Fear is an emotion we all experience. Our pets experience fear and anxiety, too. There are even more things to be afraid of for them, though. Dogs don’t understand that the loud booming they hear is only harmless fireworks, or that the person that brings the mail every day is a friend, not a foe. Keeping your dog calm during upsetting circumstances can be a challenge. It’s now possible to […]
It’s not easy to train pets not to lick and chew things they find interesting. Their senses of smell and taste help them explore their surroundings. This natural curiosity can be dangerous or destructive when pets become interested in the wrong things. Anyone who has come home to pillow stuffing scattered all over the living room can attest to that! If your pet takes an interest in an electrical wire […]
Stressful situations can bring out the animal in all of us. Moving to a new place, traveling, home remodeling and even celebrations can be exciting yet nerve-racking. Disruptions in normal, everyday activities can be even more upsetting for our pets. They are the hapless bystanders who must try to deal with situations that they don’t understand and that temporarily shake up the daily routine. Chaos, loud noises, and unfamiliar faces […]
Most of us have observed our four-legged companions go crazy for a favorite toy, and it’s often a toy with a squeaky noisemaker inside. Have you ever wondered why dogs love squeaky toys so much? Although it’s tempting to think the rascals just enjoy irritating us with the incessant squeaky noise, there are a couple of theories about why dogs are attracted to squeaky toys.
If you are throwing a holiday party, your guests may cause your dog some anxiety, which could lead to destructive behavior like chewing on furniture. On the other hand, your dog may smell the delicious goodies coming from the kitchen, and beg for “human” food that can cause an upset tummy. So keeping your dog occupied is key to avoiding unwanted problems around the holidays.
We all know dogs are very social, serving as great role models for making and staying connected with friends. When my dogs are at home and one of their buddies passes by on the sidewalk, Wheatie is sure to make a few barks. You’ve gotta wonder—what’s he saying? Is barking a sign of stress? A way to show this is his territory? Or is it something else?