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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...]

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...]

Five things to do with your dog on Thanksgiving

Happy Holiday and that includes the family dog, our beloved canines, our furry friends. Got that turkey roasting and need to give Fido something to do and/or need a fix of Fido while you celebrate and gather together? Here are some fun things to do with, for and about our favorite topic at Fidose of Reality: DOGS! (on Thanksgiving)Watch Mishka "The I Love You" talking dog … [Read more...]

How do I introduce my dog to a new baby?

Babies, the saying goes, complete a household, make life worth living, and bring a sense of joy and vibrancy, hope and promise of a bright future. They also bring change in routine and a complete upheaval of lifestyle for others in the family. Older siblings might initially show resentment towards a new baby taking the spotlight away from what was once theirs: Your sole … [Read more...]