Obligatory holiday article

Originally published by ArlNow.com So here it is. The holiday season is upon us, and while the holidays can be full of joy and wonder, they can also be full of stress and anxiety. This is as true for your dog as it is for you. A lot of things are different in the month… Read more »

Go for a better walk

Originally published by ArlNow.com Walking the dog is an integral part of the dog owners day, especially for those of us who don’t have a yard. And for many of us it has become a rote behavior, but walking your dog is an opportunity. It is quality one-on-one time that should not be wasted. Here… Read more »

Living with an aggressive dog

Originally published on ArlNow.com   What if you can’t keep your dog because of aggression? Every year, almost 4 million dogs end up in shelters in the U.S. Some of these are the result of poor decision making and irresponsible dog ownership. But that’s not what I want to talk about today. What if you… Read more »

Debunking common dog training myths

Originally published on ArlNow.com Dogs were domesticated at least 15,000 years ago. Today Americans keep about 78 million dogs as pets. 78 MILLION! In all of that time, and with all of those dogs, lots of dog knowledge has been accumulated. As in any field of study, we are constantly learning new things and replacing… Read more »

Preventing dog bites

Originally published on ArlNow.com  There is was again. Another story about a dog attacking a child. This time it was in Texas. A Border Collie. A five year old. In the face. But location, breed and age don’t matter. It happens everywhere, with all breeds of dogs, and all ages of people. What I found amazing… Read more »

Trick Dog Titles

Originally published on ArlNow.com  Teaching tricks is great for dogs. It provides them with both mental and physical stimulation and helps create a stronger working relationship between the dog and the handler. One of the best ways to help your dog perform basic obedience skills better is to spend some time teaching trick behaviors. We know… Read more »

Walking with a dog-reactive dog

Originally published on ArlNow.com  Some dogs react to the presence of specific stimuli with aggressive barking and lunging. When a dog does this specifically in the presence of other dogs, we call it dog reactivity. There are many reasons why a dog might be reactive. Fear, a lack of early socialization or a traumatic event are… Read more »

Is your dog overweight?

Originally published on ArlNow.com  More than half of the dogs in the U.S. are overweight. Much like with people, it is a result of too much processed food, large portion sizes, and just plain overeating. What amazes me the most about this epidemic is the number of dog owners who simply do not know that their… Read more »