15 Signs Your Dog Has Anxiety And How To Help

15 Signs Your Dog Has Anxiety And How To Help

Advertisement Whether you have two legs or four, anxiety can be a miserable experience. Sadly, our fur kids are not immune to anxiety. Many dogs suffer from anxiety, whether it’s only during thunderstorms or a low level of continuous anxiety. How can you tell if your dog has anxiety? What can you do to help your dog if he is dealing with anxiety? Here are signs your dog has anxiety and ways you can help. Signs of anxiety in dogs -Aggression -Tucked tail -Peeing or pooping in the home -Drooling -Yawning -Panting -Licking…continue reading →
iHeartDogs Partners With Audible To Help Feed Hungry Shelter Dogs

iHeartDogs Partners With Audible To Help Feed Hungry Shelter Dogs

We love our dogs, and in a perfect world, we’d spend every waking moment with them. But knowing that our dogs are comfy and cozy while we are away grants us peace of mind. The perfect little bed, a bowl full of their favorite chow, a basket overflowing of toys…but what else can we do to make things just right in our absence? Think about it: what is the most soothing sound to your dog’s ears? A human’s voice! This is why Audible has gone to the dogs–giving your dog an opportunity to…continue reading →
RelaxMyDog Is A Surprisingly Simple Way To Soothe Your Pup

RelaxMyDog Is A Surprisingly Simple Way To Soothe Your Pup

Advertisement Dogs aren’t the only ones who get anxious  – you may already be feeling the heat as a pup parent with a dog who can’t stand fireworks. Fourth of July comes only once a year, and along with the flags, hot dogs and pool parties come the earth-shaking booms that send our dogs into a frenzy. There are tons of tips online about keeping your dog safe and calm when the Fourth comes, but not all dogs will respond the same. If you’ve already found a method that calms your dog, there’s…continue reading →
4 Novel & Effective Techniques to Help Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

4 Novel & Effective Techniques to Help Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

We all love being with our dogs. But there are simply times we must be apart and leave them home alone. This isn’t a big deal for most dogs, but if your pup has separation anxiety, leaving them home alone can be immensely stressful for both you and your dog. We don’t know exactly what causes canine separation anxiety. Some believe it may be related to puppies being separated from their mothers too early. Others believe it’s more related to trauma during their life or a change in living situation such as a…continue reading →

Do You Really Understand Your Dog? 15 Things Your Dog Wants You To Know

Advertisement Whether you’re a first-time dog owner or you’ve had dogs your entire life, there may be things about your dog that you don’t truly understand. How many of these things do you already know, and how many are new to you? Here are 15 things your dog wants to make sure you know. #1 – I’m incapable of experiencing guilt. Even though I look guilty when you scold me for doing something wrong, I’m just responding to the tone of your voice and your behavior. I understand that you’re upset, and I don’t…continue reading →
Why CBD Oil Might Be Your Dog’s Best Friend During a Thunderstorm

Why CBD Oil Might Be Your Dog’s Best Friend During a Thunderstorm

There are few things more terrifying to a dog than a thunderstorm. There are also few things more frustrating to a loving owner than trying to make their terrified pup feel calm. In the last few years, many dog owners have stumbled upon CBD or Hemp oil as a natural way to calm a nervous pup. I recently blogged about my personal story of how CBD played a part in remedying my dog’s separation anxiety and fear of fireworks. CBD oil is a safe, all-natural home remedy to a number of canine health…continue reading →
iHeartDogs Partners With Amazon Audible To Help Feed Hungry Shelter Dogs

iHeartDogs Partners With Amazon Audible To Help Feed Hungry Shelter Dogs

We love our dogs, and in a perfect world, we’d spend every waking moment with them. But knowing that our dogs are comfy and cozy while we are away grants us peace of mind. The perfect little bed, a bowl full of their favorite chow, a basket overflowing of toys…but what else can we do to make things just right in our absence? Think about it: what is the most soothing sound to your dog’s ears? A human’s voice! This is why Audible by Amazon has gone to the dogs–giving your dog an…continue reading →
What Causes Separation Anxiety In Dogs?

What Causes Separation Anxiety In Dogs?

Advertisement If you know anything about separation anxiety, you know how upsetting it can be for the dog and how frustrating it can be for the owner. But what causes it? Does knowing what may have caused your dog’s separation anxiety help you treat it? Are there certain dog breeds that are more likely to develop separation anxiety? There are a wide variety of factors that can lead to a dog developing separation anxiety. Scientists may not understand all the factors that can cause separation anxiety, but here’s what they do know. What…continue reading →
I Finally Cured My Rescue Dog’s EXTREME Separation Anxiety. Here’s the Bizarre Steps I Took.

I Finally Cured My Rescue Dog’s EXTREME Separation Anxiety. Here’s the Bizarre Steps I Took.

