How To Teach Your Dog To Play Nice With Other Dogs

How To Teach Your Dog To Play Nice With Other Dogs

Advertisement The idyllic picture of dogs playing together at the park is something every pup parent wants. You can see the joy on your dog’s face as he makes new friends and stimulates his body and mind. That vision is shattered, however, at the first sign of rough play. Your dog growls, bites, tackles, and chases in a way other dogs don’t appreciate. Instead of making new friends, your dog tries to dominate his playmates. If his rough play hasn’t led to a fight yet, it probably will soon. You don’t want to…continue reading →
Why Does My Dog Lick So Much?

Why Does My Dog Lick So Much?

Advertisement When your dog is the king (or queen) of kisses, you get used to wiping away slobber. He licks your face and arms, and some dogs pick up a habit of licking random objects like carpets, walls, and furniture. There’s also the chance you watch him lick his own fur for minutes on end. Either way, there comes a point when your dog’s licking goes from cute to concerning. If the pup in your life can’t seem to control his licker, it might be due to one of these reasons. #1 –…continue reading →
4 Things NOT To Do If Your Dog Gets Bitten By A Snake

4 Things NOT To Do If Your Dog Gets Bitten By A Snake

Advertisement There are venomous snakes out there and your dog is a nosy character. Let’s face it, he might just borrow some trouble and bug a snake. If you suspect that your dog has been bitten by a snake, here are some important things NOT to do.  #1. Never risk yourself. It is important to try to identify the snake, but not if it puts you in harm’s way. After all, who will take care of your dog if you are bitten too?  #2. Never place a tourniquet. In the old days, we…continue reading →

13 Things Humans Do That Dogs Dislike

Advertisement We love our pups so much that it hurts to think we could be doing something that our dogs dislike. Or that makes them uncomfortable, sad, or scared. They love us so much in return that sometimes, they don’t make it obvious when we’re doing something they hate. Since they can’t tell us, we’ve compiled a list of 13 things that humans do that dogs don’t actually like. But lucky for us, our favorite fuzzballs always find a way to forgive us–because that’s just who they are. 1. No Hugging (If They Feel Restrained) This is not to say…continue reading →
9 Myths About Dog Aggression

9 Myths About Dog Aggression

Advertisement There’s no denying the fact an aggressive dog is potentially dangerous. It’s a problem that requires attention from a professional dog behaviorist, but there’s a lot more to canine aggression than most people realize. Aggression is one of the most common behavioral issues seen in dogs, and it’s one of the top reasons why dogs are euthanized and surrendered to shelters. Coincidentally, it’s also one of the most misunderstood topics in the dog world. We’re here to clear the air and dispel these common myths about dog aggression. 1. A “good” dog…continue reading →
5 Serious Illnesses Caused by Canine Dental Disease

5 Serious Illnesses Caused by Canine Dental Disease

Advertisement 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…continue reading →
15 Signs Your Dog Has Anxiety And How To Help

15 Signs Your Dog Has Anxiety And How To Help

Advertisement Whether you have two legs or four, anxiety can be a miserable experience. Sadly, our fur kids are not immune to anxiety. Many dogs suffer from anxiety, whether it’s only during thunderstorms or a low level of continuous anxiety. How can you tell if your dog has anxiety? What can you do to help your dog if he is dealing with anxiety? Here are signs your dog has anxiety and ways you can help. Signs of anxiety in dogs -Aggression -Tucked tail -Peeing or pooping in the home -Drooling -Yawning -Panting -Licking…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 →

The End-Of-Life Option That All Pet Parents Should Consider

Advertisement Helping your pet cross the Rainbow Bridge is an excruciating experience that many people cannot even bear to think about until the moment arrives. Although it hurts, planning ahead can help alleviate some of the stress and allow you to make an informed decision when your head is clear. One important option to consider is whether you would like to schedule a home euthanasia. Some veterinarians offer house calls for their patients, but appointments can be hard to come by due to responsibilities at the clinic. Due to the increasing demand for home-based euthanasia…continue reading →
10 Ingredients You NEVER Want To See In Your Dog’s Food

