Really Good Pet Food

Your Dog’s Anxiety about thunder

Posted by Bruce Edwards on January 24, 2017  /   Posted in Really Good Dog Food and Training, Really Good Pet Food

Living in South Florida, we are never too far away from the sound of thunder.  It can be a very quiet sound if it happens way off in the middle of the everglades.  It can also be a very scary thing if it happens right over our house.  It even scares us and we know what it is and why it is occurring.

Now, let’s think about our dog for a moment.  First, we need to understand that their hearing is far more sensitive than ours.  When we whisper, they can clearly hear what we are saying.  Now, let’s think about a thunder clapper over or near our house.  Wow.  That can be very loud and even hurtful to them.  Along with that, they don’t understand what is going on and why it is occurring.

fear of thunder

Getting a Second Dog

Posted by Bruce Edwards on January 15, 2017  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

So many people just fall in love with the experience of having their first dog.  It is truly an amazing experience of unconditional love.  They often think that if one dog is wonderful, a second dog could be “doubly wonderful”.  They also reason that their first dog would love to have a companion to play with when they are not around.

These are all nice thoughts and I am sure that their intentions are in the right place.  The problem is that a second dog is not always the best idea.  If one id great, it is possible that two might not be that great.  There are many items to consider before you get a second dog.

Getting a Second Dog

keep your dog from running out the front door

Posted by Bruce Edwards on January 04, 2017  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

One of the must universally bothersome things that dogs do is to run to the front door when someone wings the doorbell.  After that, they often make a quick dash out the door and into the front yard when we try and open the door to greet our guest.  As I stated, this is always annoying and can also be a very large safety hazard.

We are always asked “How do I get my dog back after he runs out the front door?”  I have a very simple answer, “Don’t let him run out the front door”.  The way to accomplish this is pretty simple and can be easily woven into your normal actions of greeting guests at the front door.

Stop your dog from running out the front door

Some Doggie Tips When Your Holiday Guests Leave

Posted by Bruce Edwards on December 25, 2016  /   Posted in Really Good Dog Food and Training, Really Good Pet Food

It is often (aka sometimes) great to have Holiday guests and out of state family down for the holidays.  It gives us excuses to go to the really cheesy venues down here in South Florida that we normally don’t visit.  We hear a lot of “Wow, it is really warm down here in winter” and “Where are all the mountains?”

After a week or so of having all our guest rooms filled up and every sofa covered with comforters, they disappear as quickly as they arrive.  The problem is that they leave one thing that can be a problem for our dogs.  They leave their scent.  Although we may not smell this, our dogs do.  This can cause for some special issues that we need to address.

When Holiday Guests Leave

Working From Home and Your Dog

Posted by Bruce Edwards on December 11, 2016  /   Posted in Really Good Dog Food and Training, Really Good Pet Food

In today’s world, Robin and I are seeing more and more dog owners with home offices or their company is allowing them to work several days a week from home.  This is a wonderful thing for many people because they can be more efficient and spend more time with their families.  The problem can pop up if their dog is always demand attention or always barking at the people walking down the street or passing by the back yard fence.  Those are all major detractors if you are trying to portray a positive, professional image to clients or co-workers on conference calls.

Working from home

So You Want to Get a Second Dog

Posted by Bruce Edwards on November 25, 2016  /   Posted in Really Good Dog Food and Training, Really Good Pet Food

We are often asked by our clients if they should get a second dog.  First of all, we are the wrong people to ask because we have six dogs and probably would have more if we could.  But since we are dog trainers, we need to provide our clients with some professional direction.  We always begin the discussion by stating that there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to getting a second dog.  They shouldn’t get a second dog out of guilt because they feel that their current dog is lonely.  This normally is not the case.

They should also not consider getting a second dog because they want to mate their dog.  There are far easier methods to mate their dog than bringing in a new dog.

We like to provide thought starters and guidelines that help our clients guide themselves to the appropriate answer.  Several of the topics we like to include are (1) Temperament, (2) Gender, (3) Proper Introduction, and (4) The Ability to Maintain Order.

Holiday stress for your dog

Managing Your Dog’s Holiday Stress

Posted by Bruce Edwards on November 18, 2016  /   Posted in Really Good Dog Food and Training, Really Good Pet Food

The Holidays are quickly approaching and that can be a wonderful time.  We look forward to having great meals, getting together with old friends and out of town family members, and watching all those great old Holiday movies on television.  This is a special time of the year that is different from the rest of the year.

This is a good thing for us, but our dogs really don’t like change.  They like the way it has been the rest of the year.  They have become accustomed to how things have been run, when we go to work, when we eat our meals, when we take them for a walk, who normally comes over, etc.  Everything is about to instantly change and they may not know what is happening and how to deal with it.

Holiday stress for your dog

Stop Your Dog’s Bad Habit of Begging at the Table

Posted by Bruce Edwards on November 07, 2016  /   Posted in Really Good Dog Food and Training, Really Good Pet Food

The Holidays are right around the corner and your home will probably fill up with “Show Bird” family members from the northeast as well as all sorts of neighbors wanting to watch the big game on your extra large, high definition TV.  With all this going on, you will be having a lot of meals with a lot of people.

When there are just the few of you, you probably don’t mind your dog when they beg at the table every once in a while.  Now that you will have a lot more food and people in play, their begging is going to increase exponentially.  Besides that, if they don’t get what they want by begging, they will step up their game to simply stealing the food from the table.

You need to tell your dog that it is not OK to beg or steal from the table.  This will not only make your Holiday festivities far more enjoyable, it could also eliminate a safety risk of them getting into something that might be poisonous do dogs.

Don't steal from the table

What to do When You Have a “Fence Runner”

Posted by Bruce Edwards on November 01, 2016  /   Posted in Really Good Dog Food and Training, Really Good Pet Food

We love our dogs and we love to have them outside with us in the back yard.  We can play ball with them, have them sit next to us while we read the paper, or even be in the pool with us.

The one thing that is universally annoying is when our dog is a “fence runner”.  Gets outside and just barks and runs back and forth right at the fence as fast as he possibly can.  The more we try and stop him, the more we think he is doing everything to ignore us, avoid us, and just make us really mad.  We are afraid that the neighbors will complain because all of the noise and are worried that all our beautiful and costly plants next to the fence will be destroyed…

Make sure your dog doesn't run up and down the fence

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