Separation anxiety (and its cousins: isolation distress and separation-related problems) can be a huge source of stress for dog guardians. If your dog barks, howls, destroys things, pees or poops, or otherwise causes trouble when they are left alone, you have no doubt spent time trying to figure out what to do to help them. … Read moreSeparation Anxiety Myths: Part 2
Separation anxiety (and its cousins: isolation distress and separation-related problems) can be a huge source of stress for dog guardians. If your dog barks, howls, destroys things, pees or poops, or otherwise causes trouble when they are left alone, you have no doubt spent time trying to figure out what to do to help them. … Read moreSeparation Anxiety Myths: Part 1
Whether it’s advice about cats, dogs, or kids, one suggestion is common: ignore bad behavior. That can seem like a good plan and sometimes it works, but sometimes it backfires. Is “ignore bad behavior” good advice, bad advice, or just one piece of the puzzle? Why Ignore Bad Behavior? Many behaviors are motivated by consequences, … Read moreThe Case AGAINST Ignoring Bad Behavior
If you’re dealing with angry neighbors, damaged doors, soiled carpets, broken crates, or even an injured dog, you have probably heard the phrase “separation anxiety” or its cousins “isolation distress” and “separation-related behavior”. Whatever you call it, it’s hard on dogs and owners. But not every alone-time problem is separation anxiety. How can you tell … Read moreDoes Your Dog Have Separation Anxiety?
Walks, runs, hikes, fetch in the park, trips to the dog park – the great outdoors offers so many ways to entertain, and tire out, your dog. But sometimes you can’t get outside. Maybe the weather is nasty or the air quality is dangerous (hello, fire season!). Or what if you’re not feeling well or … Read morePrepare for a Rainy Day: Enrichment at Home
Does your dog run from the vacuum, growl at the new puppy, try to bite when you trim their nails, or have some other overreaction to a harmless thing? What’s up with that? You know that the vacuum isn’t a monster, that the puppy is just trying to play, and that nail trims are not … Read moreGet Over It!
They won’t be breaking curfew or begging to borrow the car, but if you have a canine teenager, they may be terrorizing your household. Dogs have a much longer adolescent (or teenage) phase than most people realize and it can affect them, and those around them, in many ways. If you find yourself using words … Read moreLiving with Teenagers: The Joys and Challenges of Adolescent Dogs
Cats and dogs don’t have to fight like… well, cats and dogs. They can live peacefully together and even develop close bonds. But first they need to be safely introduced. Considerations for New Roommates While many cats and dogs can live happily together, not all are suited for it. Consider size and personality when deciding … Read moreIntroducing Cats and Dogs
For social dogs, making a new doggie friend can be easy and fun. For more cautious dogs, the right introduction may mean the difference between friends and foes. Taking the time to make a good first impression can get the dogs on the path to a great relationship. Should You Introduce Them? Before starting an … Read moreMaking Friends: Introducing Dogs
Congrats on your new family member! Photo: Attila Nagy/Pixabay.com You probably have been thinking about bringing home a friend for a while and are ready to start this next chapter of life. However, your new dog may be surprised by the sudden change in their life, especially if you’re bringing home an adult dog. Being … Read moreWelcoming Home a New Dog