Your Dog’s Sniffing and Social Media—What Do They Have In Common?

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I’m pet sitting for friends this weekend and have the pleasure of walking a different dog in another neighborhood. It’s been a nice change of pace, especially after being mostly homebound due to the pandemic. Why Dogs Enjoy Sniffing During a Walk In addition to enjoying my own change of scenery, I couldn’t help but […]

How to Prevent Your Dog From Begging at the Table

Do you feed your dog from the table? If you answered “yes,” you’re not alone. That act alone doesn’t necessarily mean your dog will beg for food while you’re eating.  With Thanksgiving around the corner, no one wants a begging dog at the table. It’s not the fact that you feed food from your plate that […]

Helping to Prevent Separation Anxiety in Our Dogs During Covid-19

It’s safe to say the current Covid-19 pandemic is a sudden and drastic change in all our lives and in our dogs’ lives as well. For some dogs, this strange, new (hopefully temporary) way of life will be taken in stride the same way they adjust to most things. However, there will be many dogs […]

Working with Fearful Dogs – Part One

Is your dog a scaredy cat? The majority of our work in shelter and rescue environments has been focused on fearful dogs. We have also been the owners of dogs with these struggles. We understand how draining, frustrating, and defeating life can be with a fearful dog. But working with fearful dogs has also been some […]

Creating Normalcy for Your Dog During COVID

It’s a fact: there is no normal right now. Not for you. Not for your dog.  Think about what you used to do with your dog. Think about what you’re doing now vs. before the stay at home requirements. How does that differ? How can you, with a little added time and attention, create opportunities […]

Looking at Life Changes Through Your Dog’s Eyes

On November 22nd of 2019, my husband and I moved our two cats and dog, Kirby, from Denver, Colorado to Portland, Maine. With me originally from New York, Luke from South Dakota, and all our pets adopted in Colorado, none of us had never lived in Maine. We had planned a seamless move and read […]

Please Don’t Leave Me! Tackling Separation Anxiety

by Sandy Oelschlegel Today I walked into the bedroom and Taylor was in the center of the bed calmly looking at me. I gave him his goodbye dog cookie and turned around to leave. I knew he was aware that I was leaving the house because I had given him all the well-rehearsed departure cues. I […]

Tug of War, What is it Good For?

I actually prefer the term Tug of Love. It’s hard to imagine that it was once thought that playing tug with your dog would cause him to become aggressive. Thankfully, we now know that’s not true. What “is” true is the number of benefits derived from playing tug with your dog.  There are many! Let’s take […]

Bust Your Dog Out of Jail

Incarceration is defined as “the state of being confined in prison; imprisonment.”  All your choices are made by others when you’re incarcerated. Someone other than you decides what you wear, when you sleep, when you get up, when and what you eat and how much you get to eat. Activities you would normally do without […]

New Year’s Resolutions

An estimated 40 to 45% of American adults make one or more resolutions this time of year. By far, the top 3 new year’s resolutions are: – weight loss, – exercise program, – stop smoking. Other popular resolutions deal with debt reduction and better money management in the year to come. But what about including […]