The Doggie Mama

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Does having a dog help with depression?

Does having a dog help with depression?

  Having a loving dog is like therapy Today I’m going to tell you about my story and how my dog helped lift my spirits so that I could get back to writing. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll learn the benefits of being […]

Grooming Your Dog at Home

Grooming Your Dog at Home

Save some money and DIY your spa day! Grooming your dog at home can save you a lot of money, but where do you start and how do you groom your dog in a way that makes him comfortable and happy? Sundays are what I […]

Why won’t my dog listen to me?

Why won’t my dog listen to me?

Training Your Dog to Listen to You

Why Won’t My Dog Listen To Me?

This is a common question that most first-time Dog owners ask me. Before I answer your question, let me ask you a few instead:

  • Do you use cookies, collars, head halters or clickers to make your Dog listen to your commands?
  • Do you have to raise your voice every time you want your Dog to listen to you?
  • Does your Dog always come or sit on command – anytime and anywhere you want him to?

If your answers are mostly in the negative, its time you seriously reconsider your role as a sincere Dog trainer and an ideal pet parent.

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Get Your Dog To Listen To You

Before you begin any training, you must first establish yourself as the “ALPHA dog” of your family. Your Dog must know that you’re the leader of the pack and it is YOU who is in charge.

Here is a list of simple DO’s and DONT’s that you must follow if you want to be the Alpha:

  • Always go out or come in through the door first – remember you are the leader;
  • Always eat first – give your Dog something to eat only after you’ve finished your meal;
  • Don’t circle around your Dog when he is lying on the floor – make your Dog move out of your way instead;
  • Don’t let your Dog set the rules – pay attention to him when you think fit and not whenever he demands;
  • Don’t permit your Dog to sleep with you in your bed – demarcate his sleeping area clearly.

Once you successfully established yourself as the Alpha, training your Dog and making him listen will be a lot easier than you can imagine. Remember, if your Dog does not learn to “listen”, all your training efforts will be in vain!

Does your Dog know his name? Does your Dog look at you whenever you call him by his name? This is the first and the most critical step involved in Dog Training. If your Dog doesn’t respond to his name, you cannot have his attention for teaching him any other commands.

To make sure that your Dog recognizes his name, take a treat in your hand and hold it away from your body. Call your Dog’s name. He is most likely to look at the treat in your hand. Continue calling his name untill he turns and looks at your eyes. Give him the treat immediately. Repeat this exercise by holding the treat in the other hand. Once you’re sure that your Dog has learnt to recognize his name, just call his name and reward him for looking at you by petting or with a hug.

You must understand that Dogs respond far better to positive reinforcement than they do to coercion or force.

Learn how to train your Dog better with this free mini course.

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Best Rated Dog Crates

Best Rated Dog Crates

The best solution for training your dog Where would you find the best solution for training your dog? Our review today will cover the Best Rated Dog Crates with positive and negative comments so you can make an informed decision on a crate for your […]

How Do Dogs Show Their Love?

How Do Dogs Show Their Love?

We know our dogs love us. Here’s proof!   We know we love our dogs and enjoy showing them love in the form of hugs, snuggles, kisses and words of affection and we assume our dogs love us back. Since they can’t tell us with […]

Furbo Dog Camera Treat Dispenser

Furbo Dog Camera Treat Dispenser


Oh my! What will they think of next?! A dog camera is the best way to keep track of your pet’s misbehavior while mommy is away at work or on vacation. Nothing can slip under your nose, especially with the Furbo Dog Camera AND it can toss out a treat for you remotely.

Let’s back up here for a moment. Let’s say you’re at work and you’re all caught up and have nothing to do. Your mind starts wandering and thinking about joining your dog on the bed for a nice cozy nap. If only you could pick up the phone and text him. First of all, he has no opposing thumbs in which to operate an electronic device. Secondly, he doesn’t have a phone. He’s a dog. duh

Alright, switch gears now and you’re wondering what he’s doing while you’re away. You don’t want to wait until you get home to find out he’s gotten into the trash again. Or pulled out all of your toilet paper from the roll and went running down the hallway. If only I had an extra pair of eyes in which to watch him get into all of this mischief, and an intercom to yell at him to get him to stop.

Well ladies and gentlemen, there is a solution for all of you control freaks who want to watch your dog’s every move and speak to him like a voice from beyond the grave! Introducing, the Furbo Dog Camera! It’s a camera, it’s an intercom, AND a treat dispenser! Wow, triple threat doggie necessity! You can’t imagine how you’ve lived your life up until this moment without this amazing gadget!

The Furbo Dog Camera is a treat tossing, full HD Wifi Pet Camera WITH two way audio capability. You operate the device through a free app (for iOS or Android) and you can tune in to what’s going on at home with Fido. The 2 way audio capability enables you to listen in on his activities, and if he is barking unnecessarily, you can use the 2 way feature to calm him down by soothing him with that familiar voice he loves and trusts so much. The app even comes with a sensor that sends a push notification when he is barking so you can nip that in the bud and discourage bad behavior even when you’re at work on the clock, on vacation away from home, or serving in the military and can’t be home to be with your beloved pet.

Let’s say you are away from home and you want to check in on your pup. This 1080p camera comes complete with night vision, livestream video to monitor your pet with a 160 degree wide angle view, both day and night.

You can fill the canister with about 100 of his favorite treats (depending on the size of course) and you can remotely pop him a treat right out of the canister! How cool is that?!

It also comes with a free Smart Dog Alerts Trial so you can know exactly what your dog is doing. Furbo uses Dog Recognition Technology to send you Dog Activity Alerts, Person Alerts and even a Dog Selfie Alert (and we couldn’t imagine life without it, right?)

