Who’s the good dog? Solutions to problem pet behaviors

Who’s the good dog? Solutions to problem pet behaviors

One Sunday last month, the sun had barely risen when I was awakened by a banging on my front door. As I cautiously looked out the side window I could make out my neighbor, Mr. Velez, standing there and looking quite upset. “I don’t know what happened last night, but your dog kept barking and kept us up all night, and we do have to work in the morning!” Before […]

Could your pet be a hero?

Could your pet be a hero?

I was recently having breakfast with a family member who told a story about a cat he had when he was a child.  According to him, “Fiddle” was the most intelligent cat in the world and proved to him without a doubt that cats are smarter than any other pet. When Uncle Fred was young, his family had two houses: one in the mountains and one on the beach.  My […]

Why you should never spank your dog

Why you should never spank your dog

Let’s face it, most dogs misbehave from time to time.  While it may be tempting to correct the bad behavior with a spank, you should never discipline your dog physically.  Spanking is confusing to your dog, may cause your dog to become hand-shy or fearful of you, and most importantly, doesn’t teach him the desired behavior.

Is it a mistake to “humanize” our pets?

Is it a mistake to “humanize” our pets?

In our society today, fewer people actually interact face-to-face with each other and are now more likely to communicate online. Because our social connections are becoming more impersonal, perhaps it’s only natural that people may look to their pets to fill this void, often treating them more like little people. The truth is, I’m not totally sure how I feel about this. There is a part of me that really […]

Understanding and preventing aggression between pets

Lately on my days off I’ve been lost in the world of photography which provides me a sanctuary of peace, relaxation, and fun. Last week I went with my friend Abby to the farm of my cousin Nicole. We were on a mission to capture some great photographs of the farm and of the farm animals. After four hours with the horses, pigs, and goats, as we were walking back to the car, […]

Dog walking tips

Taking your dog for a walk is supposed to be joyful, not stressful. However, if your dog starts pulling you or stopping to smell the roses every minute, a walk with him or her may not be that enjoyable. If your pet needs a little extra help for an easier walk, here are a few tips.

What’s in your pet’s tummy?

My dog Wheatie loves sticks and paper towels. If he had his way, our daily walks would include many stops for munching on sticks, twigs, and paper towels scraps. His fascination with these items resulted in me teaching him an excellent “drop it.” Sometimes, now, I almost think he just picks up a stick or paper scrap to wait for my command so he can spit it out to get […]