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Think About It

If something happened to you, would your dog be welcome in (and able to fit into) someone else’s home and family? If something happened to...
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Solid Intel from the WDJ Contributors

Every month, writing something for this space is the last thing I do before I send the final pages to print. This month, as...

Not Enough Vets

The shortage of veterinarians and veterinary technicians is scary.

Naming Names: We’ve Updated Our Approved Dog Food List

For years, I’ve told you what attributes to look for (and look out for) when choosing a food for your dogs. This often leads...

Dogs, Learning, and Love

The first issue of WDJ was published in 1998. A month after the first issue came out, my son turned 6 years old; later...
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Model Dogs

I often use my dogs to help me with my work. They wear test products (from flotation devices to breakaway safety collars), and they...

Wrong Dog, Right Home

Last month, I mentioned that I recently helped an 84-year-old friend with the 10-month-old Border Collie whom she had recently adopted from our local...

On Guard – What to Do When Your Dog Starts Resource Guarding

I confess: Every once in a while, I take advantage of my role as WDJ’s editor and ask an author to write about something that...

You Guessed It

Until now, in the 20 years I’ve been fostering dogs and puppies for my local shelters, I’ve kept only one. Six years ago, Woody...

On The Fence

I’ve been fostering a very special scruffy-faced pup for a little more than two months now. It pains me to say that, while I...
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Benefits of Mixed Breed Dogs

In 2021, the Nationwide pet insurance company reached a landmark of actively insuring more than a million pets. At the same time, the company...
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Pet Food Companies: Show Us the Analyses of Your Dog Foods

Last month, I encouraged you to ask the makers of the foods you feed your dogs for complete nutrient analyses of those products. If...

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Proposition: You Don’t Really Want to Train Your Dog

Most people aren’t interested in learning theory and the timing of the dopamine release and whether a dog is intentionally signaling aggression when his hair stands up—but I am fascinated by all of those things and can’t even resist telling you right here and right now that he’s not!