Relaxed And Ready For Summer: How To Keep Pets Calm When Anxiety Strikes

Cordova_iStock_000028058734_LargeSummer is finally here, and after a long, hard Michigan winter, pets and people alike are ready to feel the grass between their toes (or paws) and the sun on their legs (or fur). For the most part, summer is a time of enjoyment and relaxation, but for many pets summer brings with it some major stressors. Thunderstorms, fireworks, parties and other summer social events can leave pets trembling with fear, or acting out their anxiety in destructive ways.

While it’s impossible to completely shield our pets from the loud noises and social stimuli that may make them anxious, it’s important to know what steps to take to keep pets calm, cool, and relaxed during the dog days of summer. Continue…

Dog Behavior 101

Fetching the ballEven the best of us have difficulty trying to intuit what certain characteristics of dog behavior mean. Sure, the majority of dogs have universal methods of communication, such as barking, growling, or whining, but the lion’s share of canine language is conveyed physically – and varies by breed and individual.

Luckily, it’s fascinating and fun to get inside a dog’s mind, but it doesn’t end there! Understanding dog behavior establishes a strong foundation for the safety, security, and wellness for all involved.

Keys to Understanding

Dogs evolved as pack animals. This group mentality allowed for success in both hunting and scavenging, but also helped protect members from larger predators in the wild. This safety-in-numbers approach reinforced robust social dynamics at play between friends and relatives in the group, and this hierarchy still continues inside homes worldwide. Continue…

Out and About:  The Pet-Friendly Yard

BevHills_iStock_000022324741_LargeIt is finally looking like spring, and chances are good that you and your pet are spending more time outdoors. Bonding between you, your four-legged friend, and Mother Nature can be an awesome experience. Make sure to maximize that time by being sure that you have a pet-friendly yard to relax in.

Steer Clear of Chemicals

Fertilizers, weed killers, and chemical pest control may make for a lush, green lawn, but they are often not in the best interest of our pets. Avoid using: Continue…