Working With Dogs

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...

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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,...

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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...

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Our Dogs Are The Choices We Make

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Dog News The Latest Poop, Featured, Working With Dogs | Comments Off on Our Dogs Are The Choices We Make

Our Dogs Are The Choices We Make

Have you ever considered that with every choice we make in life, we are participating in the  very creation of what our life will be?  This applies to our companion animals as well since we must make the choices for them every day they are with us. Our Dogs Are The Choices We Make We are always faced with choices, every day, all day, every month, every year.  The choices we make for our Dogs (as well as for ourselves) are of vital importance as to what kind of  physical and emotional health and life they will have.  We have choices as to: what to feed them, whether to vaccinate them or not,...

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More Ideas and Information on Sensory Gardens

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Dog News The Latest Poop, Doggone Home & Garden Stuff, Featured, Working With Dogs | Comments Off on More Ideas and Information on Sensory Gardens

More Ideas and Information on Sensory Gardens

You may remember me writing a few articles on enrichment for our dogs earlier this year, I wrote about and shared what I had learned about Sensory or Snuffle gardens with you.   https://thewholedog.com/sensory-snuffle-garden/ While doing some research for future articles and my NR Puppy book this morning, I came across an online UK dog magazine that featured an article on sensory gardens for dogs.  There are some nice photos of at least one sensory garden to help you better envision what you can do. http://www.yourdog.co.uk/Dog-Health-and-Care/can-i-create-a-sensory-garden-for-my-dog.html...

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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...

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