5 Reasons to Feed Your Dog Raw Honey

Most dogs love the sweet taste of honey. If you feed raw honey, your dog will benefit from the many health properties it contains as well! Raw honey fights allergies and heals wounds, soothes coughs, and eases canine stomachs.   More...

The Puppy Socialization Exposure Checklist

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One of the things I’ve discovered in my puppy classes is that many people assume socialization is simply about getting your dog around lots of people to be petted and plenty of dogs to play with. This can be a piece of the socialization package, but remember that the goal of socialization is to get your pup accustomed to and comfortable with the world around him. Puppies need to be exposed in a pleasant way to the following things.   More...

The April 2011 issue of Whole Dog Journal is now available online!

Subscribers Only — Maybe this has happened to you: You’re reading or watching TV or at your computer, and your dog is lying on the carpet near you. You’re absorbed in what you are doing, but all of a sudden, you realize that your dog is licking or chewing himself, or scratching his ear with a hind paw. “Hey!” you say to your dog. “Stop that!” Your dog stops, looks at you, and wags his tail. The most common sign of allergy in the dog is itching. In Canine Allergies: Most Common Causes, Best Tests, and Effective Treatments you will learn how to diagnose, treat, and manage the allergic dog so he can stop licking, chewing, and scratching himself to pieces.   More...

The March 2011 issue of Whole Dog Journal is now available online! Here is a brief summary of what you'll find...

Over the past few months Nancy Kerns has read more than 30 books on homemade diets for dogs. Hence the article, A Review of the Best Books on Home-Prepared Dog Food Diets on the Market ; is about the cream of the crop: three relatively new books (one is a new edition of an older book) whose authors have taken the time to analyze their recipes to ensure that they meet the latest nutritional guidelines established by the National Research Council (NRC).   More...

The May 2011 issue of Whole Dog Journal is now available online!

Subscribers Only — It’s a very tempting concept – that a perfect food for every dog exists out there, somewhere. It must be tempting, because the pet food manufacturers keep increasing the number of products they formulate and market toward the owners of dogs of a progressively narrow description. Seriously – there are foods labeled for large breed seniors, and indoor toy puppies. In the article An Education in Specialty Dog Foods we ask the question whether or not your dog’s specialty food is really all that special? As always, you have to look past the marketing and disregard the illustrations on the label; it’s the ingredients and the guaranteed analysis of the food you need to examine.   More...

The July 2011 issue of Whole Dog Journal is now available online!

Subscribers Only — A special, perfect dog food for every dog? That’s what the pet food industry would like you to believe; that’s the direction taken by most of the large pet food makers – foods for tall dogs, small dogs, fat dogs, old dogs . . . you get the picture. The tactic must work, because all the biggest companies do it, and they wouldn’t make so many foods if they weren’t selling well. In the article How to Determine What's Special About a "Specialized" Dog Food we ask the question whether or not your dog’s specialty food is really all that special? If you’re considering a specialized food that is on on the market, try to determine what, exactly, are the features that are supposed to be unique to that product and so allegedly perfect for dogs like yours.   More...

Words Matter When Reading Dry Dog Food Labels – But Not All The Time

Dog food manufacturers are supposed to list specific names for each ingredient in their formulations. Each food, vitamin, mineral, or other chemical (preservative, color, flavor, binder, etc.) that has been approved for use in a dog food is supposed to be listed in a certain way on the product’s ingredient list. There are formal descriptions of each ingredient – and all of these are listed in the annual “Official Publication of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)”.   More...

An Inside Look at How Canned Dog Food is Made

I’ve always wondered how wet dog food gets made – but it took a long time to find out. It seems like it’s more difficult for a journalist to get into a pet food cannery than into a factory that builds spy planes. So when Whole Dog Journal is asked to take a tour of a dog food manufacturing plant we jump at the opportunity. This article details how canned dog food is made at one plant. From the initial ingredient preparations, to the canning and cooking process and the QC and testing procedures along the way, this article captures it all. Included in this web-only feature are detailed photos taken by Whole Dog Journal during the plant tour. Be sure to click on each image to enlarge it.   More...

