Behavior

What the dogs did while we were at BlogPaws

What the dogs did while we were at BlogPaws

We don’t leave the dogs alone very often – well, I guess they are never ‘alone’, what I mean is we don’t travel often and leave them at a kennel or with someone. But we both wanted to go to BlogPaws, so we enlisted our dog walker, Karen to stay with the dogs. It was ner... »

FitDog Friday 5-17-13 Q & A with Steve

FitDog Friday 5-17-13 Q & A with Steve

We have been busy in the media lately.  Besides filming another segment on The Pet Show with Dr. Katy, we have recorded several radio spots with Robert Semrow of PetWorldInsider which will be airing on  the EMB network, which currently has shows on more than 100 AM/FM stations across North America. ... »

Tale of Tails: Maggie & the Kryptonite

Tale of Tails: Maggie & the Kryptonite

As you may have read in our Tale of Tails: Maggie series, we adopted Maggie last June and soon discovered she was a VERY fearful dog. Maggie had been a breeder farm mom and was turned in to the rescue when she became to old to breed. She was particularly fearful of Steve and limited her movement in ... »

Coyotes!

Coyotes!

On our walk this morning, we ran into some pretty bold coyotes. I saw them first, luckily, and they were about 50 yards off. Usually when they see a person they scamper away, but one of them didn’t, he just sat there staring at us. I had both dogs with me, so it was three against one, but he j... »

Does Your Dog Need More Exercise?

Does Your Dog Need More Exercise?

Providing your dog with sufficient amounts of exercise is crucial both for weight management and for ensuring a well behaved pet.  We stumbled upon this article on petside.com which can help you evaluate whether or not your dog is getting enough high quality exercise. You can read the full piece her... »

Dear Labby

Dear Labby

We are introducing a new regular feature on SlimDoggy.com. It’s called “Dear Labby” and is a dog-oriented version of the famous advice column with a similar name. Why  are we doing this column? We have become the de facto ‘dog experts’ for friends and family, and now, t... »

Music that soothes the savage beast

Music that soothes the savage beast

We’ve been working with a new trainer lately, getting Jack a little more sociable with strangers and she introduced us to Through a Dog’s Ear, Music to Calm you Canine Companion. Now, many of you may have heard about this, may even use it with your dog but it was new to me. We’ve o... »

Different strokes for different dogs

Different strokes for different dogs

I was thinking today about how different our dogs personalities are. As you know if you follow our Blog, we’ve had five of our own dogs and numerous fosters over the years. We’ve learned a lot and experienced many different behaviors. What fascinates me is how different each of our dogs ... »

How do you play with your dog?

How do you play with your dog?

I mentioned yesterday that we’ve recently started working with a trainer doing clicker training with Jack & Maggie. It’s only been a few weeks, but they are both picking it up pretty quickly. I try to end each session with a little bit of fun for them, but neither of them are playful... »

Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

A few days ago, our friend Kimberly over at Keep the Tail Wagging posted about being a dog parent and the things you learn about dogs in the midst of parenting them. We’ve had five dogs in our life and even more if you count the dogs we each had growing up. My grandfather actually raised dogs ... »

New Center Helping Fearful Dogs

New Center Helping Fearful Dogs

Our family has some experience with this topic after adopting Maggie, a fearful (and formerly abused) dog.  So it was with great interest to read the story of Cinder an abused Malamute and the new Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J.   The facility ... »

Negative Reinforcement: A Necessary Evil in Dog Training?

Negative Reinforcement: A Necessary Evil in Dog Training?

Heather Brennen wrote a a good piece about Dog Training and the use of negative reinforcement on All Pet News. You can read the full story here:  Negative Reinforcement: A Necessary Evil in Dog Training? For the most part, we have refrained from negative reinforcement techniques other than using the... »

My Dog Somehow Knew His Friend Was Going to Die

Our guest post: My Dog Somehow Knew His Friend Was Going to Die is posted on Dogster.com today. Check it out.   http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/my-dog-knew-friend-going-to-die   »

Exercise as Magic, Part 2-  Working with Danny

Exercise as Magic, Part 2- Working with Danny

In our last post, we introduced you to Danny and Angel, two foster dogs who we recently met through our volunteer exercise and weight control service that we provide to local dog rescues.  Today’s focus is on Danny, the high-energy puppy-ish lab mix who is somewhat hard to handle. First Impres... »

Is Your Dog S.A.D. in the Winter?

Is Your Dog S.A.D. in the Winter?

There ain’t no cure for the Winter Time Blues (with apologies to Eddie Cochran). Or is there?   As a former East Coaster, I know all about the winter blues, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  When the day’s got shorter and colder, my mood and the mood of my friends an... »

Dogs and Strangers- Some Tips

Dogs and Strangers- Some Tips

Dogs and Strangers- Some Tips Our friend Kimberly at keepthetailwagging.com has posted a useful piece on handling your dog when they are introduced to strangers.  Avoid unexpected (bad) surprises– be prepared and set the tone!  Worth the read. http://www.keepthetailwagging.com/helping-your-dog... »

Dogs and Words

Dogs and Words

My Dog is Smarter than Your ……. Ever wonder if your dog understands what you are saying when you talk to him/her?  Unfortunately, they do not understand when you tell them that you won or lost a deal, got a great report card, or dented up your new car!  But they can and do understand a l... »

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