Last week, I had the wonderful experience of spending a blisteringly hot week in Dubuque Iowa/Hazel Green Wisconsin attending a week of e-collar training at Robin MacFarlane’s training facility,That’s My Dog. The term “e-collar” stands for “electric” collar, sometimes also referred to as remote training collar, remote trainer, or shock collar. Now before you recoil in horror or start composing a ... Read more
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This blog post should make you mad. In fact, I hope that you’re outraged by the time you finish reading it. I’m going to show you how misleading pet food commercials are, how these multi-billion dollar companies are spending big bucks to play on your emotions, and ultimately convince you to feed your pets their low quality and sometimes downright dangerous foods. Yup, this should make you mad. ... Read more
You’re walking your dog on a pleasant spring day, minding your own business with your well-behaved companion. As you come around a corner, you see in the not too far off distance a dog and his owner approaching. The dog alerts to your presence almost immediately and begins to behave aggressively, lunging and straining at the leash, barking, snarling, and growling. Your pulse starts to race as you ... Read more
I have to admit I was caught off guard at having to write this blog post so early in the summer, but when a new high temperature record is set (95 degrees on May 24!), I guess you have to re-shuffle a few things and get it done. So here goes… If it feels hot to you, it feels hotter to your dog. Remember, he has a fur coat that he can’t remove! His primary mechanism to cool off is panting. ... Read more
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a Minneapolis Community Education class called “A Dog in the Garden.” The concept sounded pretty straightforward; I figured I’d walk away with a list of toxic plants and maybe some tips about how to address urine burns on the lawn, but hey, I’m always up for something dog-related so I figured it was worth a shot. I was pleasantly surprised that the class was ... Read more
Severe weather season is almost upon us here in the upper Midwest, and should we question the potential impact of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, we need only to look to our neighbors in the South, where recent storms have killed 22 people in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi. May 8, Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, reminds us that to be responsible pet owners we need to have a plan in ... Read more