December 2015

Medical Marijuana for Dogs?

Would a dog benefit from using medical marijuana? Legally, they're not allowed to, but many believe it could relieve pain the same way it does for humans.   More...

Marty Becker's Fear-Free Dog Initiative

Subscribers Only — Marty Becker's Fear-Free Initiative embraces every dog's emotional well-being, as well as its physical wellness. Designed for pet professionals, the initiative promotes a holistic and force-free approach to handling animals.   More...

Best Dog-Related Books

See our top-pick pet memoirs, nonfiction books and dog ownership guides! If we had limitless time and funds, we could spend months reading nothing but dog stories. But time is short, so here's an overview of recommended dog-related books published since 2010.   More...

Foster a Dog for More Holiday Cheer

Give the gift of love by sheltering a foster dog or volunteering at your local animal shelter this season. Whole Dog Journal editor Nancy Kerns recounts why, even in the most trying of times, there's no greater feeling than opening your home to a life in need.   More...

Fluency and Generalization in Dog Training

Subscribers Only — Fluency and generalization training methods prepare your dog to respond and behave correctly in ANY situation. In dog training, generalization means that your dog can apply a concept to many situations; he knows that “Sit!” means he should sit whether he’s home, on a loud, crowded sidewalk in the rain, or in a grassy park with squirrels chattering in the trees. Fluency means the dog performs the desired behavior correctly, smoothly, and without hesitation.   More...

3 Steps to the Perfect Vet Visit for Your Dog (and You)

Planning ahead for your next appointment at the veterinary clinic will reduce your dog's stress level and foster good behavioral conditioning. With these easy tools, you can turn a grandly BAD entrance into one that is stress-free and smooth. Say goodbye to undesirable behaviors like lunging, growling and barking!   More...

Low-Stress Dog Handling

Subscribers Only — Discover the works of Dr. Overall and Dr. Yin, whose books have sparked a movement canonizing holistic and force-free handling of animals.   More...

Step-by-Step Training for Your Dog's Next Vet Visit

Reverse signs of fear or anxiety in your dog with this simple how-to guide on training for your future veterinarian appointments. A kinder, gentler approach to handling animals at vet clinics combats the widespread challenge of fear and aggression for dogs.   More...

Dog Behavior Medication Types

Subscribers Only — Knowing the properties of both daily and as-needed medications for your dog gives you an advantage when tackling canine behavioral problems.   More...

Canine Anxiety: Will Doggie Downers Keep Your Pup at Ease?

Subscribers Only — Separation anxiety, aggression, fear of humans, fear of other dogs - though common, these pet behaviors indicate your dog may be suffering on a neuro-chemical level. How anxiety medications work in humans is still a considerable mystery, but we know that some also work on dogs. Can they help YOUR dog live a less stressed life?   More...