Dog Stays On Snowy Train Tracks To Care For Injured Friend Until Help Arrives

Ukraine’s winters are harsh, especially if you’re a lost dog. Worse than being lost, though, is being injured. When two dogs named Lucy and Panda got loose from their home in Uhzgorod, Ukraine, the odds were already stacked against them. Lucy was injured and unable to walk, so she was stuck lying on train tracks in the snow. Not only was it below-freezing, she was trapped on an active track with trains coming and going. Despite the danger, Panda refused to leave her side. Rescuers were taken aback by the emotional connection between the…continue reading →
Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Lick My Feet?

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Lick My Feet?

Dogs do things that we might not love, and licking our feet is one of those things. We should never forget that our dogs are designed to communicate with others without using words. Communicating with dogs is like trying to learn a foreign language, only harder… because even the familiar letters are absent. Understanding why your dog does what he does is critical in maintaining your bond and growing your friendship. It makes you a better friend. Some people complain that their dogs love to lick their feet. Since people can have ticklish…continue reading →
Science Explains How Your Dog REALLY Feels About You

Science Explains How Your Dog REALLY Feels About You

Attempting to understand the emotional lives of dogs has been a hot topic of scientific study for centuries. In the 1600s, the French philosopher, Rene Descartes compared animals to living machines, incapable of feeling pain or emotion. Thankfully, science has progressed a long way since the 1600s. These advances have allowed us to delve deeper into the mystery of canine consciousness. We now know that dogs possess all the same complex brain structures humans do – including those responsible for emotion. Their minds undergo the same chemical changes and are flooded with the…continue reading →
10 Easy Ways To Stop Your Dog From Begging

10 Easy Ways To Stop Your Dog From Begging

It’s a scene we’ve all been party to a million times or more. The table is set, the family is seated, and as you attempt to take that first bite of the delicious meal you’ve lovingly prepared, you become distracted by a most unwelcome site. Your beloved family dog is seated very nearby, eyeing your food longingly, perhaps with a long string of drool making its slow descent to the floor. Never does your dog sit so still or so quietly as when his gaze is focused squarely on that coveted prize of…continue reading →
Why Does Your Dog Eat Tissues?

Why Does Your Dog Eat Tissues?

Is your dog constantly performing an at-home dumpster dive for some less than appetizing snacks? Lest you think you have the weirdest dog around, fear not, for you are not alone. Eating tissues and all sorts of other non-food items is a fairly common condition called pica. Let’s look at why your dog does this and how you can curb this distasteful appetite. 4 Possible Reasons Your Dog Eats Tissues 1. It’s Just Plain Fun If your puppy is eating tissues or anything else she can wrap her muzzle around, it’s likely that…continue reading →
Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Sniff People’s Privates?

Ask A Vet: Why Does My Dog Sniff People’s Privates?

Does your dog seem to always have his face in people’s crotches? Embarrassing, isn’t it? Well, don’t be too embarrassed. Dogs see the world with a different sense than we do. In addition to sight and sound, they depend on their sense of smell dramatically more than humans. When they approach you in this way, they are not just being a “space invader”. They are trying to gain information about the person through a scent inspection. To a dog, the private areas are like a name tag or even a business card with…continue reading →

5 Ways You’re Crushing Your Dog’s Spirit Without Even Knowing

We all love our dogs and want to do what’s best for them, which also means keeping them as happy as possible! But what if we’re doing something that’s unknowingly making them unhappy or crushing their spirit? It’s likely you’re not, but just in case you’re unsure or want to help someone who might be stressing their dog, be sure to check out this list below.   #1 – Not Exercising Your Dog This is perhaps one of the biggest problems in dog ownership. It’s understandable if someone doesn’t want to be active…continue reading →
7 Ways Your Pup Is Secretly Telling You He’s Stressed

7 Ways Your Pup Is Secretly Telling You He’s Stressed

When something is wrong, our beloved canine companions don’t have the luxury of being able to tell us what’s bothering them. Not using words at least. There are several ways our pups secretly tell us they’re stressed. They communicate with us nonverbally through their body language and actions. Think about the last time you took your pup to…​dare I say it…the​ V-E-T. Here are 7 ways to tell if your pup is stressed.   ​ 1. They Shiver I’m a proud parent of a 5lb Chihuahua, so this is the first sign I…continue reading →
12 Funny Things Dog Lovers Do That We Don’t Always Talk About

