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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...]

Can Dogs Fall in Love With Other Dogs

Can dogs really fall in love with other dogs? I trademarked the phrase, "my heart beats dog," so of course, these are thoughts that run through my mind in the wee hours of the morning. I mean, I know my dog loves me, and I know there are throngs and throngs of dog parents who love their dogs, but can dogs really fall in loved with each other? Yes, a resounding yes, dogs can … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Score a Canine Touchdown on Super Bowl Sunday

Commercials, buffalo wings, halftime show, penalties and instant replay: These are a few of the elements people across the country will embrace on Super Bowl, Sunday, February 1st. Whether or not you like professional football (and I do), there is a slim chance you can escape the frenzy and hype that is Super Bowl week. No matter what team you cheer for and whether or not … [Read more...]

How to Stop a Dog Who Pees for Revenge

My dog pees in the house for revenge because he is alone all day. He pees for revenge. My dog pees in the house to get even with me for going out without him. He pees for revenge. Which of the above statements are true? Here’s a photo of a dog waiting to go outside so you can think for a minute and then scroll past the photo for the answer. The answer is BOTH … [Read more...]

A Pit Bull, A Christian, and a Lesbian Walk Into a Bar

What would happen if a Pit Bull, a Christian, and a lesbian walked into a bar? It sort of sounds like the set up for an off-color joke and it’s pretty much what it felt like when this tweet crossed my feed: “This has been an historic and momentous amount of work involved, started for 1 little disabled girl's dog.” In that moment, I wasn’t labeled, the Pit Bull wasn’t … [Read more...]

Why Does My Dog Need a Muzzle

Why oh why does my dog have to wear a muzzle at the vet’s office? I cringe when the muzzle comes out. If you are a dog parent who has a dog that has faced the dreaded “face trap,” this post is for you. Time for another installment of Medicine Versus Mom. Every few weeks, we’ll be focusing on a topic and presenting it from a veterinary “medicine” perspective with Rachel … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Help Your Dog Survive Holiday Visits

The holidays are a time of great comfort and joy and commiserating with family and friends. Fidose readers know that family includes dogs, so over the river and through the woods we all go ... until we skid on ice. There are many ways to help your dog survive holiday visits, though. Helping your dog survive the holiday visits is essential to family harmony. If your dog is … [Read more...]

How to Entertain a Dog After Surgery

My dog is recovering from surgery and there isn't much I can do with him to keep him stimulated. After all, he is on strict rest orders, no jumping, no playing, and certainly no long walks or running at the park. So we are stuck for four months and my dog won't have stimulation. That was then and oh so long ago and does not apply to me and my dog in the least. Now we have ways … [Read more...]