Monthly Archives October 2015

Understanding Your Older Dog

Posted by Bruce Edwards on October 31, 2015  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Isn’t it just great when we get those puppies and they start to grow up with us and become part of our families?  We create our set routines, take them on trips, visit our friends, watch TV, play with them, etc.?  Then, they get older and start to change.

We notice that we need to call Rex a few more times in the back yard for him to hear us and come back inside.  He doesn’t see as well and barks more and more at things he just can’t see and understand.  We notice that it is really hard for him to get up the stairs on the back porch and sometimes he comes around to the front door where there are less steps.  He even starts to nip at people he has known and loved all his life.

Growing older stinks.  Unfortunately, it happens a lot faster for our dogs.  We need to understand what our dogs are experiencing so that we can adjust our habits and provide them with a great quality of life in their later years.

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Don’t Use Extension Leashes on your Walk

Posted by Bruce Edwards on October 25, 2015  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

I hope that the title is very clear.  As dog trainers and dog owners, Robin and I have only seen bad things happen when people walk their dogs on extension leashes.  These contraptions only give the owner a false sense of security and put their dogs at risk of getting into fights with other dogs or even being hit by a car.  They can even be dangerous for the owner if they are walking a big dog who sees a duck or squirrel and pulls the owner to the ground.

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Don’t Have Dogs Chase You on Your Bike Ride

Posted by Bruce Edwards on October 17, 2015  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

From the moment we learned to ride our first bicycle around the neighborhood, we have always experienced the problem of those pesky neighborhood dogs chasing us and nipping at our heels.  No matter what we did, they were always out and after us and they almost always caught us.  Now that we are older and (in theory) smarter, our bicycle rides are still plagued with new dogs chasing us and always catching us.

The problem that we just aren’t getting is that, through the years, our bicycle riding is causing a specific canine reaction.  Once we understand what the dogs think we are doing, we can adjust our bicycle riding so that they don’t constantly chase us.  And, by the way, I’m getting way to old for all that chasing stuff!

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How Strict You Should Be With Your Dog

Posted by Bruce Edwards on October 10, 2015  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

The one thing that we all hate is when we are walking down the street with our dog and we think everything is great.  We are having a great time and our dog is just being a great dog.  Then, all of a sudden, a neighbor yells at you from across the street the you have a horrible dog and “Something should be done about your dog!”

We just want to go over and tell that neighbor off.  Instead, we bite our tong and act like we didn’t hear a thing.  So, do we have a bad dog because our neighbor yells at us from across the street?  Quite simply, the answer is no.

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Pick the Right Pet Sitting Solution for Your Dog

Posted by Bruce Edwards on October 02, 2015  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

The Holiday Season is nearly upon us and many of us will be taking holiday vacations with our families, trips to see our parents across the state or country, or simply taking long weekends with our friends.  Our pets are normally left behind during these times.

Picking the right “dog sitting” solution is critical when we go on these trips.  The way that we leave our dogs alone helps define how we maintain their safety and social continuity.  To tell you the truth, it is pretty easy when we get it wrong.  We come home and our dogs are just nuts, and even destructive, for days after we return.  They are telling us that we did not fulfill our responsibility of maintaining their well-being; even when we weren’t there.

There are many options that we can choose from when deciding how we will leave our dogs at home.  They include leaving them with a friendly neighbor, boarding them, having a dog walker come in and check in on them, and others.  Our job is to find the one that maintains our continuity of leadership and their continued feeling of safety.

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