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A Trip to Kansas (With Dogs in Mind)

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to visit a former coworker/friend I hadn’t seen for a decade or more. He had...

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Parts of Fostering

My current fostering project is a little different from what I usually take on. Ordinarily, my local shelter will contact me if they have...

Do Your Dogs Sense When You’re Leaving On a Trip?

They already know. Even before the carry-on suitcase comes out of the closet, they know. I’m leaving town for a few days. Is it the extra...

Xylitol – Highly Toxic to Dogs

A friend recently had a terrible scare with a dog who ate a homemade cinnamon bun and got hideously ill; it turned out that...

Community-Based Animal Shelters

I’m thinking today about how communities interact with their local animal control/animal shelters and vice versa, and how shelters can most meaningfully affect the...

The Importance of Crate Training Your Dogs

Hey, it’s September! Long-time readers know what that means! It’s time for Nancy’s annual reminder to PLEASE habituate your dog (and cats, and other...

To Learn More About Your Dog, Leave Home With Him

Last weekend, my husband and I took our nearly 6-year-old dog, Woody, with us on a backpacking trip. We joined eight of his friends,...

Giving them Forward: Raising a Service Dog Puppy

Well-trained assistance dogs can open the door to increased confidence, independence, and mobility for people living with a variety of disabilities. It’s been estimated...

Top five stupid things that people say to dog foster providers

I’ve been fostering dogs and puppies for my local shelter for 15 years. Wow! Time flies – until I thought about it, I didn’t...

An Etiquette Question – How to Address Problems With Other Dog Owners

Say you are in a grocery store with your best friend and her child, and you both see the child take something, perhaps a...

Love note to a dog bed

Warning: The following is an ardent product endorsement. Each January, we publish a feature in WDJ called “Gear of the Year,” where we tell subscribers...

Dogs Can Learn Very Quickly – With The Right Motivation!

Neither one of my dogs has ever been a beggar – haunting the kitchen or dining table, whining or nudging us in hopes of...

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Cultural differences (and what are we doing wrong?)

Last month, my sister-in-law and my almost-13-year-old niece, Ava, spent two weeks in France, visiting my sister-in-law’s mother and stepfather, who live in Paris....