5 Simple Steps to Improve Your Dog’s Quality of Life

If there were something simple you could do that would make your dog much happier, you’d do it in a flash, right? Every day I...

Wireless Dog Camera Review

Many of us wonder what our dogs do when home alone. How is my young puppy handling the first few trials of being crated...

Whole Dog Journal’s Approved Dry Dog Foods for 2021

Below, we’ve listed more than 50 companies that collectively make more than 1,000 different dry dog foods that meet our selection criteria. To think...
Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon?

Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon?

A look at the potential benefits, risks and red flags if you’re going to treat your dog to this favorite spice.

Letters and Corrections: March 2021

 Collar Safety I read with interest your article about collars, tags, and the risks associated with both. (“Don’t Wait! Prevent Collar Accidents,” December 2020.) I have three dogs, including a Border Collie who likes...

The Difficult Decision to Amputate Your Dog’s Leg

Early last year, one of my friends fostered a young dog through a long recovery from an extensive surgery. The dog had been hit by a car and surrendered her to our local shelter;...

Recognizing Dog Stress While Adjusting to a New Home

The term “decompression” has become popular in dog training and behavior circles. A strict definition of the word references the process of releasing or reducing pressure. In the dog world, we use the term...

How to Engage Your Dog’s Brain When Activity is Restricted

A few days after Christmas, my husband and I found ourselves facing a challenge: Our Australian Kelpie, Kai, was romping around the yard when suddenly he came up three-legged lame, putting no weight whatsoever on...

My First Dog

When I was 13 years old, my 19-year-old sister came home with her 3-year-old hound-mix, Frecklebelly (FB for short), and FB’s 10 puppies. My sister, who had moved out/been kicked out at age 16,...
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How to Help Your Crying Puppy

Gone are the days when standard advice was to ignore a crying puppy. “Ignore him,” we said, “until he stops crying. If you go to him while he’s crying, you’ll reinforce him...

Would Your Dog Enjoy Dog TV?

The last time a barking dog came onscreen during family movie night, did your dog perk up? Most of us have seen our dogs respond to something on TV. Maybe they stare...

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Adventures in dog fostering, chapter #7642

I have a new little foster dog staying with me. The manager of my shelter called me last week and wanted to...

“Something moved in the grass, I’m telling you!” ...

Two of these dogs don’t much care for the tractor-mower. One of them is riveted. I’ll bet you can guess which dog wouldn’t stop following me today. ...

Dogs don’t drive! (Except when parked. Why is the driver’s seat so popular with dogs?) ...

Smart foster girl earned off-leash privileges in three days (and got grass-stains on her forehead from somersaulting in the deepgrassrunningjoy) ...

Foster/assess project: So far, 100% adorable. ...

My sister and her three little dogs. Yes, she is one of those women who always carries a purse, and takes hikes in a colorful skirt. And yes, her dogs adore her and even off-leash, rarely get more than a few feet aeay from her. Otto stayed with them while I was on vacation and while happy to see me again, wasn’t THRILLED to ser me again, if you know what I mean. Thank you, Pam and family, for taking good care of him for me. ...

Today’s new friends. You may have guessed I am not at home. ...

Made a new friend today. Very personable. ...

This little service dog may be overweight, arthritic, and off-leash... but I watched him walk with his Vietnam veteran owner through a crowd and never get more than 10 inches from his side. #damngooddog #thankyoubothforyourservice ...

Incredulous that no one else wants to swim at dusk in winter ...

Soaking up the sun ...

Doesn’t matter if it’s freezing or raining, he’s gonna wade ...

My friend Leonora is fostering these two young ladies. About four months old. Apparently dumped in her neighborhood. Will be available for adoption from the Northwest SPCA in a week or two. Shepherd? Maybe a little mastiff or some thing big in there? Sweet, smart, Already well mannered from just 10 days with a dog-savvy foster provider. ...

Their ears tell the tale: rain. ...

Tiny Sampson’s turn at slow-mo. #superdog ...

#nofilter The light here at this time of year is just unreal. And when this dog dies I’m going to be awfully tempted to have him stuffed. Not really. But isn’t he handsome? ...

When he fetches in tall grass he always starts with these adorable fox hops. I mimed throwing something just to catch this footage. Forgive me, Woody, it’s too cute! ...