My husband and I are currently living in our motorhome while we have a house built in Colorado Springs. One of our favorite past-times here in Colorado is taking advantage of many dog-friendly open spaces where we can hike. I’ve begun a series of training exercises on these hikes to help Ranger learn some trail etiquette. Here is a behind the scenes look at a recent hike to give you some ideas on teaching trail etiquette to dogs.
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.
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!
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!
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