Dogster Magazine

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, …

  • 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, …

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Celebrating The Delightful Dachshund

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

  • How Rescue Dogs Say “Thank You”

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

  • Meet the German Shorthaired Pointer

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

  • 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.

  • Calm Your Dog’s Who’s-At-the-Door Behavior

    Does your dog bark uncontrollably at the front door? Are you looking for a way to train him? In this article we go in depth on how to resolve your dog's front door behavior.

  • New Interactive Rabies Law Map

    The Policy Surveillance Program has launched a new Interactive Map to help keep pet owners informed about ever-changing rabies vaccination laws.

  • Recipe: Turmeric Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Eggs

    Try out this new fun recipe for you and your dog to enjoy!

  • Common Rescue Dog Behavior Issues

    Though it can be challenging, training a rescue dog is extremely worthwhile and rewarding. Here are some tips from renowned trainer, Victoria Stilwell.

  • What Fruits and Vegetables Are Safe for Dogs?

    These delicious fruits and vegetables aren't only healthy for humans they are great for your dogs too! Find out why they benefit your dogs diet.

  • Cancer Link: Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Hypothyroidism

    Studies suggest a possible link between Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Hypothyroidism and Cancer.