While fleas and ticks are threats to your pets, there are steps you can take to protect your furry companions from them! Look at this infographic to learn about warm weather pet pests.Read More
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Summer pet safety tips to beat the heat and keep your pets safe!Read More
With just 1 day away from our 4yr anniversary we thought it would be nice for you guys to see what you'll be walking into Saturday.. Only this time bigger and better like we do every year!Read More
Another day closer to our 4yr another highlight video from one of our past years events. Year 2 was the first year of our new facility and probably one of the biggest years in transformation up to that point. enjoy!Read More
A dog’s anxiety can become even worse if he is feeling pain or sickness, and this is especially important if your companion is getting older! View this infographic on dogs and anxiety.
When Primal Canine first started one of the very first places to invite us to do a meet and greet was Top Dog Barkery. Over the past few years we have grown and so have they, with two new branches in the Southern California area we decided it would be good to reunite and invite some of our friends and clients to do another meet and greet as well as a Basics group class. Thank you to Top Dog and to everyone who came out despite the little weather issues we had. Enjoy!!Read More
All to often we come across people contemplating the need of training for their dog(s). The truth is YES! Your dog needs training and yes! You definitely need to find training from a professional dog trainer (not Google, YouTube or your uncle that has big dogs and watches Cesar Millan). The matter of training for your dog should not depend on the thought process of if you think your dog needs training or not, but thought about more in the context of where they're going to go for training. Just as you would research which school to send your children to, you should do the same with your dog. Your dogs need to have both mental and physical exercise everyday and in a way that fits them best.Read More
Reasons why pets need to be re-homed, and what can be done to help keep families together. Via ASPCA and Column Five.Read More
An infographic with all the American Bully Breed Types. There is much confusion over the American Bully Breed and the American Pitbull Terrier. This lists the different types of the breed and will clear up any debate.Read More
Osteosarcoma is an aggressive cancerous tumor that develops in the bone cells of a dog and rapidly spreads throughout the body resulting in death. There is currently no cure.Read More
The following comprehensive pet safety guide covers topics from common household dangers to harmful/toxic foods, pet-proofing tips, and more. It’s a nice guide for any pet owner to review and ensurethey’re doing the best they can to keep their pets safe.Read More
Keep your dog comfortable and beautiful in between grooming appointments by brushing his fur on a regular basis. Take a look at this dog grooming infographic for a more comprehensive overview!Read More
This helpful how-to guide will educate you on the risks involved with tick bites to your pets. Additionally, it teaches you how to identify, check for and how to safely remove ticks from your dogs and cats.Read More
All too often we hear these phrases, "my dog is too small, it doesn't need training" or "are there any small dog classes or do you only train big dogs?" Granted that all dogs are individuals and have their own special personality and deserve to be trained and treated as individuals, it does not take away from the fact that your dog is still a dog. Their natural behavior and the way they process things is still the same. Dogs are some of the most opportunistic beings out there and will try take advantage of any situation out there. It is up to us as owners to manage each situation so they do not develop any unwanted behaviors.Read More
Arthritis in dogs and cats is of 2 types - Mild Arthritis and Moderate/Severe Arthritis. Here is an infographic with detailed insights on problem areas, symptoms and treatment. Also, you will find a survey report on Australian pets suffering from Arthritis. View and share.Read More
In this piece, we give you some fantastic ways to treat your dog by building them some really simple and engaging toys. Not only will you be giving your dog something he’ll love and cherish, you’ll also be keeping the cost down, which is another bonus. These ideas include some really fun toys, a feeding station, a doggy puzzle to get your pooch thinking, an awesome washing station and a really easy to make dog house.Read More
With so many dogs terrified of fireworks, 4th of July can be a frightening time for pups everywhere. In fact, July 5th is often the busiest day of the year at animal shelters, as pets run off from home in fear, found lost and confused the next day.Read More
E-collars are such a taboo topic among many animal lovers, along with prong collars and muzzles. My stance is that it is your job as your dog’s owner to know what tools and methods are best for you and your dog. Every tool can be abused and misused. Dogs have sustained injuries from the improper use of e-collars, prong collars, nylon collars, leather collars, harnesses, head halters and the list goes on. Realize that abuse with training tools occurs when an owner decides to be neglectful and abusive. Lobster does in fact wear an e-collar, he is the only one of my dogs who does and he is by far the best behaved and best trained dog I have. And honestly, I have a better relationship with him because of the e-collar. So here is the story of how I have arrived at e-collar training with Lobster and why I refuse to let anyone tell me what is best for my dog just because they do not understand or it makes them feel uncomfortable.
