Posts in category "Pet Behavior Problems"

Need a Boredom Buster STAT? Raid the Recycling Bin for DIY Dog Toys and Be Prepared to Experiment

Need a Boredom Buster STAT? Raid the Recycling Bin for DIY Dog Toys and Be Prepared to Experiment
Yes. There is such a thing as needing dog toys stat. I just lived it and will lay out my first ever attempt at making DIY dog toys for you. I learned some fine points that I did not see on online tip posts that I am sure you will want to know. First, why would someone... Read more »

Is Your Perfect Dog Perfectly Bored? Middle Aged Dogs May Need Extra Help Getting Through the Winter

Is Your Perfect Dog Perfectly Bored? Middle Aged Dogs May Need Extra Help Getting Through the Winter
As a pet sitter, I am always on the lookout for solutions to keep my guests happy and comfortable. Every dog offers me a different puzzle to solve. There are the newbies who need help settling in to my home on their very first stay (Who are you and why did my mommy drive away... Read more »

Reactive Dog Gets New BFF Thanks to Medication, Positive Training and Dedicated, Open-Minded Adopter

Reactive Dog Gets New BFF Thanks to Medication, Positive Training and Dedicated, Open-Minded Adopter
I will admit it. I was not really looking forward to pet sitting Sadie again. I mean, yeah, she was well loved at the shelter and it broke all our hearts to see her returned after having been adopted for a year. I knew she has it rough. I guess her prior adopter ran into... Read more »
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Is a Muzzle Right for Your Dog?

Is a Muzzle Right for Your Dog?
Some time ago I posted a video about a dog I was walking who was up for adoption. In the video, he is wearing a head harness (like a horse bridle for dogs). I had several times noticed that people seemed to avoid us when I was walking him, despite his excellent leash manners and... Read more »

Reactive Dog? Check Out These Resources

Reactive Dog? Check Out These Resources
What is a reactive dog and do you have one? Here is a clue: Is walking your dog an enjoyable bonding experience, filled with cloud gazing, flower sniffing and happy tail wags or is your time spent perpetually scanning the horizon for bikes, dogs, trucks, kids running, and did I mention dogs? Are you forever... Read more »

Preparation and Willingness to Learn are Key to Successful Dog Adoptions

Preparation and Willingness to Learn are Key to Successful Dog Adoptions
Funny story…I had been working on a post the last few days on the A Sound Beginning Program when several rescue friends sent me a link to an article that beat me to it. I say funny story because the reason my post wasn’t getting finished is because I’m pet sitting for…wait for it…a dog... Read more »
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Problem Pet? How Veterinary Behaviorists, Trainers Help with Phobias, Anxiety, Serious Behavior Concerns

Problem Pet? How Veterinary Behaviorists, Trainers Help with Phobias, Anxiety, Serious Behavior Concerns
Please forgive the epic-length post but for those living with dogs with separation anxiety, phobias or other concerns, we know it is no laughing matter. Because not all vets have been trained to address behavioral problems, and pet owners can sometimes feel overwhelmed, it is my pleasure to introduce Dr. Fiia Jokela, a veterinarian who works very closely... Read more »