Tag Archives: socialization

5 Benefits of Walks with Your Dog

Posted on: September 29, 2015 - 1 Comment

Walking with your dog has so many health benefits. For National Walk Your Dog Week, here's 5 reasons to hit the pavement with your four-legged pal.

How-To: Socializing Your Puppy or Dog (Video)

Posted on: January 2, 2015 - 3 Comments

Socialization is something that is often preached about when you have a dog. In fact, it is something I cover with all of my clients regardless of why I am there. This is because of how important it really is.

Are Domestic Dogs Losing the Ability to Get Along with Each Other?

Posted on: October 12, 2014 - 40 Comments

VSPDT Laura Brody discusses the topic of dog socialization and why modern domesticated dogs are showing more signs of dog-dog aggression than ever before.

How Does Your Dog See and Understand the World?

Posted on: September 8, 2014 - 1 Comment

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

When and How to Train Your Puppy or New Rescue

Posted on: August 25, 2014 - No Comments

Q. What are some of the benefits of training my dog? A. Training makes home life more manageable and fun for you and your dog. Next to basic health care, it’s the most important thing you can do for your pup. Best of all, training the dog you love is one of the best ways Read More

Jingle Dogs — Top 10 Gifts

Posted on: December 9, 2013 - 4 Comments

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

New San Diego Law Moves Against Puppy Mills Via Pet Store Ban

Posted on: July 12, 2013 - 5 Comments

Just this week, the city of San Diego joined the ranks of the enlightened by passing a law banning the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores throughout the city. Beginning one month from now, commercial retailers can only sell animals that come from city and county shelters or other rescue organizations. This is another victory for the anti puppy mill movement who campaign tirelessly to stop the sale of pets from mass commercial breeding facilities.

Puppy Socialization and Vaccinations/Titers Belong Together

Posted on: April 7, 2012 - 3 Comments

Pet parents are now aware of the necessity of providing dog/dog socialization opportunities for their puppies. Nevertheless, when and how to do it is still misunderstood largely because many veterinarians, as well as breeders and pet-store owners, advise new pet parents to avoid socializing their new puppy with other dogs until the age of four Read More

Dog/Dog Aggression

Posted on: July 2, 2011 - 12 Comments

Dog/dog Aggression: There’s nothing pet parents like better than socializing with their dog in the summer sun. There are, however, two important questions to ask: “Is it safe?” and “Is my dog really having fun?” Your dog speaks to you through body language--ear and tail carriage, stance, behavior and vocalizations. Perhaps your dog is telling Read More

Dog Park Etiquette

Posted on: September 17, 2010 - 2 Comments

While dog parks are ace playgrounds for Rovers to romp and Spots to socialize, without proper supervision, squabbles can break out like pimples on a teenager. Luckily physical injury is relatively rare, but sometimes the damage delves deeper than skin. A few bad experiences in an impressionable pooch can progress to a lifelong fear of other Fidos.