When I first adopted Lobster it was clear that either in his previous home or in his time at the shelter, he was the boss. Don’t get me wrong, Lobster was and always has been very affectionate and sweet and playful, but, when it came time to be crated or told to not chew on this, or get down from there – basically any effort by me to deviate his behavior away from something he was not supposed to be doing, he would snap at me. His issue appeared to be only with establishing dominance with me, with my dogs and my cats he is a total push over and constantly submissive and avoidant at the first sign of conflict. Of course, I was surprised when I first tried to crate him by putting his food in his crate then slowly trying to guide him in with his collar, as soon as I would touch his collar and attempt to navigate him he would snap at my hand/arm/wrist. So naturally being taken a bit back by the situation, I backed down and backed away from him, figuring he was probably stressed out from everything that had transpired in the last few days. Going from the rescue in New York, to being transported from NY to Philly by one person, then from Philly to Michigan by another person, then driven from Michigan to Minnesota with me. In the following weeks I began to realize that Lobster had some deeper issues with aggression in relation to feeling any form of dominance from a person. To be put plainly; Lobster thought he was tough shit and in charge.
Over the next few weeks it was clear some proactive steps would have to be taken to ensure I was going to be able to manage Lobster and be safe in the process. I refuse to have a dog in my home that thinks he can do whatever he wants, that is not behavior I support and it is also behavior I cannot have with four bully breed dogs. As Mike (head trainer of Primal Canine) has put it, dogs quickly and easily pick up bad habits and bad behavior from other dogs. Adding Lobster to my pack has added another dimension of dynamic, making it even more essential that I establish rules and boundries – crate rotation, crating when I am not home, crating my dogs while I sleep, not allowing them on furniture etc. Initially I said I did not want to do e-collar training with Lobster, I wanted to try everything else possible and spend some more time forming a bond with him in hopes he would be more responsive to direction from me when we had a solid relationship. So we tried multiple things to ease then tension of crating like treats, and kongs and chew dogs and lots of praise, and instead grabbing his collar to direct him or pull him off the couch I tried having him use a drag leash so I could direct him that way. Lobster eventually became wise to bribery with treats, toys, food and would persist with whatever undesirable thing he was doing. Same with the drag leash, at first it helped to not directly grab him by his collar but then if I was across the room, coming over and grabbing the leash became as tense. He started becoming more confident in trying to bite me and small snaps at my hand eventually manifested into harder bites, and even a few attempts to get at my face that thankfully I was able to move away from in time. But I wasn’t ready to give up and knew no matter what I was going to keep Lobster and find a way to make this work.
The day before Thanksgiving, Lobster was perched up on the gate leading into my kitchen because he was super anxious to get into the car and head to my parent’s house for the holiday. I attempted to lead him away from the gate so I could continue to get things packed in the car but he refused to get down. I was finally able to push him off the gate so I could get into my living but as soon as I got on the other side of the gate I was frustrated and was going to crate him so I could finish packing in peace but tensions rose and he wound up biting me a handful of times on both hands and arms and on my left leg. Thankfully I was wearing a winter coat and mid-calf height boots so the physical damage was minimal but it was at that point I decided that if I was going to keep Lobster, we were doing e-collar training.
Over the next few weeks, Lobster did a board and train with Primal Canine and we started him on e-collar. Three weeks later, Lobster had transformed from a dog that had reached a point of being unmanageable for me, to a dog that I now have such an amazing relationship with. His recall is amazing, his off leash training and his ability to listen and focus on me is something I never thought was possible. Everything has been great with Lobster since December, we have had no incidents and I barely even think about or remember the issues him and I first had. He was meant to be here with me and I am so glad I never gave up on him. Gone is the tension between him and I, there is no longer a vying for dominance, there is no more frustration of trying to crate him or direct him away from chewing up a dog bed or climbing on things he is not supposed to. Because of his training I can now take him anywhere, around anyone and anything with confidence knowing that he understands that he needs to listen to me. Above all, I now have a dog that I trust, and a dog that trusts me.
We get dirty looks when we are out walking because people assume that Lobster is some unhinged, wild animal and that’s why he has the e-collar. It bothered me at first, worrying about what people thought of him especially because of his breed and what people thought of me…probably assuming that I am some monster torturing her dog with an e-collar. But the now I just laugh when people act judgmental about it. Usually the people who are giving me dirty looks are the people who have a dog hauling them down the street, barking and lunging at other dogs, while the owner is tugging on them yelling the same command over and over as their dog doesn’t listen with this growing look of frustration on their face. If you don’t want to have control over your dog, that’s fine. If you want to use other tools or methods to train and manage your dog, that’s great. Just respect what each person has decided what is best for their dog and realize that one method of training and one tool is not going to work for every dog. If someone has to muzzle their dog to keep you and others and their dog safe, let them. Because if a muzzle, or e-collar or prong collar is the reason that owner can control that dog and keep others safe – that’s sure a hell of a lot better than an incident occurring, and the price being paid by that dog because that owner was more concerned about what others think. I would rather see a dog with a prong collar being controlled by an owner, than a wild dog wearing a nylon harness.
Dogs are awesome but they hate being hugged. Check out this infographic for more about the emotional life of dogs!Read More
Ticks are out all year long! That’s why all pets who go outside need tick protection, especially if they hike, walk on trails, or spend time in mountains. Learn more about fleas and ticks by viewingthis San Jose pet hospital infographic.Read More