Suzy’s Blog

Why socializing your dog is important and how to do it correctly

Why socializing your dog is important and how to do it correctly

In the early stages of life, a puppy needs to be exposed to many different situations, people, other dogs, and animals. This is how they learn to be in the world. Often, however, dog owners mistakenly believe they must keep young dogs safe from outside influences. It...

Does moving house affect your pet?

Does moving house affect your pet?

Years ago, I used to live in California with some roommates in a small house. We had some cats living with us, but they didn't necessarily ‘belong’ to me. Later on, when I found a nicer apartment in another part of town, I asked the cats if they wanted to come along....

We are all animal communicators ― most people just don’t know it

We are all animal communicators ― most people just don’t know it

Curious people often ask me, ‘Can we really talk to animals?’ This question is not as straightforward as it seems. Simply because it assumes that unless we use words, communicating will be difficult and lead to misunderstandings. We tend to think that learning animal...

Bad dog! Why scolding your animal doesn’t work – do this instead

Bad dog! Why scolding your animal doesn’t work – do this instead

As leaders of the pack, it falls on us to guide the animals that live with us. Now, if you’ve tried many techniques to correct an animal’s behavior (and already know that scolding doesn’t work), how else can you empower them? What works, especially with dogs, is using...

Stop blaming yourself for your beloved pet’s last days

Stop blaming yourself for your beloved pet’s last days

Recently I was speaking with a lady who was grieving the loss of her beloved cat. Towards the end, the cat became incontinent and had to be washed clean, which of course it didn’t like. Months later, this lady was still deeply regretful and wished she had chosen...

Does your animal’s behavior embarrass you? It’s not your fault

Does your animal’s behavior embarrass you? It’s not your fault

When I was out with my dogs one day, we met a sweet puppy called Bonnie who got so excited to see us that she started urinating. The lady was clearly upset and embarrassed by Bonnie’s behavior. She made a comment like, ‘Not again,’ and quickly left the area. Rather...

Helping your hyperactive dog to find ease and peace

Helping your hyperactive dog to find ease and peace

When there is a hyperactive animal in the family, simple pleasures like having friends over, holiday celebrations, or going for a walk can become nerve-racking. Recently I worked with a lady whose dog could not sit still. He barked constantly both when inside the...

The trees are talking, are we listening?

The trees are talking, are we listening?

There are multiple conversations going on in nature, not audible to our ears. It might seem fanciful to some people that trees talk to each other, but I’ve always had that sense. Science is finally beginning to recognize that trees are social beings. They communicate...