Thunderstorms & Lost Pets


We had a huge thunderstorm last night here in our corner of the Pacific NW.  Like Texas-size huge.  Our cats deal with it better than our dog, Saffron.  We gave her the valerian-based calming supplement we use (RelaxSaver), put her in her awesome Thundershirt, and draped her in a sheet.  I’m always thankful when the… Continue Reading

Recognizing Good Play Behavior In Dogs

Recognizing Good Play Behavior In Dogs

Dogs are constantly communicating with body language.  It’s helpful and fascinating when you know what it all means.  Polite play behavior can look and sound fierce.  If you understand what you’re seeing, you’ll be able to tell if you need to step in the calm things down or if everything is fine despite the sounds… Continue Reading

Training Tips: Fearful Dogs Part III

This is the 3rd part of a series on fearful dogs, which I started after seeing a bunch of different fearful dogs with clueless humans.  These are real-life examples with detailed suggestions on better ways to handle the anxious dog involved.  Don’t miss Part I & Part II. (Note: These are fearful with a strong flight… Continue Reading

Introducing An Anxious Dog To Another Dog

Here’s a good video with very helpful commentary showing a low stress way to introduce an anxious dog to another dog.  This was one long session with careful monitoring.  Be sure to watch your dog and don’t push her to where she’s overwhelmed.  Multiple shorter sessions might work better with some dogs.