10 Ways to Show Your Dog How Much You Love Them


10 Ways to Show Your Dog How Much You Love Them 1. Tell Your Dog: A recent study published in the journal of Science found that dogs do understand some human speech.  MRI brain scans of the dogs that participated in the study showed that they experienced the most happiness when they not only heard a praising tone, but when they heard words … Read More

Recognizing and Reducing Your Dog’s Holiday Stress


Recognizing and Reducing Your Dog’s Holiday Stress The holidays are often filled with lots of fun and excitement, but they can also be very hectic and chaotic, causing both humans and dogs to feel stressed.  Although anxious, fearful and reactive dogs often have the most difficult time, a well adjusted and confident dog can experience stress too. It’s important that we are … Read More

Introducing Dogs on Leash


Introducing Dogs on Leash Too often, greeting another dog on leash does not go well, even when both dogs are well socialized and dog friendly.  Leashes limit your dog’s natural greeting movements and can create tension and frustration for many dogs. Here are 7 tips for successful leash meet and greets for two dog friendly dogs: Ask Permission and Play … Read More

Rattlesnake Bite Prevention

PawsitivePawsBehavior, Canine Medical, Health, Pet Safety

Rattlesnake Bite Prevention Rattlesnake season peaks in the hot summer months, but in San Diego, the season often starts in the Spring. A rattlesnake bite can be life threatening to dogs of all sizes, but with a few preventative measures, you can reduce your dog’s risk of being bitten. Get your dog the rattlesnake vaccination: Although the vaccination will not … Read More

Dog Bite Prevention


Dog Bite Prevention According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States annually. Although larger dogs can have stronger bites, it is important to remember, no matter how well socialized or trained a dog is, any dog can bite. Here are the main reasons dog’s bite: Reaction to a stressful situation … Read More

7 Things Dogs Need Everyday


7 Things Dogs Need Everyday Dogs are our amazing companions that wait patiently for us while we are at work, running errands, dropping the kids off at school, attending sporting events and spending the day/evening with friends. For many, we live very busy lives and forget that in addition to the very basics of food, water and shelter, dogs need … Read More

February Is National Pet Dental Month


February Is National Pet Dental Month February is national pet dental month so we thought we would list a few reasons why dental care for your dog is so important: 1. Healthy teeth and gums equals a dog with better breath! 2. Dental disease can cause health problems and affect organs such as the heart. 3. Baby teeth that don’t … Read More

Accidents Happen

PawsitivePawsBehavior, Health

Accidents Happen One of the questions I receive on a fairly regular basis is, “Why does my dog have accidents in the house?” or “How do I deal with my dog when he/she has an accident in the house?”  I think it’s critically important to remember that your dog is not having accidents out of spite, anger, or just because … Read More

2017 New Year’s Resolution: Get Moving with Your Dog!


(Repost) We often make New Year’s resolutions for ourselves, but how about making one for your dog too? According to the 2013 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey conducted by the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, 52.5 percent of dogs are overweight or obese. Obesity in dogs is caused by one or more of the following: free feeding (leaving food … Read More

The Front Door Dilemma


During the holidays we often get more guests than other times of the year, which can cause a dilemma of what to do with our dogs, especially at the front door. While some of us have dogs that politely greet guests, others have overly excited or fearful dogs that can make having people over stressful. My dog Eli is extremely … Read More