Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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For decades now, the value of spaying and neutering our pet cats and dogs has barely been questioned. Beginning in the 1960s, anesthesia and surgery became safer and pets were living longer and becoming a bigger part of our lives. More people were moving into cities as opposed to farms and small towns; it was no longer considered acceptable...
We’ve all seen or owned that dog that walks by another dog and goes crazy—pulling, lunging and barking, trying to get to the passing dog. There are different reasons for this behavior, which we call leash reactivity. One of the most common reasons for leash reactivity is insecurity. When an insecure dog passes by another dog, it can feel vulnerable and...
With climate change making headlines, more and more people are learning the importance of adapting to an environmentally- friendly lifestyle. From planting trees to riding a bike to work, anyone can do their part to help the planet. Even the pet industry is taking the initiative, creating toys, treats, and countless other products that eco-conscious owners can purchase for their...
For Barney, life is one big sniffing safari interspersed with naps, snacks and laps, which is how it should be for a little rescue terrier living life on the road with us in our RV. Naturally, when it comes time for relief, he takes care of his business while one of us stands patiently nearby with baggy in hand,...
Pioneertown, about 30 miles north of Palm Springs on Highway 62, takes people and their pets to the wild and unruly West on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, when it stages its Mane Street Stampede and Wild West Show. A mere 20 miles east of Palm Springs, it was built in 1946 by Hollywood’s Roy Rogers, Gene Autry,...
There is a lot of confusion and controversy lately about the various classifications for service, support and therapy animals, the roles they play in our lives, and the access rights they have with their owners. We know that dogs can lower our blood pressure, lift our emotions, and serve as our therapists when life is throwing us a curveball....
Growing up on a ranch, Lori Carman realized from a very young age that she had a special gift: building relationships with animals. Her ability to communicate with all types of species sparked a 20+-year career working with wildlife, marine animals, dogs, and cats. After graduating from Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training and Management program, Lori went on to...
“Why doesn’t my dog come when he’s called?” This is a question I get from K9 parents all the time. In today’s busy world, it has never been more important for our dogs to reliably come back to us when they’re called. People say, “My dog won’t come to me when I say ‘come,’ but when I say ‘treat,’...
“I am going to have to board my dog.” It’s a thought that can paralyze any pet owner who has ever had the misfortune to be struck by it. It’s a pit in your stomach, a dreaded guilt—knowing that while you’re on vacation, your beloved pet will be cared for by the strange (albeit capable) hands of someone they...
Walks are unquestionably the best part of your dog’s day, not only to take care of business but also to explore sights and sounds, meet other dogs, and get some good exercise. Dogs are creatures of habit, so it’s best to stick as close as possible to a regular walking schedule—that may mean adjusting for the hour we lost...