Tips & Tails


How to Introduce Dogs the Right Way

by Dr. Alison Gerken, DVM, and Victoria Schade, dog trainer Introducing a new dog to your family dog is sure to spur a mix of nervousness and excitement. In order to make the transition smooth, you should plan each step of the process—from the dogs’ first meeting to the steps […]


7 WAYS TO EXERCISE YOUR DOG’S BRAIN

KEEP YOUR DOG’S MIND ACTIVE WITH FUN AND CHALLENGING BRAIN WORKOUTS! We all know how important it is to give your dog daily physical workouts, but it’s equally important to give your dog mental exercise too. It doesn’t matter if your dog is a purebred or a mix, you need […]


CORONAVIRUS AND PETS: FAQS FOR OWNERS

NO EVIDENCE DOGS GET COVID-19 These FAQs were last updated on March 12, 2020. Can dogs get the new coronavirus (COVID-19)? At this time, experts believe it is very unlikely. The World Health Organization currently advises that there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats can be infected […]


PROBLEM BEHAVIOR IN CATS: CORRECTING COMMON BAD BEHAVIORS

Its been written by author Ilona Andrews that, “Cats randomly refuse to follow orders to prove they can.” While it might be true that training a cat is more difficult than training a dog, it takes the same principles: patience, consistency, and praise. We’ll begin this article by providing tips […]


Fruits and vegetables Dogs Can or Can’t Eat

It’s not uncommon to want to spoil your dog by sharing table scraps or your favorite snack. After all, if it is safe for you to eat, it must be OK for them to eat, right? Not necessarily. While many human foods are perfectly safe for dogs, some are very […]


5 Scary Consequences of Neglecting Your Dog’s Teeth

Reviewed and updated for accuracy on December 3, 2019 by Dr. Hanie Elfenbein, DVM, PhD You may already know that not taking care of your dog’s teeth can lead to periodontal disease, a condition that results in bleeding gums, bad breath, and ultimately tooth loss. But did you know that […]


Top Reasons to Adopt a Pet

Thinking of adding a pet to your family? Here are ten reasons to adopt your new best friend. 1. Because you’ll save a life. Each year, it’s estimated that more than one million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into […]


Why Dogs Eat Poop and How to Stop It

Of all the repulsive habits our canine companions have — drinking from the toilet, rolling in swamp muck, licking their butts — nothing tops the disgusting practice of eating poop. Their motivation may not be to gross us humans out, but it certainly does. So much so, in fact, that […]


Dig This, how to get your Dog to Stop Digging?

Has your dog turned your yard into a moonscape with craters everywhere? If so, the first thing you should know is that your dog isn’t doing this out of spite or a desire to destroy your landscaping. Entertainment Dogs may dig for entertainment when they learn that roots and soil […]


9 Tips for Introducing a Dog when you already have Pets

If you want to make the introduction of a new dog to your existing pets go as smoothly as possible, certain precautionary measures must be followed. There are also a few proven tips and tricks that will make the transition easier. With appropriate planning and guidance, your new dog will […]


Celebrating Safely: Ringing In the New Year with Your Pets

While Yuletide treats, gifts and holiday bouquets are probably making their way out of your home, the season isn’t over just yet. There’s still one more holiday we are counting down the days to, so before you break out the noisemakers and champagne, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) […]


13 Holiday Foods That are Bad for Dogs

It’s only natural to want to include our furry family members in our holiday dinners and give them a taste of our favorite dishes. But there are many ingredients commonly used in holiday dinners that won’t do dogs any favors. Since holiday recipes can vary widely, it’s best not to […]


Can Glucosamine Help Treat Arthritis And Joint Pain in Dogs?

Many dogs suffer from arthritis as they age. This painful condition, which occurs in dogs and people, results when cartilage, the cushioning between the bones, begins to thin and wear away. As a result, the ends of the bones start to rub against each other. Trauma, disease, or normal wear […]


Cold Weather Safety tips

Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold […]


Christmas Tree Safety Tips for Pet Parents

Winter holidays are especially exciting, with all the sparkly lights, delicate ornaments and brightly colored garlands—and don’t get us started on the candies and treats! All of these things are great fun for us, but they’re also intriguing to our pets. Putting up a Christmas tree is one of the […]


6 THANKSGIVING FOODS THAT ARE BAD FOR CATS AND DOGS

WHAT FOODS ARE TOXIC TO DOGS AND CATS? Thanksgiving is almost here and that means an abundance of delicious food. However, many popular human dishes aren’t healthy for pets to consume. It’s important to remember which foods are bad for dogs and cats. Especially, during holiday meals when dogs and […]


Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Some pets love the hustle and bustle of Halloween, while others will find this spooky holiday a bit stressful. We recognize that animals are individuals, so while you while enjoy the festivities, consider it from your pet’s perspective: “A dog’s natural instinct is to protect their home or to alert […]


Top Dangers For Pets In Autumn

Personally, I love autumn. The days are usually crisp and clear with plenty of sunshine, while the nights are cooler. The gorgeous colours of leaves as they change colour create some magnificent scenery, but amongst all this beauty there are some things that may pose a risk to your pet. […]


Dog Sleeping in Bed – Is It Okay?

