I am so pleased to introduce Rufus and his Dog Mom, Amy. Amy is the creator of the blog The Rufus Files, which is a funny and touching look at her life with rescue dogs. She is a finalist for two BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards: the Best Written Pet Blog Post and the Best Pet Humor Blog. … Continue reading March Most Improved Dog Feature: Rufus
We've lived in Kansas for three years now and we are familiar with the tornado siren. Luckily, we've never been directly effected by one, but there is always that potential, especially with tornado season around the corner. Watching the news really brings home the fact that natural disasters can happen anywhere. From the wildfires in… Continue reading Natural Disasters and the Reactive Dog
One of my favorite behaviors to teach a dog and their owner is "Touch." The most basic form of Touch is where we ask a dog to put their nose to the palm of our hand. This is called nose targeting. What's great about Touch is that it is a really easy behavior to teach your dog,… Continue reading How to Teach your Dog to Close a Drawer
Mo gets lots of love from me, so that means he gets lots of pets. There was a time when he wasn't a big fan of affection, but he's really come around. In an article from vetSTREET, they explain that petting a dog has some benefits for you, like reducing anxiety and stress, lowering blood pressure,… Continue reading Mast Cell Tumors and my Dog
Pre-Army Life I grew up in the great state of New York. Growing up, my main interest was competitive swimming. When I went to college, I swam for their college team and then in grad school, I pursued a degree in Sport Management so that I could follow my dream of becoming a swim coach. … Continue reading Army Dog Life: Resources for Military Pets
As Valentine's Day fast approaches, we can get wrapped up in making sure we have a gift for our loved ones or getting a reservation for that fancy restaurant. Valentine's Day is a "Hallmark" holiday, but it can also serve as a great reminder to show the ones that are in our lives that we… Continue reading Allies: A Reactive Dog Owner’s Best Friend
I don't know about you, but I try to schedule all my dogs vet within the first few months of the year. They get their shots, prescriptions for heartworm and flea/tick medications, annual exams, and that big bill out of the way. Then we can move forward on a healthy year. Vet visits can be… Continue reading Top 4 Tips for Visiting the Vet with a Reactive Dog
Who is the expert on your dog? It’s not your vet, it’s not your trainer, it’s not your behaviorist, or your local pet store cashier, or your mom, and it’s not your neighbor, and it’s certainly not the stranger at the park. It’s you! Now hold on, I think experts are great, I want to… Continue reading You are the Expert!
Most of the time, us dog moms and dads have full time jobs to work, social lives to engage in, hobbies to enjoy, volunteer duties to create world peace, and vacations to get far away from reality. We are super busy, but we care about the dogs that live under our roof like family and… Continue reading While you’re Away, Will your Dogs Play?