3 Ways To Build Trust With A Stray Dog

Whether you’ve come across a long-time stray or a neighborhood pooch that’s escaped the yard, earning the trust of a stray dog can be tricky. The goal is to catch the dog without harming them or scaring them off completely, but we have to make sure we keep ourselves safe, as well. A scared dog can become aggressive when they are trying to defend themselves. Remember, they don’t know you’re there to help. Regardless of how you found the dog, … Read more

From The Vet: DO’s and DON’Ts for Halloween

Halloween is a fun evening for kids and adults.  It is not always pet friendly, but with a little forethought, you can make sure that your dog has a safe and fun time, too. DO: Consider your dog’s personality. If you have a shy, fearful dog, he might not enjoy all the crowds. He may be happier given an option to hide in a safe place with low music to drown out the sound of visitors. Costumed figures may appear … Read more

Unexpected Surge Sweeps 150lb Dog Into Drain As His Owner Tries To Save Him

It was a beautiful October morning when Madi McNaughton took her 150-pound dog, Rupert, to the beach to play fetch. The two were splashing around in Newport Beach when a surge came and pulled Rupert into a floodgate. Such an innocent trip to the beach turned into one of the most tragic events of their lives. Unfortunately, Rupert was sucked into the Santa Ana river drain and did not survive. This brings a larger warning to the public. Rupert was a … Read more

Learn 5 Risk Factors For Heat Stroke

The heart of summer is here and while it’s the time to get out and have fun with our beloved pets, we want to make sure that we keep them safe. Heat stroke is a very real concern for all dog owners, but there are some factors that make some dogs at a higher risk for the illness than others. Caution should always be held when doing anything in the heat, but these canine attributes can increase your dog’s risk … Read more

He’s Back! Dog-Loving News Anchor Spreads The Word On Preventing Common Summer Injuries

You may remember Kyle Clark, the Denver-based news anchor who used his position in the media to publicly address the owner of a dog who was carelessly left in a hot car. Along with co-anchor Noll Brennan, this pooch-loving public figure has another message to share: watch out for your dog’s paws in the heat of summer! Although many dog owners know the dangers of bare paws on hot pavement, local veterinarian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald says that year after year, he sees a huge … Read more

Are You Feeding Your Dog One Of These 7 Most Recalled Brands?

We dog lovers only want the best for our pups, so it’s imperative that we learn about the foods and brands that we are feeding them. This list was compiled based on Dog Food Advisor’s list of pet food recalls from 2009-present. In a world where nothing is guaranteed, your best bet is to research the products you use for your pet, and to use your best judgement from there. You will see from this list that even expensive or “high-quality” brands are … Read more

“Beware Of Dog” Signs: Precaution Or Liability?

Note: this is not official legal advice, just food for thought. Should you find yourself in a lawsuit involving your dog, you may want to consult the Boston Dog Lawyers, a law firm that exclusively represents pets and their owners. It’s a difficult situation for pup parents to consider: what if your dog attacked someone? How liable would you, as the owner, be? And would a “Beware of Dog” sign make an impact on the outcome, should you be taken to court? … Read more

This Law Protects Dogs From The Sweltering Heat When Temperatures Get Dangerously High

You may recall from this past winter that the city of Indianapolis passed a new law that makes it illegal for dog owners to leave their pups outside in the extreme cold. But as temperatures rise and summer approaches, this same law will protect dogs from being subjected to unhealthy heat, as well. So when is it “too hot” for pups to linger in the sun? According to the ordinance, if it’s 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above, or if there is a heat … Read more

5 Ways To Prepare For Off-Shore Fun With Your Dog This Summer

As summer approaches, dog water safety is an important thing to consider, as dogs can drown in just minutes! Water activities can be a great source of fun for you and your canine; however before taking your pooch out for a paddle, preparing for the adventure is a must.  It is estimated that thousands of pets lose their lives in drowning accidents each year. A majority of these incidents could have been prevented if pet owners were more aware of … Read more

Follow These 5 Rules To Respect A Reactive Dog, And You Could Help Prevent A Disaster

There are a lot of articles that offer advice and support for the reactive dog owner. Even I have written a fair few. This last week I got a candid email from a reader that brought up a great point – there are two sides to every dog encounter. Yes, there is the owner of the reactive dog, but there is also another person that plays a role in how this scenario unfolds. So today we are addressing the person who … Read more

Retractable Leashes Can Be Dangerous. Could This Be A Safe Alternative?

