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Training Your Dog for Nail Filing
Before you can begin using a PediPaws or Dremel to file your dog' nails, he must be desensitized to touch and sound. The following steps will help you get your dog ready for nail filing with either a ...

Recipe for a Great Walk
Take your dog for a walk and give him chicken EVERY time he looks at you or walks without pulling. Change directions and pace while you're walking so he has to watch you for direction. Practice sits, ...

Dog In Progress
Something wonderful happened at the Lueck house a few weeks ago and it made me realize how much Gabe has changed since we got him nine years ago. Gabe came to us at a year old and already had issues, ...

A Dog's Perspective
The phrase “dog training” can mean different things to different people. Some people simply think of dog training as a way to control their dog or that it means teaching their dog basic commands and t...

Dog Training Equipment


The Right Fit
About six months ago I stumbled upon a series of articles published by Suzanne Clothier, a very well-respected dog trainer and author of the acclaimed book Bones Would Rain From the Sky: Deepening O...

Dog Behavior


The Meaning of Growl
This year my mom and I decided Casey needed a Mrs. Claus costume. My mom bought all the fabric and sat down the Sunday before Christmas to make it. I was feeling a little under the weather, so I was r...

Living Withan Adolescent Dog
I lived with older dogs for many years. The day we brought our Border Collie, Tasha, to be cremated, I got a call from Beth at Safe Harbor Humane Society. She said that a 7-month-old Border Collie was...

Shy and Fearful Dogs
On July 10th, 1993 we adopted Tasha, a 4 month old Border Collie, from the Kenosha Humane Society. Tasha was trembling at the back of the kennel. She was plastered to the back wall; she wouldn't look ...

Over-Reactive vs. Aggressive Dogs
Do you have a dog that barks and lunges at dogs, people or other objects when on leash? This is very frustrating and depressing to the owner. People tell me that they schedule their walks either early...

Dogs learn by association
My Border Collie Tasha was fearful of thunderstorms and fireworks. She was found running in a field at 4 months of age during the first week of July 1993. She was full of ticks and her paw pads were w...

Humping and Mounting
Many people believe that mounting is a sign of dominance in a dog. There goes that D word again. It seems like everything a dog does now a days is a “sign of dominance”. I really hate that word. T...

Dog Senses


Mythbusting Dog Color Vision
It is a common misconception that dogs see in blackand white, but dogs do see in color, just not the samerange of colors humans with normal vision see....

Sniffing out the Facts
Smell is a dog's sharpest sense. When dogs sniff us, they can tell where we've been, what we've been doing, what we ate, and even if we are not feeling well....

Dog Emotions


Do Dogs Feel Disgust
Do dogs feel disgust? And, to what extent do dogs communicate disgust? In her book, For the Love of a Dog, Patricia McConnell suggests that dogs do feel disgust. And, that if you watch him closely eno...

The Verdict Is In: Not Guilty!
The topic of whether animals have emotions is surprisingly controversial. It may be hard to believe, but some veterinarians, scientists and philosophers still argue that only humans have emotions. In ...

Dog Food & Nutrition


Top 5 Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog
If ingestion of any of these items occurs, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately....

Commercial Dog Food & What You Should Know About It
With all the brands of commercial dog food out there, it can be tricky knowing which one to choose. They all claim to be healthy and nutritionally complete, so how do you weed out the good from the ba...

Making a Change in Diet
The best place to start is by assessing your dog's current health and by taking a close look at the ingredients in the food you are feeding him. If your dog is being fed a low-quality diet or has any ...

Something Very Important May Be Missing from Your Dog's Diet
I started adding Grizzly Salmon Oil to my dogs' diets about a year ago. After using this supplement for a couple of months, I noticed that my dogs looked healthier. I couldn't believe that I was actua...

Healthy & Wholesome Snacks for Dogs
We've all heard the old myth not to feed tablescraps or “people food” to our dogs. While thereare table scraps and “people foods” that can bedangerous to dogs, there are also many that arebeneficial f...

Doggie Health


Pest Test - Fleas
Thanks to the bitter cold Wisconsin winter, most of us haven't given much thought to flea prevention over the past few months. However, with flea season soon upon us, now is a good time to remind ours...

Heartbreaking News about Heartworm Disease
I always thought “it will never happen to my dogs” until now. I have always given my dog's heartworm preventative so I didn't really worry about them getting this very serious and possibly fatal condi...

Ticks Suck!
Tick season is upon us in Wisconsin and it's bad again this year. We even had to postpone theH iking Club excursion to Kettle Moraine until July because of all the ticks!...

