Some people see interacting with their dog as a constant battle for dominance and ‘points’. We win when we accumulate the most points. Is it really useful to view interactions with our dog in this way? If we win, does that mean our dog loses. If so, how can we truly win?
The common causes of dog itching, dog scratching and hair loss include hot spots, food allergies, skin allergies, and skin parasites. We describe what causes a dog to itch and scratch, as well as how to provide relief.
Puppy potty training requires time, patience, and consistency. How quickly a puppy learns proper potty rules will depend on his temperament, as well as your own. We present the facts and myths of puppy potty training including what works, and what is ineffective.
Cesar Millan is the charismatic host of The Dog Whisperer program. Millan’s style of dog training is popular among many dog owners, but his dominance based techniques have also received a fair amount of criticism. Here, we examine the good and bad of Cesar Millan’s approach.
The Shiba Inu is a striking dog that looks a lot like a fox. However, the Shiba Inu has a quirky personality that may be challenging to dog owners. We present the good, bad, and quirky aspects of the Shiba Inu personality.
Bubble machines can be a fun dog activity to help keep your canine cool during the summer months. We consider the different types of bubble machines and how to make your own bubble mixture.
Brad Pattison is a well-known dog trainer in Canada. He also appeared in dog training shows in Canada and the US. However, his US program (In The Doghouse) was cancelled due to viewer complaints and outrage. We consider Brad Pattison’s dog training style and compare it to other television dog trainers.
It is strange why in dog training some people view being ‘nice’ as also being ‘wrong’. There is nothing wrong with being nice to our dogs. In fact, if we have problems being nice, then why even get a dog? Being a good pack leader means that we should understand our dog’s needs, protect him, and help him achieve success. Being not nice or mean, does not make a good pack leader, to dogs or to people.
Shiba Inus are commonly described as independent dogs. My Shiba Inu is very independent when it comes to independent thought and action. However, he is also very dependent on his people, more so than many other dog breeds. A Shiba Inu needs a lot of people time to keep him well occupied, both mentally and physically.
It does not matter whether others think our dog is a Lassie or a Cujo. What matters most is making sure that our dog has a good quality of life, and is safe, healthy, and happy. If a collar and leash is sufficient, there is no need to use a shock collar.