Dog Insurance Comparison Chart: Simplify the Choice

Every dog owner worries about a potential medical situation and the associated costs. Where you draw the line for medical expenses is a personal decision. Veterinary costs have sky rocketed in the past few years and, with more advanced technologies available for our dogs, the decisions are increasingly complicated and the pressures to spend more are greater. If you know that you are willing to spend thousands of dollars to save your pooches life, or improve their quality of life, but Robert Herjavek* isn’t your benefactor, maybe pet insurance is something to look at. But finding the right pet insurance can seem complicated as well. Let’s try a dog insurance comparison chart, designed to help you sift through all the information available more quickly and simplify your decision. The Criteria Every insurance plan consists of components to consider before you make a decision. The plans will also vary according to …

Why does my Dog Love Me? Nature or Nurture

When I pull into my driveway, the first thing I notice is Theo, my little brown miniature pinscher, in the window. He is sitting on the back of couch, ears perked, looking through the glass in anticipation of my arrival. He begins to bark excitedly and then disappears. He has run to the door and is now waiting there for me. When I open the door, there is barking, jumping, furious tail wagging and kissing (Yes admit it. You kiss your dog too). It goes on for at least five minutes. When he is satisfied that I’m as happy to see him as he is to see me, he starts to settle down.  Does this sound familiar? I hope so. If you are a dog owner and love dogs, it’s a great feeling. Have you ever wondered “Why is my dog is so excited to see me? Why does he/she …

Petcube Play Reviews: The Modern Dog Has Landed

Dog toys have been around since….well since dogs, but this is no bone from the butchers. What we are seeing now is an interactive technology with applications originating in high level business, home and commercial security and even military institutions. Bundle it all up and what do you get? That’s right……a great dog toy. The Petcube Play has it all and it’s so easy to operate that that even a dog can use it (no offense Theo).  Following are two Petcube Play reviews One from a high strung and handsome little Miniature Pinscher named Theo and one from his owner, Brad. Theo’s Review:  Security, Protection, Companionship While I cherish my privacy and I don’t particularly like the idea of being watched when I’m scouring the kitchen table for breakfast scraps or eating my moms shoe, it is nice to know that my mom or dad is keeping an eye out for …

Home Alone? Dog Toys Beat the Boredom

Have you ever been home alone with nothing to do? Oh sure it’s great once in a while. We can all appreciate a little me time, but too much can be lonely. Most of us have to work out of the house and leave our dogs alone for some period of time every week. Should we not have dogs because we have to go to work? Of course not. It can be difficult to teach your dog to knit, read or do housework to keep them occupied, but hey, how about some great toys!! Sticks, ropes, bones and homemade balls have been toys for dogs for as long as they have been our companions, but the evolution of store bought toys began nearly 200 years ago with the popularity of “song birds” in the parlor. Toys to entertain birds were born out of the obvious boredom frustration exhibited by our …

Little Dog Clothes: Lookin’ Good, Feelin’ Warm!

We’ve had record cold temperatures in Canada and the U.S.A. this year. We all know how it affects us. I don’t want to go out of the house in the morning! Heck I don’t even want to get out of my housecoat. Shoveling snow…….ya, great fun!! Your little canine cutie probably doesn’t love it either (Not the snow shoveling. You should never make your dog shovel snow. It’s bad for their back). Is Your Canine, Cold Weather Friendly? : 3 Factors Size: That’s right, it’s high school science time again. This class is about “Surface to Volume”. If your dog is small he or she has a larger surface area (his outside surface) to his heat producing inside. Therefore, his or her surface area will release the heat he or she produces more quickly and easily and they will have a greater appreciation for little dog clothes. Conversely a larger …

Small Dog Snow Boots – Yea or Nay?

It’s debated whether any dogs need snow boots. According to some researchers dogs have a natural adaptation that protects their feet from the cold. While this may be true, there may be more to the picture. Ask Your Dog About Snow Boots Your dog may be trying to tell you something about whether they need snow boots. The clues aren’t that difficult to detect: Does your dog limp when he walks on snow? If he is, snow boots may be the answer. Does your dog stop and lift one paw off the ground when he walks on snow? Does he or she stop, turn and look at you pitifully with one paw off the ground? Is he or she now simply resisting going for a walk on a snowy day when they normally eagerly wait at the door? Occasionally all breeds of dogs will exhibit these behaviors, but certain breeds, …

Easy Homemade Dog Treat Recipe

I know that price is no object when our pooches happiness is on the line, but let’s face it….dog treats are expensive.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could make Theo happy (and healthy) with a great tasting and easy homemade dog treat recipe and still make our car payment?  What happens if he or she is a really good boy or girl this month…more treats.  Cha Ching Cha Ching Theo Loves it and it’s Good for Him We started down a slippery slope with Theo our miniature Pinscher by treating him to a nice bag of sweet potatoe chews.  The bag was small enough for me to eat in ten minutes while watching Vikings. The problem was that I would never buy an $13.00 bag of chips for myself.  They had great health benefits though, and Theo loved them.  That’s right…guilt. Apparently guilt is as costly as sweet potatoe …

Dog Leashes – Dont be a pain in the neck

There are many types of dog leashes, collars and harnesses for walking your dog. Choosing one can mean the difference between a pleasant stress free walk and a contest for leadership on the street. Learning how to use the leash properly is equally important. The Leash to Communicate Traditionally the leash was used for one purpose: to keep a dog from “running off” or “running away”. Today, however, we know that the leash has a more complex and important role in the relationship with our dog. Through our handling of the leash we can communicate with our dog. The leash becomes a physical connection with our dog…an addition to our voice connection. We can send commands, and we can reinforce or disapprove of our dogs response to those commands and we can use the leash as a training aid for our dog. Used incorrectly dog leashes can thwart our training …

My Dog Barks Too Much – Take a Walk on the Quiet Side

Are you nervous about walking your dog because of his or her excessive barking? Are you afraid that this might be affecting your relationships in the neighborhood? You are not alone. This is a more common problem than you might suspect and there are solutions that do not require barking dog collars. Why Dogs Bark Dogs communicate by barking. Barking is a natural and healthy activity for a dog to engage in, but can become a problem when your dog barks too much or at inappropriate times. When is it appropriate for your dog to bark? Dogs send messages to other dogs. They may be warning of territorial boundaries, sending an invitation to play, announcing their arrival, or even sending more complex messages that we don’t completely understand. Dogs may bark to alert their owners of intruders and to warn them that their presence will be met with resistance. Dogs …