To bring Spot or not to bring Spot, that is the question on minds of dog owners every time they plan a vacation–especially when planes are involved. Whether you’re traveling …
You already have a vivid picture in your mind’s eye of relaxing on the beach while your beloved canine companion peacefully sleeps next to you. Or maybe you can’t wait to go hiking together, or you’re excited to take your dog on his first real trip into the jungle. No matter what you’re planning, the blissful vacation you have in mind can turn into a nightmare if you’re not prepared. Check out these tips to make the road trip with your dog go smoothly.
There’s nothing quite as exciting as bringing home a new furry member of your family. If your old dog rejects the new one, though, you could end up breaking dangerous fights and debating whether you need to re-home your new dog. The right introductory strategy can make a world of difference when you bring a new dog home. Sure, it might take a bit more time, but the investment in long-term harmony will save you much time and stress.
Dogs have been evolving alongside humans for at least 10,000 years, which means they’ve grown heavily dependent on us. Unlike you, Rover can’t hop in the car and go buy a new handbag, or decide he’s bored and head off to the gym. It’s up to you to keep your dog entertained and just a bit spoiled. Don’t worry; unlike toddlers, dogs won’t throw temper tantrums just because of a little spoiling. Indeed, a dog who gets plenty of attention is a dog who will behave himself.
If you’re thinking of getting a puppy, the sooner you read this the better. I grew up with dogs as a kid; mine was a multi-Beagle household, and I’ve shared my life and love with dogs ever since. Some of the following tips I learned from reading about dogs; others I learned from experience and still others I learned from trial and error. So here are a few of the most-asked and, in some cases, most ridiculous myths about dogs.
More and more people are choosing to purchase, rescue, or adopt senior dogs. Others may have had a dog for years and are simply tired of a bad behavior. Whatever the case may be, you can certainly train an older dog. The trick is having as much patience, if not more, than you would if you were training a new puppy. You will need to learn to communicate with your dog in a way you may not be used to. This is especially true if this dog has been in your home, and loved, for several years.