Dog House Rules

Once upon a time, societal norms dictated that if pet dogs failed to comply with strict rules for their behavior indoors, they were banished...

Meditations on Raising Small Children with Dogs

My young dog flies across the yard, tossing his ball in the air, chasing it as it hits the ground, then picks it up...

Matters of the Heartworm

Heartworms are just what they sound like: worms, up to 14 inches long as adults, that develop and live within the blood vessels of...

Can I Give My Dog Oranges?

We want the best not only for ourselves but for our pups too. If oranges have benefits for humans, it’s natural to wonder if they can help our pets stay safe, healthy and prolong their lives. But not everything humans eat is safe for dogs.

Infection vs. Isolation Risks with Your Puppy

Suddenly, thanks to COVID-19, the whole world is asking the question that’s all too familiar to savvy puppy owners: “How likely is this experience to result in infection, and is this particular interaction worth...

Thanks, Pat

This is the first issue of WDJ’s 24th year of publication – wow! The only time that it genuinely feels like it’s been that long is when I sit down to write yet another...

Hounds for the Holidays

The holidays can be a happy time for you and your dogs if you are careful to make it so.
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Does My Dog Need a Coat?

To help our beloved friends we can add an extra layer of warmth for insulation, but when does a dog need a coat?

Helping You Keep Track: Activity Trackers for Dogs

I’ve been a FitBit user since 2013. When my dog is off-leash, I’ve often wondered about the overall distance of his adventures, since when we hike, he often runs ahead and doubles back, frequently...

Canine Knee Injury? Brace Yourself

Ten years have passed since WDJ explored “conservative management” – the nonsurgical treatment – of knee ligament injuries (see “Saying ‘No’ to Surgery,” February 2010). Since then, although surgery remains by far the most...

How to Safely Introduce Your Dog to Other Dogs

Given that our canine companions are a social species, you might think introducing two dogs would be a simple matter of turning them loose together and letting them take care of the rest. If...

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Prisma – A Fun App for Dog Owners

Like most dog owners, I absolutely love taking pictures of my dogs and my dogs’ friends (my friends’ dogs, lol). Most of...

Hiked with a new pal today. He’s a’ight. ...

Nova was one of my foster puppies two years ago. Today her owner is one of my good friends and dog-walking buddies. But Nova and I were buddies first :) ...

Eye contact from three out of four is pretty good ...

We’re sunset people. ...

Samson! Finally got a picture of Woody’s BFF with his tongue all the way in his mouth! ...

Woody in winter. Kind of a hothouse flower, this guy. ...

I swear I can feel the days getting longer each day ...

Had a visit from my granddog. It’s been forever! ...

First walk of 2021, last walk with Coco. Let us be happy for Coco! Coco has found a terrific home. ...

A family is coming this week for Coco. Half of me is thrilled. Half of me is not. 😭

It’s a great placement, though. Will post more soon.
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our walk was windy this morning ...

In his dotage, one of Otto‘s favorite activities is chasing the mail truck down the fence line and barking furiously as our mail carrier puts mail in our box. Sundays are confusing, but the driver appreciates Otto’s crazy-old-man energy and gave him an encouraging honk, lol ...

“Hey, you with the treats: Look here.” ...

well, the young guy is an up and comer after all #topdogmodel #understudy ...