a Ruff Life

by Britney Blanchette Pitre CPDT-KA

“a Ruff Life” is an editorial created and written by Britney Blanchette Pitre CPDT-KA. Appearing in one of Southwest Louisiana’s favorite publications, The Jambalaya News, “a Ruff Life” aims to educate pet parents from the perspective of their fur kids. Covering a wide range of topics from behavior to body language and myth busting, “a Ruff Life” is must read for every pet parent with dogs of any age.

Behavior & Psychology

Dig into the science behind the method to madness, and see why force-free is the best way to be.

Problem Solving

Nip those little problem behaviors in the bud before something as simple as a nip becomes a hospital trip.

Body Language

Can’t tell if that tail wag is bad? Find out all about what your dog is really saying, and learn to speak doggy.

Myth Busting

Who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks? Throw out what you think you know and hear it from a Pro!

Beat Winter Boredom!

Winter can be a stressful and challenging time for dog owners. With bitter morning winds, gloomy afternoons, and frost-covered yards, winter is hardly ideal for

Keep Your Dogs Safe This Holiday Season

Keeping your dogs safe during the holiday season can be “ruff.” There’s a big tree inside your home, lots of shiny ornaments, wrapped gifts and

Force-Free, Science-Based Training: It Works!

Psychology can be defined as “the science of mind and behavior.” So, dog training IS a form of science, and science is ever evolving. Force-free

The Adolescent Phase

Just as we transition through different developmental stages in our lives, so do our dogs. One of the toughest to get through is the adolescent

Busting Dog Myths: Part One

Many of us have been around dogs all of our lives. So, many of us believe we know dogs pretty well. However, there are still

Loose-Leash Walking

Whether you have a dog that lives indoors or outdoors, a daily walk on a leash is crucial. It not only provides exercise for your


Chewing is a natural and healthy behavior for dogs. However, it can be quite frustrating, and expensive when Fido decides to chew your shoes, remote,

Pet Me Now!

Dogs are highly social animals (like us), thus they love attention (again, like us). However, the way they ask for attention can be quite painful,

Potty Training Your Dog

Did you know that 96 percent of the time, when a dog is re-homed or surrendered to a shelter, it is due to potty training