12 Funny Things Dog Lovers Do That We Don’t Always Talk About

Let’s face it…we’re absolutely crazy about our pups. So crazy, in fact, that sometimes we act a little weird around our canine companions. Whether it’s baking them special treats or talking to them like they’re wittle babies, you know that your non-dog crazy friends would totally tease you if they knew how you really treat your dog. But that’s okay, we understand. For every weird little way you show your dog love, there’s another person out there who does the same thing. Here are 12 weird things we dog owners do that we try to keep secret–but don’t worry,…continue reading →
How To Correct A Dog That Doesn’t Come When Called

How To Correct A Dog That Doesn’t Come When Called

We’ve all been there; you’re the crazy person in the neighborhood with the dog that refuses to come when called.  Whether it was a training session gone awry or an accident that let them slip out the door, you’re now left with a dog to catch and a neighborly reputation to redeem. You know your four-legged fugitive hears you calling their name while they trespass into the neighbor’s garage and sniff-walk their way down the street, but they’re ignoring you. Coming when called is one of the most important lessons to teach your…continue reading →
10 Breeds That Stay Puppies The Longest

10 Breeds That Stay Puppies The Longest

Puppies are adorable, playful balls of energy, and it can be a little sad when your puppy grows up. All dogs grow up eventually, but some breeds stay in a “puppy phase” longer than others. Based on playfulness, difficulty with training, and time to become fully grown, here’s a list of the 10 breeds that stay puppies the longest. 1. Boxer These high-energy dogs are considered the clowns of the dog world. Their desire and stamina to play all day long as well as their silly personalities help these guys stay puppies. Image Source:…continue reading →
5 Reasons Your Dog Needs a Friend

5 Reasons Your Dog Needs a Friend

Should you get another dog? People who have one pup may come up with a plethora of excuses for why they could never add a second. Either it’s too expensive. Two dogs would be way too much to handle. Maybe they worry that the dogs wouldn’t get along. However, studies have shown that it is actually better to have two dogs as opposed to just one. The cost difference is not significant. As long as you find another dog that gets along with your current furry friend, you can end up making both…continue reading →
Do Dogs Have A Concept Of Time?

Do Dogs Have A Concept Of Time?

“You’re good doggies. I’ll be back soon.” Ever said that? Those were my last words to my dogs this morning when I took my kids to school. Though I’d only be gone 20 minutes, I knew I’d return to whimpers and wagging tails as if I’d been gone for days. That made me wonder. Do dogs have a concept of time? We’ve all heard that one human year is like 7 dog years. Now, I’m no mathematician, but without breaking out my calculator that would mean my 20 minutes would feel like days…continue reading →
7 Simple Ways to Make Your Dog Smarter

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Dog Smarter

Advertisement Have you met “The Smartest Dog in the World”? In 2014, 60 Minutes introduced the world to Chaser, a border collie with a vocabulary of more than one thousands words. Woah.Wouldn’t it be fantastic if your dog knew the difference between your shoes and boots and could bring them on command? You may not have the time (or patience) to teach your dog a thousand words. That’s okay. There are easy ways to increase your dog’s intelligence and decrease boredom if you’re not home. Before we suggest seven simple ways to make…continue reading →
10 Things Only Small Dog Lovers Will Understand

10 Things Only Small Dog Lovers Will Understand

Advertisement Ever heard, “Though she be but little, she is fierce!”? Shakespeare said that, and I think he was talking about dogs – maybe without knowing it. If you have a small dog then you know that size doesn’t really matter. In fact, small dogs have just as much spark, personality, and loyalty as their bigger canine counterparts – usually even more. For little pup devotees, you know what it’s like to have one of these peanuts at home. If you have a small dog burrowed on your sofa, you’ll definitely get a kick…continue reading →
10 Things Only Big Dog Lovers Understand

10 Things Only Big Dog Lovers Understand

They say there are two types of people: those that love big dogs and those that love little dogs. Okay, that’s probably an over-simplification. Most of us love all dogs, but most of us have a preference when it comes to size. For those of us that have a penchant for the bigger breeds, you’ve heard and seen it all before. Here are 10 things you can definitely relate to. Advertisement They start small, but they grow fast. Fast is an understatement. All dogs begin as puppies, but big dogs don’t stay little…continue reading →
11 Things Only Big Dog Lovers Understand

