Gremlin’s Rescue Story

When my husband and I first moved in together we were crazy about each other and we knew that we wanted to start a family, but being the patient people that we can sometimes be, we decided to get a dog. Matthew was still looking for his first job out of school and I was … [Read more…]

The Anti-Aggression Diet

*I have been meaning to write this post for a while but have been held back by all the sciencey terms that might scare you off. I did my best to make it digestible, so stick with me! So, finally, I want to dig into this idea of an anti-aggression diet. For many dog owners, … [Read more…]

Ending Puppy Play Biting

What’s cuter than a puppy? Very few things, that’s for sure! Raising a puppy, just like raising a toddler, is equal parts rewarding and exhausting. Play biting or mouthiness is a common problem for puppy owners that can get out of hand as the dog gets older but can easily be addressed with a few consistent … [Read more…]

Gremlin’s Adoptiversary Giveaway!

There are two kinds of dogs in shelters, dogs who have known birthdays and dogs who have one made up for them. When we adopted Gremlin they gave us an idea of when he was born, mid-February they assumed. Based on the heart-shaped marking on his head, it was obvious that the little guy was … [Read more…]

Counterconditioning Fear

Most dogs live in a very predictable world. They know what to expect from you and their surroundings on a day to day basis, which is very comforting. Even humans enjoy a certain amount of predictability! Fears seem to pop up out of nowhere, but it’s often time the result of surprises or irregularities. Counterconditioning … [Read more…]

The Benefits of Neutering

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup]When I was a kid we had a dalmatian, Nickelodeon. To say that he was energetic would be an understatement! He’d regularly get out of our yard despite the many attempts of my father to keep him in. I can only imagine what he’d do or where he’d go, but one thing was … [Read more…]

Recognizing Fearful Body Language

Fear is my favorite subject. When you consider how many problem behaviors stem from fear you’ll realize how important it is to better understand it.  The more we know about fear the more we can do to help our animals overcome it. Even for the most rational humans, fear can be debilitating, so it’s no … [Read more…]

Murder Cat

That’s what they call Trout at his old boarding facility (old because we moved, not because he hurt anyone). When we’d pick him up, they’d sound nervous at the prospect of getting him in his carrier and 9 times out of 10 would ask us to help. I have been in their shoes, particularly with … [Read more…]