Holiday Tips – Happy Homes with Happy Hounds

Thanksgiving is almost here! Christmas is right around the corner! (Just typing that out was stressful for me.) Not only can the holidays be stressful for us, but they are especially stressful for our animal companions.  Changes in our routines, the many visitors coming and going, and our stress levels can create havoc in our …

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Try Giving Instead of Taking

There is a very common myth that taking an animal’s food or toys away while they are enjoying them, will teach the animal to allow anyone to come up and take things from them.  This “technique” at best, is usually viewed as an annoyance to the animal, but at worst it can trigger or create …

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FIRESTARTERS!

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 1,000 house fires are accidentally started by pets each year.  Yes, you read that correctly; a thousand house fires are linked to companion animals in our homes. When I learned this startling stat I immediately thought of Stephen King's FireStarter, then I began to laugh as the …

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Setting Aside Judgement – Focusing on Education

“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around us in awareness.” ― James Thurber 2014's National Dog Bite Prevention Week is wrapping up.  It’s been a tremendously positive week with so many great messages about safety, prevention, and dog awareness being spread across the nation and world. The goal that we educators and …

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Hugs and Hostages?

  2014 It's National Hug Your Dog Day!  Let's dig deep into the science of hugs! I will be the first to admit: Sometimes I want to hug our dog and cats (and other animals) like the Abominable Snowman in the bit from "Daffy Duck's Quackbusters" cartoon.   But I don't.   I know they don't …

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Fortify the barriers! Be proactive instead of reactive!

Today's tip for ‪#‎NationalDogBitePrevention‬ Week:  Be proactive instead of reactive! If you are expecting a certified letter or a package to be delivered to your front door, place your dog(s) in a separate room, and securely close that door before you open your front door. Dogs have been known to break through screen doors and even plate-glass …

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Education Is Prevention.

Education is the key to many things, including safety and wellbeing in our homes.   This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.  It's the perfect time to reflect on how we can better understand our canine companions, educate and guide children of all ages, and share what we have learned over the years with …

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To Leash, or Not To Leash?

.... This is the question for many dog guardians. This handy (and comical) flowchart should help you to make the best decision for you and your canine companion! Many thanks to Jenny Williams for allowing us to help educate others with her graphic! You can download a PDF of the graphic in various languages here. …

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