Out And About

Walking Gear for Reactive Dogs

Ages and ages ago, during the days of our Walk to Rivendell challenge, I wrote a little bit about the gear we use for our regular walks. Over the last 2+ years we’ve tried a perhaps ridiculous number of walking setups with a variety of collars, leashes, harnesses, halters, and more. Between working on Topher’s reactivity in training classes and our usual walks, we get a lot of use out of our gear and I always want to make sure what we use and carry around truly works for us. Because, in certain scenarios, these are the pieces of equipment we rely on the most to keep ourselves and others safe. So, what do we take on our daily walks?

11 Tips To Keep Your Dog Cool In The Heat This Summer

There’s something about the transition from May to June that makes me consistently nostalgic for summer break. I miss the anticipation of those endless summer days laying by the pool, don’t you? Instead, I’m trying to get my sunshine in when I can, usually during walks. Topher, on the other hand, is up to his usual summer routine: laying on the cool kitchen tiles as much as possible. He’s probably pining for a few frozen treats, too! It’s always important to help our pets transition into the heat of summer—here are a few more tips to keep your dog cool in the heat this year.

The Retractable Leash: A Danger To You & Your Dog

I’m not usually a person with strong feelings on what supplies you need to have when it comes to owning a dog. However, when it comes to leashes, there’s one type I am 100% always against: the retractable leash. Flexi or retractable leashes drive me nuts, and for good reason. Retractable leashes are dangerous—to dogs and to people, they’re unreliable, and they can breed bad habits in both dogs and their owners. Still not convinced? Here are a few more reasons why you should dump the retractable leash like a bad habit.

10 Plants Poisonous To Dogs That Could Be In Your Yard

As the weather gets warmer, we’ve naturally been spending more time outside—and that means Topher gets more outdoor time too! While it’s rare that Topher gets to be out in our backyard by himself, sometimes it happens. And sometimes, I come out to find Topher munching on some grass or the stray leaf off a bush. While it seems harmless, sometimes walking out to find your dog munching on some leaves can be a serious concern. More than 700 plants have been identified as producing toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals. How many are lurking in your own yard?

When leaving your dog unsupervised in your backyard, it’s easier to create a safe space all their own than it is to dog-proof the entirety of your yard. If your dog is an outdoor dog, they should have a fenced area where there is accessible food, water, and shelter; additionally, make sure any plants they have access to are non-toxic.

Here are ten common outdoor plants poisonous to dogs, that might be growing in your backyard right now.

Preparing Your Dog For Winter

Winter can be the best time of the year, or the worst time of the year, depending on your dog. You could have a pup who, much like Archer or Topher, loves playing in the snow and doesn’t mind the cold weather. However, no matter your dog’s feelings about the weather, even breeds bred for colder climates need to be prepared for winter. So, what should you do to help prepare your dog for the coming winter?