6 Ways To Tell Your Dog You Love Them in ‘Doggie Language’

6 Ways To Tell Your Dog You Love Them in ‘Doggie Language’

Advertisement Pup parents know that our dogs love us deeply, even though they do not express it in the same manner as humans do. Recently, behavioral research saddened dog lovers when it showed that most dogs don’t like to be hugged. That’s not to say that our pups don’t enjoy receiving affection; they live for our love and approval! Try showing them your devotion in a language they can understand. 1. Gaze Deeply Into Their Eyes Dr, Brian Hare, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University topped the NY Times best seller list with his…continue reading →
How To Help Your Senior Dog Find Relief From A Dry Nose

How To Help Your Senior Dog Find Relief From A Dry Nose

Your dog’s slobbery kisses aren’t the same without that cold, wet nose pressing up against your face. And if your senior dog’s nose is dry or cracked, you have more than the quality of their kisses to be concerned about. As one of a dog’s most important features, the health of their nose is always important. A dry nose is irritating and in the worst cases, it’s even painful. It’s sometimes a symptom of serious illness, but most of the time, it’s caused by a mix of environmental factors and the dog’s age.…continue reading →
Veterinarians Suggest Your Phone Could Be Causing Your Dog To Disconnect From You

Veterinarians Suggest Your Phone Could Be Causing Your Dog To Disconnect From You

Advertisement Dogs let us know in different ways that they need more attention. You might get a nudge, or a whine. Some dogs who aren’t familiar with the concept of “personal space” might just jump right into your lap. Other clever pooches will even go so far as to fake an illness to get you to pay attention. Are you giving your dog your enough attention? He doesn’t really need it 24/7, even if he acts like it, but veterinarians suggest that dogs can become depressed if we’re spending more time looking at…continue reading →

10 Of The Most Common Fears And Phobias In Dogs

Advertisement Dogs have very keen senses, especially hearing and smell. While these gifts help them survive, they can also leave them vulnerable to developing fear associations. Additional causes of phobias in dogs include genetics, lack of proper socialization, and previous negative experiences. The frightening stimuli listed below are among the most common fears and phobias in dogs. As you can see, each has a profound effect on one or more of their senses. 1. Thunderstorms There are a few reasons thunderstorms inspire terror in so many dogs. The most obvious is the noise. Dogs’…continue reading →
3 Reasons Why Dogs Need a PREbiotic Just As Much As A PRObiotic

3 Reasons Why Dogs Need a PREbiotic Just As Much As A PRObiotic

Keeping track of everything your pet needs to stay healthy can be tricky. There’s a lot to know and understand, and getting your facts straight is key to having a happy dog. One of the health-related topics pet owners often get confused about is the need for prebiotics. No, that wasn’t a typo. You’ve heard of probiotics, but prebiotics are different. Both prebiotics and probiotics are essential for canine gut health, but the majority of dogs in the U.S. are missing out on the former half of that equation. The first step in…continue reading →
This Weird Looking Toy Will Be Your Dog’s Best Friend on a Rainy Day

This Weird Looking Toy Will Be Your Dog’s Best Friend on a Rainy Day

Has your pup ever been frustrated by boredom on a rainy day? Or maybe you didn’t quite have enough time for a long walk, and they need to burn some energy? If so, the concept of canine nose work is something you and your pup will love. What Is Nose Work? The term “nose work” was created to define the professional canine scent detection training activity translated to pet dogs. It’s an easy-to-learn, fun activity to engage in with your pet and has even become a competitive sport. Nose work can help build…continue reading →
10 Dog Breeds That Make Great Therapy Dogs

10 Dog Breeds That Make Great Therapy Dogs

Advertisement Therapy dogs can perform a number of jobs – some visit the sick in hospitals, or the elderly in homes. Others sit quietly while being read to by children. But they all have something in common – they brighten the day of everyone they meet! We know any dog can put a smile on a human face, but therapy work requires more of a dog than to just be a dog. Therapy dogs must be able to be calm, affectionate, and well-trained. Dogs of any breed can be considered, but these 10…continue reading →
Could Your Dog’s Water Bowl Make Him Sick? Here’s What You Need To Know

Could Your Dog’s Water Bowl Make Him Sick? Here’s What You Need To Know

Advertisement Did you know that your dog’s water bowl could make him sick? There are actually several different ways you could be putting your dog’s health at risk with his water bowl. From the material the bowl is made from to how often you wash it, there are a lot of different ways your dog’s water bowl can affect his health. Here’s how. Infrequent washing If you’re like most dog owners, you just rinse and refill your dog’s water bowl once a day. After all, it’s just water. The problem is that water…continue reading →
Blue-Green Algae May Be Responsible For Liver Failure In Florida Dogs

