5 Alternatives to Walking for Lazy Dogs and Their People (No Judgment)

Walking your dog daily is a necessary part of dog ownership. However, despite your best efforts, life sometimes gets in the way. Maybe the weather is terrible, you’re not feeling well, or you’ve already gone on three walks and your dog is still bouncing off the walls.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help you. There are plenty of ways for your dog to get exercise without even leaving the house. Here are nine fun alternatives to walking that you and your dog will both love.


This one seems obvious, but it’s also easy to forget when you’re thinking of dog exercise options. If you’re feeling extra lazy, get a ball launcher that lets your dog play fetch on their own.

Dog yoga

Yes, you read that right! There are dog yoga classes called Doga, or you can practice yoga with your dog in the comfort of your home. Just come armed with patience and a sense of humor, and don’t be too surprised if your dog doesn’t quite get the whole “quiet concentration” aspect. If nothing else your giving your dog some one on one attention!

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Flirt pole

A flirt pole is essentially a fishing pole for your dog to play with. You can purchase one, or you can build one at home with a stick, some string, and a few choice dog toys (that you don’t mind getting torn up). Just attach your dog’s favorite toy to the end of the string, and go nuts.


Disclaimer: some dogs love chasing bubbles, and others are completely indifferent to them. But if your dog falls into the former category, bubbles are a fun and inexpensive way to while away the afternoon. You can use regular non-toxic bubble solution, or get special dog bubbles that feature flavors dogs love, like peanut butter or bacon.


Hire a dog walker

And of course, you can always turn to finding a dog walker when your dog needs a walk. : )

10 Reasons Older People Need Pets



Loneliness can become an unwelcome companion as we get older and can lead to depression as well as physical problems. Dogs mold their schedule and personality to you. They are never unavailable or off duty. Smaller dogs, in particular, can easily travel with you wherever you go.

Having a Routine

Having a dog is a responsibility but needn’t be taxing. The routine of caring for a pet can give structure and purpose to daily life. Maybe you don’t always want to get out of bed, but your pet wants you to, and isn’t that a good thing?


People benefit from regular physical exercise regardless of their age. But it is hard to get into a regular exercise routine and so very easy to skip it. Having a dog can be a great way to make walking a regular part of your permanent daily plans.


Older people with pets exhibit less stress than their pet-less counterparts. Maybe it’s those regular walks or the sense that you have a friend to share life’s challenges. Or maybe it’s that tail wagging every day when you wake up.

Getting Out

Having a pet, and particularly one that requires regular outdoor activity, helps you stay connected to life. There’s the vet. The place you have your dog groomed and washed. You need to be involved in social activities. Having a pet is a good way to stay involved.

Making New Friends

There are lots of shared activities for pet owners, ranging from communal walks to charitable events and projects run by organizations that cater to animals and the environment. It can be hard to meet new people, but pets are a great icebreaker.


New Interests

Having a pet can expose you to a lot of new interests and activities. Maybe it’s cleaning up the neighborhood park where you walk your dog. Some hospitals seek pet owners who will volunteer to bring in their pets to spend time with patients.


Having a dog can provide significant security. Potential thieves will stay away from a home with a barking dog. Now, maybe your watchdog weighs only 12 pounds soaking wet. But the person on the other side of the door doesn’t know that.

Taking Care of Something

Sure, you need your pet. But your pet needs you, too. The desire to be useful and of value doesn’t magically disappear when your career ends or your kids grow up and build their own independent lives. It is very satisfying to take care of another living thing.


Investing in Life

At the end of the day, having a pet means that you have made a promise to continue being involved in another life. This commitment is one of the most positive decisions you can make as you grow older

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5 Incredible Things Dogs Can Sense Before They Happen

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Dogs are incredibly intuitive and aware of their surroundings. They know when their person is sad and can pick up on stress when their household is in chaos. Some people believe that dogs can predict when someone is going to die or can see spirits. Below are some of the other amazing things dogs can sense, for one reason or another.

