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  • Male vs. Female Dogs: Behavior Differences

    As a professional dog trainer and dog aficionado, I have had the privilege of sharing my 50-plus years on the planet with a multitude of dogs. I’ve had as many female dogs as I have had male dogs. When I think about adding a new family member, I give serious thought whether a female or a male dog would fit best in our home. Perhaps you do the same or have a strong preference for one sex over the other?

  • Knowing When to Say Goodbye

    This is a particularly hard subject for me to write about, as I am still grieving over the loss of my beloved Labrador last year. Anyone who has lost a dog understands how hard it is, and there are no formulas that will make the experience any less painful.

  • 9 Things to Keep in Mind for Dog Halloween Costumes and Parades

    Halloween is an exciting time for humans and dogs. But you want to make sure your dog is safe and comfortable, too. Let's take a look at how to make this Halloween the best one yet!

  • Food Allergy or Intolerance

    When it comes to food issues, your dog could have one or the other — with similar symptoms. Here’s what to do.

  • Are These Halloween Dangers for Dogs Lurking in Your Home?

    What Halloween candies are toxic to dogs and what other traditions might spook your pup? Let’s review some common Halloween dangers for dogs and how to avoid them!

  • A Short Guide To Shopping Online For Your Dog

    With so many choices for Fido, what’s a savvy online shopper to do?

  • Nowzad’s Inspirational Quest

    Now Zad is the name of a small town in Afghanistan. It is also the name of a nonprofit organization inspired when its founder and CEO, Pen Farthing, fell in love with a dog when he was based in Now Zad, while serving in the Royal Marines. At the conclusion of his tour of duty, he managed to bring the dog home, but not without significant expense and risk, as there was no formal way to do so up to that point.

  • Dog Food Allergy: The Elimination Diet

    An elimination diet is pretty much just what it sounds like — certain foods are eliminated then reintroduced to an allergic or food intolerant dog to pinpoint exactly which food is causing problems. The proteins are often looked at first.

  • Meet the Strong & Mighty Giant Schnauzer

    Bold and faithful, the Giant Schnauzer boasts a remarkable work drive. Although he displays the same trademark beard and eyebrows as his smaller cousins, he’s significantly larger. After all, a Miniature Schnauzer averages 15 pounds, and the Giant Schnauzers weigh some 80 pounds! Along with his size, the Giant is renowned for his extra strength and protectiveness.

  • Pancreatitis in Dogs

    Welcome to the time of year embraced by many as the HFS — the holiday feast season. Yep, we’re getting ready to enjoy roasted turkeys with all the trimmings, mouth-watering pies and colorful cocktails that delight our tummies.

  • Dug Up at Dogster: October 2019 Dog Events and Premieres

    You’ll fall for these furrific dog events and premieres — so grab the leash and spend some quality time with Spot.

  • Can Dogs Eat Pumpkins? What About Other Fall Vegetables?

    Cooler weather means fresh fall fruits and veggies! Can dogs eat pumpkins? Can dogs eat other fall-favorite veggies like apples, sweet potatoes, oats, green beans and kale?

  • 7 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Halloween

    Whether you're at home or out trick-or-treating, here are guidelines for avoiding danger.

  • Dog Scooting: Why It Happens and When to See a Vet

    Why does dog scooting happen? Should you treat dog scooting at home or go to the vet? What does dog scooting have to do with dog anal gland issues?

  • Facts on the Blue Heeler Dog

    Mixing native Dingoes with Collies and other herding dogs, Australian George Elliott developed the Blue Heeler in 1840. They are also called Australian Heelers, Queensland Heelers and Australian Cattle Dogs.

  • Raising a Dog in the Country

    Practically the only things a city dog and a country dog have in common is canine DNA and love of snacks. Their lives couldn’t be more different. “They have space, fresh air, grassy fields and room to run, freedom to poop wherever they want and so many delicious smells,” says Wendy Wilson, who lives on an 80-acre hobby farm in Oakland, Oregon, with her Chihuahuas Petey and Cheech. “Rural dogs, when kept by responsible owners with fenced properties, really do have it made. They can roam and sniff and roll and explore without being confined.”

  • The Curious Case of the Nervous Tummy

    You’re exactly right, like a goose! She stretches her neck waaaay out like this …” I was on my first telephone call of the day with the remarkedly descriptive owner of Flora the Maltipoo, named after the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, naturally. Flora seemed to be suffering from chronic vomiting, although there seemed to be mild anxiety mixed in with potential neck pain. Despite the flowery description, I didn’t have the faintest clue what was going on.

  • Service Dogs Good for Recipients and Their Families

    A Purdue University study published in May in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy attached a numerical measure to the positive effect of service dogs on humans. Although previous studies demonstrated that service dogs improve people’s quality of life, this study is the first to show measurable benefits of service dogs. According to the study, …

  • My Dog Can’t Pee!

    Dogs can develop health problems that make them unable to urinate. Bladder stones are the most common cause. Some breeds, such as Schnauzers, Yorkshire Terriers, Bichon Frises and Pomeranians, are more prone to this. Underlying illnesses like Cushing’s disease and portosystemic shunts also increase the risk for stones, as does the presence of a urinary tract infection. Males seem to be at higher risk than females.

  • Custom Cookie Cutters

    Are your dogs like mine? Faces so cute you just want to eat them up! Now we all can — by making our dog’s face into a custom-designed cookie.

  • Why We Love Black Dogs

    Black dogs have fascinated humans through the ages. From depictions of black dogs as the hounds of hell to black dog-like gods in Ancient Egypt, there is no denying that black dogs have captured our hearts and imaginations since the beginning of civilization. Love them or fear them, there are few things more striking than the face of a black dog. From Labs to Newfoundlands, Pugs, Miniature Schnauzers, Great Danes, Cane Corsos to mixed breeds, black dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you pass one on the street or have one lying next to you on the couch, black dogs are pretty awesome.

  • Service Dogs Good for Recipients and Their Families

    A Purdue University study published in May in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy attached a numerical measure to the positive effect of service dogs on humans. Although previous studies demonstrated that service dogs improve people’s quality of life, this study is the first to show measurable benefits of service dogs. According to the study, …