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  • N.C. Taprooms and Breweries Go to the Dogs

    According to Senate Bill 290, pets are permitted to accompany their humans as long as the establishment doesn’t prepare food. Previous North Carolina law already permitted dogs in wineries.

  • Do Dogs Need Carbohydrates?

    If I had to choose the most misunderstood word in the dog nutrition vernacular, it would be “carbohydrate.” Mention feeding a dog “carbs” and you are likely to be met with a shocked retort such as, “But carbs are bad for dogs!” With the popularity of the “keto” diet (more on that trend in a future article), the poor carb has fallen even further from grace.

  • How To Prevent Dog Bites

    Aggressive behavior is an effective way for a dog to increase the distance between himself and something he perceives as threatening, either to himself or to a resource.

  • Why Dogs Love Nose Work

    Dogs have at least 200 million reasons to love sniffing and participating in nose work — and they could have as many as one billion reasons. Dogs’ nose capabilities are nothing short of amazing! They have between 200 million to 1 billion olfactory cells. We inferior humans have a pitiful 5 million.

  • Tips for Dogs and Fire Season

    It’s Fall, and California is burning again. I lived in Southern California for many, many years — both of my dogs are from there — and when the Santa Ana winds blow, the fire will come. I was watching Live Rescue on A&E last week, where they showed a teenage girl being evacuated as the …

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

    Let’s give thanks to our dogs by taking them out to one of these fun November dog events and premieres.

  • Easy Halloween Dog Do’s and Don’ts

    Check out these 13 spookily easy tips to make halloween fun and safe for your dog.

  • 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!

  • Puppy Dog Eyes: A Recent Development

    Who can resist the sweet pleading of puppy dog eyes? New research suggests that dogs actually evolved new muscles to allow them to give people soulful gazes in order to better communicate with us. A study published in June in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, compared the anatomy and behavior of …

  • Rover’s Guided City Walks

    Looking for a fun excursion for you and dog?, the world’s largest network of five-star pet sitters and dog walkers, has released its first set of Dog’s Day Out guided city walks that highlight unique dog-friendly routes in 20 American cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and Seattle. Learn about dog-friendly hotspots …

  • Pet Spending Heaviest for Food, Health Care

    LendEDU, a website that helps consumers learn about and compare financial products, recently surveyed 1,000 American pet owners about their pet spending. When asked to estimate how much they spend each month on their pet for monthly health care costs, such as pet insurance, food, toys and accessories, dog owners averaged $157.39. Food and health …

  • Recipe: Witchy Finger Snacks

    It’s my favorite time of the year, and that means my house is covered in Halloween décor. For a month, I can justify using pumpkin in every meal. If things look a little spider web covered or the food comes out looking a little creepier than usual, no one can judge me, at least not without a “rules of fall” discussion. So it should be no surprise that my dogs get in on the action as well.

  • 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.

  • Dogster’s Rescue Dogs of the Week: Sam and Suzy

    Florida rescue dogs Sam and Suzy are looking for their forever home in this week's Dogster's Rescue of the Week.

  • 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 to your Dog

    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.

  • Dog 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.

  • 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.