A crate is your dog’s place of safety and comfort. Like a den in the wild, dogs prefer to settle into a dark, quiet, warm space. He is safe from kids, strangers, other animals and he is also safe from getting into mischief around the house if left to wander, unsupervised. A crate becomes his safe place for travel as well. It makes transitions to unfamiliar environments much easier on him. If toileting habits are not yet established, a crate is a great tool for minimizing any accidents as most dogs prefer to eliminate away from their sleeping area.Read more
Barking is something dogs often do to sound the alarm of a potential threat (in his mind). Unfortunately for you and your neighbours, these ‘threats’ can include squirrels, birds, people or dogs walking by, noises, the garbage man, etc.
A dog that barks at everyday occurrences is not a good watchdog. A dog like this is similar to a car alarm that keeps going off for no reason. People willeventually take no notice, even when he barks for a legitimate reason. He will onlyannoy the entire neighbourhood.Read more
Do you dream of peaceful walks with your dog, strolling through the neighbourhood and enjoying the scenery? Is your reality more of a disaster, with your dog chasing off after every distraction, nearly dislocating your arm from its socket every time a squirrel crosses your path? You're not alone, as many people put off walking their dog because it seems too difficult to control the excitable animal. Don't give up your dream; use these tips to learn how to walk your dog successfully, every time.Read more
Dog bites are, sadly, common occurrences in Canada. In many cases, victims of dog bites know the dog that bit them, and may even live in the same house as the dog. Many victims are children, but adults are also at risk of getting bitten. Here are some tips to help prevent dog bites, either from strange dogs or your own, so you can feel confident and safe around any dog.Read more
If you thought companionship was the only thing your dog can give you, think again. Studies have shown that dog owners who regularly play with and walk their dogs lose more weight than people who attempt to manage their weight loss through fad diets. The reason why dog walkers have more weight loss success is simple; the emotional attachment between dog and human makes dog owners want to walk their dogs, thus increasing their daily activity and resulting in more weight loss.
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Dogs are a little like people when it comes to fear. Some aren't afraid of anything, while others cower at the slightest hint of an oncoming storm. However, you can’t explain to a dog that there is nothing to be afraid of. If your four-legged friend has a strong fear of thunderstorms, there are some ways you can help manage it.
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Moving to a new home can be as stressful for your dog as it can for you. To make the transition easier, here are some tips for helping your dog when moving into a new home.
When packing your things, keep your dog confined to one room, or better, in his crate with some toys. Your dog will naturally be curious about what you're doing, and may be underfoot, potentially causing you to injure yourself or him.Read more