Megan’s Musings: 10 Tips For a Better Life With Your Dog

Having a dog as a family member is a wonderful experience. They love us unconditionally, are loyal and are always honest about how they feel. Dogs are a source of joy in our lives, but as in any relationship, there may be challenges. Your dog may do things that confuse and frustrate you, or perhaps they develop behaviour concerns that are upsetting for all involved. The good news is that these are preventable and there are many things we can do to ensure we can enjoy a lifetime of happiness...

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Megan’s Musings: 3 Steps For a Successful Spring

Spring should be fun for your dog

Spring is a time of new growth, more sunshine, warmer temperatures and more people getting outdoors to enjoy the change in seasons. It is generally a happy time that we look forward to. However, Spring can be scary for our dogs. It begins to get busier outside with much more activity from people, animals and machinery. It is easy to forget the impact this can have on our dogs, so this month I am going to share some ideas on how to ensure your dog can enjoy...

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Leash Aggression: Why it’s Happening and What we do to Make It Worse

Leash aggression is an embarrassing problem for dog owners, but one that can be easily modified

In today’s urban world, we are seeing more and more cases of leash aggression develop in dogs. Leash aggression used to be more often seen in dogs that were fearful of and/or had very little exposure to other dogs. However, it is now more common to see social dogs that are great off leash, but turn into barking, lunging and snarling dogs when they see dogs while they are on leash. So why is...

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Keeping Pets Safe in Wildfire Smoke

Calgary is filling with thick smoke from the forest fires. It is devastating communities and our thoughts are with everyone affected. The skies are filled with smoke and along with concerns for the impact on the people, many are concerned for their pets and wondering how to keep them safe. There are steps you can take to minimize the impact of the smoke on your pets along with ensuring they are remaining active and still receiving their exercise.

The greatest concern with the wildfire smoke...

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How Do You Get the Ideal Family Dog

Getting a new dog is an exciting adventure! There’s nothing quite like a wriggling happy little puppy to brighten your life; or coming home after a long day at work to be greeted by a wagging tail and unconditional love. Finding the dog that will be ideal for your family and your lifestyle is the key to making sure everyone will be happy and stay happy in your home.

The first place to start is figuring out which breed will suit your lifestyle best. Each breed has different traits, needs...

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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is almost here and it can be a stressful time for our dogs, as well as providing ample opportunities for getting them into trouble. One of the main concerns is that they don’t get into the Halloween treats! Chocolate and raisins are two of the most common treats a dog can find at Halloween and are potentially fatal. Ensure you are supervising your dog and your child to ensure the dog doesn’t ingest anything dangerous.

In addition to the treat hazards, not every dog will...

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Gaining Focus: Building Attention With a Reactive Dog

Despite the many things that may be going on inside your dog’s mind, we can get their focus back on us.

One of the greatest challenges you will have with any dog, but especially if you are living with a fearful and/or reactive dog, will be gaining their focus back to you. The outdoor world is a distracting environment for all dogs, let alone our modern urban environment! There are people, other dogs, wildlife, vehicles, bicycles, loud noises and so much more. We must also consider...

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Food in Training Addressing Concerns and Understanding it’s Importance In Modifying Fear and/or Reactivity

There are many concerns about the use of food in training. First off, will it make our dogs fat? Secondly, will our dog only work for us if we have food? There are also many misconceptions about using food in training as well. First off, a dog owner may assume their dog is not food motivated. Or, they may feel like they are rewarding the dog for their reactive behaviour. We can understand all of these concerns and the below addresses each and why using food is so important.

Causing weight...

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Don’t Let Your Puppy Become “THAT” Kind of Dog

Just like children, puppies are watching you and learning all the time, and if you don’t train them from an early age, you risk having a puppy that quickly turns into a very unruly dog.

It’s really no different than a parent who lets their child do whatever he or she wants, because kids will be kids. The parent might think their child’s delightful, but the rest of us don’t really want to be around that kid, because of the lacking manners and destructive behaviours.

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Dogs Settle With Age and Other Urban Myths

Not all urban myths are about scary escaped convicts with a hook instead of a hand, scratching outside the car door in Lover’s Lane. One of the biggest myths we hear most regularly is that dogs will settle down as they age. We have bad news for you – they don’t. (The hooked hand story isn’t true either, by the way. ) If dogs aren’t taught basic manners, or how to calm themselves, how could they possibly learn it on their own? We’ve worked with...

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