BONES FOR YOUR DOG

If you go to any pet-food or supply store you can find thousands of items for chewing, all designed to replace dogs chewing on actual bones. Why is this? Simply put, it is marketing and money. We take away the very food source our dogs teeth and digestive system where designed to negotiate and have…

Canine Resource Guarding

Canine Resource Guarding refers to a dog that guards a resource, anything the dog perceives as valuable or important, from other dogs or people. Is this normal behavior? Yes and no. All mammals guard, us included. It is primal and ensures survival. Where it enters the not so normal zone is when it was accidentally…

Living With An Intact Dog

When you bring your puppy home it is like a heart explosion of sorts, caring, nurturing, snuggling, getting to know each other, and maybe the last thing your thinking about is sexual maturity and all that that entails. But the reality is, puppies are merely a puppy for a blink in time, and as they…

BOTULISM

This is a word most of us have not used in the past few decades, it is rare in humans in today’s world, 145 documented cases in the USA last year, and only sporadic (less than rare) in dogs, negligible numbers was the answer I found. WHAT IS BOTULISM? Botulism is a rare, serious, and…

Is your dog an asshole?

Everyone, absolutely everyone will tell you the good things about their dog, but what about all the other stuff, the asshole stuff, the maybe you won’t like me much when you find out what my dog does kind of stuff? You know, the stuff that is swept under the rug, out of sight, but still crunchy…

My Complicated Relationship with Veterinarians

I have been wanting to put these thoughts on paper for some time. However this plays out, it is simply as organized as I could make it, truly it is complicated and not so straight forward. FIRSTLY I am a Small Business Owner and a Certified Professional Trainer. My business is mine, legally, ethically, and…

Canine Immaculate Conception 2018

Our first litter – So Rhumbs pregnancy and subsequent whelping earlier this year on Valentines is still so fresh in my mind. It was very planned, very wanted, and a tender trap of sorts, five months of maternal bliss with Rhumb. Watching Rhumb go from Maiden to Mother was incredible, eye opening, so deeply instinctual,…

The LAYERED CRAP CAKE Developmental Stage

From the day of birth, for all mammals, there is change, growth, and development in all aspects, emotionally, socially, physically, mentally, and sexually. And then of course with age there is decline, aging, and eventually death. It is the full circle, cradle to grave. Canines rip through developmental stages so fast, they basically hit the…

Accepting your dogs energy

It is one thing to have a dog, it is another thing to understand or gel with your dog. Good work cannot happen if there is a gap in focus, orientation, language, or intention. This is a fact. And what it comes down to is accepting your dogs energy. In other words it is learning…

Top 10 tips for dogs in transition

Taking the steps to get a new dog is exciting. Going to a breeder, rescue, or shelter and spending time with various dogs opens the heart. But when you find that perfect match, the dog of your dreams, it’s better than any present, any surprise. I refer to new to you dogs as dogs in…