The 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Dog Lovers

Searching for the perfect gift for the dog lover in your family?  People who love dog lovers often have trouble finding the perfect Christmas present.  It's easy to assume that your dog lover already has everything they need to care for their dog (because they probably do!) and don't know what they might like.  Don't worry--I've … Continue reading The 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Dog Lovers

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How To Remove Skunk Smell From a Dog (And House!)

Living out in the sticks, I grew up seeing lots of wildlife.  Deer, foxes, raccoons (oh, so many raccoons!), woodchucks, and even a few possums.  One night, I let the crew out for their just-before-bed potty, and I heard it.  They had cornered something. A few seconds later, and I discovered what they had cornered.  … Continue reading How To Remove Skunk Smell From a Dog (And House!)

Teaching Kids Pet Care

In any family with pets, providing safe and responsible care needs to be a priority.  Children, especially, learn empathy and responsibility by caring for the family pet.  Teaching kids pet care is easy, so long as age-appropriate tasks are chosen. Toddlers While not necessarily suitable for any heavy-duty tasks, toddlers can measure food and pour … Continue reading Teaching Kids Pet Care

Teach Your Dog Manners: Why Your Dog Should Wait To Eat

Dogs love food.  Well, most dogs do.  Some have better manners than others, but most treat dinnertime as a free-for-all.  Dinnertime is a great opportunity to teach your dog, and using that time to teach your dog manners means they won't be knocking the bowl out of your hand, or fighting with each other. Learn … Continue reading Teach Your Dog Manners: Why Your Dog Should Wait To Eat

How to Keep Chocolate Toxicity from Killing Your Dog

Last week, we talked about things that can hurt your dog during the holidays.  With the holidays fast approaching, your home probably has much more chocolate in the cupboards than normal, with more coming in just a few weeks.  Chocolate toxicity is a real danger to dogs, especially small breeds who don't have enough body … Continue reading How to Keep Chocolate Toxicity from Killing Your Dog

9 Things That Can Kill Your Dog This Holiday Season

The holidays are, in my opinion, the best time of year.  You get to see your family, even those from far away.  The food is amazing.  I have a cousin who bakes the most amazing cookies, and dozens of kinds.  She uses my grandmother's recipes as well as her own, and it's amazing.  And everyone else … Continue reading 9 Things That Can Kill Your Dog This Holiday Season

Why Neutering Your Dog Makes Him Happier

After being involved in animals for over twenty years, I recognize that in the United States, we have a huge problem with unneutered pets.  The problem isn't just that they aren't neutered--it's that their owners don't understand the consequences of having an intact dog. I'm not talking about the pet overpopulation problem.  Neutering all male … Continue reading Why Neutering Your Dog Makes Him Happier

7 Important Reasons Why Every Dog Needs a Dog Crate

Dog crates are often seen as a "necessary evil."  Many pet owners feel squeamish about locking up a beloved companion, especially for hours when the pet is alone.  I'm here to assure you that a dog crate is not only helpful, but nearly necessary for helping your dog maintain a positive relationship with the human world. … Continue reading 7 Important Reasons Why Every Dog Needs a Dog Crate

The Destructive Dog: Combating Boredom

You just love your dog.  He’s smart, funny, and energetic.  But you work a 9 to 5, and every day he destroys the house.  Garbage everywhere.  Scratches at the windows.  Pillows de-stuffed.  You don’t want to know what he did to your daughter’s stuffed bunny. Some destructive dogs suffer from separation anxiety, but before assuming … Continue reading The Destructive Dog: Combating Boredom

How To Train Your Dog to Tolerate Fireworks

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, everyone is focusing on fireworks and parades and some good barbecue. What many families aren't thinking about this week is their dog's safety.  Unfortunately, many pets will run away this weekend in a complete panic.  Today, I want to talk about some great ways to keep … Continue reading How To Train Your Dog to Tolerate Fireworks

7 Golden Rules for Vacationing with Dogs

Can you vacation with your dogs?  Totally.  Lots of major hotels allow dogs, and it's cheaper than boarding.  Remember our 7 Golden Rules for Vacationing with Dogs. #1 - Leave No Sign To ensure that you, and others, always have the opportunity to vacation with dogs, follow this rule.  Pick up your dog's feces and … Continue reading 7 Golden Rules for Vacationing with Dogs