10 Ingredients You NEVER Want To See In Your Dog’s Food

Advertisement Our dogs are important to us, and we want to make sure we keep them as healthy as possible. With so many foods to choose from, it can give you a headache trying to decide which one is the best for your canine companion! While there are many great foods out there and each dog is an individual with their own needs, there are some base ingredients you definitely want to avoid. Some may sound like they’re nutritious – but they aren’t. Take a look at our gallery to see what you…continue reading →
The Way Dogs Choose Their Favorite Person May Surprise You

The Way Dogs Choose Their Favorite Person May Surprise You

Advertisement 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. 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. Early socialization is key For dogs, their key socialization period…continue reading →
How Many Calories Does My Dog Need?

How Many Calories Does My Dog Need?

Advertisement There are several good reasons to know how many calories your dog needs each day. You don’t want to overfeed your dog – obesity can lead to several health problems for your pet. And you definitely don’t want to underfeed him, because that can cause issues for him too and leave him suffering from both hunger and a lack of energy. But finding the right number can be tricky, and it’s not as easy as that little chart on the back label of his food may make it seem. There’s a way to…continue reading →
5 Ways You May Be Hurting Your Dog’s Feelings Without Even Knowing It

5 Ways You May Be Hurting Your Dog’s Feelings Without Even Knowing It

Advertisement A Harvard psychologist recently declared that when dogs dream they are likely reliving their experiences with their humans. Those yips and kicks we see are their reactions to either pleasing us or annoying us in dreamland. For better or worse, our dogs’ entire lives revolve around us. If they do not get enough of our time or that time is marred by unwarranted punishments, it can leave lasting emotional scars. Dog owners usually make one of these 5 mistakes because they simply do not understand canine behavior. It’s important to know why…continue reading →
New TSA Adoption Program Gives K9 Dropouts A Chance To Find Good Homes

New TSA Adoption Program Gives K9 Dropouts A Chance To Find Good Homes

Advertisement TSA dogs are now a common sight in major airports, but those hard-working pups weren’t born on the job. They’re carefully selected and trained before they’re deemed ready to don official vests. Professional government work, however, isn’t for every pooch. Not every dog has the personality and drive to be good at the job, and some dogs don’t make it through training. So what happens to these K9 drop-outs? They deserve good homes, and the TSA Adoption Program makes sure they get them. Mogrart is a TSA explosives canine who works at…continue reading →
Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Advertisement If you’ve ever seen dogs eat grass, you may be wondering whether or not you should be worried. Is it normal for dogs to eat grass? Could it hurt your dog? Why do they do it? Should you be concerned if your dog vomits every time he eats grass? We know you have questions and concerns about your dog eating grass, and we’re here to help. Here are 6 things that you should know about dogs eating grass… #1 – It’s natural Pica is the term for eating non-food items, and eating…continue reading →
9 Things Humans Do That Stress Our Dogs Out

9 Things Humans Do That Stress Our Dogs Out

Advertisement When we love our dogs like family, we sometimes forget that they don’t understand us quite like our human relatives. Sometimes we try to have full-on conversations with them or unknowingly send them body language signals that are interpreted differently in the animal kingdom. For these reasons, we’ve compiled a list of 9 common things that humans do that stress dogs out. If you’ve done any of these things, don’t worry–we all have! But by being more aware, we can try to communicate with our canines as clearly as possible. And lucky for us, there’s no limit…continue reading →

11 Small Breeds That Love Being Lap Dogs

Advertisement There’s a pup out there for just about every personality, and these lovable lap dogs are perfect for anyone who’s looking to add a snuggle bug to their family! Whether you’d prefer a social butterfly by day and a couch potato by night, a canine who’s content to live in an apartment, or a four-legged friend for the kids, there’s a petite pup on this list who’d make a wonderful companion. Based on information from the American Kennel Club website (and in no particular order), here are 11 pint-sized breeds that love…continue reading →
Vets Warn Dog Owners About Unknown Respiratory Infection Affecting Dogs In North Carolina

