Dogs that live in an urban environment spend the majority of their outdoor time on the end of a leash. That makes dog parks extremely attractive to dog parents who want their pooches to experience the joy of running freely as they provide an outdoor environment where dogs can romp with other pups off leash. City dog parks also serve as modern day village greens where humans can meet other dog people and socialize. It’s a win-win situation, right?
What Is The Best Age To Get A Dog?
Nearly a year ago, we said goodbye to our family dog, Rudy. He lived for almost 15 years and had a full life. But no matter how many times we tried to reassure ourselves of that, we were grief-stricken. Rudy, it turns out, was more than just our furry family member — he was also the carrier of so many of my childhood memories with my parents and siblings.
Should Your Bring Your Dog to a Fourth of July Celebration?
Depending on the size of the gathering, there’s a possibility your dog will be around strangers. Try and introduce him to each person and gauge each individual’s reaction. “Not everyone is comfortable around dogs, and dogs can sense a person’s fear,” says Dr. Fox. In any new environment, it’s best to keep your dog on a leash; that way you can control how any new encounter goes. The friendliest, most socialized dog can also be afraid. Alexandra Bassett, a dog trainer and behavior consultant at Dog Savvy Los Angeles, says having your dog on a leash allows you to easily calm him should he feel uneasy.
Is Adopting a Dog Good for Your Health?
If you're convinced that having a dog makes you a better person, you're probably right. Study after study has shown the health benefits of having a dog, from reduced stress to improved heart health, to a better social life — the list just goes on and on.
Dogumenta L.A.: America's First Art Show for Dogs
An art exhibition for dogs. No, not created by or consisting of dogs, but works created for dogs on which to scratch, sniff and jump—and probably pee. This Los Angeles import is free to attend, though you and your on-leash pooch will need to reserve a time. Dog trainers from the Los Angeles Dog Trainer Alliance will be on-site to ensure all the dogs get along.
6 Outdoor Activities for Kids and Dogs
“Training can be done indoors and outdoors depending on the nature of the game,” says Alexandra Bassett, lead trainer and behaviorist at Dog Savvy Los Angeles in California. “In general, it's best to start training indoors in a low-distraction environment and then move the training outdoors once a dog has a sense of what's expected of it.”
Why Do Dogs Sniff Babies?
Ah, that new baby smell. There is truly nothing like the scent of a newborn. I know that I can get lost in a good cuddle session with a bundle of joy and the intoxicating smell of their newness, but what about my dog? Is there a reason why dogs sniff babies?
8 Ways to Help a Depressed Dog
For folks who call themselves dog people, they probably love the fact that pups seem to always be happy, energetic, and excited to see you. If your dog is depressed, it can be hard to know what to do, because this seems to go against the very nature of what it means to be a dog. According to experts, keeping their minds and bodies stimulated can make a big difference.
Why Do Dogs Protect Human Babies
Like humans, dogs are extremely social creatures. Alexandra Bassett, lead dog trainer and behaviorist at Dog Savvy Los Angeles says, “All dogs have a mating drive and den instincts; it’s part of what’s called their ‘pack drive.'” When a dog has a strong pack drive and is tightly bonded with his family, it’s only natural that he becomes protective of a new baby when he or she arrives.