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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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, …

  • 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, …

  • 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.

  • Dog-Friendly Breweries to Try This Summer

    Looking for a way to meet new people and friends for your dog? Try going to a dog friendly brewery! In this article, we go over the do's and don'ts of breweries.

  • Dug Up at Dogster: August 2019 Dog Events

    Check out these August 2019 dog events and really make it all about those dog days of summer!

  • Can You Put Neosporin on Dogs? What to Know About Neosporin on Dogs

    Can you put Neosporin on dogs to treat a minor wound, cut, or scrape? Can you put Neosporin on dogs' stitches or sutures? What happens if a dog licked or ingested Neosporin? Let's answer some common questions about Neosporin for dogs here.

  • Pets Are Key to Healthy Aging

    Its no secret that owning a pet brings all sorts of benefits to your life. Recent studies show evidence that suggests owning a pet fosters healthy aging for humans.

  • Animal Cruelty a Felony in Virginia

    Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, has signed a recent bill regarding animal cruelty and abuse.

  • The Dog Lady of Mexico

    Have you ever wondered how to help stray or neglected animals? Find out how Alison Sawyer Current is making a difference in the lives of dogs and cats in Mexico by reading her new book, The Dog Lady of Mexico!

  • The Secret Life of Pets 2

    This recently released sequel to The Secret Life of Pets takes us another fun-filled adventure with Max and all of his pet friends.

  • Bar K Dog Bar

    Ever want to go out with your friends but worry about leaving your dog at home all alone? The Bar K Dog Bar is the perfect solution for your and your dog!