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TIP #6: SIGNS OF RESOURCE GUARDING

Ever had a dog who won't give you his bone or chew toy if you try to take it from him? Or one who gets uncomfortable or growls if you get close to him when he's eating his dog food? Or snaps at you if he's on the sofa and you want him off? Or lifts his lip in a snarl if your friend tries to get close to you? Answer yes to any of the above, and you've successfully diagnosed your dog as having a guarding issue. The catchall, technical term is "resource-guarding," and can include guarding of dog food bowls (or food), place (dog crate, dog bed, sofa, etc.) items (rawhide, bones, balls, tissues, etc.) and less commonly, people. Resource-guarding simply means that a dog gets uncomfortable when w

TIP #5: SLOW DOWN YOUR TASMANIAN DEVIL

You contemplate taking your dog for a walk with mixed emotions. You love the idea of going for a companionable stroll through the neighborhood together, but when you pick up his leash he becomes the Tasmanian Devil. Here are suggestions for turning this potential disaster into the enjoyable outing you dream of. Exercise first. Spend 15-20 minutes tossing a ball for your dog in the backyard, or providing intense mental exercise with a heavy duty shaping session. You'll take the edge off his excitement, reduce his energy level, and make leashing-up and walking more relaxed and enjoyable for both of you. Pick up his leash throughout the day. He gets amped up when you touch his leash because i

The Life and Times of Sasha PawsCienda’s Lodge Kitty

So you think this is a bad hair day – you should have seen me with I first arrived at the PawsCienda Pet Resort. Every day was a bad hair day! But my friends here at the PawsCienda love to brush me and keep me looking nice – it’s a good thing to – I’m generally pretty lazy.

TIP #4: ASK YOURSELF "WHY?"

If your dog is exhibiting some behavior you don't want, you may have wondered, "Why is he doing it?" Does he not love you? Is he trying to dominate you? If he knows you don't like whatever it is he is doing, then why does he keep doing it? Is he not your best friend, after all? I think the answer is that he behaves the way he does simply because he has some need that the behavior helps him meet. He may not even find the behavior particularly fun to do, as is the case with most reactivity. But your dog has learned that behavior is a way to get what he wants or needs. Think creatively about what your dog gets as a result of doing a problem behavior (whatever he's doing that you want to change)

The Life and Times of Sasha PawsCienda’s Lodge Kitty

My journey began on a warm and beautiful spring day. We left Charlottesville (my former home) driving through the lovely countryside – well I think the countryside was lovely – I actually never looked since I had my eyes closed and my head buried in the corner of my cat carrier the entire trip. After what seemed like an eternity, we pulled up to this beautiful rustic mountain lodge. As we went inside and looked around, the décor was just purrrfect! I was introduced to my new owners. Normally this would have been a wonderful experience, as people normally ‘ooh and aah’ over me. See I’m a Siberian with stunning blue eyes. But instead everyone had a look of bewilderment. Then I remembered,

TIP #3: PROPER WALKING ETIQUETTE

Have you ever felt dismayed over the shrinking access for our canine companions? I know that to a large degree we've brought it on ourselves by our collective carelessness about proper public and leash-walking etiquette. Teaching your dog how to walk politely on a leash is more than just a convenience. When you can walk in public with your dog following your moves, he's more likely to stay out of trouble. Teach your dog the difference between walking and heeling. Whether you're teaching "Heel," or the less formal "Let's walk," the correct position for the part of the leash that stretches from you to the dog is slack, hanging down in a valley. Be sure when your dog is with you that you keep

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