This Book Changed My Opinion About Dogs And Separation Anxiety

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Milo’s mom was so upset (and rightfully so).  Her precious Lab who is normally the most well-behaved dog in the world, destroyed her window frame, window treatments and curtains one afternoon while the family was at church.  Milo’s mom confessed that Milo has been doing things like this lately but this was by far the worse incident and she is lost as to what to do.  Being the ‘expert’ I am, I diagnosed Milo with separation anxiety. After all, he is a Labrador and they love to be around their pack!

A few months later, I followed up with the family and found out that Milo got progressively worse and they had to give him away.  I was heart-broken!  Soon after, an amazing book found it’s way into my hands and changed my thoughts about separation anxiety.  I misdiagnosed Milo!!  And so did all of the other experts!  Please read this book and educate yourself if your dog is exhibiting separation anxiety – it may be something completely different!

Separation Anxiety vs Containment Phobia by Karyn Garvin is the book I am referring to and one in which I believe all pet owners should have.  As the title suggests, there is another condition that effects 10-15% of the canine population known as Containment Phobia.


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Do Dogs See in Black and White?

I really enjoy random, useless knowledge that does nothing to enhance my life but it’s just some fun stuff that I picked up along the way.  You know the information, like how seahorses are monogamous?  Cool, I know!  Does absolutely nothing to help me with my finances or time management skills – just silly facts that makes me appear more interesting then I really am!  It got me thinking…do dogs see in black and white?

The short answer is No.  Dogs can see some color, just not as many as human beings.

Scientists have discovered, that while humans have three cone photoreceptor cells in our eyes to see the color of the rainbow, our beloved friends have only two ‘cones’.  We can distinguish between reds and blues, yellow and greens.  Dogs cannot see reds or greens at all because everything is slightly tinted on a blue-yellow color scale.

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How Instant Gratification Affects the Service Providers You Use

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Instant Gratification is a product of this new world we live in when we hold everything in the palms of our hands

Need an Indian Headdress? Jump on and in a couple of clicks, 2 days of shipping – bam!  Want to know how much money Kim Kardashian makes per tweet?  Simple!  Do a Google search and the answer is there within 45 seconds.  Your dog needs a grooming appointment?  Call the groomer… <insert screeching breaks sound>…….“Your first available is in 3 weeks???”  Oh boy.  The service industry is having a huge problem right now when it comes to scheduling appointments and the needs and desires of its clientele.  Too often, clients cannot break away from the mindset of instant gratification – dog needs haircut, I’m free right now, groomer takes dog.  This is not likely.  Frustration from both parties abound as the capabilities of the service provider are different than the needs of those demanding the service.

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Bath Time! Proper Ways to Give Your Dog a Bath

You are sitting on the couch and you smell something stinky.  You look around, sniff your shirt and then you see it!  Your beautiful pooch, gazing in your eyes, tongue hanging out, waiting for a loving scratch on her ears.  Oh my – Bath Time!  

Whether you use a Self Service Dog Wash, your personal bath tub or garden hose, there is a proper way to give your dog a bath.  It sounds simple enough but there are many mistakes pet owners  make that causes more harm to your pet’s skin and coat.  Following these steps will prevent any unintentional problems.

Step One – Quality Products

Oatmeal is not always the answer.  There are many pet products on the market nowadays that treat various skin ailments and coat conditions.  You want to purchase a natural product unless otherwise instructed by your veterinarian.  Pet store employees are very knowledgeable but local groomers will know best.  Contact a groomer in your area, describe your pet and they will be happy to guide you in the right direction.    

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Why Does My Dog Bark at People on Walks?

I read a great article today on “That Mutt” titled “Stop A Dog From Barking at People on Walks.”  I could relate instantly because one of my dogs, Rocky, used to do this and not only was it embarrassing, but as a larger breed, he probably scared the people passing by.  So why do dogs bark at people on walks and what advice is out there to stop this ‘rude’ behavior?

According to That Mutt:

Dogs could also bark at people due to:

1. Excitement. “Hey! A person! I love people! Yay!”

2. Frustration (due to excitement). Not being able to reach that person fast enough due to being on a leash. See my post: Leash aggression.

3. Protection or resource guarding. Although this often stems from fear & feeling the need to protect from the “threat.”

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