12 Of The Easiest Dog Breeds To Train

Most people looking for a dog want a breed that’s easy to live with. Easiest dog breeds to train tops many desired “wants” when looking to bring a new dog/rescue dog into a person’s life. While all dogs can be trained, there are some that are easier than others. All dogs are individuals, of course, so this list is a broad generalization of which breeds are usually fairly easy to train basic obedience and house manners. If you’re looking for … Read more

12 Dog Breeds With Easygoing Personalities

We all know the Type B personalities: easy-going, steady workers and low-drive. The same can be said for Type B dogs. If you’re looking for an even-tempered, fun-loving but non-competitive breed to share your home with, consider checking out the breeds in this list. They make excellent family companions and do just fine with training, but they may not be the advanced competition winners or hard workers that the Type A breeds are. #1 – Labrador Retriever There’s a reason … Read more

15 Low Energy Dogs That Don’t Need Too Much Exercise

Looking for low energy dogs who enjoy the lazier side of life? Good for you, dog lover! Choosing the right dog for your lifestyle is so important. By already knowing that low energy dogs are better for your lifestyle will save so many problems later on. Many people don’t take this into account when considering adopting a dog. The wrong dog in the wrong home is a disaster for everyone and only ends up with the dog in the shelter … Read more

10 Least Smelly Dog Breeds

There are many dog breeds that seem to carry around that particular “doggy” odor and this can be undesirable for many people looking for a companion. There are many reasons for dog smell such as poor general hygiene, poor diet, allergies or a coat or skin type that holds smell in. Regardless of the reason, there are many dog breeds people consider to be on the odorless side and we’ve compiled a list of them here. The following are the … Read more

A Vet Answers Your Most Pressing Questions About Head Pressing

Recently, there was an article sweeping the internet about “head pressing.” Although rare, it is something to watch for, especially if your dog suffers from one of the conditions that can cause head pressing. We spoke with Dr. Kim Smyth, staff veterinarian and pet health writer at Petplan Pet Insurance to get some more in-depth answers to our questions. What Exactly is “Head-Pressing”? The term “head pressing” is actually pretty descriptive—the affected pet stands close to a wall or other … Read more

15 Dog Breeds You Think You Want But Probably Shouldn’t Get

There are hundreds of dog breeds in the world, each with their own unique look, purpose and personality. While many people think they want a certain breed, they sometimes find out that the dog they thought looked really cool is actually a lot of work to live with. This is why so many trainers and rescues try to advice first time owner to avoid certain breeds. Many breeds are becoming more popular on looks alone, but end up most often … Read more

From A Vet: 10 Early Warning Signs Of Canine Cancer

We hate the thought of our pups becoming ill, but being educated is key to keeping our dogs as healthy as possible. Everyone knows that the quicker cancer is found and diagnosed, the better the chances are of fighting it off and prolonging your dog’s life. While annual check-ups at the vet are important, a year between visits is just too long when it comes to fighting cancer. Canines are susceptible to the same types of cancers as humans, but they can metastasize at a … Read more

12 Things To Sneak Into Your Dog’s Food To Boost Their Health

More dog owners than ever are paying special attention to what they’re feeding their dogs and we couldn’t be happier about it. Gone are the times of cheap, corn-based kibbles as almost all owners are spending time researching and purchasing the best diets. Whether you’re feeding premium kibble or a homemade raw diet, there are still plenty of supplements you can add to your dog’s food to boost their health. Over-supplementation is something you should avoid, but if you’re looking … Read more

10 Most Hyper Dog Breeds

Some dogs are natural couch potatoes, and others require extensive exercise to stay mentally sound. Most dogs are somewhere in the middle, needing regular exercise but not being unbearable if you have to miss a walk or two. But there are others that are quite different. Those types of dogs with seemingly endless energy. These dogs are hard to keep as house pets if they don’t get the exercise they require. If that’s the type of pup you’re looking for, … Read more

Stinky Dog Farts: Causes And Prevention Tips

Stinky dog farts are sometimes a thing of legend. 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 … Read more

12 Dog Breeds That Are Extra-Faithful

Loyalty is something that most people think of when they think of dogs and it’s a truthful generalization to make. While some are certainly more independent than others, most dogs are faithful to their families in some form or another. In fact, some are even faithful to strangers. If you’re looking for a dog that’s known for its attachment and devotion to its owners, look no further than this list! #1 – Pointer Pointers are one of the oldest hunting … Read more