Vets Warn Dog Owners About Unknown Respiratory Infection Affecting Dogs In North Carolina

Advertisement Dog lovers in North Carolina are being warned of an unknown repiratory infection that is being spread from amongst dogs in the Raleigh area. Dr. Harold Pierce with Leesville Animal Hospital tells ABC7.com that he has treated 17 pets with mild symptoms over the last two weeks. Affected dogs develop a cough and show signs of infection, but so far veterinarians have been unable to identify the illness or determine whether the infection is bacterial or viral. Both vaccinated pets and those who are behind on their vaccinations have been affected. For…continue reading →
10 Most Common Health Problems In Large Breed Dogs

10 Most Common Health Problems In Large Breed Dogs

Advertisement While no breed is immune to health problems, some have more than others and, most importantly, they have different kinds. The major health problems commonly found in large breed dogs are different than those found in small breeds, so it’s important to know what you’re up against should you decide to go with with a large breed. Here we’ll discuss some of the most common problems large breeds are susceptible to. #1 – Hip Dysplasia Hip dysplasia seen in X-ray of a 14 month old Hovawart. Hip dysplasia is an orthopedic condition…continue reading →
10 Simple Tricks To Tire Out Your Active Dog

10 Simple Tricks To Tire Out Your Active Dog

Advertisement Does an hour-long walk give your dog more energy instead of tiring him out? Some dogs seem to have endless amounts of energy. If you don’t want them bouncing around your house or becoming destructive, you need to find a way to tire them out. Walking around your neighborhood can get boring for both of you after a while. What can you do? Here are 10 simples tricks to tire out your active dog. #1 – Use a flirt pole You’ve probably seen this type of toy used for cats. It’s a plush…continue reading →
How To Help Your Dog Be More Comfortable With Body Handling

How To Help Your Dog Be More Comfortable With Body Handling

Advertisement Belly rubs and head scratches are one thing, but not every dog is comfortable with body handling. All that poking and prodding puts them on edge, and it can lead to fearful and sometimes aggressive reactions. Having their teeth brushed, nails trimmed, ears cleaned, and bodies examined is necessary for their health, but good luck explaining that to your dog. Being comfortable with body handling doesn’t come naturally to dogs, and it’s a dog owner’s responsibility to help their pooch through it. Should You Be Training Your Dog For Better Body Handling?…continue reading →
5 Tips For Building An Unbreakable Bond With An Adult Rescue Dog

5 Tips For Building An Unbreakable Bond With An Adult Rescue Dog

Advertisement Puppies are often a first choice when it comes to rescuing a new family member, but mature dogs face a different kind of fate. They’re passed up for reasons like their size and looks, and many adopters decide against adopting adult dogs because they’re worried they won’t find that unbreakable bond all dog owners value. This common misconception that adult dogs can’t bond as well as puppies is leaving countless animals stranded in shelters. It’s true adult dogs are often affected by past experiences, but most are waiting for the right person…continue reading →
From A Groomer: 3 Reasons Not To Shave Your Double-Coated Dog

From A Groomer: 3 Reasons Not To Shave Your Double-Coated Dog

Advertisement If your dog sheds a lot, you’ve probably thought about shaving them to reduce the amount of hair left around your house. Maybe you thought shaving your dog would keep them cooler in the summer. Perhaps you think your dog would look cute shaved. Generally, dogs whose hair only grows to a certain length and then stops, and specifically double-coated dogs – dogs that have an undercoat that sheds out – should not be shaved. Here are three reasons why it may not be the best option for your dog. Shaving that…continue reading →
3 Reasons Why Your Dog Needs To Know Their Name

