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 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 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...

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...

Why Are The Effects Of Snake Venom So Varied?

Snake venom consists of proteins, enzymes, substances with a cytotoxic (poisonous to living cells) effect, neurotoxins (which damage nerve cells), and anti-coagulants. Four distinct types of venom act on the body differently.   More...

Whole Dog Journal’s Approved Dry Dog Food List

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The food you give your dog plays a critical role in his well-being, both on a daily basis and long-term. He needs a diet with the right nutrients to keep him active, happy, and healthy. And make no mistake: Not all dog foods are created equal. Since 1998, The Whole Dog Journal has been proving that much in an annual review and ratings of dry dog foods. Dog food brands like Champion Petfoods’ Orijen, Diamond’s Taste of the Wild, and Merrick have been regulars on the Whole Dog Journal Approved list in recent years, as have Bench & Field and Wellpet’s Wellness, among many others.   More...

A Snake-Bite Survival Story

On October 25, 2013, three days before his dog’s fifth birthday, Dan Owen of Helena, Montana, went pheasant hunting with his friend Doug Denler in Shonkin, Montana, 40 miles east of Great Falls. Owen’s Golden Retriever, Dusty, and Denler’s Brittany Spaniel, Radar, were experienced hunters. “It’s really desolate looking country,” says Owen, “full of coulees, creeks, gulches, and ravines. We started in the morning, when the day was cool, and it gradually warmed up.” In the early afternoon they crossed a creek to a small island covered in tall grass where the dogs followed pheasant trails. “By then it was getting warm,” says Owen. “My main concern was all the burrs that kept collecting in Dusty’s tail and on his coat. But then Dusty disappeared and didn’t come when called, so I got worried. A few minutes later I saw him standing in the creek holding his foot up and I knew something was wrong.”   More...

Is A Dehydrated Diet Right for Your Dog?

It has been a while since we reviewed dehydrated diets – long enough that there have been quite a few additions to the pool of companies who make and sell this type of dog food. It’s increasingly popular, for a lot of reasons.   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...

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...

Selecting The Top Dry Dog Foods for Your Dog

In every one of Whole Dog Journal’s canned and dry dog food reviews, we tell you how to identify the hallmarks of a top dry dog food as well as the attributes of a low-quality dog food. In “Whole Dog Journal's 2012 Dry Dog Food Review,” we tell you what specific parts of the dog food label you need to scrutinize to make sure the product is a high-quality, “complete and balanced” diet. We also list some 48 companies that make, between them, hundreds of foods that meet all of our selection criteria for a top dry dog food; those products are listed, each with a highlighted example, in the February issue.   More...