Studies have shown that about 45% of all dog owners sleep together with their pets. However, the question of whether it is fine to sleep with our canine companions is a continuous debate. Many wealthy, powerful and famous personalities and historical figures have even extended privileges to furry friends. Perhaps […]


5 Ways to Give Your Dog More Exercise (other than walking)

It is so important to make sure your dog gets as much as exercise as possible to keep them healthy and happy. Most people already take their dog for regular walks but there are other types of dog exercise other than walking. So why not mix things up a bit? […]


Heat Exhaustion in Dogs: Signs Your Dog Is Overheating

Published by Jean Marie Bauhaus Overheating in dogs is not something to take lightly. As the weather heats up, it’s important to remain aware of how the heat affects your pup. Heat exhaustion in dogs can lead to serious and potentially fatal conditions such as heat stroke and cardiac arrest. […]


How to get your Dog to Stop Barking so much

Sometimes, you just need them to pipe down. Mary Jo DiLonardo It’s a lose-lose situation no matter which side of the fence you’re on. Whether it’s your dog that’s barking or your neighbor’s pooch that won’t stop flapping his jowls, nobody’s happy … including the dog. But in most cases, […]


How to Transport Dogs by Air

They say dogs are man’s best friend. For some of us, that quote is very literal and very true. Therefore, when the time comes for us to leave town for a while on vacation, a business trip, relocation or for some other reason, leaving our ‘best friend’ behind can be […]


Summer Pet Tips: Hot Asphalt and Your Dog

As we humans escape into our homes that are air conditioned or cooled with fans we wonder why our dogs might be acting sluggish or begging to get back inside. Have you ever noticed dogs who refuse to walk at an event and just plops himself down? Paws scorching on […]


Are Antlers Safe for Dogs?

Dogs love chewing on bones and antlers. This fact is reinforced in cartoons, the media, advertising, and even in our speech. Ever heard the expression, “like a dog with a bone”? On the surface, antlers seem like the perfect object for dogs to chew on. Antlers do not appear to […]


Teaching A Dog To Swim: Canine Swimming Lesson 101

AKC GoodDog! Helpline Trainer Breanne Long shares some tips on introducing your dog to the water so they have a positive experience and learn to love to swim. Many breeds are natural-born swimmers. Many retrievers and spaniels will swim with little encouragement, but dogs with body types less suited to […]


How to get your dog to stop barking

Pups communicate for many reasons, but sometimes you just need them to shush. Mary Jo DiLonardo Barking is a dog’s way of communicating everything from danger to boredom. It’s a lose-lose situation no matter which side of the fence you’re on. Whether it’s your dog that’s barking or your neighbor’s […]


Seven Warning Signs in Senior Pets

Posted on March 4, 2019 under Pet Health & Safety It’s always important to bring your pets to the veterinarian annually to be examined, and even more important for senior pets. But when should you consider making that appointment a little earlier? Being able to recognize the clinical signs of […]


Common Backyard Plants That Are Poisonous to Dogs

Many plants that are poisonous to dogs are very common in backyards. These toxic time-bombs range from being only mildly toxic (for example, causing vomiting) to being responsible for serious canine health problems. If you wish to err on the safe side, thoroughly research all the vegetation and berries that […]


6 Ways to Help Your Dog and Landscaping Play Nicely Together

By Marianne Lipanovich, Houzz. Dogs and outdoor spaces go together naturally. But with their penchant for digging holes, carving runway paths worthy of an international airport and eating plants, some dogs can wreak havoc on landscape design. Knowing what some of the most common problems are and how to overcome […]


Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

Fears, Phobias, and Anxieties in Dogs Fear is the instinctual feeling of apprehension resulting from a situation, person, or object presenting an external threat — whether real or perceived. The response of the autonomic nervous system prepares the body for the freeze, fight, or flight syndrome. It is considered to […]


Can Dogs Have Spring Allergies?

For some of us, spring represents a time of rebirth: winter thaws, budding blossoms, cute ducklings and chicks. But for those of us with seasonal allergies, spring is less benevolent and more horror movie: runny noses, itchy throats, constant sneezes. If you think humans are alone in suffering when spring […]


Why do Dogs Lick their Paws and What You Can do to Stop it

Written by John Walton Grooming is a natural part of a dog’s daily routine, from licking himself clean to shaking off the blades of grass after a good roll on the lawn. But it’s no longer grooming when the behavior becomes incessant. If you notice your dog constantly licking his […]