Home-Prepared Dog Food Diet Books

Over the past few months, I’ve read more than 30 books on homemade diets for dogs. Many offered recipes that were dangerously incomplete; a smaller number provided acceptable guidelines but were confusing, unduly restrictive, overly complicated, or had other issues that made me recommend them only with reservations. A few were good enough to recommend without reservation. This review is about the cream of the crop: three relatively new books (one is a new edition of an older book) whose authors have taken the time to analyze their recipes to ensure that they meet the latest nutritional guidelines established by the National Research Council (NRC).   More...

The February 2011 issue of Whole Dog Journal is now available online! Here is a brief summary of what you'll find...

Whole Dog Journal's Approved Dry Dog Foods List for 2011 is upon us. Along with the list of this year’s approved dry dog foods we’ll explain on what criteria you should use when selecting a food for your dog. Some of these criteria range from price, ingredients, a manufactures’ past history and the size of the manufacturer. All of the products that made the list have met our selection criteria – including our newest criterion, that the company discloses the name and location of its manufacturers.   More...

The October issue of Whole Dog Journal is now available online! Here is a brief summary of what you'll find...

Subscribers Only — Carbs Contribute the Bulk of Your Dog's Kibble (Even Many Grain-Free Foods)- Grain-free dry dog food has become wildly popular in the past few years. More and more companies are rolling out a grain-free kibble, as demand for this type of food keeps growing. Why are they so popular? There are two main reasons why we feed carbs to dogs. The first reason is because we can. Dogs can utilize just about anything we feed them; their digestive tracts are extremely versatile. The second reason is economic; fat and protein sources are much more expensive than carbohydrates. Carbohydrates can play a valuable role in a weight loss program. Grains, for example, have a lower fat content than many meats and can be used judiciously to help a dog feel “full.”   More...

The September issue of Whole Dog Journal is now available online! Here is a brief summary of what you'll find...

Subscribers Only — Reinforcing Your Dog's Training Throughout His Lifetime – If you want your dog to reliably perform any particular behavior, you have to find ways to practice it regularly, and in a way that maintains your dog’s enthusiasm for the task. Without regular practice, good habits can slip. Sign up for a refresher training course. Play games. Reinforce training on walks. Be sure to keep your dog socialized, especially around children. And most importantly, keep it fun for both you and your dog.   More...

The November issue of Whole Dog Journal is now available online! Here is a brief summary of what you'll find...

Subscribers Only — Doggie Daycare Can Be a Wonderfull Experience: But is it For Every Dog? - Daycare can improve some dogs' behavior, and aggravate others. How do you decide whether it's right for your dog? If your dog loves to play with others, doesn’t have significant medical problems that would preclude active play, and has energy to spare, he’s the ideal candidate for doggie daycare.   More...

The December issue of Whole Dog Journal is now available online! Here is a brief summary of what you'll find...

Subscribers Only — Dogs rely on us to teach them acceptable behaviors. Jumping up, stealing food, barking, and digging are normal dog behaviors. Unfortunately for dogs, they are also behaviors few people find enjoyable. The arrival of holiday houseguests often introduces ample opportunities for dogs to engage in unwanted activities. Even trained dogs can benefit from brushing up on basic skills. Help remind your dog what's expected of him by practicing and rewarding desired behaviors on a daily basis.   More...

What's The Best Dry Dog Food for Your Dog?

How should you select the right dog food for your dog? Over the years, we’ve spoken to literally thousands of dog owners and industry experts – and they have at least a few hundred different approaches to the task. We’ll briefly discuss some of the most prevalent factors used by owners to support their dog food buying decisions – and then we’ll tell you how we recommend choosing your dogs’ food.   More...