11 Things Only Big Dog Lovers Understand

Advertisement They say there are two types of people: those that love big dogs and those that love little dogs. Okay, that’s probably an over-simplification. Most of us love all dogs, but most of us have a preference when it comes to size. For those of us that have a penchant for the bigger breeds, you’ve heard and seen it all before. Here are 11 things you can definitely relate to. 1. They start small, but they grow fast. Fast is an understatement. All dogs begin as puppies, but big dogs don’t stay…continue reading →
15 Things Your Dog Wants You To Know

15 Things Your Dog Wants You To Know

Whether you’re a first-time dog owner or you’ve had dogs your entire life, there may be things about your dog that you don’t truly understand. How many of these things do you already know, and how many are new to you? Here are 15 things your dog wants to make sure you know. #1 – I’m incapable of experiencing guilt. Even though I look guilty when you scold me for doing something wrong, I’m just responding to the tone of your voice and your behavior. I understand that you’re upset, and I don’t want…continue reading →
Top 10 Reasons Your Dog Has Diarrhea and When to Worry

Top 10 Reasons Your Dog Has Diarrhea and When to Worry

Advertisement When your beloved pooch comes down with a bout of diarrhea, it can certainly make life miserable for both of you. Many mild cases of diarrhea may resolve on their own, but others may be indicative of a more serious condition that requires treatment by your vet. If diarrhea lasts longer than 24 hours, is accompanied by additional worrisome symptoms such as a change in behavior, lethargy, vomiting, or reduced appetite; or if the diarrhea is black, tarry, or contains large amounts of blood, you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian…continue reading →
What Causes Dog Diarrhea? What Can I do?

What Causes Dog Diarrhea? What Can I do?

Advertisement Why does my dog have diarrhea? What do I do? When your beloved pooch comes down with a bout of diarrhea, it can certainly make life miserable for both of you. Many mild cases of diarrhea may resolve on their own, but others may be indicative of a more serious condition that requires treatment by your vet. Chronic, persistent diarrhea should always be investigated.  A study conducted at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany showed that 13% of such cases were serious enough that they either did not respond to treatment or contributed to the…continue reading →
What Causes Dog Diarrhea? What Can I do?

What Causes Dog Diarrhea? What Can I do?

Why does my dog have diarrhea? What do I do?When your beloved pooch comes down with a bout of diarrhea, it can certainly make life miserable for both of you. Many mild cases of diarrhea may resolve on their own, but others may be indicative of a more serious condition that requires treatment by your vet. Chronic, persistent diarrhea should always be investigated.  A study conducted at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany showed that 13% of such cases were serious enough that they either did not respond to treatment or contributed to the dog’s eventual…continue reading →
3 Important Reasons To NOT Let Your Dog Greet New Dogs While On Leash

3 Important Reasons To NOT Let Your Dog Greet New Dogs While On Leash

Advertisement If you have a friendly dog, you’re probably wondering why you shouldn’t let your dog go up to every dog you pass while walking on a leash. What’s the harm? Dogs are social creatures, right? There are actually a lot of things that can go wrong with these types of interactions. Here are 3 important reasons you shouldn’t let your dog meet new dogs while on leash. #1 – Not all dogs are friendly Just because your dog is friendly, it’s never safe to assume that other dogs are, even if their…continue reading →
15 Dog Breeds That Love To Sleep

15 Dog Breeds That Love To Sleep

Advertisement Dog Breeds That Love To Sleep Looking for that special buddy that will sleep in with you each morning? Or maybe one that likes long afternoon naps? Here are 15 breeds that seem to enjoy sleeping more than any other breeds. #1 – Bulldog Not much to say here, we all know these guys are lazy and love their naps. They might be the best choice for a snuggle buddy, as long as you don’t mind the snoring. #2 – Shih Tzu This little dog has no problem sleeping the afternoon away, anywhere. #3…continue reading →
5 Things Our Dogs Would Tell Us If They Could

5 Things Our Dogs Would Tell Us If They Could

At one time or another, we’ve all wished our dogs could just open up and tell us what’s going on in their mysterious little minds. Advertisement Chances are most pups have a message or two they’d like to pass on to the humans in their lives, as well. (More walks, less baths!) But above all else, your dog wants you to know these 5 things. 1. “Prevention Is Key To Keeping Me Happy & Healthy” As a former veterinary technician, I cannot stress this one enough. So many dog owners “only take the…continue reading →
5 Ways To Tell If Your Dog Is Bonded To You

