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To Crate or Not to Crate

I know a lot of you may cringe at the mention of crating your dog, but let’s have a look at the benefits of crate training. First of all, a crate is another training tool we have at our disposal – it is NOT meant to be considered a cage or a source of punishment for your pet. Crate training for puppies is your first step in house training – puppies will not, or at least try their very hardest, not to soil the place where they are sleeping. You must of course do your part as well in getting your pet out at regular intervals for potty breaks. You are then in control of where your pup does its business. Dogs are naturally den animals and a crate is just that to your pet – a place where he/she c

What is the CAMH Pet Therapy Program?

We recently wrote about the benefits for both you and your dog to train to be a therapy pet to help those people in various care facilities who would benefit from a visit of a friendly caring person and their very special four legged friend. One of Toronto’s largest organizations, CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) offers a pet therapy program where people can go for a training session with a professional dog trainer. The trainer is partnered with other persons who screen, test and evaluate dogs as potential pet therapy dogs. Training takes part in two steps. People bring their dogs for a detailed training session where they are taught basic obedience commands and have a hands on

The Benefits of Therapy Dogs

Have you ever thought about how good you would feel bringing joy into someone else’s life and making them feel really good for a day. You and a therapy dog can do just that. If you have an hour or so a week to spare you could make a difference to someone confined to a long term care facility or a hospital or to a senior living in a retirement residence. With some constructive obedience training by a professional dog trainer you can have a well behaved dog to take into various places to spend some time with patients, and the smiles you will see will be one of the biggest rewards you and your dog will ever have. Most dogs that are relatively calm and people friendly and have had proper obedien

New Years Resolutions for You and Your Dog

Another year has come and gone and now that the big holiday rush is over and a New Year is about to dawn, it’s time to reflect on our lives and the events of the past year and how we could make the new one better and more memorable. So as we toast in the New Year let’s think of some resolutions that we should make and try to stick to. First and foremost let’s book an appointment for an annual medical check-up, for both you and your dog. Keeping ourselves and our furry friends healthy is very important and early detection of any disease or other medical problem is the best prevention. How about taking a look at the scales – have you and your four legged friend gained a few extra pounds indulg

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