Change a pet’s life day 2018 – Andrew’s Blog

Next week, on the 24th January, it’s Change a Pet’s Life Day. In the age of social media, there are so many so-called international days that it’s hard to keep up with the calendar. They range from the sublime (3 words: International Chocolate Day), to the ridiculous (International Talk Like a Pirate Day is on […]

Pet Misbehaving? It Might Be Your Fault

Thinkstock Don’t force your pet to face his fears (like nail trims). Instead, use positive-reinforcement techniques to help him become comfortable with the anxiety-inducing activity. Fear, stress and anxiety are at the root of many problem behaviors in cats and dogs — and in some cases, human behavior is the direct cause of a pet’s […]

Why Don’t Cats Come When Called?

Thinkstock Your cat may hear you call her name, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to get up and walk over to you. It is relatively easy to train a dog to come to you when you call his name, but cats, as usual, are a different story. What is the difference? The evolutionary records […]

Why Does My Dog… Dig in the Carpet?

Thinkstock Digging in the carpet may be your dog’s way of releasing stress. What is it about carpet that seems to incite some dogs to want to ‘dig to China’? Do you cringe when you hear the telltale scrape of canine toenails furiously trying to scratch their way through your floor fibers? There may be […]

Your Canine Etiquette Guide: Dog Park Do’s

Thinkstock Keep on eye on your pup while he’s playing in the dog park. Save catching up on Facebook and texting for another time. Your dog loves the dog park, and you love taking him there to play. But you both need to be on your best behavior while you’re there. Here are six simple […]

Do’s and Don’ts to Help Kids and Pets Bond

Thinkstock Many children share a unique bond with their pets. Spending time with a pet can be a valuable experience for a child. My 7-year-old daughter, Reagan, has been around dogs her entire life. From the moment she came home from the hospital, our two Pugs, Willie and Bruce, were there to greet her, and […]

How to Keep Your Dog Happy on Crate Rest

Thinkstock Give your dog interactive toys and food puzzles to help keep her mind more engaged and occupied while she’s under crate rest. If you were told you needed to be on bed rest for the next few weeks to allow an injury to properly heal, you probably wouldn’t be thrilled, but you’d understand the […]

Help! Our Puppy Hates to Be Brushed!

Thinkstock To help make your puppy more comfortable with being brushed, make it a rewarding experience by pairing it with treats and praise. Our friendly, happy puppy hates having his fur brushed — he will run and hide when he sees the brush come out. What can we do to get him used to being […]

7 Things New Puppy Owners May Not Realize

Thinkstock Getting a puppy? Prepare for lots of cuteness… and lots of work. It might surprise you to learn (or maybe it won’t!) that some first-time puppy owners are shocked to find the sweet, soft, puppy-breathed angel they thought they were bringing home actually seems to be a (tiny) marauding Tyrannosaurus rex, intent on destruction […]

Sorting Good Advice From Bad

Thinkstock It’s important to know which socialization techniques will work best for your dog. One of the most common behavior problems I see among adult dogs is overly reactive or fearful behavior. People frequently think that when they see a dog that barks and lunges at other dogs or people on the leash that the […]