5 Ways To Tell If Your Dog Is Bonded To You

Advertisement If you recently adopted a dog, you might be wondering if they’re bonded to you. Some dogs may be so grateful to be adopted that they’ll bond to you almost immediately. Other dogs are shy or may have had a rough life prior to meeting you, so they may take a little longer to warm up. Even if your dog doesn’t seem bonded to you yet, don’t fret – humans and dogs have created strong, long-lasting bonds for centuries, and with work and patience you and your dog will too! Here are 5…continue reading →
This Is How Your Dog Chooses Their Favorite Person

This Is How Your Dog Chooses Their Favorite Person

You would think that a dog’s favorite person would be whoever gives them the most food and attention, right? While that is often the case, it’s not always that simple. Advertisement Maybe you have a friend or family member that your dog loves so much they would knock you over to get to them. Why is that? It turns out that there are several factors that can influence your dog’s decision about who their favorite person is. Here are a few of them. 1. Who they socialize with early is a big factor…continue reading →
10 Dog Breeds That Are Incredibly Stubborn

10 Dog Breeds That Are Incredibly Stubborn

Advertisement All dogs can be stubborn, especially when they know they have their humans wrapped around their little paws. Although all breed combinations have the potential for willfulness, some breeds turn it into an art form! If you think you’ve got a headstrong hound, a difficult dog or a pigheaded pooch, read on to see if your pup made our list of the top 10 most stubborn breeds. 1. Beagle Beagles were bred to be hunting dogs, meaning it is hardwired into their genes to bark, howl, chase and explore. They still make…continue reading →
6 Reasons Your Dog May Be Whining

6 Reasons Your Dog May Be Whining

Advertisement You may not realize it, but whining is one of the most versatile communications dogs have. Learning the different reasons dogs whine can help you understand your dog better and increase your bond. It can also help you with training, because if you are misreading your dog’s whining signals, you could be responding all wrong. Below are the top six reasons dogs whine. #1 – Stress Whining is one of the key signs of stress. A lot of reactive dogs will whine before they bark. Usually it is accompanied by pacing, cowering,…continue reading →
Why Does My Dog Growl At Some People And Not Others?

Why Does My Dog Growl At Some People And Not Others?

Advertisement Dogs are always alert when someone new arrives on the scene. Your dog notices new people immediately, but sometimes he growls at them and sometimes he doesn’t. His growl might indicate aggression, defensiveness or just plain anxiety. Why does he have different reactions to people? Does he know something about them that you don’t? No one can sum up all dogs’ reactions and definitely, each case is unique, but we can look at the way dogs perceive their world and maybe gain some insight into this interesting question. 1. People smell. People…continue reading →
7 Ways To Make Sure You Never Lose Your Dog Again

7 Ways To Make Sure You Never Lose Your Dog Again

Advertisement One second your dog is by your side, and the next, you see her turn tail and sprint in the other direction. Or maybe you let her into the yard for a bathroom break, and now she’s nowhere to be found. It takes only one second, only one small mistake, to lose your dog. It’s a situation that can quickly turn dangerous, and every second she’s missing, you don’t know if she’s hurt, afraid, hungry, or in trouble. It’s up to you to keep your dog safe, and part of that job…continue reading →
10 Jobs For Working Breed Dogs Even If You Don’t Live On A Farm

10 Jobs For Working Breed Dogs Even If You Don’t Live On A Farm

Advertisement While some dogs are content to sit on your lap and look cute, working breeds have a different agenda. These are the dogs that are bred to hunt, herd, retrieve, and detect. They were born with an urge to work, and when they’re bored, they tend to be mischievous and destructive. Working dogs like Siberian Huskies, German Shepherds, Border Collies, Newfoundlands, and all the others thrive on farms and ranches where there’s never a shortage of things to do. But what about the dogs that live in the suburbs or city? Their…continue reading →
6 Signs Your Dog Trusts You With His Life

6 Signs Your Dog Trusts You With His Life

Advertisement The bond between a dog and his person is nothing to underestimate. It’s based on mutual love, appreciation, and most of all, trust. Contrary to popular belief, earning a dog’s complete trust isn’t as simple as giving out a few treats and belly rubs. If you want your dog to trust you with his life, you need to earn it. It can take months, and even years, of dedicated love and attention to earn a dog’s trust. Not every relationship has it, but if your dog trusts you 100%, you’ll know. Here’s…continue reading →
11 Ways To Entertain Your Dog While You’re At Work

