, fearful and/or elated. Here are a 9 tips to help you through the first month.
Hiking is not only good physical exercise for your dog, it’s a great mental stimulation experience as well. It’s also a really fabulous bonding experience.
All eight of the finalists for the award are truly all hero dogs, and all were incredibly deserving of the award. But the winning dog's story will blow you away.
Scenario: A pleasant neighborhood on a sunny day, we observe a human and her dog taking a walk together. All of a sudden, the dog strains on leash, barking and lunging. The human tries to calm the dog down to no avail. She keeps looking around and sees nothing that should make her dog react Read More
Bringing home a new baby to a household with an existing dog (or dogs) should be done with great care and a good amount of foresight. Too often, new parents are so consumed with the needs and exhilaration of the new baby that they overlook the impact that this new tiny, loud, smelly creature may Read More
Introducing a new dog can be an exciting, but potentially stressful situation. You may have children or other dogs in the home, and might not be sure how your new addition will fit in with current family members. When it comes to introductions, advance preparation and patience will be key. Make sure your current dogs Read More
Choosing and bringing home a new dog or puppy can be an exciting and potentially nerve-wracking experience. For many households, choosing the right dog for your family is just the first step in the sometimes lengthy and complicated process of introducing your new dog to existing canine members of the household. If you do your Read More
Preparing your dog for your incoming bundle of joy begins long before you give birth. Introducing your new baby to the existing pets in your home is much less stressful if you start to prepare early, and if done properly you can ensure the safety and well-being of your baby. The sooner you begin to prepare your dog, the better chance you will have a successful and easy transition once baby arrives.
Dog Bite Prevention week is here, and it's always a great chance to reflect on how we can better protect our dogs and our children from the preventable tragedy of a dog bite. Responsible pet ownership, including spaying and neutering your pet, keeping him on leash when out on walks, and never leaving any child unattended with your dog are some of the best ways you can prevent a bite. Check out some of Victoria's helpful and articles about dog bite prevention.
It seems like every few weeks, a fresh news story about a family pet seriously injuring or killing a baby hits the airwaves. And every time, we all say and hear the same well-meaning and accurate but tired talking points about how devastating it is, how it could have and should have been avoided, who Read More
Bringing a new puppy home is a very exciting experience from your family, and it's very important that from day one, you're armed with the best possible positive training information.
To help people fully grasp the mechanics of desensitization, I often use the analogy of learning how to swim. In other words, "Start in the shallow end!"
Feeling overwhelmed after bringing home a new puppy? I'm going to call this phenomenon the "post-puppy panic."