Month: April 2010

  • Dog Takes Chicago Expressway the Hard Way

    For two days in a row, traffic on the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago had a very odd commuter: A lone pit bull walking and running...

  • Some Dog-Friendly Hotels

    We travel a lot and stay at many hotels. I like Choice Hotels and Holiday Inn brand hotels. On both of their websites, you can specify Pet Friendly hotels before you do your search. Also, almost all high-end hotels allow dogs. I guess they figure that if you are staying at a really nice hotel, …

  • Tips for Staying at a Hotel with Your Dog

    Before arriving confirm the hotel allows pets. I think the simplest thing to do is call and ask. There shouldn’t be any extra cost if the hotel is pet friendly. Personally, I would let the clerk know that I had a dog at check-in. I wouldn’t try to hide the dog at a hotel that …

  • Airplane Travel with a Puppy

    I’ve only flown Lufthansa and United when taking my dog along in the cabin. Both airlines allow carriers of up to 22″ x 14″ x 9″. And yes, the dog has to stay inside the carrier during the entire flight but usually no one says anything if you open the top of the bag. For …

  • Giving Dogs Benadryl for Car Trips

    We give our dog Benadryl for long car trips, because of car sickness. The vet recommended our dog take 1 adult Benadryl. (She said 1 milligram for every lb. of dog.) The Benadryl makes our dog sleepy, and a bit out of it, but, he still will not sit or lay down in the car. …

  • Dog History 101: Medieval Greyhounds

    Today we may have a few visitors from one of my favorite dog blogs, Life With Dogs, because I have done a guest post for...

  • Is grain in dog food bad for your dog?

    I was told once that grain is bad for your dog so I got Taste of the Wild a grain free diet but I don’t know if that is true? and I was told it eats away at their stomach.

  • Grain in Dog Food

    It’s not that grains are necessarily bad for your dog, it’s that they simply aren’t necessary. Dogs can sometimes get some nutrients from high-quality grains, but for the most part, they just make poop!

  • Help with Car Sickness

    Ginger can be a big help with car sickness. You can either use ginger snaps or you can buy ginger capsules (find the appropriate dosage for your dog) also there are some commercial remedies for dogs for motion sickness that contain ginger. On Mythbusters they did an episode on motion sickness (for people) and ginger …

  • How to Help Dogs that Get Car Sick

    If your dog gets car sickness start be getting him okay with the cat. Just sit in the car together with the engine running and don’t go anywhere. Let him relax and enjoy the company and time with you. Increase the time you spend in the car until you can turn on the car and …

  • Don’t Let Animals Travel in Cargo

    It is not uncommon for animal fatalities to occur during a flight. The Air Transport Association estimates that about 5,000 animals are either lost, injured or killed every year on our nation’s airplanes. Even though a majority of pets arrive safely, serious and consistent problems have been documented on almost every major airline. The reason …

  • An Airline for Doggie Travel

    We flew with on Delta once and had no problems. They require a vet check within a week of the flight, but no one ever asked for ours. During a layover, we took her out of the carrier and one of the workers said we could hold her, but that she couldn’t be on the …

  • Dog Boarding Checklist

    There are probably more good places to board your dog near you then you think, as the really good ones don’t advertise a lot of the time. Before picking a new facility set up a tour and bring your dog(s) so you can see where the dog is staying, and how safe it is. A …

  • Helping a Dog with Severe Separation Anxiety

    Having a good dog walker or sitter visit your house to be with your dog when you are not there can be a good way to help a dog with severe separation anxiety.

  • Homemade Treat Tip

    Turkey Treats: 1 lb ground turkey, 1 Tbsp garlic powder, 1 egg, 1-1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup flour. Press in a greased glass pan sprayed lightly with Pam. Cut in squares. Microwave 7-8 minutes. Our trainer made these for our dogs and they were great!

  • How to Tell if a Service Dog is Real or Fake

    I think most people would agree a ‘fake’ service dog is a pet that the owner claims service dog status for so that the dog has public access. They have no task training or other skills that make SDs special. Also, the owner isn’t disabled. Pretty much the same answer for ‘fake Service Dogs in …

  • How to Become a Certified Pet Sitter

    If you want to become a pet sitter, there is no certification program, however, there is an accreditation program for professional pet sitters, through Pet Sitters International. The primary benefit of being a member in a professional pet sitter organization, such as PSI, is that access to insurance and bonding. When you pet sit for …

  • Is peanut butter good for dogs?

