Author Archives: Rachel Long

Service dogs for Autism can benefit children just diagnosed

Pets and Autism: Do they make a difference?

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) includes a range of conditions that are characterized by varying degrees of challenges with life skills.  These many types of autism may exhibit through difficulty with social skills, speech and nonverbal behavior, repetitive behaviors or through unique strengths. We know from different studies of human behavior that the presence of animals help break down social barriers among strangers. How can pets help with those who are “on the spectrum”?  Continue reading

Teach Your Dog to Cover Their Nose!

Teach Your Dog to Cover Their Nose in 2 Easy Steps!

Have you ever wanted to teach your dog a trick that is a bit different than the classic “sit, stay, roll-over” but didn’t know where to start? “Cover” is a super cute trick where your dog learns to put their paw over their nose! You can give the trick any context you like, such as smelling a bad smell or looking sad/ashamed. Luckily, it is also very simple to teach!  Continue reading

Catios: The Safe Outdoor Enclosure for Cats

Back in the day, pretty much all cats lived outside. Some cats were indoor/outdoor, but very few were indoor only. Today, the world has become much faster moving. People have recognized the dangers that come with allowing cats to roam freely and have opted to keep their cats inside. With adequate stimulation, indoor cats can be happy and healthy! However there is no denying that they would be happier if they could also feel the wind in their fur as they sunbathed and chased bugs outside, which is where catios come into play. Continue reading

The most popular things to consider when thinking about buying a pet door

Choosing a Pet Door: 5 Common Concerns

Choosing a Pet Door

It can be intimidating when choosing a new pet door. There are pet doors that are better than others based on the situation. Depending on your needs,  you might want to spend a bit more on a high quality pet door that will last for your pet’s entire lifetime (and then some), or you might need a quick fix for a temporary situation. If you’re installing a pet door through your garage, you might have different concerns than if you’re installing one in your living room, too!  Continue reading

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Top 5 Benefits of a Pet Door

Have you ever considered getting a pet door for your dog or cat, then decided against it? Why? Some of the concerns of installing a doggie door involve security of the home against intruders or damaging a rental home. Pet doors have come a long way since they were first commercialized in the 1950’s, and there are now temporary options that can fit in a sliding glass door or window. Of course, you must have a safe, enclosed yard for your pets. Safety of your beloved furry family members always comes first! Continue reading

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! According to the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year; 3.9 million of these animals are dogs! Unfortunately, these dogs don’t all find homes and it is estimated that 1.2 million dogs are euthanized annually. That is about 31% of dogs that enter a shelter who never find their forever home!

A little care goes a long way. First impressions are everything, even for dogs. How many dogs gets passed at an animal shelter because they do not look “cute” enough? Or were too scruffy looking? Here are some examples of rescues who were able to find their furever home despite their first impressions.  Continue reading