How Dogs Recognize Human Emotions

Co-evolution of Dog & Human Companionship

IMG_6684Humans have associated with wild canids for at least 30,000. The fossil record confirms human (Homo sapiens) developed relationships with canines as far back as the times of the Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis). From these early wild canids evolved the domestic dog. Humans and their dog companions have been together for the last 15,000 years or so, which is a very long time for BFFs. Dogs and humans are two different mammalian species that have developed a highly beneficial, co-evolutionary relationship. No other interspecific relationship, between two species, is as complex and mutually beneficial as the dog-human companionship. The success of our canine companions’ relationship is their ability to communicate and cooperate with humans, a separate species. However, how this communication occurs between humans and dogs is debatable. Continue reading

Why Dogs Should Like Petting

Do Dogs Like Petting?

Many of us love touching, petting and cuddling our puppy dogs. However, is the feeling mutual?  Do our dogs really like all this fuss from humans?  More importantly, should dogs like all the touchy-feely attention from not only their own human, but complete strangers? To know if dogs like petting, you can consider your scruffy little pups currently by your side. On a larger scale, think about all the dogs, wild & wonderful, you have had the pleasure of knowing throughout your lifetime. Finally, on the grandest of all scales, evolutionary time scale, contemplate all the domestic dogs that have ever existed over the last 40,000 years. Did domestic dogs always like petting? And….why should we care? The more we think from the dog’s perspective, the better we will be able to communicate with our dogs, and the sooner our dogs will become the best dog in our world. Continue reading

Beautiful Day – Dog Sledding

Asheville Dog Training - Sled Dogs 1Dog Sledding in Asheville

During the last weekend of January 2016, Asheville, NC enjoyed spring-like weather conditions. However, one week earlier, the landscape was very different when Winter Storm Jonas deposited more than a foot of snow on WNC, providing the rare opportunity for snow sports right outside our front door. What better way for kids to spend the snow day than sledding with their faithful companions.

The Digital Short

And after all the snow fun was completed, the video editing began. Thanks to the videography talents of Andrew Ballantine and his passion for James Bond films, we present this digital short, Beautiful Day – Dog Sledding in AshevilleContinue reading

Sled Dogs of Asheville

Asheville – Winter Storm Jonas 2016

If you live on the East Coast, the effects of Winter Storm Jonas are still in the current news, on our minds and, depending where you live, covering the streets. An inch of snow will bring southern cities, like Asheville, NC, to a standstill. The last official total snow accumulation reported for Asheville was 13 inches. Needless to say, Asheville is covered by a thick blanket of beautiful, glimmering snow crystals and no one is going anywhere anytime soon. Continue reading

Why We Should Pet Dogs

Touch & Petting are Critical for Thriving

There are fundamental training skills a dog needs to possess to develop an ideal relationship with their human companions. Some of the skills involve Food, Water and Shelter, vital necessities for the long-term physical health and survival of every living being. Here the focus changes to a need that is not a vital necessity for survival, but is vital for individuals to thrive.  Continue reading

New Years Resolutions 2016

Obstacles to Health & Fitness Goals

Happy New Year’s! Hoping 2016 has gotten off on the right start. With the start of the new year comes many New Year’s resolutions to improve personal health and fitness. A “desire” to improve personal fitness is KEY to success. However, many New Year’s resolutions to improve personal health and fitness fail. What are the typical reasons? Don’t have enough time to workout, or the fitness classes don’t fit into your work schedule? Do you believe fitness gyms are too expensive and too crowded? Would like to go with a friend, but no one wants to go or they cannot go at the same time because of scheduling conflicts? Do you find working out on weights, treadmills and machines boring? Are you are too embarrassed to have others see you in workout clothes? What is your excuse? Continue reading

Dog Walking, Running & Pet Care Services

Are you strapped to a demanding work schedule? Do you feel guilty not having enough time and energy to exercise your beloved canine companions on a daily basis? Did you know that daily exercise and engaging activities will often alleviate or cure many doggy behavioral issues? Have you considered doggy daycare, but getting your pets to and from daycare facilities just adds to your already hectic schedule? Do your believe your pets would prefer hanging out in the comfort and coziness of home instead of a kennel environment? We have a great solution for all these questions and more………. Continue reading