November 2017

Successful Dog Adoption, Part 2: What To Do at the Shelter

So Ė youíve made your list of desired qualities and located a well-regarded shelter, rescue group, or breeder, and are ready to start your search. Perhaps youíve already identified a prospect on an organizationís website. What now? Go meet some dogs!   More...

Successful Dog Adoption, Part 1: Develop an Adoption Criteria

So, youíre thinking about adopting a dog. Wonderful! Your whole future with your prospective new dog is ahead of you, and all things are possible. Visions of agility, rally, obedience, trick and/or nosework titles may be dancing in your head, or perhaps long, relaxing walks in a nearby park and snuggles in front of the fireplace on cold winter nights. Maybe youíd like to give back to the community with the warm comfort of a therapy dog. Perhaps youíre looking for a pal for your child.   More...

The Puppy-Raising Challenge

Subscribers Only — Iíve been a professional dog trainer for 10 years. Iíve tackled all kinds of behavior issues ranging from mild annoyances, like jumping up, to serious aggression or anxiety problems. Iíve doled out training and management advice to dog-owning families expecting babies (of the human kind), guided adopters in their selection of a puppy or adult dog, and counseled clients on what to do after their shiny new puppy finally arrives. Iíve taught group classes of various themes, including puppy kindergarten Ė so many puppy classes, Iíd heard and seen it all.   More...

Training Tips from the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

When dogs fail to correctly perform cued behaviors in new settings, or in the face of distractions, they arenít being stubborn, willful, or dominant, as many people believe. Rather, they are struggling to meet the demands placed upon them in that moment. In order for a dog to truly know a behavior Ė for it to become fluent Ė we must invest the time to train for the many types of situations we are likely to encounter with our dogs.   More...

From Rescued Dogs to Rescuer Dogs

Subscribers Only — The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is the brainchild of Wilma Melville. It started when her retirement hobby as a civilian canine search-and-rescue handler took her to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in the wake of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995. At the time, Melville and her canine partner were one of only 15 canine teams certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the entire country.   More...

Switch Your Dog's Food Up

I almost never feed my dogs the same food from bag to bag or can to can. I switch foods constantly, rotating among brands, varieties within brands, and forms of food (wet, dry, frozen, dehydrated, home-prepared). All the foods I feed are good ones, I tell my friends and acquaintances; I would never feed just one!   More...

2017 Approved Canned Dog Foods List

Subscribers Only — Lotus is another company we love. They make only a few foods, but with ingredients they source close to the cannery they built and operate themselves. They invited us to come and watch them make canned food and allowed us to take as many photos as we liked, of anything we saw. We love transparency!   More...

The 2017 Best Canned Dog Food Review

Which canned dog food is best? What is wet dog food made out of? What common ingredients of canned dog food do I NOT want my dog eating? Since the start of Whole Dog Journal 20 years ago, we have worked to seek out and highlight the pet food companies who are dedicated to high quality dog food ingredients, fair prices, and national accessibility. There are more "healthy" and "natural" dog food options than ever before; WDJ is here to separate the truly good canned dog food from just the well-marketed ones.   More...