Entries by A Pet's Life

HOME ALONE and very afraid.

When Your Dog Has Separation Anxiety Separation Anxiety is a crippling state of mind for a dog. It is heart rending for owners to see the manifestations of their dog’s fear when they are left alone. Dogs are inherently social animals that crave being part of a group or pack. For some dogs, being separated […]

Spare The Rod, Spoil The Dog?

Why, When and How to Say No to your dog. Likely the most discussed and disagreed upon facet of guiding and teaching our canine companions is…. discipline. It’s one of those facets of dog behaviour about which it’s said that the only thing two trainers might agree on is that the third trainer is doing […]

Watch Out For Spear Grass!

Wild grasses with barbed seeds are generically known as “spear grass”, and there are many species of this potentially dangerous plant in our area. Common names include needle grass, foxtail grass, silver spike grass, and porcupine grass. The barbs are the problem, and while they are a clever means of distributing plant seeds, they can […]

Is Your Pet In Pain?

When we hurt, we’ll likely treat it ourselves if it’s minor, or if it’s more significant we can explain it to someone else, such as a doctor, and get help from them. Our pets can hurt too, but they can’t come and tell us, at least not directly. It’s our job to understand how our […]

Teaching Your Dog To Swim

I was enjoying a sunny afternoon at the beach, in search of washed-up treasures in the sand. A young couple arrived, along with their Dachshund puppy, who had evidently arrived for his first swim lesson. The little dog trotted to the water’s edge, and with a display of bravura equal to that of a Great […]

10 Common Myths About Dogs

MYTH #1: A wagging tail means a dog is friendly. FACT: This is a common misunderstanding. A more accurate definition of why a dog wags its tail is a “willingness to interact.” This definition leaves a lot of room for different intentions on the part of the dog. Is the “willingness to interact” for good intentions or […]

How Old Is My Dog?

Click here for a similar article about cats. Like humans, dogs don’t all age at the same rate. There are many factors that combine to determine the rate at which your dog ages and how long he will live. If you’re very lucky, you might have a dog like Bluey, who was the oldest dog […]

Dogs Have an Amazing Sense Of Smell

Let’s begin by trying to understand just how sensitive a dog’s nose is. Think of humans who rely on their “noses” for their livelihoods – perfumers, chefs, and wine makers, for example. Let’s put Sherlock Holmes in, too – someone able to “sniff” out the tiniest molecules of whatever poison lingered in the room or […]

Choosing a Dog Breeder

A dog breeder is defined as a person who raises and sells a specific breed of dog. A reputable dog breeder, on the other hand, is much more – this is a person who also loves the type of dog he or she raises, and wants to ensure that each dog is placed in a […]

Why Dogs And Cats Eat Grass

 It may be difficult for you to imagine your sweet little housecat Hermione as a predatory jungle beast, hiding in the tall grass, hungrily waiting for a snake to slither along her path, grassor a little mouse to make the wrong turn and wind up in her sights. Or perhaps your little dachshund Schnitzel, charging […]