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Barking the Right Way: Tips for Responsible Dog-Friendly Living

There is an important relationship between responsible dog ownership and community harmony. Ensuring safe containment, maintaining up-to-date health and identification, selecting a dog-friendly home, adhering to local pet laws, ensuring the dog's safety when not around, practicing responsible cleanup, mastering proficient dog walking skills, and committing to behavioral training are all critical to being a good dog owner and a good neighbor. By integrating these practices into daily life, you will be responsible to your pets and contribute to creating a harmonious neighborhood environment! Continue Reading >

February 1, 2024 | We Learn, We Care

A Safe and Loving Valentine’s Day with Your Dog

Celebrate a safe and loving Valentine's Day with your dog by understanding their preferences and avoiding potential hazards. Show appreciation with homemade treats, outdoor walks, and cozy snuggle time. Be mindful of toxic substances like chocolate and flowers, and respect your dog's unique ways of expressing and receiving affection. Continue Reading >

October 3, 2023 | We Care

Snoozing Soundly: Understanding Your Dog’s Sleep Habits

Ever wondered why your canine companion can sleep through a thunderstorm but wakes up instantly at the rustle of a treat bag? Dogs love their sleep and need it to stay healthy and happy. On average, dogs need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep each day, although this can vary depending on breed, age, and individual preferences. Puppies and older dogs need even more sleep, while some working breeds need a little less. Dogs and their sleep patterns are a fascinating subject, as unique as their wagging tails and floppy ears. Continue Reading >

September 6, 2023 | We Care | Tips from Sarah Clarkson

Back-to-School Bond Building with your Dog

As summer gives way to the back-to-school season, our daily routines shift, creating a unique opportunity to strengthen the bond with our furry companions. Embrace the changes with intentionality and discover seven wonderful ways to enjoy quality time with your dog. From morning walks to training sessions, grooming to playdates, these tips will help you maintain a happy, healthy, and cherished relationship with your four-legged friend all year long. Continue Reading >

March 16, 2022 | We Care

Pet Food 101: What to Feed Your Pup

Most experts agree that dogs need about 40 nutrients in their diets in varying amounts depending on factors like age and activity level. These nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. But beyond that, finding the right food for your pet can be a daunting task. Continue Reading >

July 20, 2018 | We Care | Tips from Lucy Tate

Tips for Keeping Your Pup Fit

Many humans mistakenly believe that dogs get plenty of exercise by running around the backyard chasing whatever bounces into their boundaries. But nothing could be further from the truth, and the majority of activities dogs do on their own are in short bursts and don’t offer any real benefits. Dogs, like humans, thrive when their bodies stay in motion. Young dogs, especially, need regular exercise to expend pent-up energy. And when you exercise with your dog, you create a bond and establish patterns of good behavior. Continue Reading >

February 15, 2018 | We Care | Tips from Marie Aymard

How To Utilize Canine Training Equipment

Walk into a pet store, and you will find at least one aisle dedicated to tools to walking your dog on a leash. Walk down the next aisle, and you are sure to find more equipment dedicated to training - everything from treats and clickers, to crates and pee pads, wanting a well behaved furry family member has become a huge market for the sale of a wide variety of training equipment. So how do you decide what is the best for your dog? And most importantly, what actually works? Continue Reading >

February 1, 2018 | We Care | Tips from Marie Aymard

Recall Tips And Tricks

There is no better feeling that having the confidence in your dog to be able to comfortably let them off of their leash and know, without doubt, that they will come back to you when called. It is an elusive accomplishment for many dog owners, and probably the most frequently stated goal for new clients coming in for training. Continue Reading >

December 29, 2017 | We Care | Story by Marie Aymard

Babies and Dogs: Beyond The Cute Factor

Is there anything cuter than a captured moment between a young child and a dog? There is something about those interactions that melt my heart. But with all of that cuteness, comes the challenge of properly acclimating a dog to a new human to help set them both up for a successful relationship. Recently, there have been some difficult to watch videos circulating around social media with dogs being pushed past their limits and redirecting their frustration on a child. These incidents are preventable, and it is time that proper techniques for introduction and management were addressed. Continue Reading >

