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Hiking and Camping Checklist for Dogs

In a recent post, we talked about what you should know if you decide to go hiking with your dog this year.  Many parks throughout Canada allow dogs on trails, so long as you observe proper trail etiquette.  That means your dog needs to be under control and well-behaved.  Before you head out, here is a checklist of everything that you need for your dog to stay safe and happy:   Paperwork and tags. When you go on a trip with your dog, even just for a couple of days, bring along all of your paperwork: your ownership license, immunization..  - Read More

Types of Dog Leashes and Collars

Walking your dog is a wonderful way to bond with your pet, but as you may have noticed, it’s also a great way to get frustrated fast.  Dogs are always very in touch with their surroundings, and easily can get excited at everything they see—squirrels, vehicles, other people and their pets.  That’s one of the reasons they tend to run ahead and pull on the leash.    You can make walking with your dog safer, easier, and more fun for both of you by choosing the right leash and collar.  The best leash and collar depends on the breed of..  - Read More

Teach Your Dog How to Walk on a Leash

If your dog tends to pull on your leash and try to run off on his own (or drag you along behind), it helps to remember that he doesn’t instinctively know what he’s supposed to be doing.  Your dog is a natural explorer, and is born with the instinct to follow his nose, ears, and eyes where they lead him.  If you want your dog to follow your lead instead of his impulses, you will have to train him to walk on a leash.   Now, it’s important to have expectations that make sense.  You shouldn’t expect to be able..  - Read More

Restrictions on Hiking with a Dog

What Should You Know About Hiking With Your Dog?   We’re right in the middle of the summer season, and this is the perfect time to go on a hiking or camping trip, and bring your dog along with you!  Before you start out on the trails, though, there are a few things you should know about hiking with your dog.  First off, make sure you are allowed to bring your dog with you on the trail you are planning to hike.  Some parks in Canada allow dogs to share the trail, while others do not.  You do not want..  - Read More

Why do Dogs chew?

Every dog chews, but if you have noticed your dog chews a lot, you may be wondering why.  You may even be wondering if it’s because she has some kind of medical or behavioral problem.  There are actually a lot of reasons why dogs chew, and why some dogs chew more than others.  Some of the reasons are a cause for concern, and some of them aren’t.    Here are a few innocuous reasons your dog may chew more than average:   You may have a breed that does a lot of chewing, like a Jack Russell Terrier or a..  - Read More

What to Buy for the Dog That Chews

Do you have a dog breed like Golden Retriever that loves to chew everything?  If so, you will need to put some extra thought (and expense) into making sure that your dog has everything he needs to stay entertained without destroying everything you have bought for him.  It is pretty frustrating to spend $100 on a dog bed only to find you have to replace it a few months later, and nothing is more annoying than coming home to find your couch cushions in tatters.   With dogs that chew, you have two primary considerations:   You need indestructible dog..  - Read More

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