Blue-Green Algae May Be Responsible For Liver Failure In Florida Dogs

Advertisement Residents along the Florida coast have been dealing with some pretty awful algae this year. The problem has become especially bad near the St. Lucie river, where people say the dying algae “smells like death” and is causing respiratory issues, itchy eyes, runny noses, and nausea. The blue-green algae is so much of a nuisance that it has caused the closure of beaches and even local businesses. But humans aren’t the only ones who can be negatively affected by blue-green algae, and when exposed, our pets can suffer extremely severe effects. WPTV.com…continue reading →
5 Herbs To Help Sooth Your Dog’s Tummy Troubles

5 Herbs To Help Sooth Your Dog’s Tummy Troubles

No one likes an upset tummy, and that includes your dog! While our four-legged friends can’t tell us if they have a belly ache, pet parents know when something isn’t right. Whether your pup vomits, has a bout of diarrhea, or just seems under the weather, loving pet parents will do just about anything to help. While you should consult with your vet if there are any noticeable changes in your dog’s health or habits (especially if they’re prolonged), sometimes it’s just anxiety, car sickness, or unsettled food that’s the culprit. Below, you’ll…continue reading →
The Healthiest Food Will Bring Your Pet A Thriving Life

The Healthiest Food Will Bring Your Pet A Thriving Life

What do you say when people ask you how your dog is doing? Do you shrug your shoulders and say “fine”? Or do you tell your friends and family that your dog is overjoyed, on top of the world, honest-to-goodness thriving?   Some people may be okay with knowing their dogs are doing “fine,” but others know that our dogs are capable of being so much more than just “fine” and won’t settle for less. How do you take your dog from fine to thrive? Start with his bowl. NomNomNow knows that so…continue reading →
Health Is Wealth, And The Same Can Be Said For Your Dog

Health Is Wealth, And The Same Can Be Said For Your Dog

Pet parents want their dogs to have the healthiest, longest life possible. Every year, we learn more about how healthy eating can affect a human’s mood, energy levels, and overall health – so it makes sense that the same would apply to dog food. NomNomNow has embarked on a journey to revolutionize pet health, starting with the #1 contributing factor to a healthy lifestyle: what they eat. Everybody knows by now how many health problems a lifetime of eating junk food can cause humans, but few people realize that many commercial dog foods…continue reading →
6 Reasons Why Dogs Pant

6 Reasons Why Dogs Pant

Advertisement You’ve seen your dog pant. When you’re running around together, it’s not unusual for you both to be panting! We like to think it’s because they’re happy – and panting does look like a big happy smile, right? But for pups, panting is multi-purpose. Some dogs may even be panting for a reason that requires the attention of a vet. Knowing why dogs pant and paying attention can tip you off and help you take better care of your dog.  1. To Cool Off Your dog doesn’t sweat like a human would,…continue reading →
Contagious Strain Of Dog Influenza Reported In Connecticut

Contagious Strain Of Dog Influenza Reported In Connecticut

Advertisement Connecticut vets are warning residents to be on the lookout during what seems to be an aggressive dog flu season. Over the summer there were 9 confirmed cases of dog flu, but it wasn’t the number of dogs getting ill that had veterinarians concerned, but the H3N2 strain that is causing the illness. Concerned owners should watch out for coughing and sneezing in their dogs, which can later become high fever and pneumonia. Though humans can’t catch dog flu, the virus is extremely contagious between dogs. The H3N2 strain caused outbreaks in…continue reading →
Crate Training: 6 Steps For Teaching Your Dog To Love Their Crate

Crate Training: 6 Steps For Teaching Your Dog To Love Their Crate

Advertisement Teaching your dog to love their crate should be a top priority for any new pet parent. Dogs are den animals, and enjoy small spaces where they can hide when they feel unsafe, or rest at nap time. It’s a safe space in your home that your dog considers his own. Crate training is easy to do and shouldn’t be something that makes you feel guilty or as if you’re subjecting your dog to “doggy jail”. Understandably, some owners are firmly anti-crate, and that’s fine. You should never use the kennel as…continue reading →
iHeartDogs Partners With Audible To Help Feed Hungry Shelter Dogs

iHeartDogs Partners With Audible To Help Feed Hungry Shelter Dogs

We love our dogs, and in a perfect world, we’d spend every waking moment with them. But knowing that our dogs are comfy and cozy while we are away grants us peace of mind. The perfect little bed, a bowl full of their favorite chow, a basket overflowing of toys…but what else can we do to make things just right in our absence? Think about it: what is the most soothing sound to your dog’s ears? A human’s voice! This is why Audible has gone to the dogs–giving your dog an opportunity to…continue reading →
5 Serious Illnesses Caused by Canine Dental Disease