Bloat: A Life-Threatening Emergency
Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV), also known as bloat, is a life-threatening condition that can happen unexpectedly to our canine companions. GDV occurs when the stomach becomes filled with gas and ...

The Importance of Canine Dental Care
February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to highlight the importance of canine dental care. According to the American Veterinary DentalSociety (AVDS), 80% o...

Plastic, BPA and Your Dog
BisphenalA, or BPA, is a chemical building block that is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. It is commonly found in plastic bottles and food can liners. ...

Flea & Tick Treatments: Are They the Best Option?
Fleas and ticks are the number one enemy to dogs, cats, and pet owners everywhere. They are not only a nuisance, but can transmit diseases to both pets and humans alike. Not to mention, an infestation...

Luxating Patella
This is a topic I wish I didn't feel the need to write about, but unfortunately I have a little experience with it. Lacey, my 5 year old Chihuahua / Toy Poodle mix had surgery on her left knee back in...

Giardia
Giardia are single-celled organisms that can live in the small intestines of dogs, cats and other mammals. Giardiasis is an infection of Giardia. Giardia can interfere with digestion, prevent the prop...

Is Your Pet at Risk for Heartworm Disease?
Most pet owners are familiar with Heartworm Disease, but I find many do not recognize the seriousness of the illness until it is too late. In the United States approximately 70 of every 5000 dogs that...

Spinal Manipulation
Many people have at least a passing familiarity with chiropractic care for humans. Many, however, may not be aware that similar care is available for their pets. ...

Doggie Safety


Pet Safety During the Holidays
The best prevention for mischievous young dogs is 100% supervision, especially around the holidays when new and interesting things are introduced into your dog's environment. Dogs have no concept of m...

Lost Dog: What to do if your dog goes missing
The thought of your dog getting loose and going missing is every pet owner's nightmare. You may think it could never happen to you, but it happens more often than you may realize. Unfortunately, it is...

Made in China
Did you make a New Year's resolution? I made mine after reading the last FDA report about dog treats imported from China. I must admit, since the dog food scare a while back, I pay attention to all “c...

Loose Dogs - What to do!
I have lost track of how many times I was on awalk with my dogs and a loose dog appeared.Once I had a goofy, fun loving Collie follow me and the girls as we headed home. The owner was in their van try...

Heat Stroke - Hyperthermia
One thing that gets my adrenalin going is seeing a dog in a car during the warm weather months or someone jogging with their dog in 90° weather. People don't realize how quickly heat stroke can occur....

Buckle Up, Fido
I got my first dog when I was eleven and almost lost him the same year. Louie was a great little dog who loved to go “byebye” in the car. On one memorable car ride, Louie and I were in the backseat a...

Toy Safety
We just recently had a huge scare with Ginger. A $2000.00 scare that I would ask you to please tell all your clients about. Ginger loves to play with those light weight rubber pacifiers with the nubs ...

Dog Bites
Last year, Loving Paws client and Southport Elementary School Counselor, Heidi, asked me to spend some time at the school talking to the children about the proper way to approach and interact with do...

Microchipping
Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, which are implanted under the dog's skin, between the shoulder blades, using a special syringe. The procedure is much like getting ...

Electronic Containment Systems
My Harley has a phenomenal recall with only one flaw. Squirrels! My yard is fenced so Harley can chase the squirrels to his heart's content. I don't have to worry about a dog coming into my yard and a...

Vets, Vaccines & Medications


What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Vaccines
Recently I attended a seminar conducted by Dr. Lisa Kluslow (DVM) on canine vaccines & titers. Before attending the seminar, I knew very little about the subject. The seminar was enlightening to say t...

Choosing the Right Vet
We all strive to keep our dogs happy and healthy but despite our best efforts they are bound to get sick or injured at least a few times in their lives. When the unfortunate event does happen it is im...

Online Pet Pharmacies
In this economy everyone is trying to save a buck or two but the old adage “you get what you pay for” may never be more appropriate than it is with pet medications. During a recent trip to our veterin...

Vet Tips
Recently Stephanie posed a question to the Loving Paws crew about how to help her dog Lance with his anxiety at the vet. Laura was out of town and couldn't participate in the email exchange, but Jenni...

Pharmacological modification of behavior in dogs and cats
Last year, Stephanie and I attended a seminar in Illinois featuring Dr. Karen Overall. Dr. Overall is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Behavior and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviori...

Doggie Fun & Games


Boredom Busters
Winter can be a challenging time of year for many dog owners. Due to the extreme weather, most dogs don't get out as much and can suffer from boredom during our long winter months. Boredom can many ti...

