Archive for January, 2013

National Seeing Eye Dog Day!

January 29, 2013

Today is National Seeing Eye Dog Day! In honor of all the hard working seeing eye dogs out there, we thought we’d share some background on what makes these furry friends so remarkable.  Seeing eye dogs are special pups trained to assist their visually impaired or blind owners with safely navigating the world.  Today, Labs, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds are the top three breeds for seeing eye dogs, mostly due to their calm, intelligent and pleasing nature. Guide dogs are allowed to accompany their owner wherever life may take them, whether it’s at work, at a mall or even on an airplane. Most guide dogs are trained to differentiate between “work” and “play” time through wearing their work harness. When a dog is out with their owner in public, it’s important to not disturb the dog and treat it like a pet; your attention can confuse and distract the dog away from their very important job of ensuring their owner’s safety. However, when guide dogs are at home with their owner, they get to hang their harness for the day and enjoy being a normal dog with lots of attention, praise and treats.  Owners are specially matched with their helpful furry friends and they undergo training with each other before venturing out into everyday life.  To learn more about these important companions, check out http://www.guidedog.org/

Valuable Coupon

January 17, 2013

Valuable Coupon

January is National Train Your Dog Month

January 4, 2013

Have you heard?! January is National Train Your Dog Month! It’s the perfect time of year for you to learn how simple, fun and rewarding it can be to have a dog, if they are trained well. For those of you who have just welcomed a new dog or puppy into your home, congratulations! For those who have a well-loved pet, I am sure you loved sharing the holiday season with your dog! Whether your dog is a new addition to your family or a well-loved member of the family, training your dog is beneficial for many reasons. Patience, consistency, and a deeper understanding of a dog’s behavior can lead to happier, healthier and harmonious households and more fun for everyone.  What are some training questions you have regarding your pet(s)?!