Let's start training! We will start with basic sit, down and stay commands, and progress from there.|
By Lance Gardner on August 19, 2011
Hopefully, you will read this and other training guides before you get your new buddy, so you are prepared to start working with your friend right away. Either way, let us start working on some basic commands, and make sure you have a good start on maintaining a mutually enjoyable and fun relationship.
Wildlife and unrestrained pets - a bad combination|
By Lance Gardner on March 16, 2011
Believe it or not, spring is coming, and with it new life is bursting forth from many of the plants and animals that have survived the rigors of winter. As the native birds and other wildlife work hard to raise a family, please don’t let their babies or the parents become cat or dog food.
'Missy's Journey', in the words of Deen Walsh|
By Lynn Smith on December 24, 2010
This came last night in my sleep, woke me up, I am not known for being a writer much less a poet. It shows what a good influence our dogs are on us. I wrote this for my Airedales, it applies to dogs of all stripes.
Fido and seatbelts |
By Annmarie Bailey on November 17, 2010
As an Insurance Agent for 20+ years, I learned from other owners mistakes that Fido should never be allowed to travel unrestrained in a vehicle, nor be left unattended in a vehicle. I have taken many claims over the years where beloved pets and people were injured,or vehicles were damaged, all due to unrestrained, unattended or improperly restrained animals. All of these claims were unnecessary losses.
Dog food: good or bad?|
By Lance Gardner on October 5, 2010
I would not feed that even to my dog! Believe it or not, you may very well be feeding some very bad stuff to your critters, and not even know it. So how do we go about choosing a good dog food?
Farewell to an old friend|
By Lance Gardner on May 27, 2010
I have been meaning to write this farewell note to my old friend for a few weeks, now, but this somehow seemed like a very appropriate time.
Petrie's Story: From Rags to Riches|
By Lynn Smith on May 7, 2010
Petrie has a very real story to tell about going from rags to riches. We don’t know how he spent his first 3 years of life, but we do know what his life is like now. This is his story.
Dog training and food – Good combination or recipe for disaster?|
By Lance Gardner on April 28, 2010
Over the years (more than I care to realize), I have trained and helped to train many dogs. And the only time I can ever remember using food is once when I was in high school, and I trained the neighbor’s dog (that often visited on its own) to sit instead of push for attention.
My thoughts on how to name a dog|
By Lance Gardner on April 15, 2010
So how do we go about naming our furry friends? You can do like I did, and ask the youngest member of the family. He did need some guidance, however.
How do I deal with these furry critters?|
By Lance Gardner on April 14, 2010
Dogs are domesticated wolves, and as such follow basic wolf instincts, regardless of size and type of dog. Dogs identify with a “pack” and need an established leader to follow. It is necessary to establish and maintain the identity of the people around the dog as their leader. If the people around the dog are not in charge, then the dog will be. This can rapidly become a dangerous situation, depending upon the individual dog.
Dog crates: life savers or cruel boxes?|
By Lance Gardner on April 14, 2010
Many people seem to think that a crate is harmful to the dog in some way, so I should say right away that I disagree and here is why: When you and your dog are having a difficult day, he just chewed up your favorite quilt while lying down on your bed covered with dirt, you found a puddle in one room and a pile in another, and you are ready to resort to physical violence, restrain yourself, carefully put the dog in the crate, get a cup of calming tea or extra dark chocolate, and give yourself whatever time it takes to calm down without being concerned about what else your buddy may be up to.