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Dog Toys to Keep Your Dog’s Winter Blues Away

Not every pup enjoys plunging temperatures, which can really cut into their recreational time. Whether it’s you or your dog who hates being outside when the air gets frosty, your dog needs playtime. “Dogs like to play in different ways. There are four primary play patterns,” says Dr. Georgette Wilson, DVM, the Director of Scientific […]

Your Dog’s Senses

Ever wonder if your dog interacts with the world differently than you do? Here are some answers. Just like you, your dog uses his five senses; sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. Your dog may use his senses in very different ways than you, however. Dog senses are tailored to fit their needs, whether it […]

Dogs At Work

For many dogs, June 24th will just be another day at work. While many people will take their dogs to work for fun on June 24th in celebration of Take Your Dog to Work DayTM, for many dogs June 24th will be just another day at work. Service dogs can be found hard at work […]

Dog Games: Teach Your Dog the Right Way to Play

Games and play are a fun way to interact with your dog, but you need to play by the rules. Playing is an important part of your dog’s daily routine. It is important that he spends an ample amount of time playing so he can stay healthy, fit, and happy. Playing can also be a […]

Back To School…Doggie School

Back to work or school after the long summer? What are you going to do with your pooch? He’s been pampered all summer long with walks outside, playtime at the park, and frolicking at the beach. Don’t make him sit home alone all day. Look into boarding, day care, training school, or boot camps for […]

Pet Appreciation Week – June 5-11th

Pet appreciation week is a time to celebrate how much our pets mean to us. Our pets do a lot more for us than provide unconditional love, they help us relieve stress and encourage us to exercise. According to the Centers for Disease Control, pets can decrease your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol and increase […]

Assistance Dogs

National Assistance Dog Week is August 8-14, 2010 Service dogs can be found hard at work each day providing guide, hearing, seizure response, and emotional support for people. The US Department of Justice, through the Americans with Disabilities Act, defines a service dog as a dog specifically trained to provide assistance to an individual with a […]

Howl’oween Good Fun

By Sandy Robins Howl’oween is undoubtedly the most popular event on the doggie calendar Pooches of all sizes seem to enjoy the camaraderie of taking part in a special doggie parade or even the fun of trick ‘r treating in the neighborhood. You can always host your own Howl’oween get-together in the local dog park too. […]

Dressing Up Your Pets

Whatever kind of pet you have, and whatever your own fashion style might be, you can find just the right outfit for your animal companion. When Madonna sang “Strike a pose” in her 1980s hit, “Vogue,” you can bet she wasn’t talking about high fashion for pets. How things have changed! Now, whatever kind of […]

Celebrating the Holidays with Your Dog

The holiday season is a time for giving. Of course, you’ll want to include your beloved dog in the celebrations. Whether you are trying to decide on the perfect gift or how to keep your dog safe around the holiday confusion, these simple guidelines can help make your holiday the best yet. Avoiding holiday mishaps […]

Fun in the Water with Your Dog

Trying to beat the heat this summer? Hit the water, and bring your dog! It’s well known that most dogs love water. Many breeds, such as labs and retrievers, are natural swimmers, and love to get wet. This can make for truly memorable summer experiences. Some dogs aren’t quite as at home in the water. […]

How to Enjoy Summer Fun with Your Dog

by Sandy Robins Whether you’re packing for a day at the beach or a hiking trip, taking along the right gear will make the outing both safer and more fun for your dog. If your dog joins you regularly on excursions, it’s worth investing in his own kit that you can grab and go just […]

Toy Maintenance

Some dog toys can be easily cleaned while others should eventually get thrown away. Keeping your dog’s toys all together in a single place will make it easy for you to keep track of them. It will also make it easier to go through them on a regular basis and decide which need cleaning and […]

Understanding Dog Play Behaviors

Toy selection is simplified when you understand your dog’s play behavior. To determine the kind of toys your dog will most enjoy and benefit from, first consider his personality and play behavior. Your dog will most likely fall into one of three categories, explained below. Knowing and understanding which category he falls into will optimize […]

Why does my dog eat poop and how do I stop him? Stopping Coprophagia in Dogs

A fairly common, if unpleasant, behavior in dogs is the act of eating feces, or coprophagia. Seeing your dog eat poop is not a pleasant sight. Yet this behavior, known as coprophagia, is actually very common. Many dogs eat poop, and there is no general consensus as to what the root causes of coprophagia are. […]