Appreciating Everyday Moments with Your Dogs
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Appreciating Everyday Moments with Your Dogs

Appreciating Everyday Moments with Your Dogs by Lynn Stacy-Smith The older you get the more you realize that some of the most beautiful and memorable things in life are the most simple, everyday moments. I find that this definitely holds true as a dog owner. As much as I am always thinking about and searching… Continue reading Appreciating Everyday Moments with Your Dogs

When Guests Don't Like Dogs
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When Guests Don’t Like Dogs

When Guests Don't Like Dogs by Lynn Stacy-Smith As I write this blog, one of the human kids has a friend over who is clearly not a dog person. This is an extremely unusual occurrence in our house, perhaps happening with the frequency of a Leap Year or the recent eclipse. In fact, I think… Continue reading When Guests Don’t Like Dogs

How Much To Feed Your Dog
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How Much To Feed Your Dog

How Much To Feed Your Dog by Lynn Stacy-Smith The other day I came across a conversation in a Labrador Retriever focused Facebook group in which a dog owner was asking fellow dog owners how much they fed their dogs. Their puppy was still growing and they were not sure if he was gaining too… Continue reading How Much To Feed Your Dog

How Many Dogs Should You Have?
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How Many Dogs Should You Have?

How Many Dogs Should You Have? by Lynn Stacy-Smith One of the most frequent questions that I am asked after explaining that I blog and write about dogs for a living is, "How many dogs do you have?" "I have two," I always reply. "Oh," is the frequent response as if the person asking is… Continue reading How Many Dogs Should You Have?

Dog Collar Safety: When to Let Your Dog Go Naked
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Dog Collar Safety: When to Let Your Dog Go Naked

Dog Collar Safety: When to Let Your Dog Go Naked by Lynn Stacy-Smith Here in our house we have names and phrases for a lot of things that most "normal" people do not when it comes to our dogs. I have found that they have learned more than I ever imagined they would just from… Continue reading Dog Collar Safety: When to Let Your Dog Go Naked

Love, Laugh, Woof Product Review: The RV Pet Safety Temperature Monitor
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Love, Laugh, Woof Product Review: The RV Pet Safety Temperature Monitor

Love, Laugh, Woof Product Review: The RV Pet Safety Temperature Monitor by Lynn Stacy-Smith If you believe in things like the Law of Attraction, you hear frequently that the Universe puts you right where you need to be at exactly the right time. I used to always think this was a mere coincidence, but in… Continue reading Love, Laugh, Woof Product Review: The RV Pet Safety Temperature Monitor

The Consequences of a Dog Bite
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The Consequences of a Dog Bite

The Consequences of a Dog Bite by Lynn Stacy-Smith The last few Love, Laugh, Woof blogs have focused on training and socializing dogs so that they do not bite, or if they do because they are backed into a corner or they are older and caught off guard, that it is a soft warning bite. The… Continue reading The Consequences of a Dog Bite

Teaching Children How to Act Around Dogs
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Teaching Children How to Act Around Dogs

Teaching Children How to Act Around Dogs by Lynn Stacy-Smith Last week another cringe-worthy video came across my social media news feed because someone thought it was cute. I suppose if you did not know a single thing about dogs, it might be cute. After all, what could be so awful about a curly-haired, resourceful… Continue reading Teaching Children How to Act Around Dogs

The Importance of Teaching Puppies and Your Kids About Bite Inhibition (3)
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The Importance of Teaching Puppies and Your Kids About Bite Inhibition

The Importance of Teaching Puppies and Your Kids About Bite Inhibition by Lynn Stacy-Smith If you've raised a puppy, the words "razor-sharp puppy teeth" probably make you shudder and think back to those days of puppy rearing when you felt like you had adopted a baby dinosaur instead of a puppy. In fact there's a meme… Continue reading The Importance of Teaching Puppies and Your Kids About Bite Inhibition

Why Every Dog Should Go To Obedience Class
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Why Every Dog Should Go To Obedience Class

Why Every Dog Should Go To Obedience Class by Lynn Stacy-Smith The last few weeks have been a seemingly endless stream of stories about dogs that are both frustrating and heartbreaking, including dog bites, re-homing requests, and frustrated owners with 8 month old puppies who are still not house-trained. Sadly they all have a similar… Continue reading Why Every Dog Should Go To Obedience Class

Summer Heat and Dogs: Keeping Dogs Cool Without Air Conditioning
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Summer Heat and Dogs: Keeping Dogs Cool Without Air Conditioning

