Riley’s Revelations

Dog Parks – Should I Take My Dog?

Dog Parks – Should I Take My Dog?

Taking our dogs to a dog park to run free and play with other dogs off-leash seems to be an ideal way to help enrich our dog’s lives so they can be their happiest. After all, dogs are social animals that love to play, and they have lots of energy they need to burn...

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Why is Puppy Socialization So Important?

Why is Puppy Socialization So Important?

In prior posts I've highlighted four areas to focus on with your new puppy in the first few months of its life to help it grow into a happy and emotionally stable dog in our chaotic human world (So you got a puppy?). The first and one of the most critical but often...

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Sniffing – Dogs Need It to be Happy!

Sniffing – Dogs Need It to be Happy!

Sniffing Brings us Joy! A Reflection from Riley Yay, it's warm again and I love to walk in warm weather.  My mom walks dogs every day for other people. Recently she had a request that did not make any sense to me – the owner of a dog she walks asked her not to allow...

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Is Independence Day a Nightmare for your Dog or Cat?

Is Independence Day a Nightmare for your Dog or Cat?

The 4th of July is a fun time to celebrate our freedom with friends and family while enjoying outdoor activities at picnics and festivals. One of the most anticipated events on the 4th of July is the evening festivities ending in an array of booming fireworks. Many of...

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What Is My Dog Saying?

What Is My Dog Saying?

How Dogs Communicate Dogs communicate through their body language. With various body signals, facial expressions, and physical postures, dogs communicate how they are feeling in order to create positive interactions with each other and avoid potential conflict. Dogs...

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Looking Back – Anticipating What is Next

Looking Back – Anticipating What is Next

As the year 2018 winds down to its last few hours and we anticipate what the new year will bring, my thoughts reflect on both the blessings that this year has brought in my life, as well as some heartache. I suppose that over the course of any year it would be...

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So you got a new puppy?

So you got a new puppy?

Will life with your new puppy be all Unicorns & Rainbows? A new puppy is such an exciting experience! When considering adding a puppy to their household, most people visualize games of chase, soft cuddles, companionship, romps in the woods, strolls in the...

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Dog Adventure Trips

Dog Adventure Trips

Recently I wrote about the risks of taking your dog to a dog park. It seems that dog parks are more trouble than they are worth, which is very unfortunate for dogs that love to play with other dogs. But, if you choose not to frequent dog parks as an outlet for your...

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Pet Care Providers – How to Choose One?

Pet Care Providers – How to Choose One?

With so many dog trainers and pet care providers out there, how do you choose the right one to work with? A booming industry The pet care industry has grown steadily for over 20 years. Now a significant factor in our economy, the booming business has many people...

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Is Crate Training Good for Your Dog?

Is Crate Training Good for Your Dog?

I used to feel conflicted about using a crate for my dog. After all, we want our dogs to be happy, and giving our dogs freedom to go and do and be dogs brings them happiness, doesn’t it? Here is what I have learned about the benefits of teaching your dog to love its...

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