Being thankful for our furry friends


Every other month, our pet expert and Canine Coaches dog trainer, Jill Bailey, will answer your pet questions. Email her at For more information on Canine Coaches visit

Dogs are amazing. They are our companions, part of our families and our best friends. We’ve talked about so many ways to train them and work with them to make our lives co-exist in the best way. But, what we haven’t talked about is how dogs go above and beyond and how they have literally helped save the lives of so many people.

There are bomb sniffing dogs that keep us safe, there are veteran assistance dogs, bedbug detection dogs and therapy dogs of all kinds. I’ve even read stories of dogs that have recognized dangerously low blood sugar in their humans or heard stories of dogs that have detected cancer.

There are countless stories about brave dogs and at this time of year, people tend to reflect on what is important to them and what they are thankful for. I am thankful for all the dogs that have helped people get through each day and to all the humans who have trained them. There are so many organizations out there … too many to mention here, that have saved lives or just helped someone to live theirs without fear.

The attachment between a human and their furry companion runs deep. The love they show us is unconditional. If you are in need, or know someone who is, check online for an organization that offers dogs for the specific need you are looking for.

I wanted to be sure to remind everyone that at this time of the year when decorations are going up and family is celebrating, your animals will be a big part of the festivities too! Don’t forget that many things that are part of our holiday celebrations are toxic to dogs – chocolate, poinsettia, mistletoe, holly, potpourri … the list goes on. Be sure to keep wires and ornaments out of your animal’s reach. Follow the general rule that if there is anything that isn’t your dogs, such as food or treats – they should not have it.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!


Jill Bailey

Jill Bailey is the Media Specialist at M3 Group by day, by night she is helping train dogs for Canine Coaches! Having a life-long love of dogs, Jill decided to get her training certification in 2012. Visit for more information.

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