By Lauren Peralta Having a dog is a big responsibility that takes a lot of time. Dogs need lots of love and attention, just like kids do. Dogs can get sad, they act up, they want to play and they need to be fed. When you have a dog, you need to be prepared to… Read the rest »
By Karen A. Soukiasian It is imperative to have a physical, emotional and medical baseline of your pet’s habits and behaviors. With that in mind, you can note subtle changes in your puppy or dog that could be significant. Early, pre-emptive awareness and action, can often prevent unnecessary pain, exhortative veterinary expenses and even heartbreak.
By Karen A. Soukiasian One of the leading causes of dogs being surrendered to shelters and rescues is, “We are having a baby!” So, after years of being pampered, loved and considered a member of the family, now the dog is considered a threat. So, feeble excuses are made to justify a poor decision, and… 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 Food aggression should NEVER be tolerated. Fact is that your dog does not respect you. Your puppy or dog must recognize and respect ALL humans. As such, humans ALWAYS have the right to give and take away food. If your puppy or dog growls or snaps at you while they are… Read the rest »
The death of a beloved pet can be almost as devastating as the loss of a family member. In fact, many people love their pets so much that they eventually come to consider them members of their own family. So when these animals close their eyes for the last time, their owners are left with… 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 With good care, sound genes, a bit of luck, and depending on size, the average dog lives from 12-15 years. Larger breeds such as Great Dane, Neapolitan Mastiff, St. Bernard and Irish Wolfhound most commonly have a 7-10 year life span. Smaller and toy breeds, such as Chihuahua, Poodles, and Yorkshire… Read the rest »
Whether you’re a new pet parent or looking to become one, keeping your dog safe is one of the keys to a happy life with Fido. Much like you would prep your home for a two-legged little one, puppy proofing eliminates potential dangers by keeping your dog safe from common household hazards. Your pup will… Read the rest »
By Karen A. Soukiasian There are three basic canine temperament groups: Assertive/Aggressive, Neutral and Passive. In addition, there can be a mishmash of all three, depending on the situation. Objectively observe and decide which group or combination your puppy or dog fits. Assertive/Aggressive An Assertive/Aggressive puppy or dog typically has the highest prey drive. Size… Read the rest »