For a Dog-Gone Good Time, Consider Doggie Daycare

CHAH_iStock_000064877755_LargeWhen we consider doggie daycare, the reasons that come to mind tend to center around the hectic lifestyles of pet parents. Have we spent enough time exercising our dogs? Have we been working too many long hours? Are we giving our best fur friends enough attention?

And, while many of us do lead busy lives, there are also other really great reasons for doggie daycare beyond our own whirlwind schedules.

The Benefits of Doggie Daycare

Beyond acting as a respite for guilt-riddled pet parents, doggie daycare gives most dogs the chance to experience several benefits to physical, emotional, and behavioral
well-being. So, before you head out for the workday and leave Fido home alone, keep these doggie daycare perks in mind… Continue…

Six Tips to Alleviate Pet Thunderstorm Anxiety

Dog in rainThunderstorms, with their sky-illuminating lightning strikes, cooling winds, and windowpane rattling thunder claps, can be dazzling displays for us. But, for our pet friends, not so much. Pet thunderstorm anxiety, as with general noise anxiety, is quite common among dogs and cats, and one of the main types of phobias for which pet owners seek behavioral consultation. Continue…

Spring Training: Obedience Training and Socialization

Dog Obedience TrainingIt’s spring! Time to hit the trails and parks with our best four-legged friend. But, wait… is your dog ready for the challenge? Have you provided the basic obedience training and socialization skills to help keep your pet safe and prepared for the new sights, sounds, and smells he or she will encounter?
As we discussed in our last blog post, Puppy Socialization and the Family, training is essential to a well-behaved, confident, and happy dog. Training and socialization make it possible for you to comfortably take your pet into new situations with ease and assurance. It also provides opportunities for socialization which is at the core of emotional well-being.

Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks

Contrary to popular belief, adult dogs can benefit from obedience training too. Realistically, many dogs find their way into our hearts and homes after being in a shelter or rescue, or passed around from foster care situations. They may arrive scared, with little confidence, and with an array of behavioral challenges. Sadly, some newly adopted dogs end up back in shelters because of these (correctable) behaviors. Continue…