12 Dog Breeds That Are Complete Goofballs

All dogs are individuals and each is full of its own unique personality, but there are some breeds that have a tendency to be sillier than others. Some breeds are just the class clowns of the dog world, always ready to play and making people laugh with their goofy antics. If you’re looking for a pup that’s always up to something crazy, check out these breeds! #1 – Bulldog The Bulldog, or English Bulldog, is a large, short and wrinkly … Read more

12 Things To Sneak Into Your Dog’s Food To Boost Their Health

More dog owners than ever are paying special attention to what they’re feeding their dogs and we couldn’t be happier about it. Gone are the times of cheap, corn-based kibbles as almost all owners are spending time researching and purchasing the best diets. Whether you’re feeding premium kibble or a homemade raw diet, there are still plenty of supplements you can add to your dog’s food to boost their health. Over-supplementation is something you should avoid, but if you’re looking … Read more

The Complete Natural Remedies Guide For Itchy Dogs And Dogs With Allergic Skin Reactions

Did you know that almost a quarter of all vet visits are due to skin problems like itching and allergies? It’s the number one reason for a trip to the veterinarian. Dogs can suffer all sorts of skin-related problems, and itchiness and discomfort are just the beginning. Wounds that won’t heal, such as hot spots or lick granulomas; chronic yeast or bacterial infections; and even hair loss can result from itchiness and allergies. Listening to your dog scratching all night … Read more

The 10 Most Common Items Dogs Choke On

Just like humans, dogs can choke on the things that they put in their mouths. But unlike humans, they’re more likely to gnaw on non-food items, or simply swallow things whole. If you’ve ever wondered why certain pet toys have weight or size suggestions on them, a big reason is to reduce the risk of that item becoming a choking hazard. Be sure to avoid the non-food and non-toy items on this list, and monitor your pooch closely with the others! #1 … Read more

How CBD Oil May Help Your Dog With Anxiety

The life of a dog isn’t always all belly rubs and nap times. Dogs experience many of the same emotions humans do, and unfortunately, anxiety is something we share. Anxious dogs are stressed, nervous, and sometimes afraid. They overreact to certain situations, and their apprehension interferes with quality of life. While counting to 10 and meditating helps some humans deal with moments of unease, dogs rely on their owners to help them manage their emotions in healthy ways. There’s a … Read more

The Top 7 Questions Around Doggy Dental Health – ANSWERED

It may never have occurred to you to brush your dog’s teeth before, or maybe you’ve tried but your dog hates the toothbrush. Is it really that important to brush your dog’s teeth? What happens if you don’t do anything about your pup’s dental health? You may have lots of questions about doggy dental health, and we aim to provide you with answers. Here are the answers to the top 7 questions about how and why you need to care … Read more

The Easiest Way To Help Your Dog Maintain His Dental Health

It’s a sad fact that more than 80% of dogs have periodontal disease (problems with the teeth and gums) by the time they’re 3 years old. Most of those dogs will show no signs of pain or problems, either, unless you really know what to look for. What’s the big deal, anyway? Actually, failing to care for your dog’s teeth and gums can cause a wide variety of health problems that can affect more than just his mouth. Let’s look … Read more

3 Things That Can Help Your Senior Dog Avoid Dementia

Did you know that cognitive dysfunction syndrome, also called dog dementia, affects a large percentage of our fur children? More than a quarter (28%) of all dogs between the ages of 11 and 12 show at least one symptom of cognitive impairment. By the time a dog reaches 15, more than two-thirds (68%) of all dogs show at least one symptom and more than a third (35%) display at least 2 symptoms of cognitive decline. Luckily, there are some things you … Read more

5 Ways Probiotics Can Help Your Dog

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The idea of millions of tiny microbes living in your dog’s digestive system can turn your own stomach queasy, but those little organisms have a big job to do. They’re called probiotics, and they’re found in every animal—humans and dogs included. Probiotics are the “friendly’ bacteria and yeasts that balance the bad bacteria and help the body operate smoothly. We’ve known for generations that probiotics are important for human health, but research is now showing they’re just as important for … Read more

4 Common Causes Of Elbow Calluses In Dogs

The rough, dry patches of skin dogs develop on their elbows are sometimes referred to as pressure sores because they are caused by the repeated, long-term pressure of lying on hard surfaces. However, not all dogs that forsake their cushy beds in favor of wood or tile floors develop elbow calluses. At least one of the following factors tend to contribute to their formation. 1. Breed/Size Pressure sores develop on bony protrusions (mainly the elbows, but the hips and hocks … Read more

