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 →
10 Things To Think About Before Bringing Home A Big Dog

10 Things To Think About Before Bringing Home A Big Dog

Advertisement Bringing home a dog—regardless of size—will always take planning and forethought. There are toys to buy, a house to dog-proof, and sorting through potential vets can be a job within itself. Your new family member will always require special attention and care, but there’s no denying the fact a 120-pound Newfoundland is not the same as a 12-pound Chihuahua. The more dog you have, the more there is to think about. Great Danes, Mastiffs, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers—if you can’t help but love a big dog, you need to know about these…continue reading →
Ready To Introduce A Dog To Baby? These 8 Tips Will Help

Ready To Introduce A Dog To Baby? These 8 Tips Will Help

Advertisement Your fur baby is used to being the center of attention, but that’s all going to change once he meets the family’s newest bundle of joy. His unique personality will play a big role in how he reacts to having a human sibling, and now’s the time to start thinking about their introduction. Some dogs are nervous and afraid of tiny humans, and others are overly excited about meeting a new friend. Either way, how you introduce a dog to baby matters. You can help ease your pup’s transition from only child…continue reading →
How To Introduce A Dog To A Cat

How To Introduce A Dog To A Cat

Advertisement There are people proud to call themselves Team Dog and others firmly on the feline side of things, but the world doesn’t have to be split into dog people and cat people. In fact, if you’re an animal lover, you probably appreciate the jolly innocence of dogs just as much as a cat’s independent charm. You love them both, and you want both your dog and your cat to live peacefully by your side. But before you all live happily ever after, you have to get past the first introductions. How you…continue reading →
10 Ways To Exercise Your Dog Indoors

10 Ways To Exercise Your Dog Indoors

Advertisement Sometimes going for a long walk or a trip to the park just isn’t possible. When you are sick, snowed in, or the temperature skyrockets, finding ways to exercise your dog indoors takes a bit of creativity. The next time you find yourselves trapped inside, keep your pooch from going stir-crazy with one – or more – of these fun indoor activities. 1. Treadmill Some dogs need more than just a leisurely stroll to stay happy, fit and healthy. Dog trainer, Melissa Heeter says treadmills not only provide excellent cardio workouts, they also…continue reading →
9 Expert Tips To Make Nail Trims Easier On Your Dog

9 Expert Tips To Make Nail Trims Easier On Your Dog

Advertisement During my career as a veterinary technician, clients often asked me for advice on performing successful nail trims at home. The process of trimming dog nails is actually quite simple. Most people just need help getting their pups to cooperate! Luckily, even dogs that despise the clippers can become acclimated to the process, or at least learn to tolerate it. Below are 9 tricks for making nail trims go smoothly – even on dogs with black nails or furry paws. If trimming dog nails is new for you, click here for a detailed how-to…continue reading →
11 Tips To Help You Find Your Lost Dog Faster

11 Tips To Help You Find Your Lost Dog Faster

Advertisement The first 24 hours after a dog goes missing are crucial, but luckily the odds are in your favor. A survey conducted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found that 93% of lost dogs return home safely! In addition to creating fliers and scouring the neighborhood, these 11 tips will help bring your missing pooch home faster. 1. Bring along a taste of home. Most lost pups are found within 20 minutes during a regular neighborhood search. As soon as you realize your dog has gone missing, grab a leash, a favorite…continue reading →
7 Things Every Pet Parent Should Know About Dog Food Labels

7 Things Every Pet Parent Should Know About Dog Food Labels

Advertisement Nutrition and ingredient labels can be confusing enough on “human foods,” but trying to read them on your dog’s kibble bag — marketing ploys included — it can be downright cryptic! What’s more, certain terminology can be very misleading, with words defined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) that may not mean exactly what you think. This is incredibly frustrating for pet parents who only want to give pooches the healthiest food they can find for their budget. If trying to decode your pup’s chow makes your eyes glaze over,…continue reading →
Does Your Dog Eat Too Fast? Here Are 7 Ways To Slow Them Down

