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Fostering Adolescent Dogs Takes Patience and Experience

We all have different breaking points as dog owners. I’m currently fostering a dog who is really barky – whose immediate, reflexive response to...
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Finding the Best Dry Dog Food with Meat or Meat Meal (Or Both)

A few years ago, we added a column in our “Approved Dry Dog Foods” tables – an additional data point for people who are...
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An overabundance of needy dogs

My friend Leonora, owner of tiny Samson (my dog Woody’s BFF), is starting to search for a second dog. It’s been over a year...
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Limited Ingredient Dog Food – How to Find the Best Dog Food for Allergies...

So much of what’s on dog food labels has to do with marketing, rather than nutrition. The phrase “limited ingredient” falls somewhere in between. There...
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Find the Best Dog Food For Your Dog with Allergies

Many of us have identified certain ingredients that we don’t want to see in our dogs’ food. Sometimes we have good evidence for this, such...
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Otto Is Showing Age-Related Dementia Symptoms Often Seen in Dogs

My 14-year-old dog Otto is starting to show signs of age-related dementia. While there are all kinds of ways dementia in dogs can manifest,...
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Building a Veterinary Healthcare Team

In the past few months, I’ve been trying to get to the bottom of some distressing symptoms exhibited by my 14-year-old dog Otto, by...

Often, Rehoming a Dog Gives the Best Home

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to make matches between the right humans and the right dog. When a friend asks for...
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Making a Year-End Contribution to an Animal-Related Charity? Read This

Many of us animal lovers contribute in some way to animal charities. I donate (admittedly) small amounts of money to my local animal disaster...
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Why Do Dogs Chew – And What to Do About It

Recently, I was surprised and happy to receive some photos and a report from one of the families who adopted a puppy from the...
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Teach Your Dog Hand Signals

My just-turned 14-year-old dog Otto has lost most of his hearing. Our communication is very limited now. He can no longer hear me tell...
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Dogs Are People, Too!

An author recently asked for the rationale behind an edit I made to her article. The sentence originally referenced something that worked well “in...

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