Old and Grumpy

November 18, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  By Laura Hentges, CPDT-KA, CCS   Have you ever described your dog as old and grumpy? Is your dog less interested in playing or slowing down on walks?  Less tolerant of your neighbor’s puppy or taking longer naps? That’s just a normal part of aging, right? Not necessarily.     I’ve had several wonderful…

Yes, I know You’re a Dog

November 4, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

As we leave the Halloween season of dressing ourselves and sometimes our dogs in costumes, we move into holiday festivities, which offer the same possibilities, and I got to thinking about why people dress up their dogs. I’ve written about this before, but I think I may have a handle on it now.    …

Don’t Stress, Decompress

September 23, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

    By Laura Hentges, CPDT-KA, CCS Congratulations! You’ve decided to welcome a new rescue or foster dog into your home. You have all the usual supplies: collar, leash, bowls, comfy bed, food, treats, toys, and lots of love. What could go wrong? Everything about your warm, safe, loving home is completely new (and potentially…

Look at Us Now!

September 16, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of attending Old Dog Haven’s Foster/Volunteer picnic and on the drive home I amused myself by trying to remember the names of the dogs I saw at the picnic. I won’t show off by listing them for you, but I will say that the best part of remembering a…

Old Dog Haven: 15 years old and Going Strong

September 2, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Old Dog Haven and I’d like to give you 15 reasons why we’re still able to serve the needs of western Washington’s unadoptable senior dogs: 1.  Our founders Judith and Lee Piper saw a need, took action and created a haven when there was none. Without their vision…

Fear Free Procedures and Handling

August 19, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  by Bryana Walters We are on our second Final Refuge foster dog, Rowdy. He’s a cute tiny chihuahua who came to us with no teeth and one eye. During our first month with him, it became clear that his other eye was bothering him too. So we brought him to the vet and found…

The Dangers of Leaving Your Dog in the Car

August 5, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

Taking a drive with your canine friend on a summer’s day sounds like fun, but you should think twice about leaving him or her in your parked car. Most pet owners aren’t aware of the dangers of leaving their dogs inside a vehicle, especially when it’s hot outside. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association …

Sniff and Be Fit

July 29, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

By: Laura Hentges, CPDT-KA, CCS    Physical and Mental Exercise A quick web search of “How much exercise does my dog need?” provides results filled with articles about how important it is to give your dog daily physical activity. When I ask my clients, “What kind of exercise does your dog get?” the answers are…

Walking With a Purpose – Generosity and Dedication

July 15, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

                                                               It’s not just a walk in the park. It’s a very purposeful walk with a great deal more going on than just people walking…

Wally’s Story: My Heart and My Teacher

June 24, 2019 Life Lessons from Old Dogs

  by Laura Hentges, CPDT-KA, CCS This week we welcome guest blogger Laura Hentges, CPDT-KA, CCS, Professional Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant. Laura shares thoughts about separation anxiety and offers resources that you’ll find helpful.       “My dogs have always been my greatest joy! In 2017, I earned my first certification in dog training…

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