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Marcy Eckhardt

Winter games a great way to keep your dog’s brain busy

UGH! It’s winter – shorter, colder days and less time to play outside with your pup. Consider these exercises to help you and your pup get through the cold winter and gain new skills in the ...

The challenge of being an extra-large dog

Keith Anderson sings a song about being a XXL guy ,and I can’t help but feel similar about extra-large dogs. These beefy-puppies typically have it rough growing up because their bodies get b...

Why are there so many shelter dogs?

If you’re at all tuned into the news you’ve probably heard that animal shelters are overflowing across the country. Every shelter, rescue and foster facility is at capacity and taking in mor...

Have a COVID dog? It’s time to drop the excuse and start the training

Recently, I watched as a dog cowered away from a woman who was attempting to say hi. The dog's owner apologized and said the dog was a COVID puppy. This is a new phrase implying the dog has ...

Caring for community’s animals a burden and blessing

As I write, I’m heartbroken about the loss of a friend. He was not lost to age or illness, but to unpredictable behavior. I knew this guy was a longshot, but he burrowed his way into my hea...