1. Earthquakes

Records as far back as ancient Greece tells of dogs fleeing the city of Helice before a tragic earthquake. China also has stories of dogs showing signs of distress before seismic activity. Although dogs are very much aware of their surroundings, some scientists argue that a dog’s hearing is so perceptive, they can hear rocks crumbling under the grounds surface. Some seismologists think that the dogs feel seismic activity through their paws. Either way, if a dog in an earthquake-prone area begins to act odd, the change in behavior shouldn’t be ignored.

2. Storms

Just like with earthquakes, dogs can sense something on the horizon. Storms create an electromagnetic force that dogs can sense before the storm hits. Dogs also use their amazing sense of hearing and can possibly hear the thunder rumble from several miles away. Their olfactory senses are about 100 times more sensitive than that of a human and most likely can smell the electrical current in the air.

3. Illness (including cancer)

Humans give off faint odors of illness, such as certain cancers and diabetes. It’s too subtle for another human to detect, but with the dog’s amazing sense of smell, they may sniff out something that may be off.  If a dog is sniffing a particular area on the owner’s body obsessively, a trip to the doctor should be in order.

4. Seizures

Some dogs are specifically trained to be seizure alert dogs. These dogs are taught to alert their owners before an impending seizure. Sometimes they even lie on top of their owners during the seizure and summon help when they can. Not all dogs are actually trained to recognize the signs of an impending seizure. They instinctively know what is going to happen, but no one knows exactly how a dog senses this.

5. Labor

There have been documented reports of dogs predicting the onset of labor in pregnant women. Warning signals include dogs becoming virtual shadows of their pregnant owners the day before or the day of the onset of labor. Guesses as to how these dogs know to prepare for the new bundle of joy range from sensing the physical transition of the pregnancy or the woman giving off a “labor scent.”

All these things are a good reminder for you, as an owner, to check yourself (calm down and take a deep breath) you could be the cause of some of your dogs crazy behavior!

My dog fights me while I am trying to groom him what can do?

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I tend to want to pick my battles on that one. When I have a dog testy in that way I let the groomer or the vet do most of the work. The groomer or vet has a different relationship with the dog than you do and can do some of the heavy

lifting,so to speak, for you.

 Before I start doing any grooming  I would get any energy he has out with running and playing with him, then some commands,so I'm setting up leadership.

  1.  put the dog in place,

  2.  start grooming

  3.  correct bad behavior pop the leash on the prong collar

  4. Say good for good behavior and end on the good behavior

The goal is to keep it short and sweet at first so he can see that good behavior gets what he wants (which is for you to stop grooming)

 Yes he does need to know that he's not allowed to growl or bite when he needs grooming. but timing can help and making sure you are in control and assertive, not frustrated, that will only add to the problem.

The more small times you do this will lead to better times overall.

Let me know if this helps. We can talk it through on the phone, or try something else. Every dog is different we just need to figure out what works!


Why does my dog do that? Peeing in the house, growling, chewing things up...

A dog can be an amazing addition to any family, providing the unconditional love and companionship you didn’t know you needed until now. Better yet, pets can improve your health in myriad ways, from reducing your risk of depression to improving your cardiovascular health. But, sometimes, your little sweetie does things that are not so charming.

For dogs who pee indoors, this behavior is often related to a lack of physical exercise or anxiety, both of which humans can help attenuate with the help of a vet or trainer. 

 It could be a sign that he’s not so happy about your behavior. If your pet is pooping wherever he pleases,  It could also be a sign your pet is fearful, so consider addressing your own behaviors, like yelling or slamming doors, that could make them scared. Is there a lot of stress in your house with other family members? Or are you modeling the kitchen? These are all things that can get your dog out of sorts and doing things he wouldn't normally do.

Growling can mean a lot of things good and bad. My Cooper low growls when I am scratching his back but I know he is growling for more. It can also mean your dogs had enough of what's ever going on or a chance they’re feeling threatened or upset and want to get some distance. However, this is often a sign of illness, as well, so if your pet is growling at you frequently, it’s time to call the vet.

How do I make Vet. visits less stressful for my dog?

