Dogs and Water

With summer finally here, could there be anything better than spending time with your dog at a lake, river or the ocean? Who doesn’t enjoy watching their dogs splashing and paddling, shaking water off, and running in again; adding the benefit of a tired dog making for a…

Dogs and Porcupines – Avoid at All Cost

Spring is in the air and brings out all sorts of critters, porcupines among them. Dogs and porcupines don’t mix well as a simple Google image search will illustrate, painfully so I may add. For dog owners, PREVENTION is absolutely essential, and knowing basic porcupine behavior will help…

Holy Cow That Stinks – My Dog Got ‘Skunked’

Skunk – one word that fills all dog owners with dread thinking about the smell, the nightmare, the panic. Obviously, the best way to avoid this predicament is preventing your dog from encountering a skunk. Easier said than done as there are dogs and skunks seemingly everywhere, and…

Top Killer of Dogs – Canine Bloat

Is your canine partner a large breed, deep chested dog, such as Great Dane, Shepherd, Doberman, Labrador Retriever, Akita, St. Bernard, Irish Wolfhound or Setter, Weimaraner, Bloodhounds, or similar? If so, you need to be aware of a condition that is rapidly fatal if not treated emergently. Know…

Do Tennis Balls Harm Your Dog’s Teeth?

Each year approximately 325 million tennis balls are produced, and this endless supply directly translates into their ubiquitous presence as the arguably most common dog toy. Over the past few years, several reports have surfaced associating tennis balls with damage to your dog’s teeth, specifically enamel abrasion. We…

Dogs and Cars – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Many dog owners have done it and probably know better, yes I am talking about dogs riding loose in the car, at times with their head happily out the window. We don’t do that with our children, and we shouldn’t do it with our dogs either. Most car…

Dog Parks and Doggie Daycare – Good Choices?

Well, you guessed correctly: It all depends, and it depends on many factors. The internet is loaded with numerous, sometimes strong and even diametrically opposed opinions. Here are our thoughts: In daycare, a well socialized, confident and playful dog can quite simply be a dog and also burn…

To Crate or Not to Crate

Questions about crate training rank high among many dog owners, particularly if they are new dog owners. The internet is certainly filled with conflicting advice and often strong opinions, adding to the anxiety and confusion.  Crates can be wonderful and very effective TOOLS in certain situations, but will…

Dog Fights – Enter at Your Own Risk

Even the best behaved or docile dogs may occasionally decide to fight with each other, for various reasons. Preventing dog fights by having full control over your dog at all times is the preferred action, but life tends to throw you a curveball once in a while. Facing…

Who’s Taking Who For The Walk

“My dog is pulling me during walks.” This is likely the most common problem behavior people report about their dogs. Books and the internet are full of advice—some good, some not so good. Much money is made selling ‘easy fix’ devices and equipment like head halters and harnesses….