Feeding your dog Life’s Abundance Premium Dog Food is a great step in the right direction of providing him with the bond and safety he craves and needs.  In addition, obedience and behavior training is very important in assuring that you have a great dog for life and the proper companion for the entire family.

We would like to share some of the articles we have written over the years and continue to write regarding dog safety, obedience, and behavior.  We hope you enjoy them.

How Do I Keep My Puppy Safe When We Are in The Car?

How Do I Keep My Puppy Safe When We Are in The Car?

I can’t think of many people that I have known in my life who didn’t love going for a car ride.  On top of that, I can’t think of a single person I have known in my life who hasn’t needed to use the car as a mandatory part of living their life. We use our car to commute to work every day. We use the car to go to the grocery store. We often go on vacation in our cars.  We even go to the dentist in our car.

My great grandparents were the first to drive cars and they just got in (after turning the crank) and sped off at five or ten miles per hour.  It wasn’t until my parents had been driving cars for a while where we “became serious” about car safety.  Too many people were being run over, too many people were being thrown out of the car, and too many people were dying when they crashed their car.

As a society, we began to understand that there was a price for our cars and that price was risk of harm and death.  We loved our cars but weren’t too thrilled about death. We had to do something.

As I have stated many times, I am old. This means I remember things that most people only read in the history books.  I remember the first TV show that talked about car seat belts.  It was the Danny Thomas Show and back then, they called them “safety belts”.

We eventually got used to safety belts.  Then came shoulder harnesses. Then came air bags.  Now we have “radar” that will tell us if we are about to “do something stupid”.  We have done something about “safety”.

But, what about our pets?  Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains what you should know about keeping your dog safe in your car. Please take a look at our dog training blog titled “How Do I Keep My Puppy Safe When We Are in The Car”.

Dog car safety

How Do I Stop My Dog Being Crazy When I Come Home?

How Do I Stop My Dog Being Crazy When I Come Home?

Some of us may still remember the old TV shows like Father Knows Best, Make Room for Daddy, or Leave It to Beaver where Dad comes home from a long day at work and the entire family greets him.  It is always a great family moment, and everyone is happy with the results.  Dad gets a hug and kisses and the family greet Dad after being gone all day.

So, what is the deal with our dog?  Why, when we come home and he greets us, it always seems to end up in our pushing him away or even yelling at him?  We love our dog, sometimes even more than our (human) family members.

The first, and most obvious difference between the two situations is what we can easily observe.  If we tune into Father Knows Best, when Jim (the dad) comes home, Bud, Betty, and Kathy greet him and then they go off to their other activities.  Margaret (Mrs. Anderson, the loving wife) will greet him and then tend to her duties or ask him what he may need. Things move on and the house takes on a new dynamic of “Father being home”.

When we come home to our loving dog, he jumps on us and wants tons of attention.  We may immediately give it to him, but he doesn’t stop asking for more.  Even though we may have things to do or haven’t even put down out keys or briefcase, he wants all our attention now.  He has things for us to do now.

Robin and I have a wonderful dog training article that goes into the differences in the dynamics of these two events. We can help you understand what is really happening and how you can successfully manage the unique situations. Please read our dog training article titled “How Do I Stop My Dog Being Crazy When I Come Home”.

Keep your dog calm coming home

Why Is My Dog So Crazy?

Why Is My Dog So Crazy?

Have you ever noticed that the more your dog bugs you and the more you get mad, the crazier your dog gets and the more you get mad?  This happens to many dog owners every day and it always seems that their solution is to just become angrier at their dog!

As Einstein mused many years ago, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome is a clear sign of insanity.  Well, all dog owners can’t be insane, we just don’t understand the ground rules.

We (humans) have general and universal guidelines of how things should work.  If we want to communicate with someone, we normally talk with them.  As long as everything is fine and dandy, we normally don’t have to have a predetermined leader for a group.  We can all get along just fine on our own recognizance.

We go through our day with concepts such as these and everything is fine.  Now, our dog starts to bug us and get a little crazy.  Sometimes we respond to his actions by positively responding to his direction. Sometimes his actions start to become inappropriate, and we let him know he should stop by talking loudly, yelling, or even chasing him.

