Entries by A Pet's Life

Why Does My Dog Sleep or Lay So Close To Me?

I’ll frequently lie down for a quick nap on the floor, on the back deck, or even on the grass in the backyard, especially if there’s a bit of sunny warmth to enjoy. Inevitably, one of my two seventy-five pound Golden Retrievers lays down with me, wiggling and squirming and pressing until they are as […]

Careful! Hot Pavement Can Burn Your Dog’s Paws

It’s startling to realize how hot that asphalt under your feet can get beneath the direct summer sun. Have a look at how hot the pavement can be with these ambient temperatures: If the air temperature is 25oC, the pavement could be as hot at 52oC If the air temperature is 30oC, the pavement could […]

How To Socialize Your Puppy

What does it mean to properly socialize your puppy? Many people understand the general importance but few understand the specifics. And in this case, the devil really is in the details! Fully understanding this question is one of the best things you will ever do for your furry companions.   The most important socialization period […]

Teaching Your Dog To Come When Called

One of the most common training issues that dog guardians deal with are dogs that don’t respond to commands reliably, especially dogs that don’t return when called. There is no other behaviour more important to me than being certain my dog cartoon image of dog sniffing comes to me when called; either for safety reasons or I… […]

Crate Training:

Good For You and Your Dog There’s no question – crate training your dog is the single best thing you can do to promote happy, healthy, and harmonious human/canine relationships in your family. Most of the problems that result in dogs being left at shelters: behaviours such as chewing, eliminating in the house, jumping up […]