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Question: How can I make the Vet visit less stressful? Everything about the veterinarian's office is stressful for a dog. Starting with the smell, new dogs in the waiting area, getting handled by unfamiliar people in invasive ways. The best way to help a dog who is fearful is familiarity. Ask the vet if they are open to practice visits
*Take your dog once a week for a while to the vet's office and just walk in the door and around the waiting area. Staying 5 min.
*Next visit have the office staff give treats. Pet if your dog is ok with it.
* Week 3 ask to go in an exam room with vets/vet tech. walking in and out.
You get the idea, it takes some time but will make vet visits more normal for your dog. Need help?www.artemisdogtraining.com

Stop the Barking!


Dogs and barking!  most folks really love their dogs but uncontrolled barking is a really annoying problem. We try to diagnose what the root issue of the issue. Many of my clients see increased bad behaviors in their dogs when the new baby comes home or there has been a lifestyle change. This is mostly because you are busy with a life change and a new baby and don't take the time to meet your dogs needs. If you can take 20 min. with your dog to play, one on one with just him, go for a walk, exercise at a dog park or park; your dog will feel more satisfied and less likely to nag you with bad behaviors and over excitement.


3 Reasons Dogs Bite


While biting is a form of aggression, only a small percentage of dogs that bite are actually aggressive.

Here are three reason which may cause a dog to bite according to Jonathan Klein, a dog behavior specialist, and animal behaviorist Dorothy Litwin.

1. Fear

Unless your dog is aggressive by nature, biting typically results from fear. A well-meaning neighbor may reach his hand out to pet your dog – but the dog, not wanting to be touched, or frightened by the stranger’s hand, may snap at him. “Quite often, people think they can just pet dogs on the head, taking for granted that dogs like to be touched,” says Dorothy.

2. Possessiveness

Whether your dog is possessive about food, a toy or territory, trying to take the thing he’s protecting away can result in signs of aggression, including biting. “What not to do is prove you’re stronger than the dog and take his stuff away,” says Jonathan. If your dog is possessive over food and shows aggression every time you approach his bowl, for example, Jonathan advises showing the dog that you’re going to make things better by adding a treat to the bowl. That way, he’ll come to associate your approach with something positive. Swapping one toy for another or trading a treat for a toy can help a dog overcome toy possession.

3. Pain or other medical reasons

If your dog is experiencing pain or discomfort, she may bite when someone touches her in the painful region. For example, you may not realize your dog has an ear infection until you touch her ear and are surprised when she snaps at your hand. Dorothy recommends that you always try to find a physical reason why your dog has started biting, especially if this is unusual behavior for her, and that if you can’t see anything obvious, to take her to the vet for a checkup.

When it comes to dog bites, prevention is the best route to take. A dog that bites isn’t necessarily aggressive or “bad”; he may just be fearful, protective and/or poorly socialized. Understanding why dogs bite, learning how to read canine body language, and taking steps to prevent situations that could lead to biting, are proactive and effective ways to avoid this behavior.

Take heart, dogs will be dogs!


Getting frustrated when your dog acts like…a dog. Dogs bark, dig, chew, sniff, and steal table scraps that are within snout’s reach. To them, it’s natural behavior! (Plus, they don’t understand the value of your favorite pair of shoes.) However, this doesn’t mean your dog should have free reign to do whatever he likes. It's your job to redirected these behaviors–and this takes patience! So take a deep breath, and get some perspective, we are here for you. Send us a message

Are You Confusing Your Dog?

Are You Confusing Your Dog?

Giving multiple verbal cues to indicate the same behavior.This one can be a tough habit to break! Say your dog is barking at the mailman, so you say, “shh!” “stop!” and “quiet.” You’ve given her three different commands that are supposed mean the same thing: quit barking! Your dog gets confused so she continues to bark and eventually gets scolded–but she doesn’t know why! The best plan is to come up with specific words to apply to each trick or command, and to make sure everyone in your family is on the same page. If you use “down” for “lay down,” you may have to use something like “floor” to tell your pup to get off the bed!