How To Help With Dog Allergies

As the season changes, so do the allergies, and many search for ways to help with dog allergies. And just like people, your dog can be affected. Although the fall does not have all the blooms and new growths that bother many, such as pollen and grass, it has dying plants and wind, moisture, and cooler temperatures that stir up the irritants. In addition, the fall brings with it mold, which can affect your pet whether he is allergic or … Read more

10 Signs That A Puppy Is From a Puppy Mill

So you are looking for a puppy, maybe you’re a first time dog owner. You have heard about puppy mills and know they are bad. But what you don’t know is how to make sure you don’t accidentally buy from one. Here are 10 signs to help you determine if the puppy you are looking at is from a puppy mill or not. #1 – Out-of-State You really should just stay away from pet stores when buying a puppy. Be … Read more

10 Reasons Why Senior Dogs Are The Best

Everyone loves puppies, but we have a special place in our hearts for seniors. Here’s our top 10 reasons why: #1 – Less Exercise Required As dogs age, they tend to slow down, which means you won’t have to take those 10 mile walks just to get your dog to settle down. Senior dogs are perfect for those who can’t physically exercise their dog or don’t have as much time for physical activities. #2 – No Chewing Most senior dogs … Read more

8 Tips to Prevent Dog Fights

Dog fights happen more often than anyone would like. And with dog ownership rising, this number could continue to grow. It is the responsibility of every dog owner to be aware of the warning signs and know what to do when they see them. #1 – Warning Sign: Stiffening During Play Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA, author, All About Dog Daycare and an expert in dog body language advises owners to look for stiffening in any dog. This is usually a sign … Read more

The Well Mannered Dog Guest

Most of us feel that our dogs are part of our family, which means where we go, they go. However, our dogs are not always completely welcome. While some of us have family and friends that consider their dogs family as well (my dogs all have grandparents), some relatives may be “putting up” with your dog because you insist that if they don’t come, you won’t either. So how do you win these people over, especially if they are (gasp!) … Read more

How a Dog That Almost Died Started a Company

We all want to help our economy, shop smarter, and keep our pets safe by knowing where the products we buy them are coming from. Barker Kitsen is a new website that helps dog owners find the best locally sourced and socially responsible pet products. Orgainized by city and showcasing top boutique brands made in the US and Canada, Barker Kitsen saves dog owners time and frustration when trying to buy local. How a Dog That Almost Died Started a … Read more

Product Review: Stuffed Dog Toys – Are They Worth the Risk?

Dogs love stuffed toys, and we love to buy them. But that $7 toy can end up costing you thousands. T.J. Houk, Trupanion’s VP of Analytics said, “As a foreign body passes through a pet’s body, the costs to treat it increase. Something caught in the mouth or esophagus averages at about $800, which increases to just over $1000 if it reaches the stomach and can exceed $1,700 if it gets to the intestines. If the foreign body remains untreated … Read more

Remodeling Your Home for Your Dog

It might sound crazy, especially to your family and friends, but you really should consider your dog when you are remodeling your house. Why? Because aside from the fact that your dog has to live in the house too and you should want him to be comfortable, it can actually make your life easier by ensuring your new style is dog friendly. Help From the Pros Higgins Design Studio, LLC is a full-service interiors firm, specializing in the design of … Read more

5 Dogs on Capitol Hill

In honor of “Checkers Days” (so named for Nixon’s famous 1952 Checker’s Speech and his dog by the same name), we’d like to present 10 dogs who live in the political arena. Not only are they allowed in the offices at Capitol Hill, but many of them have owners who are as passionate about animal advocacy as they are about their own furry family members. #1 – Lilly Lilly’s owner, US Representative Jeff Denham (R-CA), is not the only one … Read more

Yes, You Can Train Your Dog to Paint!

