What Makes Dog’s Tick?

Fearful Anxious Animals After Being Through Disaster

Posted by on Dec 2, 2018 in Featured, What Makes Dog's Tick?, Working With Dogs | 0 comments

Fearful Anxious Animals After Being Through Disaster

I was recently asked what a person or family could do to help their dog who had been through a natural disaster -(fire, flood, earthquake, etc.) get over their being anxious and fearful.   I think they were a bit taken back by my response but they have happily reported that the dog is back to his happy, outgoing self and is actually helping those they meet to feel better too!   What was my response? 1. Be calm, stop dwelling on the bad, focus on the good that came out of the disaster – After a little thought, they told me ” they all got out alive, they had somewhere to go, they...

Read More

How Living With Dogs Is Holistically Healthy For Us

Posted by on Dec 24, 2017 in Dog Health - Immune System, Featured, What Makes Dog's Tick? | Comments Off on How Living With Dogs Is Holistically Healthy For Us

How Living With Dogs Is Holistically Healthy For Us

Surely if you are reading this, you already know that living with dogs is holistically healthy for us, the benefits of having a dog or dogs are many but the fact that the benefits affect us physically, mentally and emotioinally/spirtually is awesome! There have been several studies that have proven the holistic benefits out – obviously to those who may never have had a companion animal in their life or perhaps to the researchers themselves.  I believe most of you reading this already know these health benefits to be real.  However, I am sharing these studies/research with you, so you...

Read More

Well Exercised Dogs Are Smarter

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Dog Intelligence, Featured, What Makes Dog's Tick?, Working With Dogs | Comments Off on Well Exercised Dogs Are Smarter

Well Exercised Dogs Are Smarter

“A strong body makes the mind strong…” ~ Thomas Jefferson   Exercise not only develops a strong cardiovascular system and strengthen bones but is can stimulate brain growth!   Not just in humans, but in our dogs! Anthropologist David A. Raichlen from the University of Arizona led out in research whose findings suggested that exercise helps the brain to grow, and boosts the body’s production of neurotrophins – chemicals that build and maintain brain cells.  He tested dogs, ferrets and humans in the research. In another study comparing brains of two groups of mice,...

Read More

Indoor Winter Games for Dogs

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Dog Intelligence, Featured, What Makes Dog's Tick?, Working With Dogs | Comments Off on Indoor Winter Games for Dogs

Indoor Winter Games for Dogs

With winter in full swing and most of the nation getting snow if not rain, our dogs are spending much more time indoors just as we are. However,  please don’t let the wet and cold weather hamper your dog’s fun. Dogs who don’t engage in a lot of play suffer from behavioral issues such as anxiety and aggression.  Let’s not allow this to happen with our dogs just because we can’t take them for a walk or have regular play time outside in the Winter. Have you read about the 2014 studies that found a correlation between interactive play and a dogs well-being? I have found...

Read More

Brain Games For Dogs That Increase Intelligence and More

Posted by on Aug 20, 2016 in Dog News The Latest Poop, Featured, What Makes Dog's Tick?, Working With Dogs | Comments Off on Brain Games For Dogs That Increase Intelligence and More

Brain Games For Dogs That Increase Intelligence and More

Brain Games and Complex Environments Increase Intelligence in Dogs Proven fact: The brains of animals that have lived in a changing or varied and more complex environment actually become larger than dogs who don’t. New connections develop between existing neurons in the cortex as a result of varied experiences. Recent evidence demonstrates that it is even possible to grow new neural cells in important areas of the brain that are associated with learning, memory and the organization of behavior. We can actually change the physiology of our dog’s brain. By providing certain...

Read More

The Dog’s Nose And Emotions

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Dog Aromatherapy, Featured, What Makes Dog's Tick?, Working With Dogs | Comments Off on The Dog’s Nose And Emotions

The Dog’s Nose And Emotions

What Does a Dog’s Nose Have To Do With Their Emotions? A dog’s nose dominates his brain; In fact the part of the brain dedicated to scent is forty times greater in a dog than in a human. As you have read in my series the Dog’s Nose Knows, the dog’s brain is literally built by and around the information it recieves from scents. The sense of scent or smell is very closely linked to emotions.  What this means is that the dog’s emotional experience may be even greater than we have ever imagined. Have you ever smelled something that evoked a memory for you? Have you ever...

Read More