Dog Blog

Apr
01
Guest Blogger, Dr. Rick Leininger Dvm, offers different perspectives on the best time to spay/neuter your dog. As a general practice veterinarian, I am frequently asked by pet owners when is the best time to spay/neuter their dog. My answer to that question, for almost 25 years, has always been... + read more
Mar
28
It is really important that we always end training sessions with our dog on a high note. In other words the last thing we do should be fun and successful. This is not to say we will always be successful with what we are working on that day, especially if it is something brand new or especially... + read more
Mar
21
The conflicting opinions on this are right up there with leash corrections and prong collars. It often falls into the “I heard you weren’t suppose to” category while on the other hand, there are trainers that use it as a large part of their program. In my view, dog training is... + read more
Mar
14
Guest Blogger, Dr. Greg Martinez Dvm, provides a veterinarian's point-of-view on feeding raw meaty bones to our dogs. We’ve all heard that we should never feed our dogs chicken bones. We have also heard that eating bones can cause fractured teeth, constipation, and bowel obstructions.... + read more
Mar
09
In his book, "Drive," Daniel Pink tells of motivational research done with young children and their desire to draw. Given free time in a room with paper and crayons the children would all draw at their leisure. The experimenters then added extrinsic motivation to one group of... + read more
Mar
05
Your dog, no matter what breed, size, sex, age, etc. has needs. They need to get outside and be a dog. They need mental and physical exercise. They need sensory stimulation. I think we all intuitively know this already, so let’s just call this a reminder. Those of us who have... + read more
Mar
03
Guest Blogger, Dr. Deb Sell, provides an animal chiropractor's point-of-view on properly exercising puppies. So, you have a new puppy! You want to be the very best dog-parent possible and give her little body and mind all it requires to grow up happy and healthy. I have no doubt you will do... + read more
Feb
28
It is really, really, really important that we only say a command one time. (Yes, the three reallys are an attempt at humor and irony.) In other words, the proper command for Sit is “Sit” not “Sit, Sit, Sit.” Be warned, this is actually humanly impossible. Well,... + read more
Feb
25
Thriving Canine Radio had the pleasure of interviewing Billy Rafferty, celebrity dog groomer to the stars. While Billy feels most at home styling the canines (including Oprah Winfrey's), he did take an hour of his time to share some great grooming tips with us. When the subject of how to get... + read more
Feb
21
As the days of “rub their nose in it” housebreaking techniques drift further and further behind us and the future enlightens us towards more and more compassion for animals, even those that wind up on our plate, the question of whether or not to crate train our dogs can be a difficult... + read more

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