Sit. Stay. Stay! Good reader! It can be hard enough to get people to listen to you, let alone your dog. So what chance does that little puppy have of understanding what you mean when you say ‘sit’?
“Just think, you go to a foreign country and you don’t understand some sport at all, you’ve never seen it played, you have no idea and someone’s trying to show you how to do it.” That is how Sarah Wilson, Master Dog Trainer and author of numerous books including My Smart Puppy (Grand Central Publishing, 2006), describes what it’s like for dogs during training. Your job is to eliminate confusion for your puppy so they can learn to the best of their abilities. In other words, it’s on you to learn how to train a puppy so that they can excel.
Last fall, after a routine visit to the groomer, I was surprised to learn that Lucky Charms, my eight-year-old Shih Tzu had fleas! Having lived through a lice infestation in my teens, the thought of playing host to another parasite made my skin crawl. I swiftly started my research about how to get rid of the itty-bitty pests and make sure they never came back! And by search led me to natural flea treatments.
Nowadays we’ve seen every type of doggie-fashion imaginable, from festive Santa suits to itsy-bitsy bathrobes. So it’s easy to dismiss the notion of canine footwear as just another trend. After all, there are enough froufrou accessories out there to make any dog howl with embarrassment. However, the benefits of using booties might be something to consider for certain owners. So how do you know if your pooch should be rocking the latest paw-wear? Do dogs really need boots? Let’s chat! (more…)
It’s official. Yoga has gone to the dogs – quite literally! A new exercise trend stretching across North America, called doga (that’s right, dogs and yoga), is encouraging people to bring along their canine pals when they hit the studio for some downward dog relaxation. The practice is believed to have originated in Manhattan about 7 years ago, with the intent of nurturing the bond between dog and owner. As well, doga is meant to help keep bodies – human and furry alike – lean and limber, while maintaining positive mental energies.