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Why Did I Become a Dog Trainer?

This is a very good question and one that I think about often. I have had several different jobs over the years including working in an office, interior decorating and starting a dog walking and pet sitting business but I have found that training dogs is the most rewarding. I grew up with dogs but my parents were the ones who fed and walked our family pets. I just enjoyed playing with them. It wasn’t until after I was married that we got our dog, Toby. Then one day when I was picking up some dog food, I was offered a job at our local Global Pet Food store in Scarborough that changed my life. A few months later, while working at the store, I met Trevor who was an experienced trainer and

Spring Training with Your Dog

The air outside is still crisp and the trees are still bare but spring is just around the corner. Many of us may be starting to think about shedding those extra pounds we accumulated over the winter months, so now is the time to start spring training. Before you begin any form of exercise you would be wise to take some time to brush up on your obedience skills with your dog. Make sure that he or she is heeling properly and responding to all of your commands, because the last thing you want is to be dragged around the street or through a park with an unruly or disobedient dog. One of the most popular forms of exercise for both humans and their pets is walking or jogging. Remember that even th

Gardening with Your Dog

Winter is almost behind us and the thoughts of spring and beautiful gardens are starting to creep into our minds. Now is the time to start taking a good look at our garden and how it will impact on the safety of our pets. Believe it or not, there are several common plants in our gardens, and also in our local parks and woodlands, which could cause your furry four legged friend to become extremely ill. Before we start planting or walking in the park or countryside, lets educate ourselves as to which plants are safe and which are not. As we know, our dogs often have a mind of their own and if something strikes their fancy and they start chewing, let’s be sure it’s safe for them. Rhododendron a

Benefits of Homemade Dog Treats

You are out shopping and go down the pet food aisle and decide to pick up some treats for your dog – but what was it that got your attention? Was it the fancy packaging or bright colours or a cute puppy on the front of the bag, or a picture of a fancy shaped treat inside that you found appealing to you? In most cases the products we purchase for our pets are based on eye appeal, our eye appeal, not your dog’s and the appearance of the product and the packaging. But how many of us take the time to read the ingredients of what is contained inside. Just think about it, would you purchase cereal, prepared food or various snack items for your children without first knowing what is actually contai

How to Choose the Right Dog Food?

So you’ve done your homework and now your family has a new furry friend. You went to the pet store and bought some toys, a bed and a crate but what about food? There are so many different kinds of dog food available, where do you start? The best tasting food may not be the most nutritious. If you adopted a rescue dog and the dog was in foster care, check with the foster care provider to find out what food they were using. If you got your new family member from a breeder, they should be able to give you a supply of the food they use for their puppies. When you bring a dog into a new environment , it’s important to continue using the food they are familiar with, at least initially. Once your d

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