First off, if you’re reading this, you’re probably going through the excruciating process of dealing with canine separation anxiety. I know how hard this is. And I want you to know one thing: you can beat it.  The process I am going to share here contains pieces of advice you will hear other places, but also few very unique things that I stumbled upon that finally beat separation anxiety for good. In fact, I’ve shared this story with both dog trainers and veterinarians, and the response is always the same: “You did what?!…continue reading →
Dog Notices His Owner’s Panic Attack And Calms Her Down In The Best Way Possible

Dog Notices His Owner’s Panic Attack And Calms Her Down In The Best Way Possible

Almost every day we read a story or watch a video that makes us tear up and sigh how we “don’t deserve dogs”. Especially when it comes to service dogs that train and work hard to make our lives easier. As does mutt named Oakley who helps out his owner, Amber Aquart, every day. Show Full Text Last month, Aquart shared a video of herself and her dog waiting in an airport. Just seconds in, Oakley jumps up and goes to his owner, nuzzling at her hands and face. He did it because his…continue reading →

6 Reasons Your Senior Dog May Be Slowing Down

Advertisement Depending on size and breed, dogs generally become seniors when they are 7 – 9 years old. While “slowing down” can certainly be a part of the natural aging process, it may also be a sign of something more serious. If your older dog seems excessively lethargic, see your veterinarian to rule out the following problems. 1. Pain/Arthritis Arthritis is one of the most common ailments affecting older dogs. Painful, inflamed joints cause many seniors to sit on the sidelines when they’d rather be playing. Before you chalk it up to normal…continue reading →
How Long Is It OK To Leave My Dog Home Alone?

How Long Is It OK To Leave My Dog Home Alone?

Advertisement Even though more and more stores, restaurants, and workplaces are becoming dog-friendly, sometimes leaving your dog home alone is unavoidable. How long is it OK to leave your dog home alone for? There is actually no easy answer. It depends on a lot of factors such as your dog’s age, breed, health, and whether or not he has separation anxiety. Puppies In general, puppies need to pee one hour for every month of their age. That means your two-month-old puppy that you just brought home needs to go outside every two hours.…continue reading →
Is Your Dog’s Anxiety Causing His Health Problems?

Is Your Dog’s Anxiety Causing His Health Problems?

Advertisement You’ve probably felt some negative physical effects from stress or anxiety in your life. You start to have stomach problems or headaches; maybe you start chewing on your nails or pulling out your hair. Could your dog’s anxiety be causing some of his chronic health problems the same way stress and anxiety cause you to suffer from health problems? Dogs aren’t all that different from humans in the way that they process stress and anxiety. Some of the symptoms they have mimic human symptoms, and some are slightly different, but several different…continue reading →

5 Tips For Calming Your Anxious Senior Dog While You’re Away

Separation anxiety is common in dogs, and can develop or worsen as they age. Pup parents may be especially surprised if their once-calm companion starts stressing out in their senior years, even if they never seemed to have a problem before. Older dogs may become more dependent on their owners as their joints stiffen and their senses start to dull, leading to nervousness while they’re all alone. They may also become more sensitive to changes in schedule or begin showing signs of cognitive dysfunction, so any unpredicted outings may cause more distress than…continue reading →
How To Earn A Rescue Dog’s Trust & Help Her Feel Safe

How To Earn A Rescue Dog’s Trust & Help Her Feel Safe

Advertisement Taking in a rescue dog is one of the most generous and rewarding choices you will ever make. Whether you find a stray, take in a dog directly from a previous owner, or work with a rescue organization to become a foster or adoptive pawrent, the transition period can be quite stressful for your new pet. With patience, consistency and compassion, rescue dogs can overcome incredible odds to become loving, well adjusted companions. Sheba’s relaxed grin and healthy physique are unmistakable after 7 months in a foster home. c/o SNARR Related Post:…continue reading →
What Every Dog Parent Needs To Know About Canine PTSD

What Every Dog Parent Needs To Know About Canine PTSD

Advertisement Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was not added to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders until 1980. Even then, it remained a controversial and poorly understood diagnosis for decades to come. It is no wonder that this debilitating condition is just recently being recognized in dogs. Most diagnosed cases involve military or police canines, but any dog exposed to physical or emotional trauma could potentially suffer from PTSD. Related Post: How To Help Your Dog Regain Confidence After A Traumatic Incident Common causes for PTSD in non-working dogs include…continue reading →
Does My Dog Need Antidepressants?

Does My Dog Need Antidepressants?

Advertisement Those who rescue dogs have huge hearts, and anyone who’s active in the rescue world realizes that pups with a past may also be dealing with their fair share of trauma. This can lead to anxiety or depression. With all that said, pups who live in loving families may also have been traumatized by something seemingly minor, like a loud noise that scared them once, or an altercation at the dog park. According to Paws Abilities: “Too often, we get caught up in the stories we tell ourselves about our dogs’ pasts, and forget…continue reading →
How To Help Your Dog Cope With Sudden Changes To Their Routine

How To Help Your Dog Cope With Sudden Changes To Their Routine

Advertisement Dogs thrive on routine. A happy dog is one who knows exactly what to expect from his life: what time he will be fed, what time he will be walked, and how much time he will get to spend with his favorite human. So when their routine is suddenly changed by a life-altering event, such as a child going off to college or the addition of a new spouse, baby, or fur child, they can become stressed out and start displaying behavior that might be perceived as “acting out.” Unfortunately, change happens.…continue reading →
The Meaning Behind Your Dog’s “Whale-Eyed” Expression

The Meaning Behind Your Dog’s “Whale-Eyed” Expression

Advertisement Trainers and behaviorists rely on dogs’ body language to determine their state of mind. One way they assess stress levels is by watching for “half-moon eyes” or “whale eyes”. This expression involves widened eyes with the sclera (white portion) visible at the corners or rims. A “whale-eyed” look accompanied by tense facial features and body posture indicates the dog is feeling anxious or defensive. Much like humans, dogs tense up and widen their eyes when they feel frightened or threatened. Whale eyes are often seen when a pup is scolded by its…continue reading →