Billions of dollars are spent every year on food, supplements and accessories for dogs. Small dogs are toted in their own designer purses and dressed with color-coordinated booties. Specialty toys encourage learning and training. Bottom line: gift ideas for small dogs can be a little overwhelming. If you are looking for unique and memorable gift ideas for small dogs, start … [Read more...] about Best Gift Ideas for Small Dogs and Their Owners
Weather often forces us to be inside the house during the day. It may be rainy, or freezing, or too hot to function outside safely. And, although I don’t embrace blaming the weather as an excuse for not taking your dog out for exercise (there is usually a time of day that is better and less affected than another), I do realize that it can happen. So, on those days, it … [Read more...] about 6 Indoor Activities to Entertain Your Bored Dog
I wrote an article about impulse control a few months ago! Teaching Your Dog the Importance of training for Patience using Impulse Control I think one of the biggest “sources” of behavior problems that I see with dogs is their lack of impulse control. They are used to getting what they want when they want it, or they are adept at rewarding themselves (by digging, … [Read more...] about 3 Dog Training Exercises For Training Better Patience & Impulse Control
Ahhhh good ol’ “Keep Away”! I have a Love/Hate relationship with this game! The problem is that it needs to be on MY terms! I am the leader of the house hold, and I dictate games and when they can be played. I used to have a long haired Malinois who I would allow to engage me in this game each morning around shower time. He would “pretend” to steal a sock that I … [Read more...] about Keep Away; Why it is the Best and Worst Game to Play with Your Dog!
Dogs aren’t people. I realize that deep down you probably know that dogs aren’t people. And, yet almost every day I have a conversation with humans who expect dogs to ACT like people. Dogs are canines descendants of wolves and other ancient dog species (yes, I don’t think the Chihuahua developed from a wolf, but that is for another article). Wolves aren’t … [Read more...] about How Best To Deal with Your Dog’s Instincts