Aggression: Angry Animal or Suffering Animal?

Is Your Dog Aggressive?  It’s Time to See the Vet!

Last week we talked about Breed Specific Legislation, which pertains to laws and regulations that are being set in place to prevent people from owning certain dog breeds.  We also talked about how a dog that lashes out for various reasons can cause the entire breed to be looked down upon.  Sometimes dogs can react due to the fact that they have aggression.  But why?  Well a recent study states that aggression in dogs may be due to the fact that they are in pain. Continue reading

Breed Specific Legislation: Could Your Dog Be Targeted?

Does this face look aggressive to you?

Do you remember those days in grade school when you were allowed to have a snack in the classroom?  Then one day Billy threw his pudding across the room and ruined snack break for everyone.

That is similar to what is going on now and why we have to deal with Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). Continue reading

Best of the Best: Best Tricks for Teaching Your Dog to Play Frisbee!

Photo Courtesy of MelvinSchlubmanBest ways to train your dog to play Frisbee!

Since I was a little kid, I have always wanted a dog that would play Frisbee.  Of course all of my dogs growing up would play fetch with a tennis ball; yet, when it came to a Frisbee, it was a different story.  More often than not, they would run after it and then once it hit the ground, they’d run back to you, leaving the Frisbee behind.   Now, with a pet of my own, I am on a mission to teach my dog how to play Frisbee like the pros! Continue reading

Best of the Best: Best Tips for Getting a Shelter Dog!

You will never believe what you will find!

Recently I took a trip down to the local shelter.  I highly recommend you take a trip there yourself to get an idea of the reality of the pet situation in your neighborhood.  Rows upon rows of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens all looking for a warm home and loving owners.  I had no intention of getting another pet while I was there; I simply wanted to have a look for myself.  The last time I went to the shelter, I was too young to remember it, and I thought it would be a good idea to refresh my memory.

I spent a few hours taking some of the dogs out of their kennels and simply playing fetch with them, just to give them a chance to get out for a while.  Some people may call it teasing, but I think it is better to give them a little break then no break at all. Continue reading

Best of the Best: Best Pet Names

When you name your child, it is a process.  You wake up in the middle of the night with a great name idea.  You ask friends, family, and even the neighbor about their thoughts on your names.  Every pet owner can tell you it is almost the same process for naming pets.  Sure maybe it’s not as involved, but a pet’s name speaks to his attitude and that name will forever stick with you for the rest of your life. Continue reading