By Karen A. Soukiasian The first 20 weeks of a puppy’s life are crucial to how they will develop. Dogs learn by association. The more positive their associations are, the faster they will learn whatever it is you want to teach them. It is all about setting a solid foundation. Puppy kindergarten will play a… Read the rest »
By Christie Long At this time of year, many families make the decision to bring a new kitten or puppy into the household. As a veterinarian, I wholeheartedly endorse this trend, especially when the family is educated about and prepared for the responsibilities of pet ownership. There are several excellent rescue organizations in our area… Read the rest »
By Karen A. Soukiasian As dog trainers, we hear heart-breaking stories and see ongoing angst, involving a new pet that could have easily been avoided, simply if there had been more planning, truthfulness and homework done, prior to acquiring the new puppy or dog. One reason why shelters and rescues are busting out at the… Read the rest »
By Karen A. Soukiasian Years ago, the tendency was to name dogs simple names. We had thousands of Spots, Freckles, Rascals, Patches, Tramps, Bandits, Shorties, Butches, Buddies, Aces and Pals. At times, it was confusing as to who was calling their dog home! It was also fairly common for the owners to bestow titles upon… Read the rest »
By Karen A. Soukiasian There are a number of reasons why dogs jump. One, they are happy when greeting people. But the main reason dogs jump is because when they were puppies, people thought it was cute and encouraged it. They should have rewarded calm behavior by bending down, and playing with the pup.
By Karen A. Soukiasian These are tough economic times. Many are struggling to make ends meet. Unfortunately, often the first things to go are the family pets. Today, more than ever, shelters are bursting at the seams with unwanted animals. Some are surrendered. Others are abandoned; found tied to trees in backyards, chained to picnic… Read the rest »
Early puppy socialization is an effective method in “producing well-trained dogs.” This is the conclusion reached by Seksel, K et al defining the “short and long term behavioral effects of puppy socialization programs.” According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), there are roughly 7.6 million animals brought to animal… Read the rest »