5 Serious Illnesses Caused by Canine Dental Disease

Dental health is one of the most neglected issues in dogs. Yet, neglected teeth can quickly lead to canine dental disease other serious–and often fatal–diseases. Dr. Kathryn Primm, owner of Apple Brook Animal Hospital, and Dr. Denise Petryk, Director of Veterinary Services at Trupanion, shared with us some of the illnesses that can result from poor dental hygiene. #1 – Heart Valve Infections Dr. Primm: “Mouth bacteria can travel and settle on the heart valves. Bacterial endocarditis (infection of the interior of the heart) is a problem of its own and can also permanently…continue reading →
7 Reasons to Give Your 7+ Year Old Dog Turmeric

7 Reasons to Give Your 7+ Year Old Dog Turmeric

Odds are, you’ve heard about the benefits of turmeric for both people and pets. And while turmeric would likely benefit dogs of any age, its benefits are particularly pronounced for senior pets. Turmeric (or Indian saffron) is the spice that gives curry it’s yellow color. Veterinary approved supplements for dogs often contain Curcumin – the active ingredient in Turmeric – because it acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Researchers and nutritionists are singing its praises as a medicinally effective herb for the mind and body of both people and pets. There is…continue reading →
5 Ideas for The 83% Of Us Who Don’t Brush Our Dog’s Teeth

5 Ideas for The 83% Of Us Who Don’t Brush Our Dog’s Teeth

Advertisement A few weeks back, we asked the iHeartDogs Facebook fans the following question: Be honest now. What is your status on brushing your dog’s teeth? The results didn’t surprise us. Over 1,500 people responded, and a full 83% reported that they are not brushing their dog’s teeth as much as they should. After all brushing a dog’s teeth ranks up their with getting a cavity filled! The problem, of course, is that we all know that proper canine dental care is absolutely vital, and a small amount of prevention can prevent serious…continue reading →

8 Amazing Things Dogs Can Sense About Humans

Advertisement Is your pooch ecstatic every time you come home, and act like your shadow whenever you’re in the house? That’s because you’re the center of his world, and he always wants to know where you are and what you’re doing. As it turns out, our dogs are such good observers that they can pick up on our emotions or even detect things about us that we don’t even know ourselves. Ever hear stories of pups who have alerted their people to cancer, pregnancy, or a dangerous stranger nearby? That’s because they’re so intuitive…continue reading →
Can I Give Human CBD Oil to My Dog?

Can I Give Human CBD Oil to My Dog?

If you’re reading this article, you’ve no doubt heard of the benefits of CBD oil for dogs. And while countless anecdotal success stories have circulated social media for years, scientific studies on CBD are also beginning to show promise in helping dogs with many conditions from seizures to pain to anxiety. You may be taking CBD yourself and wondering: Can I give human CBD oil to my dog?  The answer is possibly yes, but we’d discourage it for 3 reasons: Most CBD oils contain a small amount of the psychoactive, high-inducing compound THC.…continue reading →
Can My Cannanine™ CBD Oil Be Taken By People AND Dogs?

Can My Cannanine™ CBD Oil Be Taken By People AND Dogs?

The 2 organic ingredients in Cannanine™ (Hemp Seed or and CBD) are human grade ingredients. The team here at iHeartDogs uses the CBD oil for both ourselves and our pups! In addition, the same exact formula is sold elsewhere for human use. However, because we’re a pet products company, our labeling and insurance restrictions require us to put “For animal use only” on the Cannanine product label.continue reading →
RelaxMyDog Is A Surprisingly Simple Way To Soothe Your Pup

RelaxMyDog Is A Surprisingly Simple Way To Soothe Your Pup

Advertisement Dogs aren’t the only ones who get anxious  – you may already be feeling the heat as a pup parent with a dog who can’t stand fireworks. Fourth of July comes only once a year, and along with the flags, hot dogs and pool parties come the earth-shaking booms that send our dogs into a frenzy. There are tons of tips online about keeping your dog safe and calm when the Fourth comes, but not all dogs will respond the same. If you’ve already found a method that calms your dog, there’s…continue reading →
CBD for Dogs: What Clinical Trials or Scientific Studies Have Been Performed?

CBD for Dogs: What Clinical Trials or Scientific Studies Have Been Performed?

