Dog Trick or Dog Treat $1000 Prizes Giveaway #TrickorTreatDogs

It's dog trick and dog treat time! Two things are at the epitome of our blog: Health and wellness for dogs. Part of keeping your dog healthy involves his or her mental well being. Despite the adage that you "can't teach an old dog new tricks," we say phooey! Dogs of any age can learn new tricks: It just takes a little gentle coaxing, working within the dog's overall state of … [Read more...]

Stop These Five Things to Make Dogs Live Longer

We all want our dogs to live longer, happier lives. My dogs are aging now: Chip turns 12 on Oct 6th and CC will be 13 exactly five months following. Their needs and desires have definitely changed since they were pups, yet they still remain all puppy in attitude and as playful as ever. If I have my wish I want them to live “Furever”. (For all of these years they have brought … [Read more...]

Help: My Dog Bites Me

Help: My dog bites me. It just started and I didn't do anything to cause this. What do I do? Throughout my decades of being a dog parent, most often I hear this lament from someone who has a puppy. Lately, I read about it more and more as I am involved in pet rescue. Of the top 10 reasons that most dogs end up in shelters, biting is one of the most frequent ones. And guess … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Your Dog Needs to Go to Stores #PetSmartStory

"I train German police dogs. They send them to me, with all this formal training, they are prepared to defend and protect, but they are clueless when it comes to walking into a pet supply store. So I take them to PetSmart® to start getting them used to everyday life, the feeling of the floor on their paws, and how to socialize with people in the general public." Those are … [Read more...]

Nine Ways to Prevent Dog Bites

Think your dog won't bite? Think again. The Center for Disease Control estimates that about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.  Half of those numbers belong to kids. Staggering, isn't it? It’s summer time, more dogs are outside, and more people are interacting with dogs as it’s the social time of year.  This week is National Dog Bite Awareness Week, and the effort … [Read more...]

Creative Dog Games with Kibble #InspiredByCrafted

I am the world's worst cook. Seriously, I am one of the worst cooks in the world, and long-time readers of this blog know all too well about my culinary misgivings. I am so bad that the folks at The Food Network wanted me to appear as a contestant on their popular television show, Worst Cooks in America (click here to read why I said no).  Just because I lack cooking expertise … [Read more...]

The Post for Anyone Who Talks to Their Dog

Dogs are our confidants. With purpose and sometimes without intent, we tell our dogs things that would almost never be uttered to another human being (at least not to their faces). We also tell them mundane things -- anything and everything, actually. So why do we do it? Do we believe our dogs "get" what we say? Do you talk to your dog? For me, it’s a little of both. I’m … [Read more...]

Inside Scoop with Dog Trainer to the Stars

Steve Brooks is a world-renowned celebrity dog trainer, canine behavioral expert, and a talented cook who makes human meals that can be safely shared with your dog! Long-time readers of Fidose of Reality know that yours truly burns water, so Steve is definitely a guy I wanted to meet. During the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club festivities, I sat down with Steve Brooks at the … [Read more...]

Pain to Train: The Reality of Choke and Pinch Dog Collars

Today I choked my co-worker into doing what I wanted him to do. Last week, I saw a lady on the bus pinch another lady because she would not stop talking. Both of the above scenarios sound disturbing because they are. Yet, every day in this country, a certain contingency of dog owners are training their dogs by choking, pinching, or shocking them. The reality of choke and … [Read more...]

My Dog Hates the Vet

Working in the human medical field for a number of years behind the scenes, I became familiar with a phenomenon known as “white coat syndrome.” Also known as white coat hypertension, this is a phenomenon in which patients exhibit elevated blood pressure in a clinical setting. So basically you go to the doctor’s for an appointment—perhaps a routine physical—but you get … [Read more...]