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What Dogs and Their Human Dads Teach Us About Life

June 15, 2017

What Dogs and Their Human Dads Teach Us About Life

In his book Foucault’s Pendulum, Umberto Eco wrote, “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” This observation rings so true to me. Although my own father was more the strong silent type, his actions certainly made an impact on me — especially his love and compassion for all animals and his appreciation for how much dogs (and cats) enhance our lives. (The photo to the right is of him and one of his inquisitive kitties, George). So, in honor of Father’s Day, we’d like to pay tribute to all the dog dads out there. When I … Continue reading »


How to Make Sure That Take Your Dog To Work Day Works for You AND Your Dog

June 9, 2017

How to Make Sure That Take Your Dog To Work Day Works for You AND Your Dog

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to work you… and Rover… go! That’s right, folks – it’s time again for the awesome annual event, Take Your Dog to Work Day, Friday, June 23, 2017. Created and promoted by Pet Sitters International, the eagerly anticipated event is to “celebrate the great companions dogs make and celebrate their adoptions.” Take Your Dog to Work Day started back in 1999 to not only promote animal adoption and showcase what great companions dogs are to their humans, but also to encourage employers to support their animal-loving communities. Since its inception, the celebration has grown from not only the Friday following Father’s Day, but also to the entire week leading up to it so that cat and … Continue reading »


How Dog Moms Can Celebrate Mother’s Day With Their Canine Kids

May 9, 2017

How Dog Moms Can Celebrate Mother’s Day With Their Canine Kids

Whether you’re a mom to human children or a parent to a beloved pet, it’s all about the relationship. Mothers share a special love and bond with their babies that’s unlike any other; the care and nurturing they provide deserves to be celebrated every day, and of course, especially on Mother’s Day. I remember all the celebrations I shared with my own mother. She protested that she never wanted to be fussed over, but I always found Mother’s Day to be the perfect opportunity to do just that. Breakfast in bed, helping out more around the house, going places she enjoyed, and baking a special chocolate chip layer cookie pie especially for her. These are among my favorite memories, as … Continue reading »


Veterinary Nutritionist Dr. Cailin Heinze’s Recipe for Dog Feeding & Treating Success

April 11, 2017

Veterinary Nutritionist Dr. Cailin Heinze’s Recipe for Dog Feeding & Treating Success

Having a conversation about the best choices for dog food and treats is an invitation to open up Paw-ndora’s Box. So before I begin, let me first make it clear that I am not a vet, vet nutritionist or dog nutrition expert. However, I am a certified dog trainer and dog-mom who happens to be passionate about what she feeds her dog and what she uses for training. For our new dog, Ringo, hubby and I wanted to start out on the right paw with his dietary needs. Poncho, the original inquisitive canine, had many dietary issues during the last few years of his life. Because of this, we admittedly had some emotional baggage when it came to choosing Ringo’s … Continue reading »


A Tail Waggin’ Resource for All Your Canine Communication Needs

March 27, 2017

A Tail Waggin’ Resource for All Your Canine Communication Needs

We recently wrote about understanding dog body language, but are you wanting more? Care to brush up on your Doggish-to-English language skills? Discover reasons for raised hackles, growling, and paw raises? How about learning the differences between your dog’s variety of barks? Well, have we got a special treat for you! Our fellow certified trainer friends and colleagues have officially launched their iSpeakDog website, and we’re beyond thrilled. (You can tell just by our body language – smiling, jumping for joy, and whoo-hooing around the office!) The folks who are heading – and tailing – up this breakthrough event are sharing all-things-dog-communication. This FREE informational platform includes everything interactive from Q&A to how-to videos. You’ll find an abundant collection of … Continue reading »


No Dog Left Behind: Making the Case for Canine Education

March 1, 2017

No Dog Left Behind: Making the Case for Canine Education

Education is important — so much so that it’s written into our law… for humans. In the United States, there are compulsory education laws, which mandate that children attend school (public, private or home) by a certain age, and state they are not allowed to drop out (should they decide to) until a specific age. These laws were developed to help literacy rates, protect against child labor, and to better the population as a whole. If we, as a society, promote the importance of education for people, then I propose that it’s high time we advocate for a similar system for inquisitive canines. Dogs (and other non-human animals) are becoming more a part of our everyday culture. I submit that … Continue reading »


Trust Your Instincts: How to Know When The Time is Right to Adopt a New Dog

February 14, 2017

Trust Your Instincts: How to Know When The Time is Right to Adopt a New Dog

How do you find love again when your heart has been broken? Not only is this an eternal human question, but it extends to canines as well. And it’s a question I’ve been grappling with since the original Inquisitive Canine, Poncho, departed the earth in July 2015. Not only was he my husband’s and my BFF (Best Furry Friend), but he was also the inspiration for and greatest helper in our family business. (If you never met Poncho, you can read about him here.) Losing Poncho to the great beyond was devastating for me, as it is for all other pet-parents out there who have gone through the horrible ordeal of the death of a beloved animal. I remember so clearly … Continue reading »


Say NO To Weapons of Mutt Destruction – Choose The Best Dog Walking Gear

February 3, 2017

Say NO To Weapons of Mutt Destruction – Choose The Best Dog Walking Gear

There is significant controversy over the use of aversive dog walking equipment such as choke, prong, electric, and Citronella collars. Although research confirms that there are many negative side effects created by using this kind of punishment-based gear, the use of inhumane training equipment is unfortunately pretty common. Even large pet stores that claim to be animal advocates continue to sell aversive walking and training equipment. As an inquisitive dog mom, animal advocate, and certified dog trainer, I often wonder how and why gear that causes, as the ASPCA puts it, “physical discomfort and undue anxiety,” is considered acceptable. Haven’t we figured out that animals (which include us humans!) learn better in an environment that is friendly, trusting, and filled with love — … Continue reading »


What to Look for When Choosing the Best Dog Trainer for Your Pet

January 19, 2017

What to Look for When Choosing the Best Dog Trainer for Your Pet

Recently I was on a run with a friend, and we were talking about how many dogs we saw along the way, as well as the people who were leading them. It was easy to spot the professionals, as they often had several dogs on leash. Still, by observing how the animals were being handled, it was apparent even to my non-dog-trainer friend that not all “professionals” are created equal. Knowing that I’m a certified trainer, she innocently asked, “Is it me, or does everyone think they can be a dog trainer?” In my experience, my friend’s observation was spot on. Many folks out there think that just because they’ve had dogs, grew up with dogs, love dogs, know dogs … Continue reading »


A Pawsitive Attitude is the Only New Year’s Resolution Needed for You and Your Dog

January 2, 2017

A Pawsitive Attitude is the Only New Year’s Resolution Needed for You and Your Dog

Hello inquisitive pet parents, and welcome to 2017! I can’t believe we’re starting a brand new year. Time flies when you’re having fun… especially when hanging out with inquisitive canines. When you think New Year, what’s the first word that springs to mind? If you couldn’t help but jump to “resolutions,” you’re not alone. Because who among us – human or canine – doesn’t desire and deserve a fresh start? The key to getting your year off in a pawsitive way is to come at your goals with a dog trainer’s perspective: changes in behavior come from acting in a consistent, rewards-based, loving manner, NOT from sporadic, negative, punishing action. My goal is to motivate, make it fun, and set … Continue reading »