Prepping Your Pup for Take Your Dog to Work Day®

Okay, so this is a good news/better news situation… The good news? Take Your Dog to Work Day® – one of my favorite pawlidays – is Friday, June 25! (More like Fri-yay!) The better news? According to Pet Sitters International, “The entire week leading up to Take Your Dog To Work Day® is Take Your Pet To Work Week® (June 21-25, 2021).” Yep – the … Read More

Let’s Celebrate Pet Appreciation Week

Cheers and woofs! Pet Appreciation Week is June 6–12! Here at The Inquisitive Canine, we’ve come up with four pawsome ways we can all show appreciation for the pups in our lives: Be Their Voice Dogs have a lot to say, but oftentimes no one is listening. Go beyond the bark to become proficient in the verbal and non-verbal ways canines communicate. You can … Read More

Celebrate National Best Friends Day with Your BFF – Best Fur Friend!

Sure dogs are humans’ best friends, but are you a BFF to your dog? Of course you are! And here are some more ways to celebrate that most sacred dog-hooman bond: Enhance your relationship by creating opportunities to unleash adventures and harness fun from your inquisitive canine’s point of view. How about a Sniffari? Explore dog-friendly places in your own town and neighborhood. Yes, … Read More

Five Ways Our Dogs Rescue Us

As National Rescue Dog Day approaches on May 20, let’s flip the script, and think about the ways that sometimes our dogs rescue us: Inspiration – Little did I know when we adopted a dog in 2003 that my life would soon go to the dogs! The original Inquisitive Canine, Poncho Gonzales Hunter Mayer sparked my interest in understanding the science of animal learning. … Read More

Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed with You?

In my 16 plus years’ experience as a dog trainer and behavior consultant, there’s a hot topic that pet parents often ask me about: “Do you think it’s okay to let dogs sleep in bed with you?”  My answer? “It depends.” When deciding what’s best for you and your inquisitive canine, some considerations include: Age of the dog: Young puppies (or new dogs who aren’t … Read More

But Isn’t Every Day National Pet Day?

“Colleen Paige, animal welfare advocate and pet and family lifestyle expert, founded National Pet Day in 2006 to celebrate the joy pets can bring to us,” states the website, nationaltoday.com. That means that us pet lovers can mark our calendars for April 11, 2021 and start thinking about how we can honor the furry friends who bring so much affection to our lives. Here, … Read More

Be Inquisitive When Considering a Canine as a Gift

In our recent post on Creating a Successful Pawliday Season, we explored some of the hidden dangers for pets around the holidays – and how to avoid them. However, there is one hidden danger that requires its very own post: getting a pet as a gift for someone. The biggest risk of giving an animal as a present is that the person might not … Read More

Is a Harness Right for Your Inquisitive Canine?

Why Choose a Dog Harness? There are several good reasons you might choose a dog harness over a collar for attaching the leash on walks and adventures with your dog. Dogs who pull while wearing a collar can put pressure on their necks, potentially injuring sensitive structures of the spine, throat and neck area. Even without an injury, pressure on these structures can be uncomfortable for … Read More

From Dog Trainer to Dog Harness Creator: A Journey of Invention With a Cultural Shift

Since becoming a trainer and launching The Inquisitive Canine, I had always considered developing a dog harness thatwould not only help dogs and their owners enjoy adventures together, but that would also eliminate the need and use of more aversive equipment, such as choke and prong collars. (How fun can those really be?) I, along with my training clients, struggled to find a dog … Read More

Hidden Holiday Dangers for Dogs

People often recognize that the holiday season can present some additional dangers to our pets that they don’t face at other times. And this is true! During this time of year, dogs are more likely to have access to foods that are toxic to them, or larger quantities of nontoxic food than usual, as well as unfamiliar items they may be tempted to swallow. … Read More

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