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Positive Reinforcement Training Tips

Whisker Stress in Cats is Real!

REVIEW: Trendy Pet Elevated Dog Bowl by: Pretty Fluffy

Arthritis Treatment For Dogs: Holistic DIY

Doggy Dementia: The Nourishing Guide

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Positive Reinforcement Training Tips

Just like disciplining our human children, there’s never a need to strike an animal or give them any type of harsh, physical punishments when training. Instead, the Humane Society of the United States calls positive reinforcement training techniques “one of your most powerful tools for shaping or changing your dog's behavior.” Rather than giving your pet negative attention for undesired behaviors, it’s more effective to reward them with praise or treats. These should always be associated with a short and simple command for the best results.  Cautionary Tales When it comes to using treats as a reward, be sure to...

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Whisker Stress in Cats is Real!

Whisker Stress in Cats Why Are Whiskers So Important? When I was a young, we had a pet cat that gave birth to a litter of kittens, and I took a tremendous amount of pleasure watching them nurse, open their eyes for the first time, start to crawl and grow. Looking on from a safe distance, I waited patiently until they got old enough so that I could interact with them. When they got big enough to start cruising around, I noticed that their little whiskers were very short and uneven. I thought it was a little bit odd, but...

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REVIEW: Trendy Pet Elevated Dog Bowl by: Pretty Fluffy

    Copy: Sarah Dickerson Photography: Sarah Dickerson | Chic Sprinkles It’s not often that we go crazy over a dog bowl, that was until we tried Trendy Pet‘s Elevated Pet Bowl… I immediately fell in love with Trendy Pet’s stunning minimalist design, as well as their mission to prevent pet health issues. Our family is full of natural health advocates, so anything that prevents poor posture or stress, and promotes a better digestive system and overall better functioning body, will win us over every single time. Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – and we...

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Arthritis Treatment For Dogs: Holistic DIY

If you're anything like me, you love using essential oils (EO). I'm often in the kitchen making all sorts of concoctions from bath salts to sugar scrubs. Yes, I relish adding the essential oils to the mix and enjoy the soothing aroma and benefits. This got me thinking about EO's and wanted to try some with Keira because her arthritis tends to kick in out of nowhere. I searched until I found an arthritis treatment for dogs that passed muster. Buyer Beware Using essential oils with your dog isn't as easy as you think. They're some oils that we should...

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Doggy Dementia: The Nourishing Guide

Once your dog gets a few years under its belt, you will start to see some subtle changes or what's know as doggy dementia. A few more years after that and the odds are that you will see many visible changes. Getting older is hard for all of us whether you're a canine or not. What's needed at this stage of development is a guide for maturing dogs. My hope is that sharing some of the research I've found might help you and your best friend during the years to come. Doggy Dementia Doggy dementia is common and an expected part...

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