CBD (cannabidiol) for dogs has become one of the most talked about natural supplements in recent years. And while the anecdotal information of success stories appears overwhelming, what scientific studies have been done to confirm the safety and efficacy of CBD. Much work has still to be done on CBD in both humans and animals, but the results we have so far are very promising. In this article, we cover some of the more significant research in both dogs, people, and other animals. Epilepsy in Dogs: 89% Reduction in Seizures A group of…continue reading →
4 Novel & Effective Techniques to Help Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

4 Novel & Effective Techniques to Help Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

We all love being with our dogs. But there are simply times we must be apart and leave them home alone. This isn’t a big deal for most dogs, but if your pup has separation anxiety, leaving them home alone can be immensely stressful for both you and your dog. We don’t know exactly what causes canine separation anxiety. Some believe it may be related to puppies being separated from their mothers too early. Others believe it’s more related to trauma during their life or a change in living situation such as a…continue reading →
Can Dogs Have Hairballs?

Can Dogs Have Hairballs?

Advertisement While hairballs are less common in dogs than in cats, dogs can get hairballs. What sort of dogs are more prone to hairballs? What causes hairballs? Should you be worried if your dog vomits one up? How can you prevent hairballs in your dog? Don’t worry, we have the answers you’re looking for. Here’s what you need to know about hairballs in dogs. What is a hairball? When a dog (or a cat) licks or chews on themselves, they may swallow some of their hair. Normally, that hair passes uneventfully through your…continue reading →
How To Spot And Treat A Hot Spot On Your Dog

How To Spot And Treat A Hot Spot On Your Dog

Advertisement Hot spots go by a variety of different names – hot spots, moist dermatitis, summer sores, pyotraumatic dermatitis, or superficial pyoderma – but all the terms mean the same thing. A hot spot is an area of infected skin. Dogs always carry a healthy population of bacteria, but sometimes certain things can trigger the bacteria to reproduce out of control, causing an infection. What causes hot spots? How can you spot one? How are hot spots treated? We have all the answers you’re looking for. What causes hot spots? A wide variety…continue reading →
6 Reasons Why Everyone is Talking About CBD Hemp Oil for Dogs

6 Reasons Why Everyone is Talking About CBD Hemp Oil for Dogs

If you’ve been hearing a lot about CBD oil from hemp lately, you’re not alone. Interest in this natural supplement has exploded in popularity for both humans and animals. Here’s 6 reasons dog owners are raving about it: 1. It Helps Stressed Out Dogs, Including Those With Separation Anxiety or Noise Anxiety The life of a dog might not seem stressful, but many pups suffer from different kinds of situational and behavioral anxiety. CBD oil targets the endocannabinoid system to help the body balance emotions. The endocannabinoid system is the same in all…continue reading →
Why CBD Oil Might Be Your Dog’s Best Friend During a Thunderstorm

Why CBD Oil Might Be Your Dog’s Best Friend During a Thunderstorm

There are few things more terrifying to a dog than a thunderstorm. There are also few things more frustrating to a loving owner than trying to make their terrified pup feel calm. In the last few years, many dog owners have stumbled upon CBD or Hemp oil as a natural way to calm a nervous pup. I recently blogged about my personal story of how CBD played a part in remedying my dog’s separation anxiety and fear of fireworks. CBD oil is a safe, all-natural home remedy to a number of canine health…continue reading →
iHeartDogs Partners With Amazon Audible To Help Feed Hungry Shelter Dogs

iHeartDogs Partners With Amazon Audible To Help Feed Hungry Shelter Dogs

We love our dogs, and in a perfect world, we’d spend every waking moment with them. But knowing that our dogs are comfy and cozy while we are away grants us peace of mind. The perfect little bed, a bowl full of their favorite chow, a basket overflowing of toys…but what else can we do to make things just right in our absence? Think about it: what is the most soothing sound to your dog’s ears? A human’s voice! This is why Audible by Amazon has gone to the dogs–giving your dog an…continue reading →
I Finally Cured My Rescue Dog’s EXTREME Separation Anxiety. Here’s the Bizarre Steps I Took.

I Finally Cured My Rescue Dog’s EXTREME Separation Anxiety. Here’s the Bizarre Steps I Took.

First off, if you’re reading this, you’re probably going through the excruciating process of dealing with canine separation anxiety. I know how hard this is. And I want you to know one thing: you can beat it.  The process I am going to share here contains pieces of advice you will hear other places, but also few very unique things that I stumbled upon that finally beat separation anxiety for good. In fact, I’ve shared this story with both dog trainers and veterinarians, and the response is always the same: “You did what?!…continue reading →
This Funky Looking Cheese Chew Is About To Be Your Dog’s New Addiction

This Funky Looking Cheese Chew Is About To Be Your Dog’s New Addiction

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for healthy ways to both entertain and delight your dog. My husky Splash has always been a bit picky when it comes to chews and treats. Most of them, she won’t touch. I’d heard about Himalayan chews but hadn’t tried them until about 9 months ago. The second I pulled it out of the bag, her blue eyes lit up. She was hooked. She barely put it down for 5 days! Here’s a video I recently took after giving her one. She got a little too excited!…continue reading →
What Emotions Can Your Dog Feel?

