Entries by Hot Dog on a Leash

Are Rope Toys Safe for Dogs?

Whether you just adopted a new puppy or you want to buy your dog a fun new toy as a special treat, you may be wondering: are rope toys safe for dogs? You’ve seen them on display in pet supply stores, but you might have heard mixed opinions regarding their safety. Learn the truth about rope toys […]

Pet Misbehaving? It Might Be Your Fault

Don’t force your pet to face his fears (like nail trims). Instead, use positive-reinforcement techniques to help him become comfortable with the anxiety-inducing activity. Fear, stress and anxiety are at the root of many problem behaviors in cats and dogs — and in some cases, human behavior is the direct cause of a pet’s actions. […]

Take the Stress Out of Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

How can I teach my dog to let me trim her nails? She hates having it done, and it’s so stressful for both of us that we often forgo it entirely Your dog isn’t alone in her distaste for nail trims. Many dogs cower or flee the room at the mere sight of clippers. The […]

5 Ways Collars Can Harm Your Dog

Collars are a vital part of dog ownership. They allow pet parents to walk their pup on a leash and they provide a place to hang ID and vaccination tags. However, if used in the wrong way, collars can lead to serious or even fatal injury. Here are five ways collars can potentially harm your […]

People Who Talk To Their Pets Are Smarter Than Those Who Don’t

I admit it: I talk to my pets. I even have a different voice for each one. My non-animal friends think it’s silly and more than a little crazy to carry on these one-sided conversations. But Nicholas Epley, professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago, disagrees. He feels it’s perfectly normal to engage in […]

What Causes Stress in Dogs and How to Ease It

Just like people, dogs can get stressed from time to time. And while there are plenty of external elements that can get our dogs stressed, sometimes we, the owners, can create that stress without even realizing it. No dog owner wants an unhappy dog and this is why it’s important to take notice and learn […]