We have all heard of the dangers of retractable leashes. As a dog trainer, I really dislike them. I don’t use them and I tell my clients not to as well. I have seen many dog altercations happen because one (or both!) dogs were on retractable leashes, with owners either not paying attention or too far away to prevent anything. So when I heard about Lead Mate, a brand-new product that the inventors claim was an alternative to the retractable … Read more

Project Breathe Works To Change Statistics Of Pet Tragedies In House Fires

An estimated 40,000 pets die each year in fires, most succumbing to smoke inhalation. In many instances, emergency responders are not equipped to fully assist these animals because they lack specially designed pet oxygen masks and training. Project Breathe is trying to change all that. Recently, we shared a heartwarming story  about the New Port Richey Fire Department rescuing puppies found inside an apartment affected by a fire. The unsung hero of this story was the non-profit that supplied the oxygen masks … Read more

It Is Now Legal To Smash Car Windows To Get A Dog Out Of A Hot Car In Florida!

All responsible dog owners know to never leave a dog inside a locked car, especially during hot days. The temperature inside the car can rise up to 114-119 Fahrenheit in just a few minutes. If you’re in Florida and you happen to see a dog locked inside a hot car, it is now legal for you to smash that car’s window to help get the dog out! Yup, thanks to the “Unattended Persons and Animals in Motor Vehicles” House Bill … Read more

Ask A Dog Trainer: What Toys Should I Give My Puppy?

One of the keys to having a well-behaved puppy is having the right toys. The amount of toys out there is quite incredible and it’s easy to be sucked in to buying the “cute,” the “inexpensive,” or even the “most expensive” (thinking it must be the best) or a toy simply because it has the word “Puppy” in the name. However, there are some things you should be thinking about before buying any toy for your puppy, and it’s none … Read more

DIY Super Refreshing Blueberry Bacon Ice Cream For Dogs!

Today we have a wonderful sweet & savory recipe for your pups! I think making special treats for our dogs is so much better than buying something at the store not knowing what could be in it. This is a sure way to make sure your wiggle butt gets a healthy, nutritious and safe treat to enjoy! This one is ideal for the hot days where we all could use something frosty to cool us down. Ingredients: One Ripe Chopped Banana … Read more

DIY Muzzle-Watering Bacon Cheddar Doggy Muffins!

If there is one thing on this earth that dogs love more than anything, it’s probably bacon. That salty, savory treat that has them licking their chops and wagging their tails at the slightest wiff. Now, imagine combining that adored snack with yet another favorite among the canine crowd, cheddar cheese! Yum! These simple DIY bacon cheddar bites will have your pups begging and barking while they’re still cooking in the oven! Ingredients: 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour 2 Slices Crispy Bacon … Read more

Spring Is In The Air! Here Are 7 Tips For Dog-Friendly Planting

As the weather warms up, we all start thinking about spring planting. It’s one of the best things about the changes in season: new flowers, fresh grass and the promise of unexpected delights springing forth from the ground. But if you have a dog, spring can be frustrating and even heart-breaking as your dog tears up your new garden and makes a muddy mess of your yard. Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute is the … Read more

THIS COULD SAVE YOUR DOG’S LIFE: Dog First Aid 101

Everyone knows that if there is something wrong your dog, you need to take him to the vet. But there are times when you are unable to get there, or when it might be too late by the time you arrive. For these times, it’s good to know some basic Dog First Aid, which could prevent further injury or even death until you can make it to your veterinary’s office. Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM, is a world-renowned integrative veterinarian and author. … Read more

Beware Of These Top 10 Pet Toxins In Your Home

Every year, the ASPCA‘s (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) reveals the items that caused the most pet poisonings in the previous year. Headquartered in Urbana, Illinois, the APCC handled 181,818 cases involving pets exposed to toxic substances in 2015. Nearly 16 percent of those calls (28,523 cases) were from owners whose pets accessed over-the-counter products intended for human use, putting this category at the top of the list. “We’ve seen numerous new vitamins, herbal supplements and joint … Read more

Survey Shows How Dogs Ride In Cars; Here’s How To Keep Your Pup Safe

How does your pup ride in the car? With his head out a window? Riding loose in shotgun? On your lap? Passenger safety is always important when it comes to driving, and the same goes for all species. Hankook Tire is a growing leader in the U.S. tire market, leveraging investments in technology, manufacturing, and marketing to deliver high-quality, reliable products that are safer for consumers and the environment. They curious to learn about how drivers keep their dogs safe … Read more

MUST READ: 5 Everyday Items That Can Pose A Serious Suffocation Risk To Your Dog

It’s something you may not think about until it’s too late – but your dog can suffocate, just like a child. And, they can do it with ordinary, everyday items you have lying around the house. It also happens within minutes, according to the Prevent Pet Suffocation, a group started by Bonnie Harlan. Learning about these dangers first-hand, she tragically lost her dog, Blue, when he suffocated inside a Cheetos bag on December 15, 2011. There are images of almost 200 dogs on her … Read more

What Should You Do If You Think An Animal Is Being Abused?