There are celebrity dogs and internet sensations all over the place; dogs with their own clothing lines, swag and even dog food sponsorships. Have you thought of a way your dog could earn some fame? How about painting? It’s a fun trick to teach your dog – even if you are the only one who ever appreciates his style of artwork. And who knows, he may become famous. There are already dogs out there that paint and get paid. In … Read more

A Vet Shares Tips for Keeping your Dog Healthy in the Winter

We are very aware that people tend to get sick more often in winter than any other time of year. But did you know your dog is more at risk during the winter months as well? Dr. Patrick Mahaney DVM, leading veterinarian and consultant for The Honest Kitchen, has some great tips when it comes to keeping your best friend healthy during the coming winter months. Food & Water Temperature Dr. Mahaney recommends keeping your dog’s water at room temperature, … Read more

Just An Upset Stomach? Signs That Your Dog May Have a GI Disease Instead

Recently, we have seen a huge upsurge in dog owners claiming their dogs have food allergies. We have become more aware of the effects of what we feed our dogs and many of us have helped our dogs by eliminating things in their diet that bother them. BUT all this hype had a bad side-effect. Many are “self-diagnosing” at home to save having a vet bill. Their dog starts to have problems like diarrhea or vomiting, they assume it’s because … Read more

Is Feeding a Raw Diet To Your Dog More Risk Than Benefit?

big push in dog food for the past decade has been to feed your dog raw. Many industry professionals believe it is the best way to feed your dog the nutrients he needs and avoid all the recalls and toxins being found in commercial dog food. However, there are studies out there saying that raw diets have risks too. In fact, a study published in September 2014 showed that 45% of Raw Pet Foods are contaminated with dangerous bacteria: Listeria, … Read more

How to Make Your Next Event Dog Friendly

Planning a birthday, anniversary, or holiday party? Whether it’s for you or a hundred of your closest friends, don’t exclude your best friend on four legs. While traditionally people saw dogs as the “nuisance” that needed to be removed during soirees, times have changed and dogs are being welcomed at the fanciest events – even the Oscars! But how do you make sure your party and your dog mesh well? Here are some tips and tricks to make your next event … Read more

10 Best Dog Treats for Training Your Dog

It can be a challenge to find the right kind of treat for training. Some are too crumbly, some are too hard, and others are full of yucky ingredients that dogs really should not be eating. Here is a list of 10 treats that work well for training your dog and are good for him too. #1 – Chicken Plain cooked chicken is a great training treat. Dogs love it, it’s inexpensive, and won’t harm them. You can also make … Read more

Inside Training – Secrets to Dog Training During the Rain

Although most dogs don’t mind the rain (some even enjoy it!) it really isn’t that much fun to train your dog in the cold and wet weather. But it can be challenging to figure out how to bring your outdoor training inside. Here are some tips and tricks to bringing the training outside-in during the fall and winter. Distractions One of the main problems with bad weather is not being able to use the distractions the “outside” provides. Most of … Read more

Tricks to Passing the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test

Even if you do not have a purebred dog and are not into any type of competition, the American Kennel Club® (AKC) Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) test is a good thing for every dog to pass. The test includes basic manners that a dog should possess in order to survive our urban jungle. More than that, the test is vital if you want to do therapy work (every therapy dog organization requires it) and it can also help you get … Read more

5 Creative Ways to Teach Your Dog To Lie Down

It seems like a simple cue, after all dogs lie down naturally. However, the “lie down” can actually be one of the most frustrating behaviors to teach. While dogs do lie down naturally, for some reason as soon as you are standing in front of them wanting them to do it, they have no inclination to do so! The best thing in the world would be if your dog would offer to lie down in front of you, repeatedly, so … Read more

Benefits of The Pack Walk

Since this week is National Walk Your Dog Week, I thought it was an time excellent to bring your attention to how you can turn a regular walk into a training session, especially if you have a reactive dog, for almost no money out of pocket. Sound too good to be true? All you need is a trainer and some willing participants. Tasha Miner Salsido, CTDI, is a dog trainer in Southern California who needed an inexpensive way to socialize … Read more

10 Must Read Books for Dog Lovers

It’s fall, which means it’s time for snuggling up by the fire with your furry best friend and a good book. If you are unsure what to read, this list has the must’s including best sellers, classics, and new favorites. #1 – My Leash on Life Foxy (with the help of human author and best friend Lenore Hirsch) shares his story and his dog’s-eye view of humans, cats, and the world. From abandonment to rescue to the pain of loss, … Read more