This normally makes our mildly crazy dog into a completely crazy dog.  What happened?   Why is my dog so crazy?  The answer to this question should be redirected back to ourselves.  What did we do to make our dog crazy?

Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains what happened and what you can do to keep your dog calm and respectful. No more crazy dog!  Please read our dog training blog titled “Why Is My Dog Crazy?”.

Why Is My Dog So Crazy

How Do I Stop My Dog Running to the Front Door?

How Do I Stop My Dog Running to the Front Door?

We all know the drill.  The doorbell rings or someone knocks at the front door.  Our (once completely asleep) dog is now running faster than the speed of light to the front door.  He is barking and jumping.  We, obviously, react by running to the front door and try to push our “out of control” dog away from the front door.

For some reason, this just makes out dog more determined to check out whoever is on the other side of the door.  More jumping and barking occurs.  We probably push and yell to little or no avail.  While all of this is taking place, we become embarrassed because of what our guest is thinking about our ability to control our dog.

We now have the “great idea” of trying to block the door with our body and try to “slip our guest inside” before our dog can jump again.  Well, that doesn’t work very well.  Our dog gets past us, jumps on our guest, and then decides to run around the front yard.  While all this is occurring, we are still yelling and now running after him.

So you now come up with another idea.  As soon as the doorbell rings or someone knocks, put your dog in the back room.  The only problem is that your dog quickly figures out that “ring or knock” means back room.  He counters your attempts at getting him by running all over the house.

In both cases, you did not do a good job at answering the door.

Robin and I have the perfect solution that will let your dog understand that he needs to stay away from the front door when you need to let in a guest, get a package, or pay for a pizza.  Please check out our dog training blog titled “How Do I Stop My Dog Running to the Front Door”.

How Do I Keep My dog from Running to the Door

What Toys Are Good for My Dog?

What Toys Are Good for My Dog?

We all remember when the Joker saw all the great stuff that Batman had and wondered “Where does he get those wonderful toys?!”.  Just like all of us, no matter what age, we all love toys.  They allow us to escape from “real life” for a moment and enter a land of imagination and endless possibilities.

Toys are a tool of escapism for us.  They allow us to act out situations without the burden of consequences.  With that said, we all know that they are just “toys” and anything we may do with them have no meaning in “the real world”.  Again, they are “just for fun”.

When we give our dogs toys, they do not reflect escapism or actions without consequences.  Our dogs have no concept of toys.  Although we may call them such, they are simply “stuff” to our dogs.  They are used passively or actively in our interactions with our dogs.

Whatever we do with toys regarding our dogs, they consider our actions as part of our continued social engagement with them.  This changes the entire scope of how we must view the use of toys with our dogs. They are not just fun things.  They are tools that help us determine our relationship with our dogs.

With that said, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun with our dogs when engaging them with toys. What we need to understand is what are the appropriate toys to use with our dogs.

Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains all of this.  Please take a moment to read our dog training blog titled “What Toys Are Good for My Dog”.

What toys are good for your dog

What Are My Responsibilities When Walking My Dog?

What Are My Responsibilities When Walking My Dog?

One of the biggest mistakes that we all make when walking our dog is to worry about what other people are thinking about us and our dog.  Are we walking our dog in a manner that “they” approve?  They walk their dog on the left side right off their left foot, why aren’t we doing the same?  Why are we allowing our dog to stop “there” to sniff and poop?  How fast are we picking the poop up and did we leave any miniscule amount in the grass?

We often spend most of our “dog walking” experience worrying if there are “snoopy neighbors” watching and judging us.  Because of this, we focus on the mechanics of walking when out with our dog.  We make sure that he is right by our side.  We never let him lung or bark at our neighbors or their cats. We pull him off the street when a car approaches.  These are all “mechanics” and would be  the bullet points in a “Here is what I want you to do” list.

If we only focus on this, we will completely forget about our responsibilities towards our dog. We are his boss, caregiver, provider, and best friend. That requires responsibilities.  Performing them correctly gives our dog a sense of safety and security.  It also strengthens the bond between owner and dog.

Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains all of this. Please read our dog training blog titled “What Are My Responsibilities When Walking My Dog”.

