Dog Muzzles: When To Use Them and How

Muzzles, and the dogs who wear them, often get a bad rap, as many people associate them with dogs who may display aggressive behavior....

Reactive Dog Behavior

Reactivity is a commonly used term in the dog behavior and training world, but it’s frowned upon by some in our profession because it’s...

How To Use A Dog Car Harness

Want pup to accept that new car restraint equipment? Build in some training time.

Tempting Treats

A couple of months ago, I was in the house, gathering stuff to take with me and the dogs on a hike: Bait bag for training treats, the treats themselves, collars and leashes, and poop...
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Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?

Strawberry season will soon be here again. Fresh, sweet and juicy, the berries are perfect plain, in pies, smoothies and homemade ice creams. They’re loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that give...

5 Tips for Introducing a New Puppy to your Dog

"Sheesh, I thought my dog would love having a new friend, but he is being so mean to the new little puppy!”I hear this all the time from shocked owners. But what’s surprising to...

How To Make the Most of COVID-Restricted Vet Visits

More than a year into living under the cloud of a worldwide pandemic, we’re all still dealing with lifestyle changes to stay safe. For most people, this includes not being able to accompany pets...

Are You Wasting Money at the Vet?

Veterinary care sure is expensive, isn’t it? And it’s even more so when we sabotage our own pet’s care. Think that sounds crazy? You figure nobody would undermine the very approach they’d just paid top...
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Dog Training Treats

Whole Dog Journal is known for its in-depth, frank annual reviews of dry and wet dog food – but we rarely review dog treats. This would seem to fly in the face of the...
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Spay Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the lack of full, voluntary control over the passage of urine. It results from failure of the bladder and/or urethra (the outlet from the bladder) to contain urine as the bladder...

Dog Tear Stains: What You Should Know

It’s frustrating to see rusty brown tear stains on your dog’s beautiful face. With so many tear-stain-removing products for sale in the pet supply stores, you may be tempted to buy one. But if...

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Pitfalls of Retractable Leashes

I know it’s low-hanging fruit to criticize people for misuse of retractable leashes – but there are an awful lot of first-time...

“Got a minute to rub my tummy?” Anytime, my love. ...

Hmmm, do I let you back inside? Or do we go look for whatever you have been digging up? ...

#goldenhour #nofilter #summertempsalready #swimthenhike #goodestdogs ...

Woody’s such a good boy. ...

91 degrees today, oy! Time to fill up Otto’s sandbox with clean, deep sand for the summer. (He approved.) ...

“Outstanding in his field.” A dad joke that will never get old 🙂 ...

He’s still well and happy, but at 13 and a half years old, I feel his spirit starting to wander when he sleeps. I didn’t used to be able to get anywhere close to him when he was sleeping without him waking up and greeting me with a wag and a sweet squinty hello. Our every day together is precious. ...

My heart. Senior dogs are so precious. ...

“We picked up a weirdo!”

(The Muppet Movie, 1979)
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#wildflowers #spring #hike ...

No dog looks as comatose, or as happy, as a dog who is soaking up sunshine on grass in the spring ...

Poor Woody. He doesn’t love her, but she, like all the foster pups, loves him. I have to find a home for her!! ...

Haven’t yet managed to take a picture of the foster dog that doesn’t scream EARS! ...

Balancing on a rail fence! (He jumped off before I could get a shot that showed the fence more clearly... we will try again!) ...

A little drama right at sunset last night. I always pray to be with my dogs if those last golden rays of light break through like that. ...

I love it when they smile in their sleep. #anthropomorphicanimals ...