Does Your Dog Have Self Control Issues? Try a Flirt Pole

I know, it sounds like something out of 50 Shades of Gray, but I promise it’s not. A flirt pole is a long pole with some type of rope attached to it and a dog tug toy at the end. These toys are amazing for play and exercise, but they are even better for training purposes. What is a Flirt Pole and How Can It Help My Dog? For many dogs, playing with a moving toy they can chase is … Read more

7 Times Pet Insurance Saved Pawrents From Outrageously Expensive Vet Bills

Think people are crazy when they tell you their dog has pet insurance? You may change your mind after seeing some of these claims Lemonade has covered over the past few years. And don’t worry, all of these pups are doing fine now. #1 – Pneumonia + Lung Lobectomy Manny, a 6-month-old Labrador Retriever, needed emergency lung surgery following serious respiratory issues. The procedure, plus a four-day hospital stay, racked up a bill of around $14,000. Bill: $14,095 Lemonade paid: $12,685 … Read more

11 Signs Your Dog Is Suffering From Seasonal Allergies

Dog Seasonal Allergies

It’s that time of year when environmental allergies are at their peak. Is your dog suffering? Dog allergy symptoms could arise without you even knowing the reason. Pollen, grass, fleas, weeds, and mold could all cause reactions for your pup. So, it’s important to pay attention to your dog’s behaviors as the seasons change. Here are 11 signs that your dog may be allergic to all that springtime beauty. If your dog has any of these signs, talk with your … Read more

Are Avocados Bad For Dogs?

Avocados For Dogs We all know things like chocolate, Xylitol and caffeine are toxic to dogs, but then there are avocados. The avocado has been a source of debate for decades. Many say it’s toxic and dogs shouldn’t eat it. We wanted to get to the bottom of the debate once and for all. To answer the question “Are avocados bad for dogs?” we went to four sources: The ASPCA’s Poison Control Center VetVine – a growing online community for veterinary … Read more

10 Dog Companies to Shop on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is November 28th this year. Support small business and our own economy by saving money on Black Friday and shopping on this day instead. Here are 10 small companies that are worth checking out on November 29th. #1 – Spoiled Pets Shop This fun site has plenty of unique dog products to choose from, including their own Soothing Dog Sounds CDs. The Perfect Way to Keep Your Dog Calm Vol. 1. It’s part of a series of CDs … Read more

10 Dog Treats With Unusual Ingredients

If you are looking for something different to give your dog as a special treat, or you are trying to work around allergies, these treats with unusual ingredients are just the thing for you. Know of some other treats with unusual ingredients? Tell us in the comments! #1 – Dogs Love Kale These dog treats are made from, you guessed it, Kale! Kale is full of antioxidants and vitamins and dogs love the crunch of these USA made treats. They come … Read more

10 Employers Who Allow Dogs At Work

Want a job where your dog can come to work with you? You may be surprised at how many large companies all across the United States welcome dogs in the workplace. #1 – Etsy According to their blog, “The dog-friendly office policy has been in place since Etsy began in 2005, and it’s one of the ways we strive to maintain a casual, creative, and inspiring work environment.” #2 – Google Google’s dog policy is very welcoming. In fact, it’s … Read more

10 Christmas Presents Your Dog Won’t Tell You He NEEDS

What does your dog want for Christmas? A $200 dog bed, that $100 life-sized teddy bear he can shred, or maybe that $20 bag of premium dog treats? While your dog is sure to love any of these presents, here are some great gift ideas for your furry friend (or a friend’s) that he probably won’t think to ask Santa for. #1 – Vet Check-up Your dog should have a yearly vet check-up to make sure everything is going well. … Read more

10 Best Breeds To Protect Your Home From Intruders

While it’s probably true that most people get a dog to be a companion, playmate, or even a performance partner, there are still people who want a dog for protection. After all, a good guard dog can be the best alarm system you will ever spend money on – and you can still cuddle it too. So if you are thinking you would like your next dog to help keep your home safe, here are 10 breeds who were bred … Read more