What Emotions Can Your Dog Feel?

Advertisement It’s tempting to think that our dogs can experience all the same emotions that we can, but unfortunately that’s not quite true. While it was thought for hundreds, if not thousands, of years that dogs experienced no emotions whatsoever, the answer is actually somewhere in the middle. Research has shown that dogs have the emotional and mental capabilities of a two and a half-year-old child. What does that mean, exactly? Churches decided that animals had neither souls nor emotions As science and religion began to grow and expand centuries ago, we began…continue reading →

8 Changes To Expect As Your Dog Becomes A Senior

Advertisement Our dogs are our family, which means we love them from puppyhood through their senior years. Or, maybe you’re one of those big-hearted rescuers who adopted a mutt who’s already on the mature side. In either case, there are a few things that pet parents should keep in mind in order to keep our dogs as healthy and happy as possible, even as they age. Below, check out 8 changes you can expect as your dog becomes a senior. The more you know, the more you can help make your furry friend’s…continue reading →

6 Reasons Your Senior Dog May Be Slowing Down

Advertisement Depending on size and breed, dogs generally become seniors when they are 7 – 9 years old. While “slowing down” can certainly be a part of the natural aging process, it may also be a sign of something more serious. If your older dog seems excessively lethargic, see your veterinarian to rule out the following problems. 1. Pain/Arthritis Arthritis is one of the most common ailments affecting older dogs. Painful, inflamed joints cause many seniors to sit on the sidelines when they’d rather be playing. Before you chalk it up to normal…continue reading →
How A Special Kind Of Touch Can Help Calm & Relax Your Dog

How A Special Kind Of Touch Can Help Calm & Relax Your Dog

Advertisement Tellington Touch, or “Ttouch” was developed by animal expert Linda Tellington Jones, who received an honorary doctorate for her work with animals. It was originally a method of training meant for horses but was adapted in the 1980’s for other animals – including our dogs. It’s now used in over 23 countries in homes, training facilities, zoos and wildlife rehabilitation centers, and gets incredible results for those who know how to use it! The Tellington Touch method is meant to strengthen the bond between human and pet while improving behavior and encouraging…continue reading →
Why It’s Important To Let Your Dog Sniff During Walks

Why It’s Important To Let Your Dog Sniff During Walks

Advertisement Getting your dog out the door for daily exercise will always be a step in the right direction when it comes to their health and happiness.  There is a way, however, for your dog to get even more enrichment from their regular walk around the block. While you’re busy looking at the scenery, your dog’s nose is working overtime. They walk a few feet before stopping to sniff, and then they take a few more steps to find something else worth smelling. It’s tempting to tug on the leash to keep them…continue reading →

10 Wonderful Ways To Bond With Your Dog

Advertisement Life is busy and technology is everywhere, but no matter how wrapped up we get in our day-to-day tasks, it’s incredibly important to spend a little time with our dogs every single day. We may have a lot going on with work, families, and countless other responsibilities, but in our dogs’ eyes, we are their entire world. Bonding with your dog is incredibly important, and the good news is, our pups are incredibly easy to please! Below are 10 ideas for spending quality time together, from a quick backyard game to a…continue reading →

8 Subtle Signs Your Dog Is In Pain

Advertisement Chances are, you know your dog’s mannerisms and behaviors pretty darn well, and you can tell when they’re excited, hungry, scared, and the like. But signs of pain can be less obvious, especially if it’s a new symptom and they’re exhibiting a behavior that you’re not used to seeing. If your pup is showing one or more of the signs below, it’s best to call your vet for a check-up. Whether the issue is minor or major, your loyal companion doesn’t deserve to live in pain any longer than he or she…continue reading →
How To Teach Your Dog The “Quiet” Command

How To Teach Your Dog The “Quiet” Command

Advertisement If you have a dog who barks incessantly for whatever reason – to be fed, at the mailman, because he’s bored, to get your attention – you’re probably wishing your dog had an “off” switch. Even if the barking doesn’t bother you, per se, you don’t want to be “that neighbor” with the obnoxious barking dog that everybody hates. So what can you do? Shouting at him to shut up rarely helps. Luckily, there is a way to get your dog to quit barking on cue. It may help to teach your dog…continue reading →