Does Your Dog Eat Too Fast? Here Are 7 Ways To Slow Them Down

Advertisement If your dog can finish an entire meal in less time than it takes you to say, “Bailey, slow down!” you have a chow hound on your hands. These are the dogs that inhale their food without bothering to chew or even check what they’re eating. Labs are notorious chow hounds, but they come in all sizes, breeds, and personalities. Gulping food in record time is an impressive skill in some circles, but eating too fast is a serious problem for dogs. It puts their health at risk, and in some cases,…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 →
7 Things In Your Backyard That Could Be Deadly For Dogs

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 →
8 Ways To Make Your Rescue Dog As Comfortable As Ever

8 Ways To Make Your Rescue Dog As Comfortable As Ever

Advertisement The word “comfort” conjures images of a big, cozy bed on a late Sunday morning. Feeling relaxed in your environment, however, is about more than fluffy pillows and a fleece blanket. It’s the feeling of both safety and confidence. It’s knowing that wherever you are and whomever you’re with, you’re secure, satisfied, and feeling happily at home. Rescue dogs—regardless of their background—deserve homes where their comfort is a priority. After life in a shelter and overcoming whatever past experience earned them their “rescue dog” title, achieving ultimate comfort isn’t as simple as…continue reading →
3 Strategies For Safely Catching A Loose Dog

3 Strategies For Safely Catching A Loose Dog

Advertisement Whether it’s your dog that slipped their leash or a stray running through traffic, catching a loose dog is never as easy as it sounds. Your first instinct is to give chase, but that rush of energy is rarely the right move. Dogs that are afraid, skittish, or simply overly excited will do everything they can to elude your grasp—even when that means putting themselves in danger. If you want to bring your flighty pup back home safely, you’ll have to resist the urge to run after them and try these safer…continue reading →
A Guide To Creating The Ultimate Bucket List For Your Aging Senior Dog

A Guide To Creating The Ultimate Bucket List For Your Aging Senior Dog

Facing the mortality of our senior dogs is a heartbreaking reality that inspires many loving paw-rents to create bucket lists on their behalf. While embarking on a final journey with your gray-muzzled best friend is a beautiful sentiment, be careful not to confuse the experiences you want to give your dog with the experiences your dog wants to have with you. When planning the perfect doggy bucket list, it’s normal to imagine grand adventures and wish for limitless possibilities, but our dogs’ dreams are far more simple. An ideal day for them involves…continue reading →
What To Do When You Find A Stray Dog

What To Do When You Find A Stray Dog

Advertisement Being an animal lover means that every life matters. That includes the furry family you have at home and every stray dog you find by chance. Whether they’re staggering along the side of a road, emaciated and afraid, or rummaging through the trash cans behind your favorite place to grab lunch, it’s your instinct to help. Helping, however, isn’t always a simple concept. Stray dogs can act unpredictably, and they don’t always recognize a helping hand. These guidelines will help make sure your rescue attempt is as successful as possible. Assess the…continue reading →
How To Help Your Newly Adopted Rescue Dog Settle In

How To Help Your Newly Adopted Rescue Dog Settle In

Advertisement The day a rescue dog gets adopted is the day they say “goodbye” to life in the shelter. They say “hello” to people who love them and want to share their comfortable home, and many would assume that it’s the best day of the dog’s life. It’s a day that will change their life forever, but for some pups, the feeling of being overwhelmed may cloud everything else. Whether you know your new dog’s history or not, there’s no doubt their life has so far been extremely stressful. You wish signing the…continue reading →

10 Clever Canine Enrichment Ideas You Can Easily Do At Home

Advertisement Mental stimulation is essential whether your dog is a high-energy puppy or laid-back older dog. It doesn’t matter if they pick up on training quickly or need a little extra practice to learn new skills. New experiences and learning opportunities will always benefit their well-being. The best part is, canine enrichment doesn’t need to be expensive or hard to organize. Dog owners have put their minds together to come up with clever ways to keep their pups happy, healthy, and entertained. Here are a few of their best ideas. #1 – Frozen…continue reading →

