Getting a Puppy at Christmas: Making Life Easy

  Welcome to Pumpkin Spice season.  Now that we've welcomed fall, most of us are probably thinking past Halloween and into Christmas.  Getting a puppy for Christmas is a huge decision that many families make this time of year. Many families choose to surprise the kids or significant others for Christmas.  One of the most … Continue reading Getting a Puppy at Christmas: Making Life Easy

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All About Rescue Dogs with Special Needs

rescue dogs with special needs

Many new pet owners choose to rescue dogs.  Rescue dogs exist in all breeds, colors, sizes, and ages.  But when rescuing a dog with special needs, many factors affect your long-term success with your rescue dog. Types of Special Needs Rescue Dogs Many rescue dogs do not have special needs or issues.  Those that do … Continue reading All About Rescue Dogs with Special Needs

What To Do When You Don’t Want a Puppy Anymore

When You Don't Want a Puppy Anymore

Many families choose to add a new puppy to the family on, or around, Christmas.  They are so cute, and tiny, and the kids promise to take great care of her.  And then, it happens.  School starts again, and all the help goes out the window.  The kids don't play with her, she needs housebreaking, and … Continue reading What To Do When You Don’t Want a Puppy Anymore

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

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

A Step-by-Step Guide for Picking a Puppy

Guide for picking a puppy

I love writing about puppies.  I started writing to help families have great relationships with their pets, and a new puppy is always the beginning of a fantastic relationship.  Picking a puppy, the right puppy, gives the relationship the best foundation possible.  This guide for picking a puppy walks through the steps to pick the … Continue reading A Step-by-Step Guide for Picking a Puppy

Why You Should Discover Your Dog’s Genetic Heritage

Genetic testing isn't just for breeders.  Pet owners--even those with mixed-bred dogs--can learn valuable information with a simple DNA test.  While responsible breeders are often early adopters of genetic testing, pet owners should participate in the process as well.  Genetic tests tell everyone more about the health of their pets--and knowledge is power. Back when … Continue reading Why You Should Discover Your Dog’s Genetic Heritage

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

Why Your Pet Needs a Microchip

why your pet needs a microchip

The first time I read about microchips, I thought the ethical implications were … questionable.  However, I luckily learned about the more widespread use of the microchip:  to identify animals. All pets need a microchip.  Microchips identify which pet belongs to who at a shelter, and help locate your lost pet.  Even if your pets … Continue reading Why Your Pet Needs a Microchip

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

Disaster Planning: The Dog Bug-Out Bag

This past week, I've spent a bunch of time watching the weather channel.  For some reason, they kept predicting thunderstorms in the afternoon.  I think, overall, it rained for about five minutes, and I didn't see any thunder or lightening. While I watched, I noticed several areas of the country with major weather incidents.  Tornadoes. … Continue reading Disaster Planning: The Dog Bug-Out Bag

Puppy Training: Teaching a Puppy to Come

You’ve got a new puppy, and you know that it’s super important that he comes to you when you call him, no matter what.  You’ve had dogs before, but none of them had a rock-solid recall, and you want this puppy to be different.  Puppy training is actually really easy! Here’s my top tips and … Continue reading Puppy Training: Teaching a Puppy to Come