Listening To Our Dogs

Do you ever get nervous or feel out of your comfort zone in certain situations? I do when walking into rooms full of people I don't know and having to start conversations with strangers. Being a little of an introvert I have noticed things that I do to calm myself in these situations. I feel better holding a glass, preferably wine ;) though even if my drink is empty I will still hold on to that glass possibly for comfort. What does this have to do with dogs? They have calming signals and behaviours they communicate when in uncomfortable situations to either solve conflict, warn us before a growl or bite, calm themselves down or the other thing/dog/person. Dogs communicate using their bodie

Hiking Paws

Being an avid hiker it's one of my favorite activities to do with Sloan, hence my business name PEAK9. Hiking is great for us to take our dogs on however there's safety to consider from wildlife encounters, dog health and trail etiquette. What are some of the essentials to pack with you? Bear spray. Having bear spray easily assessable and knowing how to use it when you have your leash in your hand is crucial. Practice with your dog on leash and you having to get that bear spray and pretending to spray it. Water. Pack extra water for your dog, and consider the time of day and temperature you are hiking. Dogs heat up quickly especially being as active as hiking, it's best to think of sun expos

Train/Life Balance

I've been meaning to start my blog for months now. It's been in my head and have had the best intentions to start however life seems to get busy and something happens that takes priority from me sitting down for a few minutes each day to write. I often see this in finding time to train our dogs as well. When are we able to find time to train our dogs with the busy lifestyles that we lead? This quote always comes to my mind when trying to have that balance of life and training our dogs “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”― Roger A. Caras Yes we love our dogs and really want them trained, though we do have other priorities in life. Work to pay the bills, errands, kids

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