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5 Outings to Take with Your Puppy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In previous entries, we've written about the importance of socializing your puppy early in their puppyhood, in order to get them acquainted with the outside world and comfortable with how to act in a variety of situations. Socializing your puppy not only grows their confidence and awareness, but also their trust in you as the leader providing instructions. Just like our parents raised us with manners, boundaries and conversation skills, puppies also need to be taught social cues and the various rituals of life. The ideal time to start socializing your puppy is between 3 weeks and 14 weeks. This is the "golden window" of time for your puppy to absorb new information easily and make a smooth transition into their new life alongside you.   READ MORE




Socializing Your Puppy 101

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

As humans, we begin the process of socialization almost as soon as we're born, being held by family and friends, and gradually participating in the daily rituals of life more and more as we develop into toddlers. Being introduced to new people and different activities is how we learn to be a part of society. Our parents give us instructions and model the appropriate behavior so we can learn how to behave in a wide variety of situations. In school, we're taught social cues, boundaries, communication skills, social norms and manners to treat our peers and leaders with respect.  READ MORE




An Experiment in Evolution: Domesticating Foxes to be like Dogs

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

What do you get when a Russian geneticist wants to isolate the genes that make dogs “easy to train”? You get 3,000 foxes on-site at a farm in Siberia, comprised of “rows and rows of sheds that house about a hundred foxes each.” What is this all about? 

In a previous blog post, we covered a recent episode of the show Cosmos: A Space Odyssey which details the evolution of wolves to the modern dog through interaction and, eventually, friendship with humans. In 1954, Dmitry Belyaev “started a fox farm in Siberia and set out to do with foxes in one lifetime what took dogs thousands of years.” 

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The Role Humans Played in Creating the Modern Dog

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Every dog you see today was directly or indirectly sculpted by human hands. Hard to believe? Check out Episode 2, Season 1 of Cosmos: A Space Odyssey! The first 10-15 minutes explains how we directly impacted the evolution of wolves to become modernized dogs, the very ones we love and house in our homes, through a process called artificial selection (the opposite of natural selection). It’s pretty fascinating!

In case you’re short on time, here’s a summary of what the show covers. It begins in the Stone Age, when humans were considered cavemen and the only dogs that existed were wolves. Survival was the aim over anything else at this point in time for all animals. Due to natural variations in wolves at the time, some were born with less stress hormone, cortisol, and as a result, were not frightened by humans like the rest of the pack.   READ MORE




Socializing Animals and Kids - It's a Wonderful Thing!

Friday, January 24, 2014

A pet care business is the most amazing business to have when you've got kids. My five year old can tell you if a dog is a Grey Hound or Basset Hound.  My nine year old comes along on dog walks, and can identify an approaching dog's demeanor; whether it's friendly or fear aggressive. It's awesome, and I smile a lot when I think how we've been able to share the wonderful world of animals with our kids.

Our house is fun, crazy and loving.....and I give most of the credit to the animals. Our house is the perfect house for socializing dogs. We have chickens, cats, dogs, and a gecko. I should put a sign on our door that reads Animal House-minus the frat boys. (hehehe…well, until my boys get older.)  It’s been a gradual accomplishment that has taken patience and love. 

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Life with Animals and Kids!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

We live the country life, here in the middle of our urban city. We have a pet care business where we help families care for their furry companions. Some of the basic services we provide are dog walking, cat sitting, and improving the relationship between animals and their humans, through guidance and support. When our own babes were born, we reached a whole new level of appreciation for what we were doing, and how it has affected our lives.

Fast forward ten years later, and we have dogs, cats, chickens, a gecko, a mouse, and two lively and wonderful boys. Gosh, I’ll say it again, we need a sign on our front door that reads “Animal House.” Our house is crazy, loud, and fun! It’s a bit messy, because kids and animals are always running amok, and tracking stuff in and out of the house. I generally buy second hand, so it already has a that "well-loved" feel. I know that the dog is considered to be man's best friend, but I would say my Dyson comes in as a close second.  READ MORE






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