Train dogs to “get off”

Teaching basic commands is an excellent way to create clear communication and to bond with your dog. How to teach “Off” If you find your dog on the couch, the bed, etc. – tell him “Off”, and then encourage him to get down and come to you. When he comes, reward your dog with praise, get…

Why Easter is chocolate FREE for dogs

Chocolate and dogs are probably the two best things in the world for us, BUT they do not go together. The problem is that trying to prevent your dog from eating chocolate is a bit like telling a kid that they’re not allowed to go into your room – it’s pretty much the first thing…

How do they make us love them?

The bond between us humans and our doggy friends is a special one. If you put the time and effort into building up a relationship with your dog, you’ll be rewarded exponentially with a friend who’s always there for you, who’s always ready to listen, and is always ready to do whatever it takes to…

What’s with circling?

Stanley Coren is a psychologist who’s an expert in dog behaviour, and he decided to get to the bottom of why some dogs walk around in small circles before settling down. Stanley tested 62 dogs on various surfaces to see what kind of behaviour they demonstrated before lying down and found that if the surface…

Do dogs dream?

Ever wondered why your dog makes those funny little noises, twitches their foot or their feet kind of start running – could they be dreaming?  Science suggests that yes they are dreaming just like we do. Monitoring the brain activity of sleeping dogs has shown that there’s activity going on in a similar manner to…

Why do dogs roll in smelly stuff?

Nooooooo, you have just recognised the shoulder lean, the butt in the air … and you know that, no matter what you say, scream or yell, your dog has just found something fun and probably stinky to roll in. It’s making your eyes water already, so how can dogs, with their superior sense of smell,…

Why dogs chase their tails?

In January 2017 I wrote a blog titled; there’s more to tail wagging than meets the eye,  which talked about how many different things a dog can say with their tail, but how funny is it when they start to chase it. It’s a hilarious behaviour, and it’s even funnier if they catch it. But…

Right pawed or left?

Did you know that like us humans, dogs can be either right-paw or left-paw dominant or ambidextrous?  To learn which is the dominant paw, pay attention to which paw is used to do things like give high-fives or steadying toys. I don’t remember why, but I do remember that when I was growing up there…

Why Dogs sniff Butts

What’s with the weird butt sniffing fetish dogs have?  What could possibly be so enticing about the smell of dog butt that dogs just can’t get enough of?  And not just smell — they need to get a good long whiff that’s bordering on obsessive-compulsive.  And aren’t dogs supposed to have a sense of smell…

Symptoms of overheating

Check on your dog often. On very warm days, watch your dog’s condition closely.  While exercise will make dogs pant if the panting becomes “heaving” this is the earliest sign that he is getting too hot. When the panting has become loud and is becoming a “roar” he has already become too hot and the…

Understanding and Caring for your dog in hot weather – Part 2

Stay inside If possible, bring outside dogs inside on hot days and if you have air conditioning in your house, leave it on during the day even if your dog is home alone.  There is no ideal temperature that applies for all dogs, but most begin to show signs of overheating between 27 – 30…

Understanding and Caring for your dog in hot weather – Part 1

As the mercury rises this summer keeping your dog cool is vital.  Dogs can have the same troubles that we do — dehydration, overheating, sunburn.  Heat Stroke in dogs is a life-threatening condition with warning signs including panting excessively, moving sluggishly, acting woozy, and losing consciousness. If you observe any of these signs, call your…