Not All Dogs Know How To Swim
Romping in pools, lakes and the ocean is a perfectly natural thing for some dog breeds. Be aware, though, that there are breeds that don’t — or CAN’T — swim. As cute as the video below might be, dog water safety is not to be taken lightly. If you’re unsure about your dog’s natural swimming ability, click here to read our tips on introducing your dog to water properly and to find out which dogs may be safest kept OUT of the water.
“Swimming’s Not So Tough!”
Does your dog like the water? How often do you go swimming together?
We hear stories all the time about family pets saving their owners from life-threatening emergencies. The video below shows how one lucky man was saved by his 3 dogs who woke him from a deep sleep before it was too late.
Sadly, nearly half a million pets a year are lost to house fires. Lots of people have fire safety plans for their families… but these plans don’t always include contingencies for their pets. The good news is that, with a little planning, pet owners CAN better protect their Furry Friends should the unthinkable happen. Click here to read our tips on Fire Safety for Pets.
Dogs Save Their Owner From Fire
It happened in an instant. The gardener left the gate open and the family dog was lost. TWO years later and more than 3,000 miles away, someone clear across the United States positively identifies this lost dog by its microchip and successfully reunites him with his concerned family. An “amazing journey” in real life! Click the video below to watch this astonishing story.
Thankfully, stories like this are becoming more common because of microchipping: a system that combines technology and old fashioned database management to help lost pets of all kinds to be returned to their worried families. Is your pet microchipped? And equally as important, is your contact information current in the system? Click to read our guide. And, if necessary, call your vet and update your contact info today!
Flashmob (as defined here on Dictionary.com)
“a group of people mobilized by social media to meet in a public place for the purpose of doing an unusual or entertaining activity of short duration”
Flashmobs are a really fun event to watch or be involved in. Whether you are a participant in the “Mob” or simply happen to be at a location where a flashmob dance event erupts, its quite amazing to experience and always sure to bring smiles.
It seems that a few talented canines and their owners who found a great way to do a Doggy Flashmob and entertain a few lucky people who happen to be where the event occurred.
How Can Dogs Do A Flashmob? Watch Here!
Mmmmm… I wonder if anyone could ever get a bunch of cats and their owners to a “Catmob”?
Dogs Do Dramatic “Play Dead” Tricks – “BANG!”
Of all the dog tricks that entertain owners, dogs and onlookers alike, one of the most fun is the ‘ol “Bang! Play Dead” trick. It’s fun to teach, to do, and can be a really great trick to strengthen the bond between you and your pooch. Some dogs may take a while to learn it, so be ready to be patient. The end result will be well worth it when your dog realizes they got it right! For tips on “How To Teach Your Dog To Play Dead”, click here!
This Performance is “Red Carpet” Worthy!
Is your dog’s performance of this trick “dramatic?” Tell us about it in the comments below!
“Shake My Paw? Why Can’t I Just Lick Your Face?”
If you have a dog that knows how to “shake paw,” chances are good that you’re pretty darn proud of what your Furry Friend can accomplish. This video is a great example of how much fun it can be to teach your dog to shake paw. Listen closely to how much Sammy’s human is enjoying the process and you won’t be able to help but smile!
Sammy Might Not Be Perfect, BUT HE SURE IS CUTE!!
Teach Your Dog To Speak!
Even if your dog is never be able to say “I love you” as successfully as Mishka and Laika do in this video from YouTube, be confident that you can train your dog to “Speak” or bark on command. If you’re looking for tips on training your dog to SPEAK, we have a great article in our “tips” archives here.
Watch Mishka and Laika say “I Love You!”
Do you have a fun “dog talking” video? Share your YouTube video link in the comments below!
“Extreme” Doggy Jumping
Dog Trainers often get asked 2 questions about Jumping.
The most commonly asked question is, “How can I keep my dog from jumping on me or others?” The second is the opposite of the first: how can owners encourage the jumping behavior?” Some would even like to know, “How can I make my dog jump over something?”
We have a tip on our website that explains how training your dog to jump over objects, can actually help STOP the unwanted jumping behavior. Check out our “How To Teach Your Dog To Jump Over” article that explains how BOTH questions above can be accomplished at the same time.
Got a dog that jumps?
Share your DOG jumping video! Put it up on Youtube and put your link to it on the comments section below!
Driving With Your Dog – Tips For Safer Traveling
Animal Behavior College believes pet owners benefit from as much information as possible on proper care for dogs. Safety while driving is not only a topic for vet training programs or those in animal jobs. It is for all individuals who love their dogs and want to ensure optimal safety standards when transporting their animal.
While humans think nothing now days of wearing seat belts themselves, it is also important to minimize risk of the family dog. Since most car accidents resulting in serious trauma for humans is the result of not wearing a seatbelt (64%), it is important to value the life of your dog in the same manner. Thrown against a window, door, or even you as the driver, your dog can experience similar trauma if unrestrained. A 20 pound involved in an crash at 50 miles per hour will become a projectile able to exert 1000 pounds of force against what ever it hits. The Automobile Association of America (AAA) estimates that unrestrained pets cause more than 30,000 accidents per year. That is why Animal Behavior College stresses restraining your dog while driving.