Is Your Dog A Good Fit For Therapy Dog Work?

Is Your Dog A Good Fit For Therapy Dog Work? Therapy dogs are pet dogs who live with their families as companion dogs. They are trained, along with their owners to become a team who may visit with adults and children in a multitude of settings such as hospitals, retirement...

Puppy Developmental Stages

Puppies, just like human children, are not born with fully developed brains. Like human children, puppies progress through psychological, emotional and mental stages as they grow. These stages then progress into adulthood and beyond into their geriatric years Developmental stages are sensitive and critical periods of behavioral development and learning....

On Leash Reactivity & Aggression

I met my spouse when I was presented with a beautiful German Shorthair Pointer who was “totally out of control” when out walking in public. Jas, my (now) spouses German Shorthair Pointer walked well on leash. She would sniff, but not pull, was attentive to her person, and would sit...

Helping Your Dog Feel Safe With Fireworks

On the Fourth of July my neighborhood is an unrelenting bombardment of non-stop fireworks. This generally starts around the dinner hour and continues well into the wee hours of the next morning. For the duration, there is barely a moment of silence. My neighbors, left and right, front and back,...

Thunderstorm Phobia

Stacy contacted me in great concern. Her new rescue, Markie, had kept her up all night as a thunder storm rolled through her area. Stacy was tired, but she was more concerned over her new dog’s intense fear during the storm. Markie trembled and whined, and she paced. Hiding under...