3 Reasons Why Your Dog Needs To Know Their Name

Advertisement We’ve all been that person frantically calling our dog’s name only to have them do everything possible to pretend we don’t exist. Not only is this scenario frustrating and embarrassing, it’s also dangerous. The first thing people do when bringing home a new dog is play the name game. They think long and hard about the perfect names for their prized pooches, but most spend significantly less time working on name recognition. Copper, Bailey, Luna, and Jewels are at a major disadvantage if they don’t recognize their names, and it’s up to…continue reading →
Mysterious Dog Disease Is Rapidly Spreading Through Virginia

Mysterious Dog Disease Is Rapidly Spreading Through Virginia

Advertisement Veterinary clinics in Virginia are warning pet owners of a mysterious new threat to their furry family members. In the past month, more than 150 dogs in the Charlottesville area have received veterinary attention for a type of respiratory condition similar to whooping cough. The disease is highly contagious, and local vets are officially calling the issue an “epidemic.” Autumn Tails Veterinary Center in Charlottesville, VA is one of many veterinary clinics that has seen a huge intake of dogs with this unknown disease. Since this past Thursday, the clinic has treated…continue reading →
The 10 Best Dog-Friendly Hotels

The 10 Best Dog-Friendly Hotels

Advertisement Your dog is a part of the family, so of course you want to bring them with you on your vacation. Unfortunately, many hotels don’t love your dog as much as you do. But there is hope – every day, more and more hotels are opening their doors to furry guests! Some hotels charge nightly pet fees, one-time cleaning fees, or both, but some of these hotels let your pet stay for free. Many hotels are also now offering special packages for dogs, which include things like blankets, bowls, and poop bags.…continue reading →

10 Dog Breeds That Bark The Least

Advertisement There are close to 200 dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Each is assigned to one of seven groups based on the traits they were bred for. While there is no such thing as a bark-free dog, the following 10 breeds are among the quietest, thanks to their inherent characteristics. 1. Pug Pugs were originally bred more than 2,000 years ago to serve as companions to Chinese emperors and their families. To this day, these loyal cuties prefer a life of leisure full of good food and lots of…continue reading →
Why Does My Female Dog Not Like Other Female Dogs?

Why Does My Female Dog Not Like Other Female Dogs?

Advertisement Aggression between females is an unfortunately common behavioral issue faced by countless dog owners. Households with more than one adult female dog often struggle with conflicting personalities that lead to dangerous fights. While every situation and every dog is different, aggression between female dogs has been linked to a few key causes. Living with a pair of feisty females disrupts the entire household, but continuous fights don’t have to be your everyday reality. Before you can solve the problem, you need to identify it. Here are a few possible reasons why your…continue reading →
8 Amazing Things Dogs Can Sense About Humans

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 →
Do You Really Understand Your Dog? 15 Things Your Dog Wants You To Know

Do You Really Understand Your Dog? 15 Things Your Dog Wants You To Know

Advertisement 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…continue reading →
What You Need To Know About Making Eye Contact With Your Dog

What You Need To Know About Making Eye Contact With Your Dog

Advertisement Human or canine, eye contact is a big part of communication. Eyes convey emotion, indicate intent, and they reflect individual personality in ways many people don’t realize. There’s a lot that’s the same when it comes to human and canine eyes—you and your pup can even share the same eye color—but the way dogs understand eye contact will always be slightly different than what seems normal for humans. Understanding how your dog feels about eye contact is important for your relationship, and it’ll help you better communicate with every dog you meet.…continue reading →
5 Dangerous Dog Habits & How To Fix Them

5 Dangerous Dog Habits & How To Fix Them

Advertisement The other day, my neighbor’s dog darted out the front door and chased a young boy on a bike. She ended up biting the child’s foot, fracturing two of his toes. The dog now faces a mandatory 10-day Rabies quarantine and possible euthanasia. Sadly, the whole situation could have been avoided if her owners had provided the intervention, correction, and training to break her dangerous habits. As much as we love our dogs, there is no such thing as a “perfect” pooch. Dogs make mistakes and it is our job as their guardians…continue reading →
Do Female Dogs Urine Mark Like Males Do?

Do Female Dogs Urine Mark Like Males Do?

