What to Expect When Owning a Deaf Pet.

Every dog deserves a chance at adoption. Often times pets with medical issues are overlooked, but our friend, Christina Lee, at Deaf Dogs Rock is trying to change the views on adopting deaf dogs.

What is it like to own a deaf pet? 

Owning a deaf dog isn’t that much different from owning a hearing dog. We look at it from the stand point of our deaf dogs are 1. Dogs first 2. a Breed second  3. Deaf third. This way we don’t feel sorry for them and we treat them just like our hearing dogs. The training is also very much the same with the exception of a few tweaks in our training program.

What should you know when adopting a deaf pet? 

I think people should know owning a deaf dog is not for the faint of heart. If they are thinking of adopting a deaf dog there is a certain level of  time commitment, responsibility and advocacy that comes along with adopting a deaf dog. I get so many emails every single day of owners trying to rehome their 9-14 month old deaf dogs because they liked the idea of rescuing a deaf dog but they never ever followed through on the training or socializing. When a puppy is around 10 months old and out of control, they don’t want to deal with it anymore so they try to find it a new home. We are very lucky we have people who are willing to help a older puppy with patience, love and training to help the pup become the best he/she can be. [Read more…]

Natural Disasters & Your Pets: How You Can Keep Them Safe

When natural disasters strike, many people have plans in place to make sure their families stay safe. Though you may be ready to stay safe, there’s often one family member that can be forgotten in the rush of an emergency: the family pet.

June is National Pet Preparedness Month – a month where pet parents are encouraged to think about their disaster plans.

Dogs, cats, and other pets can easily become disoriented during and after a storm. This means they may try to run away or hide from even the people they trust and love.

In order to help you prepare for your furry family member’s safety in a natural disaster, we’ve put together this handy infographic that provides tips for a few different types of storms.


Are there other ways of preparing for natural disasters that you’ve found helpful? Share in the comments below. 

5 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog More Active

5 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog More Active

If you have a senior dog, you might have noticed he’s having a harder time keeping up while walking or running. Or maybe he’s stiff and sore after playing at the park, chasing a ball or doing agility.

My own Lab mix is 9 years old. He used to be my running buddy, but today we stick to short walks because longer exercise sessions are hard on his joints.

Obviously, dog owners want to keep their senior dogs as fit and active as possible, but sometimes it feels like options are limited.

Here are some ideas to consider for keeping your senior dog active. [Read more…]

What to Put in a First-Aid Kit For Your Dog

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month. If you don’t have a first-aid kit for your dog at home, now is the perfect time to put one together.

French bulldog with first aid kit

You can either buy a first-aid kit for dogs or put one together yourself. I reached out to a couple of professionals for advice on the best items to include in a first-aid kit specifically for dogs. Here’s what they had to say.

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