11 Ways To Entertain Your Dog While You’re At Work

Advertisement Working dog moms and dads hustle every day to provide for their pups. Unfortunately, that means leaving those adorable balls of fur home alone for most of the day. The guilt is real, and few bosses accept, “But my dog is sad!” as an excuse to take the day off. Some dogs handle the lonely work week better than others, but that doesn’t make leaving any easier. What does make it easier is knowing you’re doing everything you can to make your dog’s life better. Here are a few creative ideas to entertain…continue reading →
Introducing Your Dog To Guests: How To Keep Everyone Calm And Comfortable

Introducing Your Dog To Guests: How To Keep Everyone Calm And Comfortable

Advertisement Depending on your dog’s personality, the arrival of house guests could mean a few different things. First, for the nervous dog, strangers in the house could send your pup straight to his favorite hiding spot under the bed. For protective pups, there’s the risk of confusing friend for foe. And finally, our easily excitable tail waggers can’t help but cause chaos during already hectic visits. Regardless of the category your four-legged family member falls into, introducing your dog to guests doesn’t always go as planned. Your dog’s behavior can make inviting friends…continue reading →
Why Do Dogs Destroy Their Toys?

Why Do Dogs Destroy Their Toys?

Advertisement You know the drill—you scour every aisle and thoughtfully consider what toy your dog will like best. You pick out what you think is the perfect squeaky duck or oinky pig, but within minutes of presenting it to your dog, you’re picking it off the floor in pieces. There’s a pile of fluff over there, the squeaker somehow made it under the couch, and the culprit—your dog—seems completely satisfied with her crime. Some dogs carry around their toys like precious family heirlooms, but that’s not your dog. Your dog is a destroyer…continue reading →
How To Determine If A Dog Is Cat-Friendly

How To Determine If A Dog Is Cat-Friendly

Advertisement There are dog people and there are cat people. Then there are the animal lovers willing to open their homes to any creature in need. Sooner or later, these kindhearted folks find themselves intoducing canine and feline pack members – with varying degrees of success. Luckily, there are several factors that can help you determine if your dog is cat-friendly enough for a feline companion before you make the introduction. Breed While you absolutely cannot judge a dog based solely on its pedigree, members of certain breed groups are more likely to…continue reading →
How To Stop Your Puppy From Biting

How To Stop Your Puppy From Biting

Advertisement Puppy nibbles may seem cute at first, until your puppy gets overexcited and her needle-sharp teeth sink into your skin. Nipping is normal puppy behavior, but it’s important to teach your puppy not to bite. Otherwise, they’re likely to grow up thinking that biting is acceptable behavior. Here are a few tips on how to stop your puppy from biting. What’s the difference between teething, nipping, and biting? Just like humans, puppies start life with a set of baby teeth that eventually fall out and are replaced with adult teeth. As you…continue reading →
5 Reasons Your Dog Won’t Eat And How To Help

5 Reasons Your Dog Won’t Eat And How To Help

Advertisement When it comes to the canine appetite, most people are used to dogs gobbling everything in sight. They rush to eat their meals and taste test things you’d never dream of putting near your mouth. But on the opposite side of that spectrum, it’s not uncommon for dogs to be picky eaters or suddenly stop eating altogether. These are the dogs that barely nibble on their kibble and turn their wet noses up at everything in their dishes. Not eating is an obvious concern, and it’s important for you to figure out…continue reading →
Your Whining Dog Is Sending You A Message, Here’s How To Decode It

Your Whining Dog Is Sending You A Message, Here’s How To Decode It

Advertisement All those barks, howls, whimpers, and whines are like a language you can’t quite grasp. You and your dog may be the best of friends, but until you brush up on your interpreting skills, communicating with your canine will be tricky. You won’t find help in a dictionary or with Google Translate, but there are other ways of figuring out what your dog is saying when he whines. You’ll need to consider context, body language, and your dog’s unique personality. Here are a few of the most common messages a whining dog…continue reading →
10 Dog Park Rules Every Pup Parent Should Know

10 Dog Park Rules Every Pup Parent Should Know

Advertisement With dogs of all breeds and personalities running around and making new friends, dog parks are supposed to be places full of fun and socialization. There’s freedom to run unhindered by a leash, other dogs to race and wrestle, and opportunities for both mental and physical stimulation. These are the things you expect when you open the gate and unleash your dog, but unfortunately, that’s not always what you get. Even if there are no officially posted rules, always follow these basic dog park rules to ensure all people and pets have…continue reading →