10 Dog Training Resolutions for 2015

Ready to start your year off right and train your dog to be the best dog ever? Michelle Blake, MSW, CDBC, CAE, Chief Executive Officer for The Association of Professional Dog Trainers has ten resolutions you should have to make 2015 the best training year ever, chose one or all. Tell us in the comments what your training resolution for 2015 is! #1 – Use training in your everyday routine Training your dog doesn’t have to be a strenuous, one hour lesson … Read more

10 Breeds That Are Great with Young Children

Looking for just the right dog to fit your family can be difficult. Especially if you have or are planning on having kids during the dog’s lifetime. It’s a known fact that not all dogs like kids, and it’s one of the main reasons dogs end up at shelters. While all dogs are individuals, there are a few breeds that are more likely to be great with kids and here they are (in no particular order). #1 – Golden Retriever The Golden … Read more

10 Dog Breeds With To Die For Coats

No matter the style, your dog’s coat can say a lot about their health. A happy, healthy dog should have a beautiful, glossy coat and good nutrition. Regular grooming and parasite prevention can go a long way when it comes to keeping them healthy. But some breeds just naturally have “to die for coats” that are just a bit fancier than the rest. The following are 10 breeds who have locks we are envious about. And, if your dog’s coat … Read more

10 Dog Breeds From The Emerald Isle

Dog noses are tens of thousands of times more sensitive to smells than our own, so it makes sense that they would definitely be affected by aromatherapy. But what scents are good to use for your dog? Below is a list compiled by Elyse Horvath, owner of Natural Paws that includes not only the psychological benefits but the physical as well. Remember to talk to your vet and/or certified dog trainer/behavior specialist when trying therapy for behavior or medical problems. … Read more

10 Dapper Duds for Dogs

Looking for something cool for your dog to sport? Here are 10 outfits for any day of the week that are sure to make your dog the most dapper one at the park. #1 – Napoleon Uniform A perfect outfit for your couture poodle or Frenchie, it even has a matching hat. Your dog is sure to turn heads strutting down the boulevard. #2 – Green Floral Harness Your cutie will be ready for spring in this adorable green and pink floral … Read more

12 Camping Safety Tips For Dogs

Camping can be a great way to vacation and take the along your furry best friend. You get a break from the urban jungle and your dog gets to smells all those fun new things, roll in stuff, fetch sticks and play in the water. But camping can also be hazardous if you are not prepared. David Wright, Resident Trainer for Zingy (the “uber of dog walking”) and Founder of iWorkDogs Dog Training Co., shared with us his 12 camping safety tips … Read more

16 Songs About Dogs That You’ll Want to Play To Your Dog On Repeat

Whether it’s love, anger, hate, hard knocks, family, friendship – songs are a way for the artist as well as the listeners to express life. And since so many of us share our lives with our dogs, it only makes sense that over the years there have been quite a few dog-related songs (probably more than you realized!) Here is a list of some of the greats – perfect for that Friday Doggy Date Night with just you and your … Read more

12 Signs Your Dog Is Truly Happy

We all wish our dogs could talk – it would make things so much easier. Even though they can’t speak we can tell how our dogs are feeling by the way they act. If you are wondering if your dog loves the life you are giving her, check out these 12 signs that may help you determine if your dog is happy. #1 – Relaxed Eyes According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), “When your … Read more

10 Reasons Mutts RULE

National Mutt Day is celebrated July 31st and December 2nd, but we say everyday is a good day to celebrate mutts! Or mixed-breed, All-American, and/or hybrid dogs. Whatever you call your furry best friend with mysterious background, we have the 10 reasons they RULE. #1 – Unique Can’t tell your neighbor’s four yellow labs apart? No one can say that about your mutt! Each and every one is unique and special. #2 – Less Risk Purebreds have a lot of health issues that stem … Read more

7 Natural Tick Repellents For Dogs

Natural Tick Repellents It’s that time of year when you have to start thinking about ticks, unfortunately. They can really make going outdoors a pain, especially if you live in an area that is high infested, like the Eastern United States. Since many of us are moving away from harsh chemicals for ourselves and our pets, here is a list of natural tick repellents that will keep your dog safe without the risk this season. #1 – Simple Tick Repellent … Read more

