Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

Fears, Phobias, and Anxieties in Dogs Fear is the instinctual feeling of apprehension resulting from a situation, person, or object presenting an external threat — whether real or perceived. The response of the autonomic nervous system prepares the body for the freeze, fight, or flight syndrome. It is considered to […]

Why Do Dogs Lick People?

You may appreciate the slobbery greeting your dog gives you upon your return from work each day, but do you ever wonder the reason behind it? Dogs lick their owners, other dogs, and themselves for a variety of reasons ranging from love and submission to a possible medical condition. Following […]

What is a Hotspot?

Overview of hot spots Hot spots, technically called acute moist dermatitis or superficial canine pyoderma, usually appear as localized, moist, reddish sores. Hot spots are the result of a bacterial infection: something irritates your dog’s skin and the irritation becomes itchy, so your dog does the logical thing—scratch, lick, or […]

What are Hot Spots?

A hot spot is a localized area of skin inflammation and infection. The infection can be superficial or deep. Other common names for this condition include: moist dermatitis, and acute moist dermatitis. What is the medical name for this condition? Also known as “pyotraumatic dermatitis”, these common skin lesions are […]

To Shave or Not to Shave

As the weather gets warmer, I am often asked as a professional groomer about my thoughts on shaving dogs. Although it seems common sense that removing as much hair as possible would help a dog stay cooler, this is not always the case. A dog’s coat can work like a […]

7 Sun Safety Suggestions for Dogs

Think sun protection is just for humans? Think again. Your dog needs a safe haven from those harsh ultraviolet rays, too. Here are seven pointers to help Spot enjoy the great outdoors this summer, without feeling the burn. 1. Don’t shave your long-coated dog for the summer When you shave […]

Hot Spots in Dogs

What is a “hot spot”? A hot spot is a localized area of skin inflammation and infection. The infection can be superficial or deep. Other common names for this condition include: moist dermatitis, and acute moist dermatitis. What is the medical name for this condition? Also known as “pyotraumatic dermatitis”, […]

Is Dog Pee Killing your Grass?

A problem I am asked for advice on regularly is how to stop my dog’s urine (or the neighbors’ dogs’ urine!) from killing my grass. If you want to learn why this is happening read on. All dog’s urine contains urea, a form of ammonia which converts to nitrates. Concentrated […]

Food Guarding

Introduction Guarding possessions from humans or other animals is normal behavior for dogs. Wild animals who successfully protect their valuable resources—such as food, mates and living areas—are more likely to survive in the wild than those who don’t. However, we find the tendency to guard valued items undesirable in our […]

Introducing Your New Dog to Your Other Dogs

How to help your dogs get along, beginning with the first meeting Handle the first meeting between dogs with care; it can set the tone for their whole relationship. Introduce on neutral territory It’s best to let dogs become familiar with each other on neutral territory: outdoors. Each dog should […]

Winter Grooming Tips

Cold rains and frigid winds, along with winter’s snow and ice can wreak havoc on your dog’s skin and coat when you take him for his daily walks. It’s the most difficult time of year for maintaining your best friend’s grooming routine. What’s the best way to protect your dog’s […]

Silent Nights, Quiet Days

Inappropriate barking is one of the most annoying behaviors dog owners have to deal with—whether your dog starts up in the middle of night or barks at every little wisp of air, the first thing you must do to stop the problem is identify what’s causing the behavior. To do […]

Dogs Who Eat Feces

Coprophagy and coprophagia are interchangeable technical terms used to describe the consumption of feces (eating poop). Yes, I know that this is a rather unsavory topic, but if ever you’ve cared for a dog with this habit, you know that understanding it and figuring out how to deal with it […]

Crate Training

  “Private room with a view. Ideal for traveling dogs or for those who just want a secure, quiet place to hang out at home.” That’s how your dog might describe his crate. It’s his own personal den where he can find comfort and solitude while you know he’s safe […]

Holiday Safety Tips

  The holiday season is upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities. As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. Also, please […]

Destructive Chewing in Dogs

It’s normal for puppies and dogs to chew on objects as they explore the world. Chewing accomplishes a number of things for a dog. For young dogs, it’s a way to relieve pain that might be caused by incoming teeth. For older dogs, it’s nature’s way of keeping jaws strong […]

End Wild Barking at the Door

The subject of barking is probably good for a dozen podcasts; today’s topic will be that perennial favorite, dog and doorbell. Knocking and intercom buzzers count, too, but to keep things simple I’ll just speak of doorbells. So Your Dog Doesn’t Bark? Keep It That Way First, let me address […]

Halloween Safety Tips

No Scaredy Cats This Halloween: Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents Attention, animal lovers, it’s almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying “trick or treat!” all the way to November 1. 1. […]

Is Flea Season Over?

When is Flea Season? Flea season usually starts in May and goes through to winter. The worst time of the year for fleas is September, October, and November.  Flea prevention can be stopped once our temperature is consistently below the freezing point. How can you tell if your animal has fleas? […]

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Dogs love to munch away on grass, and some even make it part of their daily routine. Fortunately, most experts believe it isn’t something you should worry about. So why exactly do they gobble up that green stuff in your yard? Scavengers ‘R Us Dogs, unlike their catty counterparts, are […]