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TORONTO PET HOLIDAY MINI SESSIONS: 2016 PAWSH HOLIDAY PORTRAITS

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DOG FASHION: THE SPARKLE COLLAR COLLECTION

toronto-pet-photographer-sparkle-collection-collar toronto-pet-photographer-sparkle-collection-collar-1 toronto-pet-photographer-sparkle-collection-collar-2 toronto-pet-photographer-sparkle-collection-collar-3Winter can be a bit drab here in Canada – it’s grey, it’s cold and it’s dark. In short, we could all use a little sparkle these days, including our pets, which is why it is a delight to introduce the new Sparkle Collar Collection from our friends at BlanketID.

Strong enough to weather the great outdoors, but pretty enough to add pizz-azz to any social or lounging event, the Sparkle collars bring bling and pet safety into focus. Each collar is designed to show off that ever important visible ID tag as well as your pup’s dazzling personality! Handmade, durable and pretty darn darling — and just imagine these on a dog at a wedding? Almost – can’t – handle – the – cuteness!

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DOG TRAINING TIPS: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR DOG BARKS

Toronto-pet-photographer-dog-barking-tipsHave you ever been annoyed because your dog barks — and barks and barks and barks? It’s a question most pet parents would answer ‘yes’ to (including myself!) No matter how much we train a dog not to bark there will always be those occasions when they yip and yap away. However, I’ve discovered a new way to approach this matter…

Instead of scolding your furry friend when they bark at the mailman, the garbage truck or someone at the door, tell your dog “Thank you.” Actually say thank you out loud and then redirect your little minions to their bed for a cookie.

The reason is this; if you raise your voice at a dog who is barking, the dog picks up on that energy and interprets that extra sound as ‘Well everyone is on alert now! Yay!’ By saying thank you instead, you keep your energy calm and composed which translates better to redirecting a dog’s attention.

Remember a dog barks to raise awareness of what they perceive to be a danger to the group. So acknowledge their bark as a positive thing and literally thank them for their safety tip. I’ve been doing this lately with Rory and Lucy and it is proving to be a great training tactic!

PAWSH PERK:  What does a dog’s bark really mean?

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DOG TRAINING TIPS: THE 11 BEST DOG TREAT POUCHES

The Best Dog Treat PouchesNow that I have two little fur monsters to wrangle on a daily basis, good dog manners have become even more imperative. So I have been doing a great deal of training and retraining with Rory and Lucy, which means I’ve needed a lot of extra treats at my immediate disposal!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been on the prowl for the perfect dog treat pouch — something in which I can keep plenty of bite-sized goodies to reward good habits from sit to stay, to come to jump! Here are the results; 11 fantastic dog treat pouches to suit every taste and treat preference! Be sure to pin your favourites from the gallery below for your next shopping trip! (more…)