Modern Dog: How to Improve your Bond with your Pet


Check out the latest news on improving your bond with your pet in this article by Modern Dog:

How to Improve Your Bond With Your Dog
Understanding the human/canine connection and how to make your bond stronger


In 1924, a Japanese professor named Hidesaburo Ueno would each morning say goodbye to his dog Hachiko then walk to the train station to head for work. At three o’clock, Ueno would return home to find Hachiko sitting by the tracks, waiting for him. Every day for over a year, the big Akita would be there, waiting.

On a day in May of 1925, Hachiko walked as usual down to the station to wait for Ueno’s return. But, sadly, the professor had suffered a fatal cerebral hemorrhage at his school that day. He would never again return to his faithful Hachiko.

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From Fluval: Discus Fish Care 101



The discus, also known as the king of aquarium fish, have been so intensively bred that the vast array of colours available has become almost dizzying. I have had the great privilege of visiting some of the most impressive discus breeding facilities around, namely Jeffrey and Tony Tan’s Malaysian discus breeding facility. Here, I saw not only a surgically clean breeding facility, but discus of quality that I had only ever dreamed about. For those of us who have some knowledge of the wonderful world of discus, the mere mention of the Aquarama Show in Singapore would quickly equate to the Tan brothers to absolutely perfect, show-quality discus entries with a winning history.  Read more…

5 Things you should know about collars and leads


If it weren’t for the collar and nametag on my friend’s beagle, Norbert, we’d have lost him long ago.  He’s an escape artist.  However, because he’s so darn cute, people tend to catch him quickly and then immediately call to let my friend know they’ve found him. He hasn’t escaped in months, but that collar never leaves his neck (except for bathtime).

5 tips for using collars and leashes

5 tips for using collars and leashes

1. As soon as you get a puppy or bring home a new dog, make sure it has a soft collar and a name tag. The collar of course is necessary for using a leash as well, but also provides a secure place to afix that ever important name tag with your contact information and your pet’s name.

2. For puppies, a typical lead length is 4-6 feet. Getting your puppy used to a leash early on will help to ensure that you two can enjoy walks together instead of fighting every step of the way.

3. Speaking of fighting…if you have a dog who usually walks YOU instead of the other way around, try a head collar or harness.  Head collars look similar to muzzles but don’t keep your dog’s mouth closed.  They DO allow you to more easily turn your dog’s head to distract him or her from squirrels, other dogs, etc.  If you can control the motion of your pet’s head, you can control which direction they go.  For more information on using a head halter, check out this article from the ASPCA.

4. If your dog tends to pull and lunge when other dogs approach, you’re experiencing leash reactivity. This often occurs either because your dog is afraid of other pets or because he is so excited to see other dogs and gets frustrated because he can’t get to them more quickly to say, “Hi!”

5. Ways to manage or fix this leash reactivity include: walking at different times of day when there are fewer pets, picking up small pets to avoid lunging, and distracting your dog when others are around.  To actually FIX the problem, click here to see a great training idea from the ASPCA.