How to Make a Polar Fleece Tug Toy
Just about every time I'm in a store that sells fabric, I check the remnant bin for polar fleece for making tug toys. Remnants are generally reduced to half of the original cost. Jo-Ann Fabrics reduce...

Brain Games for Your Dog
Like it or not, winter is on its way. For many of us in Southeastern Wisconsin, winter means we're going to hibernate and our dogs aren't going to get the exercise they got in the summer. As we all k...

Dog Sports


What is Canine Freestyle?
Canine-Freestyle.org defines it as “a choreographed performance organized with music, illustrating the training and joyful relationship of a dog and handler team.” I decided to learn Canine Freestyle ...

K9 Nose Work: What Is It?
What is K9 Nose Work? It is a new sport in the dog world. In the words of the founders of this sport, the K9 Nose Work ® class concept and sport was created to provide an opportunity for the companion...

K9 Nose Work® Coming On Strong
n August of 2010, Stephanie Challand and I began our adventure in the world of K9 Nose Work®. Little did we know that it would soon become a major part of our training curriculum. This past November, ...

Stories from Our Trainers


Fixin' the Fridge
It was one thing when the milk in my fridge spoiled before the expiration date, but when the half & half curdled as soon as it hit my coffee, I got really worried (and upset because I couldn't drink m...

Ella's Story
In late summer of 2006, my husband and I purchased our first house. We made sure it had a big backyard because my husband promised me that I could have a dog once we were settled in. I always wanted a...

Life with a Reactive Dog
For those of you, like me, living with a Reactive dog even life's simplest tasks can be difficult at times. I cannot pinpoint the day when my life with a Reactive Dog started but every day since then ...

The Reality of Lyme Disease Hits Home
A recent annual health analysis for my dog Comiskey, revealed some upsetting news. He tested positive for Lyme exposure. This means that an infected deer tick (Ixodes Scapularis) bit Comiskey and tran...

Lance's Little Adventure
The end of a long cold winter brings a relief and the start of many more outdoor activities such as yard work, extra walks and just relaxing outside with your dog. All of which are great fun for both ...

The Dangers of Dog Toys with Squeakers
Dogs tend to love toys with squeakers. All I have to do to get my dogs attention is grab a toy and start squeaking it. I went crazy buying toys for Harley and Lucy, my two dogs, this past Christmas. ...

Stories from Our Clients


The Best Thing I Did In 2008
2009 is here. Like many, I have been thinking about the things that I would like to accomplish in the New Year. Take up cross-country skiing. Pay off my credit cards. Drink less Diet Coke. End world h...

A Special Find In A Difficult Time
My hope is that this story will help others with their unique struggles find peace and healing through their relationships with God, family, friends, community, and their four-legged sidekicks....

Skye and the Frog
Jaime and I would like to relate a story to you so that if it happens to one of your dogs you won't go crazy like we started to. Many of you probably know our two white huskies Winter and Skye. One ni...

Canine Heroes
I'm sure you hear amazing stories of dogs saving people's lives all the time. Dogs have been known to save people from fires, dial 911 when their owners have heart attacks, alert owners of medical eme...

Dylan's Story
For the past 14 years, I've been carrying on a love affair right under my husband Steve's nose. The amazing thing is, he understands my needs for this other male in my life, and even enjoys his compan...

Mite This Happen to Your Dog
I recently learned firsthand about a parasitic mite that is commonly referred to as “walking dandruff.” The official name is Cheyletiella (pronounced Chi-la-tea-ella). Cheyletiella mites are referred ...

Ninos Big Adventure
My name is Nino and I am an 18 month old Italian Greyhound. I live in Pleasant Prairie with my mom and dad Jim and Eve Boehme. I would like to share with you the greatest adventure of my life that I j...

Andrea and Ruger's success story!
On Saturday, October 16, we ran our first 5k (3.1miles) run together. It was the UWM Panther Prowl (my old school). There were 1,200 participants and about 20 dogs. Ruger mingled through the crowd in ...

The Impact of the Kenosha Explosion
You may have seen the news that an unoccupied home blew up at 11:30 pm on Monday night. Our family lives or lived (I'm not sure which) two doors to the south of that building. Through God's interventi...

Kenai's Knee History
February 2011 Kenai my 2 year old, 120 lb, Great Dane was running around our back yard enjoying a crisp winter day. I had just adopted Kenai from a rescue group in Tennessee five months earlier and s...

