I’ve been a dog trainer for almost 20 years. In that time, I’ve been thrilled to see a growth in the awareness of the need for dog socialization. Twenty years ago you rarely heard anyone talking about socialization. Now it’s heard fairly frequently. This is great news because socialization, when it’s done right, can have a dramatic impact on a dog’s life. But the key is…”when it’s done right.” There are two common misunderstandings about socialization that sometimes get in the way of doing it right.
The holidays are a great time for giving and being grateful for all that we have been blessed with. Many people volunteer and/or donate to their favorite organizations, which inspired me to create this Random Acts of Kindness Calendar specifically for our furry friends. Kindness is contagious, so please feel free to share!
Happy Holidays Friends!
I have been involved in the dog daycare industry for over 20 years. When I first opened my daycare people had no idea what daycare was, or why a pet parent would want such a service. Over the past two decades I have seen that change to the point that many pet parents think it’s unusual if their dog doesn’t want to play with other dogs, and dog daycares are a growing part of many pet businesses.
It’s Collar Safety Awareness Week!! Did you know that most collar accidents occur in even the most careful of circumstances, and in the safety of the home or backyard? Check out this handy infographic and share it with your friends so we can help prevent more accidents from occurring!
No doubt about it: For those of us who love dogs, the joy of living with a special pet is unparalleled. And at the same time, the grief of losing that same dog is unbearable. Recently I had to say goodbye to my “heart dog” of nearly 13 years. I wrote about Denver’s last days in my blog, “Gratitude in My Grief.” My experience generated several emails from readers who wanted to know how I knew when it was time to say goodbye. The stories and emails I received were all variations of the question “How will I know?” It’s a question I have asked myself every time a dog I loved has neared the end of his life. It’s a question I asked my veterinarian several times in the past few months. It’s a question I recently had to answer for myself, and for Denver. I thought I would provide my thoughts on how I managed to answer this dreaded question about how to know when it’s time to say goodbye.