Many of you will be spending time outdoors this week with friends and family and of course, your dogs. There will be lots of grilling, outdoor sports, parades and fireworks. While we hope you all have tons of fun, we also want to mention some important safety tips for our dogs.
Visiting the dog park is a positive experience for a lot of dogs and their owners. However, it can also be stressful or even dangerous when dog owners aren’t paying attention to their dogs or aren’t picking up on their dogs’ signals.
I asked two professional dog trainers to share some of the most common mistakes dog owners make at dog parks. Hopefully the rest of us can try to avoid these errors and set our dogs up for success.
He drools and sheds more than most, which means there is often crusty hair and drool stuck to his collar. He’s always dirty and loves to dive head first into any source of open mud or water.
Of course, I love my dog anyway, and one of our favorite things to do together is go to the beach so he can retrieve a tennis ball from the lake or ocean. Over the years, we have ruined several nylon collars due to this habit. They just never seem to get clean again after a day at the beach, and that “dog odor” is there for good.
If this sounds familiar, you may want to consider a waterproof collar for your dog.
The following is my interview with Jeff Graves, founder of KC Dog Runners in Kansas City.
KC Dog Runners is Kansas City’s first and only dog running company, and Jeff and his team of runners take dogs on running and walking sessions throughout the Kansas City area. They also offer a pet sitting service and a yard cleanup service.
Jeff has been using Mendota Slip Leads from dogIDs to run with his clients’ dogs, so I wanted to ask him a bit about his business and why he prefers this product.
In honor of February being Responsible Pet Ownership Month, we at dogIDs wanted to remind you of some of the ways you can make sure you’re being a great doggie owner. You love your animal companion, but sometimes we all need reminders on how to give your dog the very best and keep him happy and healthy. Aside from committing to the long haul, here are 10 things you can do to be a responsible pet owner.
Some dogs love to dig, but their owners are not exactly impressed by this behavior.
For example, my parents have a springer spaniel named Sophie who enjoys leaving little “potholes” throughout the yard as she searches for mice and who knows what else. This often means Sophie’s feet and toenails are covered in dirt and she has to have her paws washed before heading back in the house.
So, is there anything dog owners can do to stop this behavior? Or is it a lost cause? I asked some dog experts for their thoughts.
Not surprisingly, one of the most common behavioral questions dog owners have is how do I stop my dog from barking?
Of course, it all depends on the exact situation and the exact dog. For this post, I’m focusing on one of the most common problems with barking: Barking in the yard.
I’ll share some of my own tips on how to stop this behavior, along with some ideas from a professional dog trainer who focuses on positive reinforcement training.
You may have wondered whether your dog needs boots to protect her feet from the cold and ice. Really, it depends on the individual dog’s cold tolerance as well as her breed and how long she will be outside. My own dog has sensitive paws, and he tends to lift them up once it dips below 10 degrees Fahrenheit or so. On the other hand, some dogs act like they don’t even notice the cold on their feet.
So how do you know when your dog might need some extra paw protection?