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Are There Cues Your Dog Doesn’t Like?

I was teaching a “teen dog” class last night, and we were working on the “stay” behavior. In the training center where I...

Dangerous Dogs In Your Neighborhood?

This evening I was relaxing, scrolling through the news online and checking out dog pictures and videos on social media, when I...

Love dogs? If you are reading this, we know you do.

I grew up in a family that loved dogs. Each of us four kids had our “own” dog at some point growing up,...
Dog eating from bowl

Mixed Results from Reaching Out to Pet Food Companies About DCM

Long-time WDJ contributor Mary Straus and I are working on some articles about the cases of canine dilated cardiomyopathy that have been...

Why Play Is Important For Dogs

I read a recent article in The Atlantic about some scientists who taught rats to play hide-and-seek as part of a larger study about the neuroscience...

Always Be Prepared for Emergencies

We had a little practice fire drill here last week. I mean, there was an actual fire, and the mandatory evacuations that were...
Dog wading in water

Beware of harmful algal blooms (HABs)

There are many global environmental disasters that I am concerned about in a big-picture way, but at this time of year, the one...

What Did My Dog Swallow?

A couple nights ago, I awoke in the middle of the night to that one sound that no dog owner can ignore: that...
dog running

Does your dog have a rock solid recall?

Someone sent me a link to this news story about a Texas dog owner being caught on video (taken inadvertently by a...

When Is the Right Time for Euthanasia?

I have a number of friends (and a family member) who have dogs who are nearing the end of their days. I’m noting...

Interesting Reads for Dog Lovers

It’s probably self-evident that most writers and editors enjoy reading. We read professionally, and also for fun. Lately, though,...
Puppy in class

Plan ahead to socialize your puppy early!

Recently, I witnessed an older couple struggling to carry a crate into a puppy kindergarten class. Once inside, they opened the crate and...

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So What’s the Best Dog Food?

Imagine this: You are a writer and editor for Parenting Magazine, and you write about infant toys, vaccination schedules, and nutrition for infants and...