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  • 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Dog’s Diet

    Keep your dog in tip-top shape with these simple tips.

  • NYC to Launch Pilot Program for Air-Conditioned Dog Harbors Outside of Shops

    An alternative to simply tying up your dog outside a store, pet harbors are safe and secure places for pets on sidewalks.

  • 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.

  • The Newfoundlands of Plow Farms

    The Newfoundlands of Plow Farms consider Christmas a working holiday. During the merriest of seasons, the farm, which specializes in evergreens, shade and ornamental trees, opens its doors to the public and becomes the favorite location for guests to purchase their family Christmas tree.

  • 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.

  • How to Tell If Your Dog Has a Cold

    Of course, it’s ‘kennel cough!’ Chloe was at a kennel, and now she’s sick. I’ve researched dozens of blogs and consulted an online veterinary service, and they all agree. Now if you would simply write me a prescription for these antibiotics, I’ll be on my way.”

  • 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 …

  • When Your Dog is 1 Years Old

    When my Pit Bull-mix, Mookie, turned a year old, I knew his puppyhood was officially over. At the age of 1, he was now considered an adult. Of course, no one told him this, so he continued to be as playful and energetic as ever.

  • Meow 3D Dog Planter

    If you’re like me, you have a lot of impossible people to shop for on your Christmas list. Well, if they are dog or cat lovers, this unique gift is perfect for them. Basically, you send Meow 3D a photo, then artist and co-creator Angel Napoleon and her partner Brent Napoleon use 3D software to …

  • 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.

  • The High-Stepping Miniature Pinscher

    Bold, saucy, alert and with a distinctive style of moving, the Miniature Pinscher is unique in the dog world. Here are seven fun facts about the Miniature Pinscher.

  • 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.

  • 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.