Using Instinct – Make Training Easier Using Your Dog’s Innate Gifts

It’s more than likely you did not get your dog based on what his breed was meant to do. The majority of dog owners don’t live on a sheep farm or have a flourishing rat population that needs eradicating; every owner of a retriever, pointer, or hound does not go hunting. Yet, even if you did not get your dog to do the specific job they were bred to do, there are a lot of jobs around the house that … Read more

10 Perfect Hostess Gifts for Dog Lovers

Going to a party this holiday season where the hostess is a dog lover? Why not bring a gift that lets her know you understand (and share!) her passion. These gifts are just perfect for any dog lover. #1 – Custom Tote Bag This bag is perfect as a gift by itself or as an extra special gift wrap. Snatch a pic of your hostess’s hound (easy with social media!) and put their face on this canvas tote. Fill it … Read more

The 10 Best Dog Treat Recipes on the Internet!!!

If you are looking to do a little baking for your dog, these treats are some of the best recipes we have come across. Put them in a tin, wrap them in pretty cellophane, or stick them in a stocking and you have a great gift for the upcoming holiday season! #1 – Diabetic Dog Treats This recipe by Barb Maxwell on Allrecipes.com is perfect for those that have a dog suffering from diabetes. With no sugar or sweeteners of … Read more

10 Questions to Ask Your New Dog Trainer

Whether you have a puppy and are looking for that all important first trainer, or you are switching for whatever reason, that first meeting with a new trainer can set the stage for training success or failure. Make sure you are asking the right questions to help ensure success. #1 – What Methods do You Use? Make sure you agree and are comfortable with whatever methods that dog trainer uses. In addition, the trainer should be flexible and have different … Read more

Exclusive Interview Dr. John Pilley, Owner of the Smartest Dog In The World

How can you make your dog smarter? After reading, watching, and/or hearing about Chaser, the amazing Border collie that is being hailed as the World’s smartest dog, you may have thought about your own dog and wondered, “How can I make my dog smarter?” Or, maybe you thought, “My dog is smarter than that dog – how can I prove it?” In this exclusive interview, Dr. Pilley (owner and trainer of Chaser) let us in on some of his training … Read more

10 Fall Fruits & Veggies That Can Boost Your Dog’s Health

Add some fall flavor to your dog’s diet with these tasty and nutritious seasonal favorites. Every single one of them is PACKED with good things to keep your dog healthy. Don’t worry if you are not a cook or baker – preparing healthy fall fruits and veggies for your pup is super simple! #1 – Sweet Potato Many dog food manufacturers use sweet potato in their formulas. Plain baked or boiled sweet potato – no sugar or marshmallow- is great … Read more

Do Dogs Need Winter Clothes?

Most of us enjoy dressing up our dogs, even if it’s just a shirt. Winter provides us with an “excuse” to dress our dogs up even more, because of the cold weather. But do dogs really need to wear winter clothes? The answer is… It Depends. “When we started developing our line of all-weather dog jackets, Buggsly Black Label, we looked into whether jackets were a must have or a frou frou accessory,” says co-founder Cassidy Morgan. “Through the research … Read more

10 Ways Dogs Keep Us Mentally & Physically Fit

Diane Lang, MA is a therapist, adjunct professor and author. She has worked with patients and therapy dogs and has seen firsthand the health benefits. Here are 10 reasons why a dog is good for your mental and physical health. #1 – Help Reduce Stress Petting your dog is a great way to reduce the stress hormone cortisol. In addition, a few minutes of petting a dog each day revs up the production of serotonin which helps us relax! Click … Read more

Should I Feed My Dog More in The Winter?

We all know many animals put on weight during the winter months, to help keep them warm and to store up fat to burn as energy when food gets scare. Some may wonder, then, if our house pets need to be fed more or gain weight during these months too. Lisa Hennessy, founder of Your Pet Chef, LLC.;  began preparing meals about 5 years ago when her rough collie, Shelby, was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy. This disease caused her to … Read more

Is This The Future of Dry Dog Food?

With all the talk about recalls, toxins in pet food, dietary concerns, home-cooked versus BARF diets – it’s enough to make a dog owner wonder if they can ever feed their dog correctly. Many feel homemade (whether raw or cooked) is best, but what about those who just don’t have time? There is a new company in the dry kibble industry that is out to change the way we view feeding out dog commercially made dog food: Petbrosia. Started in … Read more