Rocky’s Viewpoint

Rockys Viewpoint

A blog for people who treat their dogs better than family


While we are a facility for canines, our class will go beyond dog CPR. The information you’ll learn is applicable to felines, too! What Can We Expect?  On Saturday, August 10th from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Rocky’s Retreat is hosting a Pet CPR and First Aid Certification Class that will double as a fundraiser…

As we head into Thanksgiving week, it’s important to think about the safety of your dogs. It’s actually always important to think about their safety, but holidays can be a very exciting and busy time, so there are additional things to be mindful of when it comes to your furry loves. If you are hosting…

When households bring a dog into their lives, they are shouldering a responsibility that could last many years. With that in mind, it is not surprising that many home buyers and renters want to have the most comfortable space possible for their new family member the next time they move. With these five tips, pet…

Why should you consider dog boots for your pup this summer? Here are a few things to remember when walking your dog. As summer approaches and the Central Florida air temperature starts to rise, so does the ground temperature. Many dog owners enjoy walks with their dogs and have incorporated it into their everyday routine,…

If you plan on ringing in the New Year with your pup, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure that everyone has a good time…

Anxiety in their dogs is a common problem many dog owners face. This time of year is particularly bad for dogs who have noise phobias. We also deal with it regularly, especially in a boarding situation. In fact, we just had an older dog stay with us who was so anxious during her entire stay that we basically held her for a week.

In case you haven’t heard, canine flu has reared its ugly head in Central Florida. According to the Orlando Sentinel, health officials confirmed cases of the H3N2 virus that originated at 2 dog shows, one in Deland and one in Perry, Ga. Both shows were held in mid-May. All of the dogs that tested positive were either at the show or were exposed to dogs who had been at one of those shows.

For Rocky’s entire life and for a short time in Yankee’s life, I used the same retractable leash to walk them both. It seemed to make sense with Rocky who liked to wander and sniff more into the neighbors’ yards than I was willing to walk. Rocky was very low key, and not fazed by anything so walking on a retractable leash presented no real problems unless another dog approached.

Category: Exercise, Safety

On my recent annual vet visit, I discovered that my 8 year old dog Yankee’s thyroid is on the low side of normal, despite the fact that he doesn’t exhibit any of the typical symptoms.

Not of great concern, but because he doesn’t present known causes, I couldn’t understand why he might this might be happening until I learned about the potential problems with dog collars.

leash reactive dog staring

Leash aggression or leash reactivity as it’s also called is a behavior problem where the dog acts aggressively on leash toward other dogs, other animals, and sometimes people. I am intimately familiar with leash reactivity because Yankee exhibits this behavior (as did Rocky). He is fine off leash with most dogs, but when out walking, if he spots another dog, he initially starts by lying down, but then as the other dog gets close to us, he lunges.