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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

Choosing a Backpack for Your Dog

Hitting the trails this summer?  If so, there are a few dog supplies for hiking which are essential, and one of those is a travel pack!  A travel pack has many benefits for you and for your dog, and can make for a much better hiking or camping trip.    A backpack for your dog allows your dog to carry his own gear. Backpacks can actually help a dog to focus and can convey a sense of enthusiasm.  Since they are doing a job, they take pride in it, instead of chasing after every squirrel. As a result, behavioral patterns..  - 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

5 Steps for Crate Training

  Recently we did a post about deciding whether or not your dog needs a crate.  While new dog owners sometimes think a crate seems cramped and confining, for a dog, a nice crate can be a little slice of heaven.  Crates play to canine denning instincts, and can provide a safe, cozy home-within-a-home.  Crates make wonderful housetraining tools, can double as a simple transportation method, and can make both you and your dog happy.  While not all dogs need or should have crates (pets with separation anxiety or claustrophobia from some past trauma, for example), they work out well..  - Read More

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