As September creeps upon us and things slowly have been returning to more of a “pre covid” normal, many dogs will soon be returning to days spent without their humans around or experiencing this for the first time. Adults are returning to work, summer vacation and days off are coming to an end, and children are returning to the classroom for another year of learning. With this happening some dogs will experience stress and some may show signs of Separation Anxiety. Hopefully they do not have a wild time like Kevin in the classic Home Alone.
Yesterday was dog food delivery day here at Canine Coaching! Pet nutrition is something we are really interested in and passionate about. Did you know what you feed your dog can have implications on their health, overall longevity, and their quality of life, and even their behaviour?
I want to start by telling you a story. Close your eyes and picture the perfect day - nice fluffy white clouds in a big blue sky, a lake, a beautiful beach, your closest friends and your trusty sidekick - your dog.
This was the scene before me. We arrived at the beach and spent a fun couple of hours laughing with friends and throwing the ball into the water for Tori, our 1 year old GSD. It was her first time to this lake and she loved it. Running, splashing in the waves and chasing after her ball. Approximately two hours later we started packing up to head home. Everything was about to take a drastic turn.
As a child, I spent many of my summers in Manitoba visiting family. My days would be spent running around outside, playing in sprinklers, helping at the family tree nursery, horse back riding and playing hide and go seek in the trees. During all of these activities one thing was always on my mind, drilled into me by my mother - watch out for ticks! To this Alberta girl this was a terrifying prospect because we didn't have ticks at home - you mean there is actually little bugs that will drop from the trees and bite me and get stuck to me and need to be carefully taken off?! It was straight out of a horror film in my mind. I can honestly say I got lucky and never had a tick on me ( boy did I shower every day and check!) Unfortunately, this is not the case anymore. Ticks have come to Alberta and are becoming more and more prevalent.
Samantha is the Owner and face behind Canine Coaching. She believes all dogs (both young and old) are capable of learning and are happier being well-mannered members of the family! Samantha resides in Central Alberta with her Husband on their acreage with their two German Shepherds Tori and Baron.