Do you suspect an animal in your area is not being cared for properly? Want to do something, but you’re afraid of making your neighbor mad or not following the law correctly, which can sometimes make the situation worse? Every animal lover should know what to do to help save an animal that is not being treated well. The following are the steps recommended by the Humane Society of The United States (HSUS). Know The Signs The first step is knowing … Read more

11 Tips For A Stress-Free Dog On The 4th Of July

It’s that time of year again! Time for hot dogs, apple pie, and–for some pups and their parents–those darn dreaded fireworks. For many dog owners, the next two weeks are the worst time of the year, as many start setting off noisemakers early. It’s a stressful time for any loving pet parent with a skittish dog. According to PetAmberAlert.com, more pets are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. Keeping your dog calm can … Read more

15 Tips To Make Traveling With Your Dog As Stress-Free As Possible

Are you finally going on a vacation that the dog can go on, too? If so, you may be starting to panic on what exactly you need to do before and during your trip to have it go smoothly. Veronica Grey, recipient of the 2015 Special Humanitarian Award, has traveled extensively with her service dog Flash Gordon Delirium, including over half of the United States and Costa Rica. Here are her 15 tips for traveling with your dog. #1 – Don’t feed … Read more

15 Sneaky Household Toxins To Keep Out Of Your Dog’s Reach

You know that certain”people” foods can be toxic to dogs, but what about other items you may have in your cabinets, garage, or yard? You wouldn’t think they’d want to consume things like laundry detergent or kerosene, but it only takes one time for your pup’s curiosity to potentially turn deadly. You can’t watch them every second, so always keep these products safely tucked away from prying paws! Dr. Kristen Vance, veterinarian and owner of Homeward Bound Mobile Vet shared 15 common household items that are … Read more

10 Flowers & Plants That Are Highly Dangerous To Dogs

Some dogs live for Spring; they love digging in the garden alongside their human. More accurately, some dogs love to dig after their human has painstakingly planted a stunning array of flowers. Some well known flowers can be deadly for the dogs if they’re consumed. If any of these flowers are eaten by the dog, contact the vet or local animal hospital immediately. Autumn Crocus Otherwise known as Meadow Saffron these little beauties are poisonous from their colorful buds to … Read more

10 Ways to Prevent Your Dog from Being Stolen

According to Stay Boy™ Lock, up to 2 million dogs are stolen each year in the United States. The reasons they, say, include use in research facilities, dog fighting, puppy mills and even being held for ransom. Help keep your dog safe and sound with the following dog theft prevention tips. #1 – Microchip We all know microchipping can help a lost dog be returned. It can also help if your dog is stolen and later found as part of a police … Read more

10 Must-Ask Questions for a Potential Pet Sitter

Are you looking for someone to watch your best friend while you are gone? It’s seem like it should be easy, right? I mean, all pet sitters must be animal-loving, good people that will treat your Chloe as if she was her own. WRONG. There are stories all the time about neglectful pet sitters, even cases where the dogs have died. Amanda Cornell, M.S., CPDT-KA, owner of Accomplished Canines, has 10 questions you should ask any potential pet sitter to … Read more

The 10 Most Commonly Stolen Dog Breeds

According to the American Kennel Club, dog theft is on the rise. In fact, AKC has been tracking dog napping since 2007, and there was a 31% increase in 2013. It’s a scary thought, as we’d never want anyone to get their hands on our furry friends and do them harm. But why are people stealing dogs anyway? There are a number of reasons – all of them for money. Some dogs are stolen to be used in illegal fighting … Read more

10 Human Foods That Are Dangerous For Dogs

There are plenty of foods beneficial to humans that can actually harm our dogs, and it’s important to know what these are. While some are quite obvious, others might not be so straightforward. To get an idea of some of the dangerous foods and drinks that people consume, check out our list below. #1 – Stone Fruit Pits Gnawing on fruit pits (such as peach, plum and persimmon) may cause intestinal damage. Some dogs may break the pits up into … Read more