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

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

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

Halloween Safety Tips

PawsitivePawsHealth, Pet Safety

Halloween Safety Tips Halloween can be a fun and spooktacular time for us humans, but is often a very scary and unsafe evening for our dogs.  Here are a few Halloween Safety Tips to keep your dog healthy and safe: Keep Candy Out of Reach:  Chocolate, gum and xylito (a sweetener in some gum and candy) are toxic to dogs … Read More

Reaching Weight Loss Goal while Using Positive Reinforcement Training – Sophie’s Story

PawsitivePawsCanine Medical, Health, Labs

Reaching a weight loss goal while using positive reinforcement training.  Is it possible?  Yes it is.  Here is Sophie’s story. We’ve all seen them, the dogs whose bellies are virtually dragging on the ground as they walk. Running for these dogs is impossible and it’s hard to tell if they are standing or lying down because their height doesn’t change … Read More



Foxtails are a long meadow grass that resemble the tail of a fox. They are often found along paths and roads. In the winter they are soft and green, but in the Spring, the seed heads dry and can become a danger to our dogs. They stick to clothes and fur and can easily become lodged between a dog’s toes, … Read More