Entries by bruce

FACT or FICTION: Can Ice Harm Your Dog? The Truth Behind The Viral Story

Many of you may have been alarmed by the recent blogs and articles that have been circulating the web, as things that are alarming often do, that warns you to NEVER give your dog ice or ice water as it may cause serious injury even death. There are various accounts of the article, with different […]

How Does Daylight Savings Time Affect Your Dog?

It’s time for our twice-yearly clock adjustment to save energy and eliminate excuses to wake up earlier. Everyone in U.S., with the exception of Arizona and Hawaii, sets clocks forward one hour at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of each March. This inevitably causes millions of Americans to miss worship the following morning and […]

Why Does My Dog… Sniff the Ground Before He Poops?

Every day, all over the world, dogs repeat the same ritual: Nose to the ground, they sniff along a dotted line of an invisible treasure map, stopping at that “X” marks the spot where they can finally get down to business. What’s with all this sniffing, anyway? The simple answer: It’s the way dogs have […]

How Soon Can a Puppy Become a Runner?

You need to wait a while before putting the miles on that pup or risk permanent damage to her developing body. Assuming she’s in good overall health (your vet can help determine that), eight months of age is about the earliest you should start letting her run with you, and even then, you should figure […]

Why Walking Your Dog is Great Exercise

Having trouble sticking to an exercise program? Research shows that dogs are actually Nature’s perfect personal trainers—loyal, hardworking, energetic and enthusiastic. And, unlike your friends, who may skip an exercise session because of appointments, extra chores or bad weather, dogs never give you an excuse to forego exercising. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor […]

How to Handle Your Dog in the Dog Park

When your dog is approached by a dog that looks like it may be aggressive YOU (not your dog) needs to take the aggressors role.When your dog is approached by a dog that looks like it may be aggressive YOU (not your dog) needs to take the aggressors role. Dogs that have the potential to […]

Three Parts Of A Schutzhund Trial

THE TRACKING PHASE includes a temperament test by the overseeing judge to assure the dog’s mental soundness. When approached closely on a loose leash, the dog should not act shyly or aggressively. The track is laid earlier by a person walking normally on a natural surface such as dirt or grass. The track includes a […]

Training Puppies Not to Bite

When people bring a new puppy home they are often confronted by problems that were never expected. Biting and chewing problems are just a few surprises they face. Many new owners think they adopted the pup from hell so they sit down and write us. This article will attempt to explain why puppies bite and […]

A Guide To Selecting a Breeder and a Puppy

Selecting the Breeder: The selection process in picking a puppy begins with choosing a breeder that you trust and have confidence in. I can not stress this enough. Some people breed because they have a sincere interest in producing top quality dogs, some people breed because they want to make a few extra dollars and […]

The Power of Training Dogs with Markers

The two most important things a new dog trainer can learn how to accomplish with their dogs are: They need to learn how to get and maintain “ENGAGEMENT” They need to teach “GENERALIZATION” as it relates to commands. Engagement  Engagement simply means your dog wants to be with you and he wants what you have […]