AKC Trick Dog Titles Help Instill Confidence

Can I have a drumroll, please? Can someone toss the confetti? My dog is official an AKC trick dog, achieving both the novice and intermediate titles! An AKC trick dog title helps instill confidence and so much more in dogs. I don’t plan to have my dog do television, commercials, or movies; my dog and I worked towards our AKC trick dog titles for other reasons. Here’s the … [Read more...]

How to Become a Therapy Dog

Lucy is not ordinary therapy dog. Her story is the stuff  of which feel good dog movies are made. “A large brown Cocker Spaniel came into the shelter,” the volunteer at Oklahoma City Animal Shelter said. Days passed and no claimed this sweet girl with a happy attitude. June and Mike Myers weren’t looking to adopt another dog, especially after the loss of their beloved … [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...]

How to Train a Perfect Puppy

Ah, to be a puppy and just starting out. There are things "they" don't tell you when a puppy joins the family (they being society). Fellow Fidose fan, Brandon Crochet, has a new puppy in his life and asked us to give us some scoop on getting started with puppy training and behavior. Much of what we say here can be applied to any dog at any life stage, though there are … [Read more...]

How to Act in Public With A Dog

As I prepare to embark on a whirlwind early weekend of dog-themed activities and get togethers in New York City, it is with great expectations that I know the majority of folks I will encounter know how to treat, handle, and respect their dog. Now and again though, somewhere along life's highways and biways, I encounter less than customary human manners in dealing with dogs.   … [Read more...]

My Dog Will Soon Be a PupScout

My dog's next big thing is to become a PupScout! Dexter added a new item to his doggie bucket list: Becoming a full-fledged, badge-wearing member of Pupscouts Troop 4. Besides the fun and camaraderie, I'll be keeping him active, learning new skills, engaging with pet parents who have similar interests, and seeing if I can finally get my "loves mud and puddles" to jump … [Read more...]

10 Myths of Dog Grooming

Dog grooming is a noble, needed, and respected profession. Like all careers, there are some myths and dog grooming is no exception. Having raised two Cocker Spaniels, I can attest to spending more on their grooming than my own haircuts. This is not a complaint, but rather, an observation. There are at least 10 myths that exist in the dog grooming world, and my years of … [Read more...]

Five Olympic Activities For Dogs

The Olympics are here, so why not include your own gold medalist: Fido!!!! There are many Olympic activities for dogs and with a little practice, your dog could embrace his or her inner champion (and we all know they already take first place in our hearts). The Olympic Creed sums up this worldwide athletic event:  "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but … [Read more...]

How your dog can earn CGC and pass the Canine Good Citizen test

My dog was awarded Canine Good Citizen status by the AKC  and it happened purely on a whim. He never took a class to train for it, we didn’t practice the specific elements of the test previously, and only on prompting of family and friends did we decide to try it. The fee is $10 to test. Though the status is awarded to the dog and honors the commitment of the owner to train … [Read more...]