10 Tips All First-Time Dog Owners Need To Read

Advertisement You’ve searched the shelters, done your homework, and now it’s finally time to bring your newest family member home for the first time. The car ride is full of excitement, and you’ll spend the first few hours playing with your new dog, but it’s time to ask yourself the important question of, “What’s next?” Being a good pet parent isn’t all belly rubs and tasty treats. It’s your responsibility to ensure your new dog is healthy, happy, and well taken care of. Being a dog owner is a learning experience, and you’ll…continue reading →
A Room-By-Room Guide To Dog-Proofing Your House

A Room-By-Room Guide To Dog-Proofing Your House

Advertisement Many pup parents learn through experience that having a dog is a lot like having small children. They’re cute and fun to play with, but they also manage to get themselves into messy and potentially dangerous situations. Puppies are especially known for their mischievous ways, but dogs of all ages can have a talent for getting into trouble. Sometimes it’s your favorite pair of shoes that’s at stake, but your dog’s curious nature can also put their health at risk. Dog-proofing your house is an important part of being a responsible pet…continue reading →

6 Must-Have Items To Put In Your Dog’s Easter Basket

Advertisement One of the best parts of celebrating Easter with our furry family is putting together the basket! We love giving our pets gifts, and Easter is just one more excuse to spoil our dogs. Even if they can’t eat candy, we can still share the fun of a great Easter basket with our pets! It’s important to remember not to include chocolate or other snacks high in sugar and fat in your dog’s basket – but there are “cheats” and non-edible items he can enjoy that are totally safe. Remember to include…continue reading →
Dog Showers: The Latest Home Trend Every Pup Parent Needs

Dog Showers: The Latest Home Trend Every Pup Parent Needs

Advertisement We’ve all been there. You get caught in the rain while walking your pup or take a particularly messy romp on the beach. It’s all fun and games until it comes time to bring your muddy, stinky pooch back into the house. Luckily there is a stylish solution to this very problem. According to a recent New York Times report, dog showers are the latest home decor trend among pet parents. Ken Malian, co-owner of GreenRose Fine Homes & Design in New Jersey, says dog showers have become so commonplace in luxury homes…continue reading →
5 Tips For Stopping Your Dog’s Stinky Farts

5 Tips For Stopping Your Dog’s Stinky Farts

Advertisement You know your dog has a gassy problem when cuddling on the couch turns into a test of how long you can hold your breath. Your four-legged family member can let them rip with more stench than any person you know. While all dogs fart on occasion, some have the unnerving ability to pass gas that can only be described as deadly. Farting is completely natural and sometimes even good for your dog’s health, but poots that make you gasp for fresh air are a sign something isn’t right with your dog’s…continue reading →

Is Your Dog An Escape Artist? Try These Tips To Keep Them Home Safe

Advertisement Between all the digging, jumping, climbing, and lock picking, your clever pup makes even Houdini look like an amateur escape artist. While some dogs are content to stay in one place, there are others that are determined to find new and mysterious ways to break the confines of their territory. A part of you can’t help but be impressed with your dogs ingenuity at getting free, but frequently escaping the safe borders of the yard puts them in serious danger. They could be hit by a car, attacked by another dog, or…continue reading →
Grieving Dog Mom Warns Others Of Household Suffocation Risk

Grieving Dog Mom Warns Others Of Household Suffocation Risk

Advertisement Doting dog mom Christina Young found out the hard way that an everyday kitchen item can become deadly in the paws of a curious pooch. Her beloved pup, Petey suffocated last week when his head became stuck in a potato chip bag. Young hopes to raise awareness to this hazard and protect other dog lovers from experiencing the same horror and heartbreak. She took to Instagram and Facebook to share her story, writing: “One week ago I kissed my baby boy goodbye on my way out for work. But I had no…continue reading →

How To Make Peace In “Blended Families” Where Dogs Don’t Get Along

Advertisement When you adopt a new dog into your family, you always have the ability to have your current pooch meet the potential newcomer to make sure they can be compatible co-canines. But what happens when two people move in together — whether as roommates or a couple — and their pups simply don’t get along? It can be a heartbreaking situation: both parties (understandably) unwilling to surrender their furry friends, or worse, one caving and giving their innocent dog up. This difficult situation can cause a wedge in the relationship, or worse,…continue reading →