Winter Dog Care Tips

  Oh no, it snowed on Martin Luther King Day! Could it be the beginning of another Monday snowstorm pattern? This time last year, Boston was about to begin the most difficult winter on record. Perhaps all the snow and your aching back is what you remember most about...

Kids and Dogs

When I was a kid, dogs were everywhere much as they are today, just not always on leash or under the influence of their owners. My family had lots of dogs. Believe it or not, at one time, we had seven dogs. If a dog growled at me or one of my siblings, my parents’...

Puppy Socialization Is Not A Checklist!

Look in the appendix of today’s popular puppy training books and you’ll probably find a neat and not so little list of ALL the people, places and things you MUST expose your puppy to OR ELSE. How many? Your puppy must ‘meet’ xxx number of people in xxx days… By the...

Training A Puppy Is About Delayed Gratification

Seriously! Training your puppy can reap rewards for you and your family for 15 or more years and is about the well-being of not just you and your dog but that of everyone who comes in contact with your dog. I frequently say in my puppy foundation class that training a...

What To Do With Your Dog This 4th of July?

The first need-to-know detail about the 4th of July holiday? Dogs go missing more often during this holiday than any other time of year.  With good reason I might add! When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. In a dog’s mind, the whole world has suddenly...

Is Your Dog Afraid of Thunderstorms?

It’s easy to see when a dog has ‘issues’ with thunderstorms. It’s not so easy to help them before, during and after. Many dogs have become so sensitized to thunderstorms that they won’t go outside hours before to days after a storm. While there is a range of behavior...

Games with Dogs

What can playing games with dogs TEACH dogs about people? What can playing games with dogs TEACH people about dogs and dog behavior? The good news is A LOT and playing games with your dog doesn’t have to break your energy bank or your real bank. Dogs, like people,...

Summer Safety With Dogs

Spending more time outdoors increases the potential for injuries and accidents for all of us, including our dogs. Many first aid principles are the same for dogs as for humans but, not all. Having a pet first aid kit handy is essential but worthless if you don’t know...

On the Invisible Fence

Last winter, I pulled over to help a young Labrador back to the safety of his yard. He was playing in the snow bank opposite his home on a very dangerous stretch of wooded road. I knew this dog lived on the other side of the road as I had previously witnessed the...