The Unexpected (and Inevitable): Protecting and Preparing Our Pets

With the reminder from Hurricane Harvey in our minds, now is a good time to focus on protecting our pets.  From fires in California, to hurricanes in Florida, to poisons and cancer in canines, as pet parents, we are responsible for being prepared for both the unexpected and sadly, the inevitable. There are so many “what if’s” to be considered, it really is overwhelming but necessary. Don’t despair! There are resources available to help navigate these waters, and below are a few for you to keep handy.

Doggie Hotels: How do You Choose … and Trust?

Getting ready for a trip?  Hopefully your dog will join you!  However, if you’re hitting the road sans Fido and struggling with who to trust to care for your faithful companion, this article may help! I recently sat down with Paula Fitzsimmons, and we hashed out 7 things to look for when choosing a doggie hotel. Check it out here and leave your comments/questions below.

Two Misunderstandings About Dog Socialization

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.

Here is my puppy, Ranger, meeting firemen as part of his socialization scavenger hunt!

Random Acts of Kindness for Our Furry Friends

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!

Dog Daycare Standards

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.