Set up is super easy. Plug it in to an outlet, download the Furbo app and connect to wifi and you are ready to rock and roll!

Let’s check out what people are saying about the Furbo Dog Camera Treat Tossing, Full HD WiFi and 2 Way Audio Camera:

  • Great tool to stay connected with your pet when you have to be deployed overseas and cannot be with your pet. The next best thing to being there
  • Customer service is beyond amazing!
  • Super easy to set up and if you have problems, customer service is there to help every step of the way.
  • Great training tool, helped me with some bad habits I didn’t know he had while I was away from home.
  • It comes with a great training video to help you train your pup while you are out of the home
  • Having a new puppy who gets lonely at home all day is very reassuring to be able to soothe your pet just by talking to him using the 2 way audio feature.
  • Had problems setting up the app on my phone but the Furbo customer service was amazing and helped me when my phone provider could not.

You can get the Furbo Dog Camera with Treat Tossing, Full HD WiFi 2 Way Audio from our friends at Amazon. You can click on this link and I’ll get credit for referring you!

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Premium Dog Beds

Premium Dog Beds

I love Sleeping Dogs! I have to admit. I love watching my dogs sleep. I mean really, that’s when they are at their all time cutest, when they are all sleepy and cuddly and have their eyeballs rolled back into their heads. You know they […]

Natural and Healthy Dog Treats – A review of five favorites

Natural and Healthy Dog Treats – A review of five favorites

Dog Food Made in China? There has been a lot of press and information circulating around pet food ingredients that are sourced from China, particularly chicken. Thousands of dog owners have reported strange illnesses and even deaths after their dogs have consumed products that have […]

What to do when your dog is sick

What to do when your dog is sick

Oh no! My poor dog is sick!

You notice your dog isn’t behaving normally lately. Is he giving you attitude, is he having a bad day, or is he not feeling well? Let’s take a look at some issues indicating your pup is not feeling too well, and where to go to get some answers.

I’m not a doctor, and I don’t play one on TV

Let’s get real folks. I’m not a vet or in a position to give any kind of advice, but I just wanted to gather some info for you and share some personal experience to help raise awareness so you can seek the help of a professional before your pet has to experience too much discomfort.

We are all busy, and because our dogs are pretty self sufficient — meaning we don’t have to coddle them too much or tell them to take a nap. Really. They do that without any coercion from us. lol

And because we are busy with other things in our lives, sometimes we may not notice something is going on with Fido until they are having a rough time with it. For example, I’ll share a story about my Daphne.


Daphne is a 13 year old Beagle. She lives outside  and I live in Hawaii so we don’t have inclement weather in which it would be terrible for a dog to live outside. I mean, for real. Would you love to live in Hawaii under the stars and blue skies? Daphne doesn’t have a terrible life. haha. So anyway, I go outside to see her every day in the morning before work, and we spend time with her in the evening where I have all 3 dogs eat dinner together (my 2 inside dogs and my outside dog) One day I noticed that Daphne was shaking her head, a lot. Didn’t really know what she was up to, but Beagles have big flappy ears so I could even her her doing it when I was in the house. Because her behavior wasn’t extreme, I didn’t think too much about it.

This ear flapping continued for a few days and when I went to pet her and rub her ears I noticed that her right ear was HUGE and puffy! Oh no! What happened?! Did she get stung by a bee? Maybe a centipede? I didn’t want to see her be uncomfortable so I called the vet and made an appointment for the next day.

Apparently, the ear flapping was an indication of an ear infection. The inside of her ear was red and inflamed so twisting her head and flapping her ears was her way of getting some relief from the pain. I felt like such a terrible mommy! We got some meds and ointment to help relieve the pain and went back home. Daphne is not a huge fan of taking pills. She is the master of finding the hidden medicine in her food, wrapped in a piece of cheese or bologna, and she spits it out. My vet gave us a sample of Pill Pockets where you can hide the pill and trick your pet into taking their medicine. They work like gangbusters and Daphne took her pill like a good girl and got better in a matter of days!

Signs your dog may be sick

Here are some indications your dog may not be feeling well so you can seek help from your vet

  1. Bad breath or unusual/excessive drooling
  2. Excessive drinking or urination
  3. Appetite change associated with weight loss or gain
  4. Change in activity level (ex: lack of interest in doing things they once did)
  5. Stiffness or difficulty in getting up or climbing stairs
  6. Sleeping more than normal, or other behavior or attitude changes
  7. Coughing, sneezing, excessive panting, or labored breathing
  8. Dry or itchy skin, sores, lumps, or shaking of the head
  9. Frequent vomiting or change in bowel movements
  10. Dry, red, or cloudy eyes

Basically, if you notice any changes in their normal behavior or activity level, your curiosity should increase and pay close attention to see if these signs should be something of concern. If so, call your vet, ask questions and share your observations with him because it might be the start of something.

Vet Bills?!

If you go to the vet a lot like I do (with 3 dogs) pet insurance might be something you’d be interested in. Just like any other kind of insurance, pet insurance can be tailored to suit your individual needs to cover a variety of things like office visits, medications, hospitalization and surgery. It really comes in handy and can help your pocketbook if an emergency arises.

Wrapping it up

You’ve learned a few tips on how to spot a potential health issue with your dog so that in the future you can nip it in the bud before his maladies get too serious because let’s face it: when our sweet doggies are not feeling well, we want to fix it for them as soon as possible so they can get back to doing what they do best – And that is to be the best companion and family member ever!

Thanks for reading! See our review on Healthy and Natural Treats for your dog HERE


The Basics of Dog Training

The Basics of Dog Training

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