Why is my dog barking? What’s he saying? Why won’t he stop?! Understanding how dogs communicate is key to solving the mystery. Dogs and humans do not perceive the world in the same way, nor communicate in the same language. In this article you’ll gain insight into what your dog may be communicating when he barks, and how to respond.
The children of today are the dog owners of tomorrow.
Owning a dog can be a fun and rewarding experience, yet children are often unaware of the responsibilities involved. One way to help them understand the responsibility of dog ownership is by offering them educational books and material created especially for children. Continue reading “How to Help Children Learn responsible Dog Ownership [Books and Resources]”
When I’m feeling blue, my dogs motivate me to get out and walk. And when I do, I always gain fresh perspective and feel happier!
Life is tough, and more often than not we find ourselves sitting inside lamenting our problems in the dark rather than getting outside and letting nature and sunshine help us heal.
Personally, I think dog owners have an amazing advantage in this area. Dogs need their daily walks or playtime outside. What better motivator to lay aside our problems and get outside and hang out with our furry friends!
If you’re feeling sad or troubled in heart, I’d like to encourage you to get your walking shoes on, and get outside. Let your dogs lead you to beautiful places where nature soothes the weary soul and vibrant colors ignite feelings of hope. Breath in the fresh air and exhale any worry and fear. See God in creation, be encouraged, and give thanks.
There are countless amazing benefits to walking your dog. These are just a few I’ve found personally helpful.
“Dogs are like potatoes chips, it’s hard to have just one.” ~ unknown
Once you’ve experienced the unconditional love of a dog, and all the joys that come with having a fun-loving canine companion, it’s hard to stop at just one. When that happens, the joys may be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled, but so might the work, worry, and heartache. This may be especially true if you’re a breeder or involved in canine sports and travel a lot. How do we maintain peace of mind and heart when living with more than one dog while juggling all of life’s obligations?
Read on, and discover 3 essentials to finding harmony in a multi-dog home.
Years ago, when I acquired my first Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, I had no idea they’d become addictive. They’re beautiful, friendly, fun-loving, comforting and easy to care for… what’s one more? However, what began as a simple task of caring for one dog risked turning my comfy calm life resembling a bed of roses into a garden of weeds. Thankfully, I learned early on the art of creating a beautiful garden.
Finding harmony in a multi-dog home is similar to creating a beautiful garden.
In preparing this article I interviewed Cindy, a friend whose garden could be compared to Monet’s—it’s extraordinarily beautiful and harmonious. As we spoke, I discovered we had much in common. People often wonder why she would want such a large garden—I mean the more you plant, the more you have to care for, right? Her response echoed the words of my heart: “It’s my passion!” I asked her to offer three words that would inspire others to find harmony in their garden. Her response: Passion, Patience, and Perseverance. These are the same three essentials I would apply to finding harmony in a multi-dog home.
My adorable standard poodle recently learned a new trick!
As a proud pet parent of course I had to share. He learned to go “through” my legs in just a few short sessions. As I was teaching my dog this trick Psalm 23:4 came to mind…
Exercise is important for dogs of all breeds
“My Beloved Dogs” is a must read for pet owners, breeders, and those competing in canine sports. The record keeping charts provide a wonderful way to keep track of your dogs’ achievements. The section on individual dog’s records makes it easy to keep track of the health of each dog. Having all this information in one place is really the highlight. Well written and organized, this book will surely become a treasured companion!”
-Norma Patton, AKC Judge
“When I show my dogs, I feel like I’m dancing around the ring. It’s a partnership based on love, friendship, mutual respect, and trust.” ~ Leila Grandemange