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  • When Your Dog is 12 Years Old

    The old adage of “one year of a human’s life is equal to seven years in a dog’s life” is all wrong. Dogs mature more quickly than humans, so a simple one-to- seven calculation just isn’t accurate. The truth is that when your dog hits the age of 12 years, he has reached the equivalent of 64 human years if he’s a small dog (20 pounds or less); 69 human years if he’s a medium dog (21 to 50 pounds); and 77 human years if he’s a large dog (more than 50 pounds).

  • 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.

  • Canine Concierge

    Need a canine fix when you’re traveling without your dog? The Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg, Virginia, has you covered. The hotel recently appointed Wire Fox Terrier Penny Loafer to the role of Official Greeter and Concierge. Penny Loafer is taking over for 10-year-old Buster Brown, who is headed into retirement. Penny Loafer is in charge …

  • Help for Pet Loss

    Pets are our family — so why are the resources for grieving a beloved pet so limited? The loss of Kaleel Sakakeeny’s cat, Kyro, led him to answer this need. “The death and grief were devastating. I became truly lost, much to my great surprise. Few professionals are trained in the grief process,” Kaleel says. …

  • Why Dogs Lick Themselves Before Sleeping?

    Ahhh, sleep, that peaceful pleasure. Slurp! … As I was saying, sweet slumber, drifting, drifting … Slurp! Few things are more annoying than the wet, sloppy sound of a dog licking himself when you’ve just crawled into bed. It’s like nails on a chalkboard — especially when it won’t stop. Why do dogs lick themselves before sleeping?

  • How to Become a Dog Fosterer

    Last year, my family adopted a senior-aged Chihuahua mix named Laney. She walked on a leash, liked car rides and had a hearty appetite. But, it soon became clear that Laney was happiest curled up on my lap with no one else around. If dogs had theme songs, Laney’s would be Just the Two of Us by Bill Withers. She growled at my husband and kids, and verged on aggressive when my other Chihuahua would innocently try to claim a leg for herself.

  • All Dogs Are Not Equal

    Ask 10 dog owners what their dog’s most challenging behavior issue is and you’re likely to get 10 different answers. Jumping up, running away, counter surfing, housetraining issues, reactivity, digging, chewing, chasing, anxiety … all behavior problems have different root causes. A dog’s breed, size, strength and even his environment can affect what kind of behavioral challenges might pop up.

  • Operation Rescute

    Shared by the Dogster Team. Good Dogs. Good People. Good Things.

  • Dug Up at Dogster: September 2019 Dog Events

    While human kids go back to school, take your fur child to one of these great September 2019 dog events.

  • Dug Up at Dogster: Interview with Dog: Impossible’s Dog Behavior Specialist Matt Beisner

    Check out the new show Dog: Impossible on the Nat Geo WILD channel and read our interview with its star — dog behaviorist Matt Beisner.

  • Karma, The Bio Detection Dog in Training

    A dog’s acute sense of smell lets him identify unique odors that cancer cells emit. It is assumed that each different cancer gives off a unique scent for the dog to alert to. There have been several double-blind studies conducted that show trained dogs can successfully sniff out cancer through biological samples, like breath. The first of such tests were done in 2006.

  • FIBER: A Friendly Food for your Dog’s Health

    When you think of “fiber,” does your mind conjure up images of crumbly bran muffins, cardboard-like wafers and cereals that look more like twigs than food? That’s how I used to feel about fiber. Since I became vegan, however, I’ve discovered that fiber is found in a wide variety of delicious plant-based foods. This is great news, because fiber is important for health, and most of us don’t get enough of it.

  • CBD Oil for Dogs

    The ABCs of CBD oil for your dog - Why and How it works for your dog.

  • How to Tell If a Puppy Is a Boy or a Girl

    When a litter of puppies is whelped, you may be wondering how to tell if a puppy is a boy or a girl. Here are some helpful tips on how to figure out a puppy's gender.

  • Dog Zoomies: Why They Happen and What to Do

    Zoomies in puppies and dogs might sound funny — and usually they're silly and harmless! But, why do the dog zoomies happen and could they ever put your pup in danger?

  • Celebrating The Delightful Dachshund

    Learn all there is to know about the playful and delightful Dachshund!

  • Facts on the Chihuahua Dog Breed

    How long do Chihuahuas live? The Chihuahua lifespan is pretty long -- as much as 17 years -- but they have a tendency to develop health problems like hypoglycemia, joint ailments, eye infections and bronchitis. Also, the tops of their skulls never fully develop, leaving soft spots ("moleras") that should be protected.

  • How Rescue Dogs Say “Thank You”

    Here's all the ways that rescue dogs say "thank you" for all of your support and kindness.

  • 6 Household Cleaning Products That Are Not Safe for Dogs

    Many dog parents keep cleaning products that are not safe for dogs around the house. So, is Pine Sol safe for dogs? Is Lysol safe for pets? Are Mr. Clean, Clorox Bathroom Cleaner and Scrubbing Bubbles safe for dogs? What about detergents like Tide and Cheer?

  • Wondering How to Clean Your Dog’s Ears? A How-To (and How Often!) Guide

    Confused on how to clean your dog's ears? How often should you clean your dog's ears and can you clean your dog's ears at home? Check out our how-to and how often guide to clean your dog's ears safely and effectively.

  • Meet the German Shorthaired Pointer

    Meet the German Short-haired Pointer! This sociable, athletic breed makes a great hunting companion and family friend.

  • Best Dogs for Travel

    Are you someone who is looking to adopt a dog but also loves to travel? Traveling with your canine companion can be exciting, as long as you know the facts and have the right breed.