    I have heard that dogs can have peanut butter but i just want to double check. Can they have the nuts that come in with the peanut butter?

  • Questions to Ask a Potential Trainer

    I would ask the following: 1) What is your experience with the types of issues I have? 2) What methods do you use? 3)Do you belong to any professional organizations? 4)What is your educational background? 5)What tools do you use? 6)What are your prices? 7)Do you have references? 8)Can I observe you at work? I …

  • Healthy Treat Suggestions

    For healthy treats, we love the Crunchy Treats. They have blueberry, apple, and carrot. Our dog’s favorite is blueberry. I also make treats. Mix organic yogurt and blueberries and freeze them in ice cube trays. You can do it with pumpkin too!

  • What are some healthy treats I can give my pup?

    What are some healthy treats to give my Yorkie?

  • The Importance of Crate Training

    Crates (or at the very least crate training) are very important. When you have a puppy it aids greatly in housetraining and keeping puppy out of things when it can’t be watched. As adults it gives the dog a safe place to go and relax when needed. They are also great when traveling as its …

  • How to Introduce a Crate Positively

    When it comes to crate training, try to make it as positive an experience as you can. The crate should be a safe haven, not a punishment box. Allow your dog access to it during the day, and if you see her going in there on her own, reward her and praise her. Toss things …

  • How do I cut back on my dog’s food intake?

    I know I should cut back my dog’s food intake.

  • Where to Search for a Great Trainer or School

    The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (AKA the APDT) is a great place to start. Google it, then do a trainer search there and make that your starting point. From there, carefully screen the trainers. Ask what methods they use, what their background is, what equipment they use,ask for references, ask to sit in on …

  • Tips for Helping a Dog Lose Weight

    This is pretty straightforward. Eat less, exercise more. Don’t feed any treats that are store bought, feed veggies or fruit. Change your dog’s food if it is a low quality food. Feed at a schedule twice a day with the proper amount of food for your dogs weight and activity level. Buy a measuring scoop …

  • Treating Noise Anxiety in Dogs

    1. Change the Dog’s Environment. These are the “common sense” simple things to try, if feasible for your circumstances. Try creating a safe haven for your dog such as a blanket-covered crate or finding a location that will reduce the noise level. Try turning on music or the television to help mask the sound of …

  • Calming an Anxious Dog

    I would highly suggest trying the natural calming remedies (DAP and Rescue Remedy are two that come to mind) first and foremost – they tend to either work nicely or not at all, but it can’t hurt (I use something like DAP for cats with my cat because he randomly starts spraying in the house …

  • How to Tell if a Dog is Overweight

    Your dog definitely should be narrower at the waist than the hips and chest. You should be able to easily feel the ribs, but not see them. However, each dog is different. Standard recommendations are a good place to start, but each dog must have its food and exercise adjusted to its individual needs. You …

  • How do I help my overweight dog slim down?

    Sam is about 4 years old. He is very overweight. I have been free feeding because I have a total of 5 dogs. I noticed yesterday he just is not healthy, he is getting to big. I don’t want him to be unhealthy. The biggest problem I have is he is eating acorn and visits …

  • What is a good, cheaper food option for my dog?

    What’s a cheap but OK food to get from Wal-Mart?

  • Separation Anxiety Triggers

    If something like showering and changing was triggering anxiety in my dog, I would try showering, changing and then feeding something special. Do that with any trigger. Randomly put on your shoes, get some food, feed and then take them off. Pick up you keys, feed, put them down. But you might also want to …

  • What do I do if my dog won’t eat his food?

