Most dog owners can recognize separation anxiety by the destruction which greets them upon coming home. Knowing what to do about it is another matter though, and Dr. Figarra provides some tips for training your companion to cope with your absence.
If you are an avid camper, it is natural that you would want to take your dog with you, though extra planning and precautions are needed.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 15-21st! Take care not be among the nearly 1 million Americans who require medical attention for dog bite wounds every year.
Some conscientious dog owners will attach a yellow ribbon to the leash or collar of a pet that may need some extra space. Be sure to ask before petting these animals and if walking your own dog, try to give the yellow ribboned dog plenty of room.
Should you wait until your puppy is six months old to start training, or should you start sooner?
Michael Burkey, a former law enforcement officer and now the owner of Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, MI, has owned and worked with dogs for most of his life.
Julia Levitt, of In Harmony Dog Training, LLC, shares tips about how to identify, and help overcome, fear and anxiety in dogs.
Dogs do experience changes as they grow older, and it is important to recognize these changes. But whoever said “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” may have never owned a dog.
Last week we posted the first half of "More than man's best friend: Meet Lenny of the Ann Arbor Police Department." Here's the second half, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
We do annual preventative health, emergency care, and other general health concerns for police dogs at the Ann Arbor Police Department. We recently reached out to Officer Patrick Maguire of the AAPD with our list of questions on working animals, and he gave us a lot of information in his answers.
My name is David Caddell and I am the Hospital Director at the Ann Arbor Animal Hospital. Julia has been our training instructor and also serves as a behaviorist that our veterinarians refer patients too. We see pets on an almost weekly basis who have ingested some type of foreign body requiring life saving surgery. Julia believes training can actually serve as preventative medicine.
Julia Levitt is the founder of In Harmony Dog Training (www.inharmonydogtraining.com) in Ann Arbor. Julia provides individual training for dogs and their owners, and also conducts dog training classes at Ann Arbor Animal Hospital. She also serves as a behaviorist that our veterinarians refer difficult behavior cases to.
Strolling down the street for your morning walk with your trusty canine friend — suddenly your dog spots another dog. You feel your arm being yanked and your pace is rapidly picking up. Before you know it, your dog is either ferociously barking and lunging at the newcomer, jumping on the person walking the other
Taking care of a dog is a big responsibility for a child. It is so much easier to ask the right questions NOW, before you bring a dog into the home. If it is NOT a good fit, it is very difficult to re-home a mismatched dog.
Pet peeves — we have them for encounters with humans but what do the professionals say who work with dogs on a daily basis? It is cruel to leave a dog unattended for hours 1. Pets left alone and tied-up in the yard all day If there’s one thing Peaceable Pet owner-pet sitter Robin Peterson and her
Miss Harmony sees a lot of equipment used on dogs to instill good behavior, but no matter what collar or leash she sees used, the results are the same: dogs that are out of control. Leashes and collars are tools, not substitutes for proper training.
There are more than 93 million owned cats in the United States, with a third of all American households having at least one feline. Inappropriate elimination (going potty where they shouldn't) is the #1 behavioral problem in cats, but it can be prevented.
Do you take your dog to classes specific to their breed? Finding a person who has sheep for the herding breeds and agility for high energy dogs ? Both of these activities channel the breeds natural instincts for herding. These activities also keep the dog focused and attentive to their handler.