October 7, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Lerma Pere

5 Natural Ways To Fight Ticks

Ticks are pesky – both for pets and humans alike. And it’s not just because their bites are itchy. Did you know that they can make you sick? Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and spotted fever. In dogs, they can lead to anemia, blood loss, tick paralysis, and skin irritation. Continue Reading >

October 4, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Marie Aymard

How To Handle A Vet Visit

One of the most challenging experiences for owners and their dogs can be visits to the vet. Tension runs high, so very often, dogs will exhibit behaviors they never do anywhere else. Teaching your dog handling skills to make checkups and other vet visits less of an ordeal can make these trips much less traumatic for both the dog and their person. Continue Reading >

September 28, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Marie Aymard

How to Keep Your Pup Cool In Hot Weather

Who doesn’t love summer time?! The barbeques, the beach, the long days, the vacations, and most importantly, the extra time with your pooch! While most people love the warmth of the summer, those day that are brutally hot for people are just as tough on the dogs. Here are some tips and tricks to keeping your dog cool (and safe!) during those scorching days. Continue Reading >

September 20, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Marie Aymard

All You Need To Know About Muzzles

Like many other hot topics in dog training, the use of a muzzle has a lot of stigma around it. For most people, seeing a muzzled dog walking down the street automatically causes feelings of panic as the dog is assumed to be unpredictable. There are many positive uses for a muzzle, and ensuring any dog is properly muzzle trained can be a huge relief should any situation arise where your dog might have to don one of these Hannibal Lecter masks. Continue Reading >

August 25, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Heather Burdo

Reasons To Reward Your Dog

Positive reinforcement isn’t just for kids, it’s ideal for dogs as well. Figure out the best reward your dog would respond to best, whether it’s a treat, playtime, a new Frisbee, or even verbal praise. Dogs love knowing their humans are approving of them and their behavior. Most dogs strive to be loyal to their owners so when praise and rewards are involved, dogs know their mission was accomplished. Continue Reading >

Louie’s Club – A Dog Sitting Exchange Community

My wife and I adopted Louie when he was just an adorable 8-week old puppy in April 2015. From day one, he brought so much love and joy into our lives; definitely one of the best decisions we ever made! We quickly grew super attached to him (and vice versa), which made it really hard to be away from him when we had to travel. Not only did we want his boarding environment to be safe, but also one where he would be loved and cared for (just like at home). Continue Reading >

April 14, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Elaine Coe

Canine Diabetes: Symptoms and Complications

One morning my husband and I were getting ready for work when he called out from the kitchen, “Did you spill a glass of water? The floor is wet.” Of course, I didn’t: I would never not clean it up. We dismissed it as something Chloe, our beagle, probably knocked over (her water bowl, a cup she swiped from the table, etc.). Continue Reading >

March 20, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Richard Bryant

How To Keep Your Old Dog Feeling Young

Getting old… it hurts. Even for your dogs. It’s important as a pet owner to keep up with your dog’s growing needs as he develops from an adult to a grand-dog. Just like humans, dogs will go through similar growing pains as they get older and their bones begin to lose density and joints become unbalanced. But there are ways to help your older dog feel young again. Continue Reading >

February 8, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Lerma Pere

Top Food Safety Tips

People often think of their four-legged pals as superheroes. Who wouldn’t when we’ve seen them rescue men, help blind and older people cross the streets, save people from drowning, or even protect babies from the abusive nanny. They have been so celebrated as heroes that owners can easily forget that their stomachs are just as vulnerable to certain microbes as ours. Continue Reading >

February 3, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Amy Freeman

Help Your Dog Cope With Separation Anxiety

You get up off of the couch to walk to the kitchen for a glass of water. Your dog follows you. You go into the bathroom to shower and soon hear the familiar scratch-scratch of his paws at the door. When it's time to leave for work in the morning, your pup starts frantically barking and trying to stand between you and the doorway. While you're gone, he might make a mess, chew up furniture or try to find a way out. Continue Reading >

