Sunday, February 21, 2016

14 Best Ways Your Pooch Tells You They Love You!

1. Looking into your Eyes

Did you know that oxytocin, a hormone that helps new mothers bond with their babies, is released when your pup stares into your eyes? When dogs are happy and feeling comfortable with their owner, they show you that gaze that confirms their love for you.

2. Leaning on you or Cuddling

Although leaning sometimes means dogs are feeling anxious or they are trying to tell you something, this act also shows affection. Dogs who cuddle with their owners, especially after eating their Bil-Jac dog food, are signifying love because besides eating, you are one of the most important things to them.

3. Lifting & Wiggling Eyebrows

As we know, facial expressions are a huge indicator of mood. Studies have shown that humans have just over 20 different facial expressions and dogs have over 100.

4. Acting Very Excited when You Come Home

One of the best feelings we get from our best friends is the way they greet us when we walk through the front door after being gone for a few hours. You know your dogs love you when they cannot contain their excitement, and they can’t stop wagging or jumping for joy!

5. Bringing You His/Her Favorite Toy

When your dog brings you their favorite toy, it doesn’t always mean that they want to play. Dogs have basically evolved from wolves and this gesture confirms that your pup views you as his or her pack leader. Offering you his or her favorite toy is a leap of trust and shows just how much they love you.

6. Sleeping in Your Room

Dog Sleeping
Start paying attention to your dog’s favorite places to sleep around the house. Does your pup like to cuddle on the couch in the living room? Or will you find them in your bed tucked under the sheets? Even if you forbid your best friend from sleeping anywhere but their crate, if you ever do happen to find them sprawled out like a king or queen in your bed, they absolutely love you with their entire heart, so you cannot get too upset.

7. Sleeping Right Next to You

Similar to cuddling on the couch, when our dogs snuggle up next to us in the evening for a long night’s rest, they show us how much they love us. Not only do our pups help reduce anxiety, but they also make us feel safer, calmer, warm, cozy, and more comfortable.

8. Wagging Their Tail or Smiling at You

Dogs use their tails to communicate their happiness to us. They use their tails as a guide for walkingand swimming, as well as a way to communicate when approaching other humans and dogs. According to an article from Animal Planet, "We can't talk to dogs so we don't know if they think about the tail wag and then do it, or if it just occurs due to the neurochemical effects of a certain state of mind," says Lisa Radosta D.V.M. and owner of Florida Veterinary Behavior Service.

9. Following You Around

Dogs show their love by following their owners around. Dogs love us unconditionally and experts say this behavior is typically seen as a sense of security.

10. Licking Your Face

dog licking face
Dogs lick human faces for a number of reasons but the most common is to show their love because in a wolf pack, cubs greet their elders with this gesture. Licking faces is done by puppies more often than more mature dogs. They want you to know that they are not a threat and they wish to groom or please you!

11. Jumping Up on You

dog jumping
Jumping dogs are often unwanted, especially by guests who enter your home. But when your dog jumps on you, they really just want to lick your face and say “I love you”.

12. Staying Close-By When You’re Sick or Sad

Dogs can sense when we feel sick or sad. Learn 5 things dogs can sense and remember that your pup is always there for you, especially during hard times.

13. A Little Bit of Rough Play

dog playing
A little bit of roughhousing just shows that our dogs have affection and love for us. Just don’t let their play routine get too rough!

14. They Sense if We Love Them Back

Our best friends can truly feel if we love them or not and when they know we do, they usually love us back even more. We can show them by building a stronger bond with one another and allowing them to participate in their favorite activities with us!  There are very few things that are as special as the love we share with our dogs.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

National Love Your Pet Day

February is known as the month of love, and while the 14th may be a time to tell those on two feet how much they mean to us, dog devotees can celebrate ‘puppy love’ in the truest sense during a day set aside as a virtual Valentine to the friendships we form with the members of our fur family.
Although February 20th has been marked as a date to show appreciation for our pals with fur, fins or feathers, all pets parents know that every day is National Love Your Pet Day. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by VetIQ more than 80 percent of those queried revealed that their canine or cat companion receives more smooches than their significant other.
From treats and toys to taking photos of Rover to remember the day, what will you and your barking buddy do to celebrate National Love Your Pet Day? Let us know in the comments section below!

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Best Letter I Have Received This Week!

Hello and welcome to my blog!  This is my first real post and I hope to share with you insights into what I do for animals on my blog.  I work as a dog trainer, canine massage therapist, animal communicator and pet care professional.  My main goal in life is to help people connect with their animals.  All of my services are 100% satisfaction guaranteed - you have nothing to loose except your dog's bad behavior!

For the past few months, I have been teaching Canine Massage classes at Pet Supplies Plus in Crystal, MN.  They have a very nice Community Room which is great to have classes there.  I teach people the basics in how they can give their own dog a relaxing massage.  What is interesting about a Canine Massage is that if it is done right, you not only alleviate the physical pain but you can really work on mental issues and rehabilitate the dog.  Especially any fear based issues can be gone.

A few weeks ago, I had a very scared Greyhound in class.  I showed this student how to specifically work on the tail.  Dogs really carry their fear in the tail.  By pearling the tail, we can help get this out.  I showed this student how to work all of the dogs area, which she seemed to really like, but especially the tail.

Here is the letter I received:  "Thank you so much, Lisa, for the Canine Massage class.  The dog I brought, Trist, was adopted this last week.  She was a foster dog.  I did all of the techniques you taught me many times a day and she came out of her shell.  I will for sure go back to your class any time you teach it.  It was incredible!  Thanks, again!"

You can not believe how rewarding this is for me.  I love teaching people massage and to hear how this can help a dog owner is so wonderful.

If you would like to take a class from me, the next time I am teaching is March 12th in Crystal, MN.

Thank you and remember - hug your dog!