Summer Heat and Dogs: Keeping Dogs Cool Without Air Conditioning by Lynn Stacy-Smith As a dog owner there are few things for which I am more grateful than central air conditioning. If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I take the safety of my dogs extremely seriously, so you can… Continue reading Summer Heat and Dogs: Keeping Dogs Cool Without Air Conditioning

Summer Heat and Dogs: Know Your Dog's Limits
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Summer Heat and Dogs: Know Your Dog’s Limits

Summer Heat and Dogs: Know Your Dog's Limits by Lynn Stacy-Smith As committed forever owners to forever dogs, we want our best friends by our side as much as possible, especially when we are fully out of winter hibernation and out exploring the world. Like I've written before, spending time with your dog and having… Continue reading Summer Heat and Dogs: Know Your Dog’s Limits

Summer Heat & Dogs: Preventing Burnt Paws on Hot Surfaces
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Summer Heat & Dogs: Preventing Burnt Paws on Hot Surfaces

Summer Heat & Dogs: Preventing Burnt Paws on Hot Surfaces by Lynn Stacy-Smith Most of us can remember at least one incident in our lives when we've removed our flip-flops and stepped onto hot sand or pool cement in our bare feet and felt the searing pain caused by the summer sun on our delicate… Continue reading Summer Heat & Dogs: Preventing Burnt Paws on Hot Surfaces

Stop Leaving Dogs In Cars! Period!
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Stop Leaving Dogs In Cars! Period!

If you have to even think about whether or not it is too hot for your dog to stay in the car, it probably is.

Emergency Preparedness: Emergency Prepping Supplies for Dogs
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Emergency Preparedness: Emergency Prepping Supplies for Dogs

Emergency Preparedness: Emergency Prepping Supplies for Dogs by Lynn Stacy-Smith June kicks off Pet Preparedness Month, a month dedicated to helping pet owners make sure that they have a plan of action for all of the types of emergency situations that could arise and how to include pets and other animals in those plans. Of… Continue reading Emergency Preparedness: Emergency Prepping Supplies for Dogs

Emergency Preparedness: Creating a Dog First Aid Kit
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Emergency Preparedness: Creating a Dog First Aid Kit

Emergency Preparedness: Creating a Dog First Aid Kit by Lynn Stacy-Smith In my most recent blog I wrote about the hypothetical world of the television show The Walking Dead and what it would be like to be a dog owner in that world, which has been my entertainment obsession of the last month of so. Although… Continue reading Emergency Preparedness: Creating a Dog First Aid Kit

A Dog Lover's Thoughts on The Walking Dead
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A Dog Lover’s Thoughts on The Walking Dead

A Dog Lover's Thoughts on The Walking Dead by Lynn Stacy-Smith Right now I am catching up on the television series The Walking Dead. I say "catching up" because it's not so much "binge watching" as "having a second helping", if we are going to use a food metaphor. Or maybe a second helping and… Continue reading A Dog Lover’s Thoughts on The Walking Dead

Sharing the love of dogs with The Non-Dog Lovers in Your Life
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Sharing the Love Of Dogs with the Non-Dog Lovers in Your Life

Sharing the Love Of Dogs with the Non-Dog Lovers in Your Life by Lynn Stacy-Smith When I think about the people with whom I surround myself, I think that about 90% of them are diehard animal lovers. My parents, my grandparents, my husband, my kids all love all types of animals. I credit both Mom… Continue reading Sharing the Love Of Dogs with the Non-Dog Lovers in Your Life

Dog Owners Beware: Always Watch out for Products with Xylitol
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Dog Owners Beware: Always Watch out for Products with Xylitol

Dog Owners Beware: Always Watch out for Products with Xylitol by Lynn Stacy-Smith I had a terrifying moment yesterday. We returned from the Run Fur Shelter 5K/10K races that I wrote about in yesterday's blog, I had let the dogs out of their kennels, taken them outside for potty breaks, and then brought them inside.… Continue reading Dog Owners Beware: Always Watch out for Products with Xylitol

Overcoming Dog Owner Guilt
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When Life Gets Crazy: Overcoming Dog Owner Guilt

When Life Gets Crazy: Overcoming Dog Owner Guilt by Lynn Stacy-Smith Here in our part of Illinois we are less than a week away from wrapping up the school year. With a son graduating high school, along with school trips, band concerts, choir concerts, end of year AP exams, end of year celebrations for all of… Continue reading When Life Gets Crazy: Overcoming Dog Owner Guilt