January 25, 2017 | We Care | Tips from Jessica Walter

How To Identify Dangerous Food Ingredients

I am writing because knowing what to feed your pet, especially your dog, is difficult. When we chose a dog to join our family - my husband and two daughters, we thought it would be simple. All we had to do was go to the pet store, get some dog food, make sure she did not eat too much, and that’s mostly it. However, our puppy got sick and we found out the dog food we were buying contained some pretty bad ingredients. Since then, we’ve learned a lot and Bonnie is much happier. Continue Reading >

January 20, 2017 | We Care | Story by Makenna Lenover

English Bulldogs And Breeding Problems

English Bulldogs are some of the most popular dogs in the world right now. Many people desire them for their adorable scrunchy faces and fat bodies. Selective breeding by humans has lent the breed towards these “smushed” faces, compact bodies, and oversized heads. Unfortunately, that cute look can actually cause a lot of health problems. Continue Reading >

October 26, 2016 | We Care | Tips from Denzel B.

5 Signs Of Health Issues With Your Pup

Dogs love to jump up on us, sprint around the park and generally play around so much that it is easy to forget that they can also get sick. And just like any other animal or person that gets sick, they need help. Your dog may not be able to talk (no, dog language does not count) but they will still show you signs that they are not in the best health. Continue Reading >

October 5, 2016 | We Learn, We Care | Tips from Cathy E.

How To Build A Dog First Aid Kit

You probably have a first aid kit for the people in your household—or at least a collection of supplies—why not have one for your dog? In case of an emergency you may still need to visit your veterinarian, but having a few items ready to treat your dog will help both of you manage symptoms and stress. Continue Reading >

September 16, 2016 | We Care | Story by Ingrid Saunders

The Story of Five Rescues

About seven years ago after moving away from San Francisco and all of the city life, I moved into a rural area. My home was just under one acre, so I knew I would be able to finally have a few pets. Little did I know that I would end up having five wonderful dogs with their own unique personalities. Here is my story of how I ended up getting five rescue dogs. Continue Reading >

August 29, 2016 | We Care | Tips from Mark Moris

3 Top Types of Dog Food

Most dog owners want the best for their pet. They select the food they feed based on their budget and what is nutritionally best for their animal. While most of us are familiar with dry kibble and canned foods, the experts tend to agree these are not the best choices for dogs (even though the “best” tends to be more expensive). Continue Reading >

August 15, 2016 | We Care | Story by Erica Law

Henry – A Personal Story

I got Henry from a pet store just over 9 years ago. He had been there for 4 weeks and their normal turnaround for puppies was just a few days. By the time I got him, he had been discounted three times. It was likely because he was an abnormally large Papillion, currently weighing in at 18 pounds. Continue Reading >

June 21, 2016 | We Care

A New Beginning

My last notice was about big changes here at Barkswell. After tonight's post, I will be including THREE weekly posts from guest bloggers-dog lovers, dog owners, trainers, tipsters, and plainly kick-butt AMAZING people, just like you. Continue Reading >

April 5, 2016 | We Care

Harness the Power

We've been discussing family safety lately, having just gotten a new "family" rig and what consistently comes up is how we keep the pups safe if a car crash occurred. Continue Reading >

January 31, 2016 | We Care

A New Year: Learning and Loving It

Hello all, I can't begin to explain the comings and goings of the last two months without first saying there was a wedding and a honeymoon, which basically excuses me not having written a post in almost two months, right? Continue Reading >

October 22, 2015 | We Care

Multi-state Travels

Have you ever traveled with your pups? Like, really traveled-over many miles and state borders and maybe over some mountains and past lakes, seeing deer and buffalo and Egrets and everything in between? Continue Reading >

June 22, 2015 | We Care

The Village

I traveled to the East Coast this weekend for a wedding (My fiancé’s cousin) and, although we have been traveling a lot lately, I leave my home and my animal loves knowing that they are in good hands. Continue Reading >

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