Dog Blog

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
Feb
19
There are four basic advantages that we really do not want our dog to realize he has over us ... being bigger, stronger, faster and smarter. Now of course, the reality is, our dog may indeed have one or more of these advantages over us. I mean take a look at the animal kingdom in general; it’... + read more
Feb
13
Break on through to the other side….break on through to the other side…..break on through……no, not the band with Jim Morrison. I’m talking about the doors to your house, your car, etc. and yes, your dogs do want to break on through to the other side. Doors tend to... + read more
Feb
11
Everyone wants a dog that comes when called, right? Most of us aren’t trying to win a dog show or anything; we just want a “good dog”.  Half the people that come to obedience classes would be happy if their dog would just come to them when called. “That’s it,... + read more
Feb
07
Anybody who has ever raised a dog from a puppy knows that one of the challenging stages of puppyhood is the destructive chewing stage. Many people will ask me how to get their puppy to stop chewing because furniture, socks and remotes are getting destroyed. My response is always the same...it's... + read more
Feb
03
I am always reminded of the importance of taking a break from life and returning to nature, whether it's taking a walk through the park or a hike in the mountains. This statement is particularly true for our canine friends and is obvious the minute I see my own dogs put one paw on the trail. To... + read more

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