Toilet training

Training should begin as soon as you bring your dog home.  But, remember just going to a new home can be very stressful in itself, so be patient with your new dog. Step number 1 is to watch your new dog closely and look for signs they need to relieve themselves.   Signs may include sniffing…

Why do some dogs eat poop?

Cow poop, sheep poop, horse poop, unidentified poop … sometimes, their own poop. Do you not feed them – of course not, you feed them the very best of food, designed just for their health and most of us feed them a little more in the form of treats.  It can’t possibly taste good ……

Why do dogs always act like they’re hungry?

You feed your dog really well, healthy, hearty meals designed to ensure you dog remains healthy and happy.  In fact, you may have just fed your dog yet the minute you sit down to eat your meal here comes those eyes.  Oh and the act that goes with the eyes –as if they’re one stagger…

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…

What’s with circling before lying down?

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…

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…

18 ways your dog is improving your health

As if you need any more reasons to LOVE sharing your life with your dog, but if you’re reticent about getting a dog, or live with someone who needs some convincing. Let them know its official dogs are good for your health. “We found that pet owners, on average, were better off than non-owners, especially…