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  • Gear Guides: The Best Dog Toys, Beds, Treats and More

    With so many dog products on the market, however is one to decide what to take home for your pet? Here, for your perusal, is our series of gear guides for toys, treats, collars and everything in between: How to Find the Best Dog Bed - Like humans...

  • Your Rights When Your Dog is Injured at the Dog Park

    I was involved in an incident at our local dog park last year, and while my own dogs were not involved, I ended up with broken skin on my wrist and hand, as I reached in to stop a mastiff puppy from killing a poodle puppy (yes, I know, I should not have jumped in …

  • Your Legal Rights If Your Dog Bites Another Dog

    You have the right to know the procedures you are paying for. What is to keep them from having all sorts of things done to their dog on your dime if you don’t know what is being done. It’s not like you are asking for the dogs health records. The owners need to work with …

  • What are some gift ideas for my dog’s birthday?

    I want to know what to buy for her as a gift and give her as a birthday cake. Any ideas? Please help!I want to make Pebble’s birthday a special day (without a party)!

  • Choosing Dog Names

    Your dog's name says as much about you as it does your pet. The name you pick out can help define your relationship with your dog -- a more human name might mean your dog is no different than a child would be to you, while a name like "Hunter...

  • Dog Seat Belt vs. Car Seat

    I would use the dog seat belt over the dog car seat, if I was worried about my dogs safety, mainly because my dog would fight the car seat and not appreciate it. He’d be less wary of a seat belt, because he’s used to harnesses and leashes. Honestly, over either though, I’d stick to …

  • The Basics of Dog Photography

    Other than baby photos, pictures of pets are among the most popular in any household. Unfortunately, they also tend to suffer the most from poor quality or, as we term it in the trade, snapshot-itis. You may have this problem if friends start walking...

  • Some Dog-Friendly Hotels

    We travel a lot and stay at many hotels. I like Choice Hotels and Holiday Inn brand hotels. On both of their websites, you can specify Pet Friendly hotels before you do your search. Also, almost all high-end hotels allow dogs. I guess they figure that if you are staying at a really nice hotel, …

  • Tips for Staying at a Hotel with Your Dog

    Before arriving confirm the hotel allows pets. I think the simplest thing to do is call and ask. There shouldn’t be any extra cost if the hotel is pet friendly. Personally, I would let the clerk know that I had a dog at check-in. I wouldn’t try to hide the dog at a hotel that …

  • Airplane Travel with a Puppy

    I’ve only flown Lufthansa and United when taking my dog along in the cabin. Both airlines allow carriers of up to 22″ x 14″ x 9″. And yes, the dog has to stay inside the carrier during the entire flight but usually no one says anything if you open the top of the bag. For …

  • Giving Dogs Benadryl for Car Trips

    We give our dog Benadryl for long car trips, because of car sickness. The vet recommended our dog take 1 adult Benadryl. (She said 1 milligram for every lb. of dog.) The Benadryl makes our dog sleepy, and a bit out of it, but, he still will not sit or lay down in the car. …

  • Help with Car Sickness

    Ginger can be a big help with car sickness. You can either use ginger snaps or you can buy ginger capsules (find the appropriate dosage for your dog) also there are some commercial remedies for dogs for motion sickness that contain ginger. On Mythbusters they did an episode on motion sickness (for people) and ginger …

  • How to Help Dogs that Get Car Sick

    If your dog gets car sickness start be getting him okay with the cat. Just sit in the car together with the engine running and don’t go anywhere. Let him relax and enjoy the company and time with you. Increase the time you spend in the car until you can turn on the car and …

  • Don’t Let Animals Travel in Cargo

    It is not uncommon for animal fatalities to occur during a flight. The Air Transport Association estimates that about 5,000 animals are either lost, injured or killed every year on our nation’s airplanes. Even though a majority of pets arrive safely, serious and consistent problems have been documented on almost every major airline. The reason …

  • An Airline for Doggie Travel

    We flew with on Delta once and had no problems. They require a vet check within a week of the flight, but no one ever asked for ours. During a layover, we took her out of the carrier and one of the workers said we could hold her, but that she couldn’t be on the …

  • Dog Boarding Checklist

    There are probably more good places to board your dog near you then you think, as the really good ones don’t advertise a lot of the time. Before picking a new facility set up a tour and bring your dog(s) so you can see where the dog is staying, and how safe it is. A …

  • How to Become a Certified Pet Sitter

    If you want to become a pet sitter, there is no certification program, however, there is an accreditation program for professional pet sitters, through Pet Sitters International. The primary benefit of being a member in a professional pet sitter organization, such as PSI, is that access to insurance and bonding. When you pet sit for …

  • Dog Laws to be Aware of

    There are many laws pertaining to dogs, however they will vary depending on where you live. Many places have laws such as – Dogs must be leashed Fines for not cleaning up after your dog Fines for excessive barking Breed Specific Laws Bite Laws City or Town License requirements You also may not allowed to …

  • The Average Cost of Pet Insurance

    Depending on what you want covered, the plans range from $13-$30 a month. I took the $20 plan because it included a lot of tests, dental cleaning, etc. The only time I really have to pay for anything is when my dog has a health problem which would then require me to buy the dog’s …

  • Where to Find Complaints About Pet Insurance Companies

    I would suggest you do a Google search for pet insurance complaints… Recently on Dogster Answers there was a bunch of questions about one of the pet insurance companies; I Googled it and I was amazed at the number of complaints against one major company!

  • A Reputable Pet Insurance Provider

    I signed up with VPI when we first got my dog. This was my first experience with pet insurance and its been quite positive. Much easier than human health insurance! The plan I have is about $30 a month, but they pretty much pay for every visit, medication (including flea and tick meds, if needed) …

  • Should I get a doggie gate or a crate?

    Why does my dog prefer his crate to an open space with a gate?

  • Is a sweater enough to keep my dog warm?

    Will my pet be cozy enough with just a sweater on?

  • What are the best collars for strong dogs?

    I am looking for some that have a buckle or a metal clasp.

  • What are some good inexpensive dog toys?

    What are some good dog toys that will last for a while and won’t cost an arm and a leg?

  • Lost Dog: What You Should Do

    When a dog is lost, the most important thing to remember is to act immediately. Even a short delay may hamper your efforts to find your lost dog. And while microchipping your dog may have given you a sense of security about recovering your dog in the...

  • Tips for Finding Dog-Friendly Businesses

    Shopping with dogs, working with dogs and traveling with dogs present special problems as you try to negotiate retail and business activities with your dog in tow. But for those of us who want our pups to accompany us while we complete everyday...

  • Tips for Finding a Dog-Friendly Hotel

    It's not all that hard to find dog-friendly lodging world-wide these days, but all dog-owning travelers do still need to check, in preparation for any trip, if dog will be welcome to avoid bad surprises at the hotel check-in. The AAA has a...

  • Dog Health Insurance: Things to Look for

    Pet health insurance for dogs is still somewhat of a novelty, as only a small minority of dog owners currently invests in these policies. As the market slowly grows, however, it's gotten more competitive, with more and more companies offering pet...