When I picked up little eight-week-old Jackson to bring him home, one of the things to which I agreed was that I would take him to obedience school. I happily agreed, partially because even though I had lived with dogs my entire life I had not had a puppy in fifteen years, and partially because… Continue reading Dog Trainers Make Me Happy!
This article by Terri Lewin Gilbert provides an excellent explanation of why professional breeders who participate in conformation events are recommended for puppy buyers who are looking for purebred dogs as pets. But I Don't Need a Show Dog by Terri Lewin Gilbert
If you have decided that a purebred puppy is the right dog for you, there is still a considerable amount of research to be done to ensure that you find a responsible breeder who is breeding dogs for the right reasons and with a professional level of knowledge. Buying a purebred puppy from a breeder is more than… Continue reading Identifying and Choosing a Responsible Breeder
Springsteen Lyrics, Dog Training, and What They Have in Common by Lynn Stacy-Smith The other day I was driving in my car, and I turned on the radio. Of course it was set to its usual position on Sirius XM's EStreet Radio, which is where it remains whether I'm running down the backstreets, if I'm… Continue reading Springsteen Lyrics, Dog Training, and What They Have in Common
The Problem with "Rescuing" Pet Store Puppies: Saving a Life or Creating Open to Buy? by Lynn Stacy-Smith Sometimes it seems unbelievable that I am still writing anti-puppy mill content in my mid-forties, since I first learned about the horrific practice of commercially breeding dogs in puppy "mills" all the way back in high school… Continue reading The Problem with “Rescuing” Pet Store Puppies: Saving a Life or Creating Open to Buy?
The Right Way to Add a Dog to Your Home at Christmas by Lynn Stacy-Smith In our last blog, The Christmas Puppy Problem, we talked about the problem with Christmas puppies that are purchased on a whim by humans who have not considered the lifetime commitment and the work involved. We discussed how the adorable… Continue reading The Right Way to Add a Dog to Your Home at Christmas
The Christmas Puppy Problem by Lynn Stacy-Smith I was browsing through Facebook several days ago when I came across a video from our local Fox affiliate, Fox 32. The first sentence of the story was, "If a dog or puppy is on your holiday shopping list - be careful." "Are you kidding me?" I said out loud in… Continue reading The Christmas Puppy Problem
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? 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?
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 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 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
The other day I was at a business networking event and I ran into a woman who volunteers in dog rescue in addition to owning her own business. She told me that she had read my book, Love, Laugh, Woof: A Guide to Being Your Dog's Forever Owner and also bought a copy for the rescue… Continue reading Owner Surrenders: When Dog Owners Give Up for All the Wrong Reasons
Pet ID Week: Understanding Microchips and Pet Trackers by Lynn Stacy-Smith Here in our neighborhood we have so many dogs found by residents that I have joked several times that we should purchase our own microchip reader, particularly since some people are reluctant to take found dogs to the local shelter. Unfortunately that belief stems… Continue reading Pet ID Week: Understanding Microchips and Pet Trackers
The Importance of Giving Puppies and Dogs a Holistic Lifestyle by Lynn Stacy-Smith Having three dogs in a row diagnosed with serious or terminal illnesses will forever change how you care for your dogs. In fact Babe's kidney disease, Dutch's hemangiosarcoma, and Maggie's lymphoma were the catalyst for the creation of Love, Laugh, Woof and ignited my passion… Continue reading The Importance of Giving Puppies and Dogs a Holistic Lifestyle
Spay/Neuter Awareness Month: Mythbusting Reasons to Not "Fix" Your Dog by Lynn Stacy-Smith I did not neuter Jackson until he was a little over two and a half years old. I spent a good two years running into issues when I wanted to take him to training classes, dog parks and other areas. "He's still… Continue reading Spay and Neuter Awareness Month: Mythbusting Reasons to Not “Fix” Your Dog
National Prevent a Litter Month: The Importance of Spaying and Neutering by Lynn Stacy-Smith Earlier this month I blogged about Responsible Pet Owner Month and how virtually all of the special dog days in this month all tie back into the idea of being a responsible pet owner. It makes sense that February is also National Prevent… Continue reading National Prevent a Litter Month: The Importance of Spaying and Neutering
Ten Traits of Responsible Dog Owners By Lynn Stacy-Smith The month of February has quite a few different awareness events and in the end, all of them fall under the umbrella of being a responsible pet owner. In fact, that is what Love, Laugh, Woof is all about: being a responsible and forever owner from… Continue reading Ten Traits of Responsible Dog Owners
How Responsible Dog Breeders Help Prevent Pet Overpopulation By Lynn Stacy-Smith As I wrap up our three part series during Westminster Dog Show week, here are some ways that hobby/show/professional breeders help prevent their dogs from ending up homeless, abandoned or in shelters: 1. The application process: Good breeders will require an extensive application to be submitted… Continue reading How Responsible Dog Breeders Help Prevent Pet Overpopulation
Understanding the Different Types of Dog Breeders By Lynn Stacy-Smith Today is the second day of the Westminster Kennel Club show, a prestigious event that celebrates breeding stock of purebred dogs and my favorite sporting event of the year. With a pet overpopulation problem that results in 2.4 million innocent and healthy dogs and cats… Continue reading Understanding the Different Types of Dog Breeders