Why Your Old Dog Runs Away from the New Puppy

Why does your dog run away from a new puppy

When you brought your new puppy home, was your senior dog excited at the prospect of having a playmate, or was he anxious, afraid or even aggressive towards the newcomer? Your senior dog runs away from the new puppy because of fear, stress or anxiety. Puppies can be annoying, especially if they’ve recently joined your … Read more

Why is Your Dog Afraid of the Air Fryer?

why is your dog afraid of the air fryer

You finally got the air fryer you’ve wanted for so long, and now your dog freaks out every time you use it. What’s going on? Dogs hearing is much more sensitive to sounds then ours, so the beeping and high-pitched sounds emanating from some air fryers has turned many normally calm dogs, into a trembling … Read more

Is Your Dog Afraid of Your Husband?

Is your dog afraid of your husband

Does your old dog run from your husband whenever he approaches? Is this a new behavior, or has she always been this way?  There are lots of reasons why your senior dog is afraid of your husband. Maybe he accidently stepped on her paw, they were out when something frightening happened and now your dog … Read more

Why Your Dog Gets Scared When You Cook

why does your dog get scared when you cook

It’s possible your senior dog gets scared when you cook, because he’s afraid you’ll feed him some of your creation! All kidding aside (this applies to me and my lack of prowess in the kitchen!), let’s talk about what’s going on. If your dog was in the kitchen one day when the alarm went off, … Read more

What to Do If Your Dog is Afraid of Stairs

what to do when your dog won't go down basement stairs

Has your dog suddenly decided he will no longer walk down the basement stairs? Perhaps he’s been like that ever since you moved into your new house, or rescued him. Does he also resist going up stairs? If this is a new behavior, did something spook him? If he’s been this way since you adopted … Read more

What is the Best Leash for a Senior Dog?

why a flexi leash for a dog is a bad idea

The majority of people I see walking their dogs use a flexi or retractable (as they are also known) leash, and I’ve seen a lot of accidents waiting to happen.  The best leash depends on your senior dog. If yours is anxious when on walks, a standard 5′ or 6′ nylon leash is a good … Read more

How to Put a Collar on an Aggressive Dog

how to put a collar on an aggressive dog

Whether your dog is aggressive, anxious or just being difficult, here’s how to put a collar on.  I recommend starting at the beginning, just like you would when getting a puppy used to a collar for the first time. For example, sit on the floor near your dog, put the collar on the floor, let … Read more

Helping Your Dog Adjust to a New Baby

Helping your dog adjust to a new baby

Most expectant parents have a lot of time to adjust to the thought of having a new baby. Over the course of many months they prepare not only emotionally, but also practically to all the impending changes. That’s wonderful, but how do we help our senior dogs adjust?     The best way to help a … Read more

5 Ways to Teach Your Dog Leave It

5 ways to teach your dog leave it

Teaching your dog “leave it” is an important cue, and should be practiced often. It’s a wonderful lesson in impulse control and could, literally, save his life one day. Whether it’s food he finds on the street, broken glass, anti-freeze in a puddle, a dog you’re concerned about or a child headed your way, knowing … Read more