Can’t Pay for Your Pet’s Care? These 12 Programs Can Help

We all want the best for our pets, but life sometimes gets in the way. When there is a sudden illness or accident, it can leave us facing large vet bills we weren’t expecting. A job loss can make it hard to feed ourselves and our beloved pets, and having to move can leave you wondering how you’re going to take your pets with you. Luckily, there are resources out there to help you through hard times. So if you’re … Read more

6 Reasons Your Dog May Be Whining

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 … Read more

8 Dog Breeds Perfect For Seniors

Dogs can be a great companion for a senior citizen, providing them with day to day love and company when the family cannot be there and these eight breeds are some of the best at doing just that. Remember when picking a dog for an elderly member of your family, an already trained older dog is probably a better choice than a puppy. Also, take into account energy level and the mobility of the person. Make sure the dog and … Read more

13 Great Products That Clean Your Dog’s Teeth

Just like with human beings, a dog’s dental health relates directly to their overall health. That’s what makes good dental hygiene so important (besides just keeping terrible breath at bay.) Unlike humans though, dogs can’t (or won’t) brush their own teeth regularly. Since a lot of iHeartDogs readers want to know how to best keep their pet’s teeth strong and healthy, we’ve compiled a list of 15 great products that clean your dog’s teeth. If you’ve recently taken a trip … Read more

3 Important Things To Look For When Choosing Dog Treats

The pet food industry is still feeling the backlash from the 2007 recalls. Since then, customers have made it clear that their dogs’ health and well-being is worth more to them than having treats that are readily available in mass quantities at low prices. But because of this recall, and the way it put the health of so many dogs in jeopardy, it created pet parents that paid more attention to ingredients than ever before. So how do you really … Read more

11 Rad Rawhide Alternatives For Your Dog

Rawhide is a vet bill waiting to happen for your dogs, which is too bad since it’s a great chew for a dog – long lasting and they love it. Luckily, the more people realize how bad rawhide is, the more companies are coming up with rawhide alternatives. And while none of these chews probably last quite as long as rawhide, they are a lot safer. #1 – Bully Sticks! We’ve previously written about why bully sticks are the most popular … Read more

10 Hilarious Signs You’re THAT Dog Parent

The following photos are reprinted with permission from Rupert Fawcett. You can follow all the fun on his website and Facebook page. Enjoy!! #1 – Your dog come before anyone else, even the spouse #2 – You treat your dogs like kids…everything has to be fair #3 – You let the dogs have most of the bed…your spouse can sleep somewhere else right? #4 – Your schedule revolves around your dog #5 – The dogs get the best lounging places … Read more

3 Tips For Better Dog Dental Health

Dog dental health has become a big topic in the past few years. Good dental health doesn’t just keep doggy breath at bay. It can save you thousands at the vet, helps your dog have better quality of life, and can even help them to live longer lives. Did you know that an infection in your dog’s mouth can spread to other organs – even the brain – and cause death? The following are 3 tips for better dog dental … Read more

Top 3 Health Concerns For Pit Bulls

Aside from being total love-bugs, Pitties have another great thing going for them: they are a fairly healthy breed compared to other larger dogs. However, this does not mean they are free from any issues. Prospective Pit adopters and those who already own one or two should be aware of the common problems that they can have. Knowing about them can lead to early detection, which can benefit both dog and owner. The following are 3 of the top health concerns for … Read more

How To Identify Heatstroke In Dogs

With the weather warming up in at least some parts of the world, it’s time to think about heat and your dog. We get a lot of warnings to make sure your dog doesn’t get to hot, but how do you know your dog is getting warm? Each year, Trupanion, a pet insurance company, receives several claims for heatstroke. Dr. Kerri Marshall, chief veterinary officer at Trupanion talked to us about heatstroke and how to identify it in your dog. … Read more

12 Seasonal Fruits & Veggies To Share With Your Dog This Summer

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about fresh fruits and veggies – the best the spring and summer have to offer. You may even be wondering which of these healthy snacks you can share with your dog. “Any of these ingredients individually are great as treats in small amounts, or can make up a balanced diet when properly formulated into a complete recipe,” says Dr. Oscar E Chavez BVetMed MRCVS MBA, licensed veterinarian and Chief Medical Officer for JustFoodForDogs®. … Read more