Advertisement Male dogs are notorious for start-and-stop walks that consist of them spreading their manly scent across the neighborhood, but they’re not the only dogs that mark their territory with urine. Female dogs also urine mark, and they usually have a good reason for it—at least if you’re a dog. You’ll know your girl likes to mark when you find yourself stopping frequently on walks to let her squat and let out a small amount of urine. In worst case scenarios, she might even mark things inside your house by leaving behind surprise…continue reading →
5 Crucial Reasons To Stop Scolding Your Dog

5 Crucial Reasons To Stop Scolding Your Dog

Advertisement It can happen to the best of us. You come home from work and find that your dog made a mess. They wake you up in the middle of the night to bark at a squirrel. They jump on your friends every time they come to visit. Sometimes it happens before you even have a chance to think about it: you yell at your dog to discourage the behavior. The problem is that you aren’t actually teaching your dog anything, and you might even cause long-term behavioral problems. There are much better…continue reading →

7 Things In Your Backyard That Could Be Deadly For Dogs

Advertisement Your backyard is where your dog is free to run around and soak up the sun, but it’s your job to make sure that happy place doesn’t end up being a dangerous place. You’ll need to look at your yard with a critical eye to spot the things that might get a curious sniffer or mischievous mind into trouble. Most of the things on this list are everyday items you probably have in your yard right now. They’re safe when stored properly, but they also pose specific risks to dogs. To keep…continue reading →

10 Dog Breeds That Are Extra Clingy With Their Owners

Advertisement While every dog loves being with their human, there are some that really, really love to be with you. Dogs are sensitive creatures, and their desire to be near you is very strong–but for some, it’s more than that. Like a dog that clings to your side, ready to be your pal wherever you go? Then one of these breeds might be just the one for you! #1 – Labrador Retriever Labs are known for their easy going personality and attachment to their owners. They’ll go anywhere with you – until “death do…continue reading →
How Much Do Rescue Dogs Remember From Their Pasts?

How Much Do Rescue Dogs Remember From Their Pasts?

Advertisement You know your rescue dog had a life before you walked into the shelter, but how much of that time do they actually remember? Would your dog recognize their old owners or where they used to live? Can they recall specific experiences whether they were good or bad? For some rescues, forgetting a painful past might be a good thing, but is that even possible? Here’s a closer look at how your dog’s memory works and what scientists think they can remember about their past. Photo by Samantha Scholl on Unsplash Breaking…continue reading →
9 Reasons Your Dog May Be Vomiting

9 Reasons Your Dog May Be Vomiting

Advertisement Dogs vomit for a number of reasons; some are relatively insignificant, while others can be quite serious. If your dog’s vomiting is more than just an isolated incident, seek veterinary attention to rule out a critical health concern. Note: Since vomiting is such a broad issue with many possible causes, this post contains several links you can follow if you would like to learn more about a particular issue or condition. 1. Diet Related Issues Vomiting often results when a dog overeats, eats too quickly, or ingests something that does not agree…continue reading →
How Much Do Dogs Understand About Death?

How Much Do Dogs Understand About Death?

Advertisement I spent nearly half my life working as a veterinary technician. During that time I helped many dogs cross the Rainbow Bridge and witnessed others coping with the loss of a beloved human or a fellow pet. While they absolutely understand the concepts of pain and illness, do dogs grasp the finality of death? And if so, do they know when that moment is approaching and adjust their behavior accordingly? Scientific research on the subject is scarce since it is impossible for us to know what our dogs are thinking or feeling.…continue reading →
The Reason Why Your Dog Shakes Off

The Reason Why Your Dog Shakes Off

Advertisement When your dog is wet, you know you better move fast out of the splash zone before they start shaking themselves dry. It’s impressive how thoroughly they can shake their entire body (and how far they can fling those cast-off water droplets), and science has found dogs can shake 70% of the water from their fur in only four seconds. It’s a good skill to have when you don’t want to walk around soaking wet, but if dog owners pay attention, they’ll notice their dogs shake even when they’re not wet. Like…continue reading →