Your responsibilities when walking your dog

Feeding your dog Life’s Abundance Premium Dog Food is a great step in the right direction of providing him with the bond and safety he craves and needs.  In addition, obedience and behavior training is very important in assuring that you have a great dog for life and the proper companion for the entire family.

We would like to share some of the articles we have written over the years and continue to write regarding dog safety, obedience, and behavior.  We hope you enjoy them.

How Do I Keep My Puppy Safe When We Are in The Car?

How Do I Keep My Puppy Safe When We Are in The Car?

I can’t think of many people that I have known in my life who didn’t love going for a car ride.  On top of that, I can’t think of a single person I have known in my life who hasn’t needed to use the car as a mandatory part of living their life. We use our car to commute to work every day. We use the car to go to the grocery store. We often go on vacation in our cars.  We even go to the dentist in our car.

My great grandparents were the first to drive cars and they just got in (after turning the crank) and sped off at five or ten miles per hour.  It wasn’t until my parents had been driving cars for a while where we “became serious” about car safety.  Too many people were being run over, too many people were being thrown out of the car, and too many people were dying when they crashed their car.

As a society, we began to understand that there was a price for our cars and that price was risk of harm and death.  We loved our cars but weren’t too thrilled about death. We had to do something.

As I have stated many times, I am old. This means I remember things that most people only read in the history books.  I remember the first TV show that talked about car seat belts.  It was the Danny Thomas Show and back then, they called them “safety belts”.

We eventually got used to safety belts.  Then came shoulder harnesses. Then came air bags.  Now we have “radar” that will tell us if we are about to “do something stupid”.  We have done something about “safety”.

But, what about our pets?  Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains what you should know about keeping your dog safe in your car. Please take a look at our dog training blog titled “How Do I Keep My Puppy Safe When We Are in The Car”.

Dog car safety

How Do I Stop My Dog Being Crazy When I Come Home?

How Do I Stop My Dog Being Crazy When I Come Home?

Some of us may still remember the old TV shows like Father Knows Best, Make Room for Daddy, or Leave It to Beaver where Dad comes home from a long day at work and the entire family greets him.  It is always a great family moment, and everyone is happy with the results.  Dad gets a hug and kisses and the family greet Dad after being gone all day.

So, what is the deal with our dog?  Why, when we come home and he greets us, it always seems to end up in our pushing him away or even yelling at him?  We love our dog, sometimes even more than our (human) family members.

The first, and most obvious difference between the two situations is what we can easily observe.  If we tune into Father Knows Best, when Jim (the dad) comes home, Bud, Betty, and Kathy greet him and then they go off to their other activities.  Margaret (Mrs. Anderson, the loving wife) will greet him and then tend to her duties or ask him what he may need. Things move on and the house takes on a new dynamic of “Father being home”.

When we come home to our loving dog, he jumps on us and wants tons of attention.  We may immediately give it to him, but he doesn’t stop asking for more.  Even though we may have things to do or haven’t even put down out keys or briefcase, he wants all our attention now.  He has things for us to do now.

Robin and I have a wonderful dog training article that goes into the differences in the dynamics of these two events. We can help you understand what is really happening and how you can successfully manage the unique situations. Please read our dog training article titled “How Do I Stop My Dog Being Crazy When I Come Home”.

Keep your dog calm coming home

Why Is My Dog So Crazy?

Why Is My Dog So Crazy?

Have you ever noticed that the more your dog bugs you and the more you get mad, the crazier your dog gets and the more you get mad?  This happens to many dog owners every day and it always seems that their solution is to just become angrier at their dog!

As Einstein mused many years ago, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome is a clear sign of insanity.  Well, all dog owners can’t be insane, we just don’t understand the ground rules.

We (humans) have general and universal guidelines of how things should work.  If we want to communicate with someone, we normally talk with them.  As long as everything is fine and dandy, we normally don’t have to have a predetermined leader for a group.  We can all get along just fine on our own recognizance.

We go through our day with concepts such as these and everything is fine.  Now, our dog starts to bug us and get a little crazy.  Sometimes we respond to his actions by positively responding to his direction. Sometimes his actions start to become inappropriate, and we let him know he should stop by talking loudly, yelling, or even chasing him.

