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Why Your Dog May Need A Job: Ruffwear's Singletrak Pack PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

Despite our best attempts to complicate dog ownership, dogs (and people) are really very simple creatures. They like to eat, they like to sleep, they like to hunt, they like to play, and they like to feel needed.

The need to feel needed is important. If you don't give them a reason to feel needed, they will create their own reason to feel needed. That could mean aggression, if they choose to be the "defender" of your pack, or anxiety-behavior if they choose to be the "needy" one of the pack. The fact is, if you don't give them a job, you are headed down a rough road.

We recently had the opportunity to check out Ruffwear’s latest day pack, called the Ruffwear Singletrak Pack. Living in the desert, having a dog that can carry their own water is a good thing. It makes my life a lot easier because a dog can go through as much as a person, depending on size and exertion. It’s recommended that a person drink a gallon a day.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 16:30
The Many Advantages of Doggy Daycare PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00

Despite working from home, and being home almost every single hour of every day, we decided to put Brock into doggy daycare for a day a week. "Why would you pay to put your dog into a daycare program," you ask.

Well, let me tell you…

Doggy daycare is very much the equivalent of sending your kids off to preschool. They are given the opportunity to meet new friends, they learn social skills that are invaluable to their development throughout life, and they help your pet (or child) develop new skills that challenge and motivate them.

However, choose the “wrong” daycare and you could wind up doing the exact opposite. This is why we put a lot of time and thought into researching the best options.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 16:31
Reasons for Pet Aggression PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 00:00

There have been many stories in the news these days about dogs attacking other dogs, their owners, and other animals. There are two possible solutions: either the world is coming to an end and all of the animals are in revolt, or we are not picking up on the signals or reasons for our pets aggression. I suspect it's the latter...

There are many reasons for aggression in animals and it's important to understand all of them. This is a look at the most common causes of aggression in animals (particularly dogs) and what you can do to resolve the problems.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 20:19
Training Diaries: Health Checks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

As you all know, we began our dogs on a training program. While this was initially for behavioral reasons, the physical reasons are just as good a reason to begin a training program.

When we first started out with our training diaries commitment, we wanted to ensure our pets were all healthy. Last year, we changed their diet to The Honest Kitchen (which we and they love!), and this year, we began working on routine exercise (more on that next week), and have started requiring that they “work” for a living. Of course, they are all in great shape and while they don't have any weight issues, it's still important to have health issues checked out. Particularly when signs of aggression began to appear in our oldest dog, Cheiss.

Turns out, most of the aggression issues in dogs can be linked back to pain management issues. We had the good fortune to discuss why this occurs with a few very informed and well-respected trainers.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 04:36
Designing Your Mud Room for Dogs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 20:03

If you live in the desert like we do, you probably don’t know a lot about mud rooms. But anywhere it rains a lot, mud rooms are a must-have. They keep people and pets from tracking mud throughout the house, they provide a place to hang your coat, set your muddy boots aside, and most importantly – clean paws and dry off wet dogs before they enter the home.

Here are a few of our favorite mud room designs and some great items to keep in your mud room at all times - because even if you live in the desert, keeping homes clean can be a challenge!

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 21:10
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