    My dog has no interest in his food. I will offer it to him and he will sniff it and then walk away. Some days he won’t eat all day. Do we keep buying different brands to find something he likes or go back to a lower quality food that he used to like? I …

  • How to Bond with Your Dog

    Bonding is communication. The more you can effectively communicate with your dog in its language the stronger your bond. Your dog is studying you relentlessly and communicates to you with its body, face and movements. Talk to our dogs with your face, eyes, posture and movements and without words. Most importantly, don’t make it a …

  • How to Teach Your Dog His Name

    I would suggest classically conditioning the name: Put a treat into your dog’s mouth. As the treat touches your dog’s tongue, say your dog’s name. Vary the way you say the name, trying to include every way you may say your dog’s name in real life. Include nicknames. Do this many times throughout the day, …

  • How to Stop Your Dog from Mouthing

    With all my puppies I find that mouthing stops when the dog realizes it can be unpleasant and it is NOT at all rewarding. 1. Do not reward – He thinks they are doggie games and can include tug of war with your arm, or you are a teething toy, or if bothered enough you …

  • Preparing for Lure Coursing

    If your dog is trustworthy off leash and has excellent recall, then consider lure coursing! Lure coursing events often (if not always) take place in huge field areas, which are usually fenced in (like a pasture or fairgrounds). But the “fencing” might also be a row of trees or a forested area, not an actual …

  • Using Sports to Burn Energy and Bond with Your Pet

    I just wanted to send out a reminder that getting involved in a dog sport is a great way to burn off your dog’s energy and to have an activity that both you and your dog will enjoy. Dog sports are both socially and physically invigorating. I used to have a lot of problems with …

  • A Reminder About Treats

    Remember that snacks like biscuits and extras offer little nutritional value. As long as your dog’s meals are healthy he should be fine feeding one time a day. I feed my small dog once at 5 pm daily.

  • How Often You Should Feed a Dog

    If the dog is no longer a puppy, I would try to feed twice a day – once in the morning and again at night. Make sure the night feeding is not too late. They need time to run around a bit after they eat.

  • How often should I feed my dog?

    I give my Min Pin 3 servings and snacks in-between. Sometimes he doesn’t eat, but when he eats, there’s no stopping him.

  • Training Your Dog to Walk on a Leash

    Ok, here is what you do. I am assuming that at this time, your dog knows what the clicker means, so we’re ready to move on. I don’t start training on walks; I start in my kitchen or basement. Initially, you are not moving very much, so you don’t need a lot of room. And …

  • When to Give Your Dog Vitamins

    Some dogs should vitamins for specific medical conditions, but puppies under 10 months should never take any vitamins or dietary supplements unless there is a very specific reason that is prescribed by a trusted vet. Dogs are very complex creatures and human vitamins would be toxic. Also, just getting too much of a certain mineral, …

  • Supplements for a Healthier Coat

    For a healthier coat, try fish oil. Be sure to get a whole fish oil, not liver oil. You can get capsules or liquid at most drug stores or pharmacies and these can be added daily to the dog’s food. Look for a supplement that includes vitamin E, as the additional omegas in the fish …

  • Food for a Better Coat

    To get a healthier coat, you could start with a higher quality food. Eukanuba is very high in grains and low quality meat sources. Both of those wreak havoc on the quality of the coat. Try something grain free or low in grain like Canidae, Wellness, Orijen, Merrick, or Innova. Canidae is the least expensive …

  • What supplements will make my dog’s coat shinier?

    My pug is 5 months old has started to shed a lot? What supplements or vitamins do you suggest that will help minimize the shedding and give him a healthy shiny coat? He eats Eukanuba lamb and rice puppy and i give him 1 tsp. olive oil a day. I brush him with a rubber …

  • Turning Recall Training Into a Game

    I play this (and lots of other recall games), but have some variations. This one works best with two people. Inevitably, the dog learns that bopping around from person to person earns reinforcers and will start to run towards the other person before he/she is cued to do so. When that happens, wait for the …

  • Vitamins and Supplements for Dogs

    Never give your dog a vitamin supplement unless advised to do so by your vet. Your dog’s food, especially Innova or Wellness will give her all the vitamins she needs.

  • When should you give a dog vitamin supplements?

    I hear a lot about vitamins supplements. I want to know if I should be giving my girls supplements or not. They are currently on Nutra Ultra dry dog food w/ wet as a treat every now and then. Do they need extra vitamins? My girls are Yorkie/ Mini Schnauzer and Yorkie/ Maltese.

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