This normally makes our mildly crazy dog into a completely crazy dog.  What happened?   Why is my dog so crazy?  The answer to this question should be redirected back to ourselves.  What did we do to make our dog crazy?

Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains what happened and what you can do to keep your dog calm and respectful. No more crazy dog!  Please read our dog training blog titled “Why Is My Dog Crazy?”.

Why Is My Dog So Crazy

How Do I Stop My Dog Running to the Front Door?

How Do I Stop My Dog Running to the Front Door?

We all know the drill.  The doorbell rings or someone knocks at the front door.  Our (once completely asleep) dog is now running faster than the speed of light to the front door.  He is barking and jumping.  We, obviously, react by running to the front door and try to push our “out of control” dog away from the front door.

For some reason, this just makes out dog more determined to check out whoever is on the other side of the door.  More jumping and barking occurs.  We probably push and yell to little or no avail.  While all of this is taking place, we become embarrassed because of what our guest is thinking about our ability to control our dog.

We now have the “great idea” of trying to block the door with our body and try to “slip our guest inside” before our dog can jump again.  Well, that doesn’t work very well.  Our dog gets past us, jumps on our guest, and then decides to run around the front yard.  While all this is occurring, we are still yelling and now running after him.

So you now come up with another idea.  As soon as the doorbell rings or someone knocks, put your dog in the back room.  The only problem is that your dog quickly figures out that “ring or knock” means back room.  He counters your attempts at getting him by running all over the house.

In both cases, you did not do a good job at answering the door.

Robin and I have the perfect solution that will let your dog understand that he needs to stay away from the front door when you need to let in a guest, get a package, or pay for a pizza.  Please check out our dog training blog titled “How Do I Stop My Dog Running to the Front Door”.

How Do I Keep My dog from Running to the Door

What Toys Are Good for My Dog?

What Toys Are Good for My Dog?

We all remember when the Joker saw all the great stuff that Batman had and wondered “Where does he get those wonderful toys?!”.  Just like all of us, no matter what age, we all love toys.  They allow us to escape from “real life” for a moment and enter a land of imagination and endless possibilities.

Toys are a tool of escapism for us.  They allow us to act out situations without the burden of consequences.  With that said, we all know that they are just “toys” and anything we may do with them have no meaning in “the real world”.  Again, they are “just for fun”.

When we give our dogs toys, they do not reflect escapism or actions without consequences.  Our dogs have no concept of toys.  Although we may call them such, they are simply “stuff” to our dogs.  They are used passively or actively in our interactions with our dogs.

Whatever we do with toys regarding our dogs, they consider our actions as part of our continued social engagement with them.  This changes the entire scope of how we must view the use of toys with our dogs. They are not just fun things.  They are tools that help us determine our relationship with our dogs.

With that said, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun with our dogs when engaging them with toys. What we need to understand is what are the appropriate toys to use with our dogs.

Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains all of this.  Please take a moment to read our dog training blog titled “What Toys Are Good for My Dog”.

What toys are good for your dog

What Are My Responsibilities When Walking My Dog?

What Are My Responsibilities When Walking My Dog?

One of the biggest mistakes that we all make when walking our dog is to worry about what other people are thinking about us and our dog.  Are we walking our dog in a manner that “they” approve?  They walk their dog on the left side right off their left foot, why aren’t we doing the same?  Why are we allowing our dog to stop “there” to sniff and poop?  How fast are we picking the poop up and did we leave any miniscule amount in the grass?

We often spend most of our “dog walking” experience worrying if there are “snoopy neighbors” watching and judging us.  Because of this, we focus on the mechanics of walking when out with our dog.  We make sure that he is right by our side.  We never let him lung or bark at our neighbors or their cats. We pull him off the street when a car approaches.  These are all “mechanics” and would be  the bullet points in a “Here is what I want you to do” list.

If we only focus on this, we will completely forget about our responsibilities towards our dog. We are his boss, caregiver, provider, and best friend. That requires responsibilities.  Performing them correctly gives our dog a sense of safety and security.  It also strengthens the bond between owner and dog.

Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains all of this. Please read our dog training blog titled “What Are My Responsibilities When Walking My Dog”.

Your responsibilities when walking your dog