Lily and Max
Vision impaired? Hearing impaired? Oh my! I wouldn't consider myself an experienced dog owner. I grew up with dogs as a child and I did have a dog of my own as an adult, but in all honesty I got lucky...

Stories from Our Dogs


My New Job
I have a new job and I'm really good at it! My mom really likes to go cross country skiing but she's not very good at it. She falls all the time and can't go very fast. My new job is to pull her! This...

Casey's Corner
The snow is all gone and we can't skijor any more. So we are going to try another sport called dog scootering! It's like skijoring but we don't need snow to do it! This is how it will work: Mom will b...

Elementary, My Dear Grammy
Yesterday me and Gabester were playing by the shed and we smelled a mouse inside. We knew my mom wouldn't want a mouse in there so we worked together to get the door open. The door on our shed doesn't...

The Good Dog
One day my mom and Grammy had to go to a long appointment, so me and Gabester had to stay home alone. Mom says we go to “daycare” when they're not home but really it's just the basement. We aren't all...

Door County: A Doggy Dream Vacation
Are you looking for a fun place to go this summer? How about Door County, WI? My people took me and Ella there recently and we had the best time! We left the cats at home since they are boring and jus...

Saying Good-bye


The Last Act of True Love
Saying goodbye to a friend and/or family member is always a hard thing to go through. It is just as hard for us dog people when it comes to saying goodbye to our furry-faced friends and family members...

Product Reviews


PediPaws Product Reviews
Recently I received PediPaws as a gift. This tool, similar to a Dremel, claims to gently file dogs' nails. With three dogs, each with different size nails, I put this product to the test....

I Still Love My Dremel
I've been using a Dremel to file my dogs' nails for several years. I use a cordless MiniMite most of the time, but I also use my corded model when I need to do both dogs or if I forget to charge the c...

Dremel Tool For Nails
Some of you know that I groomed part time out of my home for 11 years. I took grooming school through Shel Ray and back then we only used a nail clipper to cut dog and cat nails. Today we have new too...

Nail Grinding Product Comparison
Below is a chart listing some of the items available for grinding dog (and cat) nails. For the sake of consistency, I used Amazon.com's pricing. You may find better (or worse) pricing at other on-line...

Pill Pockets
Do you have a pet that you just hate to give pills to? Well fret no more. Greenies makes the Pill Pockets treat. The pill pockets contain a built-in pouch suited for hiding a pill/capsule. The pill po...

Toy Review: Chew Toys
West Paw Design is an eco-friendly pet supply company based in Bozeman, Montana. They have a wonderful line of chew toys made from their exclusive Zogoflex material. Zogoflex is a flexible, non-toxic ...

Through A Dog's Ear – Book and CD's
As you all know, Brandy, my foster dog, had to go through a series of injections to kill the heartworms in her body. The injections were painful and the discomfort would last for a couple weeks. I wor...

New Kong Wobbler is a Hit!
I recently purchased the new Kong Wobbler from Petsmart in Kenosha. It was a big hit in my house! Both of my dogs had a blast batting it around trying to get the treats. Ella likes to smack it around...

Ark Naturals Happy Traveler
My dogs Gabe and Casey are very frightened by fireworks, which makes the 4th of July an unhappy day for us. This year I decided to try to give them something to help them with their anxiety: Ark Natur...

Thundershirt Reviews
I am amazed at the positive changes many dogs are getting with the Thundershirt. I see noticeable differences in the fearful dogs in class with this on. It has a positive effect on some dogs if the re...

Book Reviews


Book Review: Reaching the Animal Mind
I've read a lot of dog training books in my life, but I've never read one that was a page turner until now. Reaching the Animal Mind by Karen Pryor was absolutely fascinating and really hard to pu...

Dominance: Fact or Fiction by Barry Eaton
I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked if their dog was being dominant over them. There are two words in the dog world that are way overused and misunderstood. One of those words is domina...

Dog Breeds & Breed Tests


Mixed Feelings about Mixed Breed Analysis
In May of 2008, we had the DNA of our mixed breed dog, Comiskey, analyzed using the Wisdom Panel MX test. It was pretty simple. We made an appointment at CARE Animal Hospital in Kenosha, and they took...

What Dog Breed Is It?
"What breed do you think my dog is?" I get this question often. I answer this question with another question. What does your dog do? Do they hunt, herd, chase, or observe? A dog's play pattern and beh...

Dog Laws


Puppy Mill Paradise
Puppy mills are commercial breeding facilities that produce puppies without regard for the health or welfare of the dogs or puppies. The dogs are kept in filthy wire cages and reated like a cash crop...

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