3 Important Considerations Before You Drug Your Dog for Anxiety

3 Important Considerations Before You Drug Your Dog for Anxiety

The other day I was playing on the floor with Scout.  Our dogs love dildo shaped toys by dogstik and Scout has started playing tug of war with me.  It’s adorable.  So I was on my hands and knees with Scout and Zoey comes charging into the room, barking like a...
Learn Why Dogs Destroy Their Dog Toys

Learn Why Dogs Destroy Their Dog Toys

Rodrigo destroys dog toys.  It’s his mission in life.  We recently gave him a new tough dog toy (a tug toy with a rope attached to a ball) – completely indestructible, except for the rope attached.  It took him a day to chew the rope off – he still...
Should Dog Owners Keep Their Littermates Apart?

Should Dog Owners Keep Their Littermates Apart?

I love when readers send me emails about raw feeding and raising littermates.  There is so much information online that it’s nice that the Internet has provided a venue for all of us to share notes and support one another.  Below is an email I received from a...
What To Do When Your Dog Alerts to a Ghost

What To Do When Your Dog Alerts to a Ghost

I love this time of year, because it’s suddenly okay to talk about our real experiences with the paranormal. Mostly, I roll my eyes at the ghost hunter shows or get excited about the latest Paranormal Activity movie. But I rarely admit that I believe in ghosts.  So...
What I Learned After I Hit My Dog

What I Learned After I Hit My Dog

One night, before Rodrigo and Sydney were 2 years old, I was playing with them in the living room. The dogs were allowed rawhide chews back then, because they needed something to curb their chewing drive and I couldn’t find anything else that was affordable that...
Why Dogs Jump and How We Curb this Behavior

Why Dogs Jump and How We Curb this Behavior

Rodrigo is a jumper. Blue was a jumper. Zoey is a jumper. The one thing these three dogs have in common is the herding breed – Border Collie, Australian Shepherd, Blue Heeler. Why Do Dogs Jump? Rodrigo jumps to get a closer look at something I have – a treat, a toy, a...
Tip on Stopping Incessant Barking

Tip on Stopping Incessant Barking

Last month I wrote about reducing barking. When our pack starts barking at a stranger, they sound scary. If they’re alerting to a critter, then their barking pitch becomes ear splitting. I can get pretty damn annoying if it goes on for a long time, so although I...
Is Dog Behavior Nature, Nuture, or Just Bad Pet Parenting?

Is Dog Behavior Nature, Nuture, or Just Bad Pet Parenting?

First, I want to say thank you to Barbara for sharing this great article with me… It’s all in how they’re raised ~ Paws Abilities : “Environment also influences behavior, and the best genetics in the world can’t create the perfect dog without a...
Tips For a Good Night’s Sleep with Littermates During a Storm

Tips For a Good Night’s Sleep with Littermates During a Storm

One night a few weeks ago I noticed lightning in the distance.  Silly me thought “wow, big fireworks!”  Then I realized that a storm was coming.  I stayed up working on my computer, because I wanted to see if the dogs would call me (they sleep downstairs)....
Do Citronella Collars Work to Reduce Barking?

Do Citronella Collars Work to Reduce Barking?

  We received a note about our barking dogs for a neighbor of a neighbor.  In the note, the person said that the little Blue Heeler (Zoey) is the worst.  What she didn’t realize is that Zoey was reacting to a trespasser on our property. Before I tell you...
The ASPCA Shares Thoughts on Adopting Littermates

The ASPCA Shares Thoughts on Adopting Littermates

Recently, I received the comment that Littermate Syndrome is real, it has been studied by scientists, and that our experience is just luck. I wasn’t sure how to respond so I went to my new standby “thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience; I will give your...
Keeping Our Littermates Happy with Variety

Keeping Our Littermates Happy with Variety

One of the arguments for switching to raw dog food is that no one wants to eat the same meal daily.  Makes sense.  I sure don’t (although I do have a Starbucks raspberry/lemon parfait at least 4 days a week). Our dogs eat turkey at most meals, but I switch up...

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