How To Safely And Naturally Remedy Hyperkeratosis

Canine hyperkeratosis isn’t life threatening and it’s not always easy to identify, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Hyperkeratosis is a condition where the skin on a dog’s nose or paw pads becomes especially thick and hard. It can cause painful callouses, and foot pad hyperkeratosis is often called “hairy dog feet” because of the way the skin cracks and separates. It can lead to infections, lameness, and general discomfort, and while there is no cure, treatment is … Read more

Why You Need To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth Daily

Daily toothbrushing is one of the most important things you can do for your pup’s health, yet very few dog owners make it part of their routine. Nobody wants another daily chore, but brushing is vital to ensuring your furry best friend’s mouth – and body – stay healthy and pain-free as long as possible. “It’s very important, maybe more so than what I do,” says veterinary dentist, Thoulton W. Surgeon. “What I do, in terms of removing calculus and … Read more

5 Stylish Home Decor Items To Make Life Easier For Senior Dogs

Senior dogs often find it increasingly difficult to navigate stairs, slippery floors, and high furniture. In addition to these potential hazards, basic routines like eating and napping may put strain on aging joints. Luckily, keeping your senior dog comfortable and secure is as simple as updating your decor. The following products not only ensure your home is a safe haven for your older pooch, they also enhance your style! 1. Anti-Skid Rugs When shopping for senior dog decor, anti-skid rugs … Read more

Why You Should Be Concerned About Your Dog’s Extra “Hairy” Paws

Paw Pad Hyperkeratosis is often referred to as “hairy dog feet” because the paw pads take on a distinctly furry appearance. In fact, what you are seeing is an overgrowth of a tough, fibrous protein called keratin that resembles fur, but is actually rough, hard and quite uncomfortable for your dog. Keratin provides strength and resilience to the epithelial cells of skin, hair and nails, but sometimes the body makes too much, resulting in hyperkeratosis. When overproduced, this excess keratin forms a … Read more

5 Ways Itch Balm Helps Senior Dogs Cope With Skin Problems

Senior dogs often struggle with dry, itchy skin. In addition to external agents like insects and allergens, aging skin loses moisture and elasticity, leaving it vulnerable to dryness and inflammation. If your older pooch struggles with rashes, scars, or other minor skin irritations, Nature’s Butter™ Allergy & Itch Balm with Neem Oil could provide the soothing relief she needs. Neem Oil is rich in vitamins, minerals and omega fatty acids, and has long been used by humans as an insect repellant, … Read more

Brutus Bone Broth Is The Key To A Healthier Life For Your Canine Companion

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With bone broth taking the human wellness world by storm, it’s no wonder this incredible super-food has made its way into our dog’s food bowl. Unlike most bone broths made for humans though, Brutus Bone Broth is 100% pet safe.  With being low in sodium and free of any onions or garlic, this bone broth is a one stop shop for canine health! Let’s dive into some of the ways bone broth can benefit your furry friend, and introduce you to … Read more

WARNING: This Common Dog Toy Turned Deadly For Young Golden Retriever

Dogs absolutely love to play tug of war. The toy of choice for many dogs and people who love to play this game is a twisted rope toy. They come in all sizes and a variety of designs for all kinds of tugging and tossing fun. What you may not realize is that they can be fatally damaging to your dog when swallowed as one woman painfully discovered recently with her beloved Golden Retriever, Sam. Photo Vizla Dog Lovers/Facebook What … Read more

When To Neuter 35 Dog Breeds To Avoid Health Risks

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Veterinarians have long agreed that neutering (castrating or spaying) our dogs is an important way to help control the stray population. Overall, it is also the best choice for their health and behavior. However, when to neuter is not a “one size fits all” decision. Researchers at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine completed a 10-year study examining the effects of neutering at different times on 35 different dog breeds. They found that some breeds have a higher risk … Read more

4 Common Ingredients In Dog Treats To Watch Out For

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You love making your dog happy with something as simple as a yummy treat. Sure, she’ll gulp down almost anything that’s edible (and a few things that aren’t), but you want your dog’s treats to be nutritious as well as delicious. Unfortunately, many brands of dog treats include ingredients that aren’t good for your dog’s health. Some ingredients offer zero nutritional value, and others have potentially harmful side effects. Here’s a list of common ingredients in dog treats you want … Read more