Month: September 2019

  • 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?

  • Raising a Dog in the Country

    Rural dogs have more freedom than city dogs, but that comes with its own set of training challenges, all of them for the safety of the dog and the people and other critters he encounters.

  • 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

    Here are our favorite things to love about black dogs.

  • 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, …

  • 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).

  • Meet the Canine Concierge

    Wire Fox Terrier, Penny Loafer is the Official Greeter and Concierge at The Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg, Virginia.

  • 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?

    Few things are more annoying than the wet, sloppy sound of a dog licking himself when you’ve just crawled into bed.

  • 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 …

  • All Dogs Are Not Equal

    Let’s look at some of the reasons all dogs are not created equal and why all dogs need different training approaches.

  • 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.