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
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
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
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
Lyme disease can be a devastating illness in people, and our pets are at risk too. If your pets go outside, or you take your dogs hiking, the risk is even greater for both of you. Ticks bite humans, dogs, cats and horses alike! Continue reading
We have another great cookie recipe for you to try out for your pooch! Our doggies loved these cookies, and they were so much fun to decorate. You can modify the recipe very easily to create different flavors, too!
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
Are you looking for a fun treat to make for your dog this winter? There’s nothing like the guilt you feel when you’re baking delicious smelling chocolate chip cookies and your dog looks at you with those eyes that ask “where are mine?”
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
What makes a cat door different than a dog door? Technically, nothing! But cat doors are usually rigid flaps, and of course are smaller in size than dog doors. Cats can use dog doors, and tiny dogs can use cat doors, it just depends on sizing!