Do you want to pet "all" the dogs? I do! Do you believe that all nice dogs love to be petted and approached if you approach them the right way? Have you always loved dogs and believe that all good dogs love you?
Are you, or is someone you know terrified of dogs? Do dogs single you out and bark at you? Lunge at you? Do you have kids that are afraid of dogs and want to help them know how to behave around dogs to be safer? People often say that dogs can smell fear. I don't know about that. But, I do know that there are common things that people afraid of dogs do when approached by a dog that I can spot every time. These fearful movements trigger barking and lunging in many dogs.
I am a normal dog owner that also does pet sitting and dog walking for a living. I am doing the best I can with my dog. I am usually pretty good with dogs too. It seems like as soon as we get one thing under control, another issue pops up. I work with my dog every single day and often wish she gave me less to tackle. She is a smart, active, sensitive dog that I love. Some of my neighbors are making it really tough on us right now though and I am pretty frustrated.
Do you have a dog that is potty trained "most" of the time? Maybe it "hides" accidents sometimes? Thinking about rescuing an older dog? Or do you have a new puppy and you want to potty train them correctly from the start?
Do you ever worry about your pets being caught in a house fire? Here are a few ways to be more prepared:
Ever wonder what dog trainers do with their dogs every day? A trainer's dog is their business card. How their dog behaves speaks much louder than anything they post on a web page or may speak. I asked several trainers what they do every day with their dogs and they all said almost exactly the same things. Many trainers have more than one dog. One is frequently a demo dog (this is the dog that goes to class and seems so very well behaved) and they often will also take on dogs with more behavioral issues (because they feel up to the challenge). Consistent daily routines are the key to well adjusted pets.
Getting a young active dog to stop pulling on walks can be challenging. Some dogs "get it" right away. I have never had one of those dogs though. I tend to like active breeds so I have had some major "pullers". The most important thing that causes this is also the simplest.
This is really quick and easy craft that can be done in under 30 minutes. The jars are a lot cuter than treat bags on your counter and make a fun gift for the dog lovers in your life.
Spaghetti sauce jars washed well and labels removed (or canning jars)
Plastic Dog Toys
White glossy spray paint
Hot glue gun
It was a day like any other in the summer of 2007. I got home early (around 7;30) and was greeted by my dog with her same happy attitude that she always had. I loved coming home to her. I poured her dinner from the kibble bag and went to check the mailbox. Something odd caught my attention when I looked at my dog. She seemed uncomfortable and really BIG.