Pet Lovers

LEASH REACTIVITY

By Melanie Benware, Holiday Barn Training Coordinator/Consultant An increasing problem Trainers all over the country are seeing an increase in leash reactivity with dogs of all sizes, breeds and ages. Leash reactivity, as I define it, is a dog that when put on the leash feels threatened or defensive when it sees other dogs and… Read more »

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DAY!

Today is Chocolate chip cookie day! While you’re celebrating with a fresh, delicious cookie there will be two sad eyes staring up at you….pleading… hoping… that MAYBE…just MAYBE you’ll give him a bite…or even drop some crumbs! Unfortunately, chocolate is not good for dogs! Dogs love the smell, but it is actually very toxic for… Read more »

SUPER SNIFFER!

There is an article on Prevention.com about people who have extraordinarily heightened senses. For example, one lady has a condition called Misophonia, which gives her an exceptional sense of hearing. Things like people chewing, a pen clicking or someone dragging their feet will drive her crazy. Another has Tetrachromacy, whereas she can see thousands of… Read more »

Man’s Best Friend!

We wanted to see what the internet said about the “qualities of a best friend”… See if the results sound strangely familiar: “Friends make life more beautiful …. They add a certain kind of spark to life. You can talk to your friends about everything; share your deepest secrets and even your silly little everyday… Read more »

TREATS!

Nothing brightens up your dog’s face or perks up his ears more than this one word! Treats to your dog are just like treats for us: something special that provides enjoyment and pleasure! Grocery Store Convenience Its kind-of like buying candy for kids… we head straight to the dog food isle of the grocery store… Read more »

GERMAN SHEPHERDS

By Melanie Benware Dog Trainer, Holiday Barn Pet Resorts There are countless blogs and articles about raising a German Shepherd, living with one or training one. I am hoping that if you are reading this you have done your research and know that German Shepherds are smart, active, protective and require a lot of time,… Read more »

HOW TO CHOOSE A PET FOOD!

It’s National Nutrition Month! Proper nutrition is not only important for you, but very important for your pets! How do you know you’re doing the right thing when it seems that every time you turn around there is another pet food recall or proof of another pet food company practicing unethical and unhealthy standards? We… Read more »

IT’S POISON PREVENTION WEEK!

As a pet owner, what are two phone numbers you should always have handy? Your vet, of course, and an animal poison control hotline. You never know when your inherently curious, high-spirited bouncing bundle of fur is going to get into something toxic. You need to be ready. Real life Story “I was so glad… Read more »

A LOOK AT THE LABRADOODLE!

This month’s Camper of the Month for Glen Allen is an adorable little brown Labradoodle appropriately named Coco! Who is responsible for the name? Fairly new in terms of breeding, the labradoodle has an interesting history. The name “labradoodle” was actually first used in 1955 when Donald Campbell, a British speed breaker, in his autobiography… Read more »

CANINE BODY LANGUAGE 101!

I pride myself in being a good doggie parent…. I make sure Max gets the best nutrition he can possibly get, he sees a vet regularly, I take him for walks, I spend time with him, dote on him and give him lots of affection… but I learned today that I don’t have a clue… Read more »