No charges brought against girl who threw puppies into a river
Earlier this year, footage of a young Bosnian girl hurling helpless puppies into a river horrified millions — and made news around the globe. Last week, Bosnian police announced that no charges will be brought against her. Typically when I learn of an episode of an animal cruelty , my reaction is threefold — […]
A case for adult dogs
The myths surrounding homeless adult dogs keep some potential adopters at bay. Learn the truth about adult shelter dogs and give these, loving, loyal dogs a second look.
Finding a good dog breeder
Before you get your puppy - finding a good dog breeder
Consumer alert: Christmas puppies
The dark side of a holiday tradition
Raising a puppy: Obedience training classes
Master trainer Ian Dunbar on the importance of puppy kindergarten
Finding a puppy: Choosing the right puppy
Master trainer Ian Dunbar on picking the right puppy
Raising a puppy: Training your puppy to be people-friendly
Master trainer Ian Dunbar explains puppy socialization
Raising a puppy: Biting and nipping
Master trainer Ian Dunbar on training your puppy to have a soft mouth
Dogs will instinctively eliminate away from the areas where they sleep or eat. This instinct, however, will not stop a dog from going in the house. There can be many reasons for this: A medical issue or certain medications may cause a dog to lose control. Puppies (and some adult dogs) lack the control and/or […]
Parvovirus is a deadly threat to an unvaccinated dog. It is so infectious that anyone or anything can become a parvovirus carrier simply by coming in contact with an infected dog’s feces or even by walking through an area where the feces had once been, which is how the virus is typically spread. The virus […]
Diagnosing and treating urinary incontinence
It's not just a consequence of age
Most people have heard of distemper in dogs, but few know exactly what it is. Distemper is a viral disease, which affects the gastrointestinal, respiratory, and central nervous systems in dogs. The canine distemper virus (CDV) causes the disease. It is highly contagious, and is often fatal. While canine distemper is found around the world, […]
Puppy parties: The fun way to raise a people-friendly dog
Teaching puppies to be safe & friendly around humans
Why puppy food?
Must all puppies eat "puppy food" or is it okay to just feed them larger servings of regular dog food?
How long should puppy be in crate
Question: How long can you leave a puppy in a crate for housetraining? Answer: Assuming the puppy is on a proper housetraining program and getting the appropriate amounts of exercise and attention, a general rule of thumb is to take the number of months in her age and add one. For example, if you have […]
Puppy hates crate?
Question: What if my puppy doesn’t like his crate? Answer: You can easily teach puppies to love their crates. Here’s how: Stuff a couple of hollow chew toys with kibble and a few treats. Let your puppy sniff the chew toys and then put them in the crate and shut the door with your puppy […]
Car sick dog?
Question: How can I keep my dog from getting car sick? Answer: It’s not uncommon for dogs to experience motion sickness, particularly young dogs or dogs who haven’t traveled before. The best way to prevent it is to accustom a young dog to travel in a positive way. Many instances of motion sickness are related […]
What am I buying when I pick up dog food labeled "for puppies?"
Puppy play date?
Question: I know that “play dates” are a great way to socialize puppies. How do I set one up and what should happen during one? Answer: The best way to socialize your puppy is through sponsored or supervised play groups. Ask your trusted trainer, groomer, or vet if there are any groups in the area. […]
Stop feeding puppy food?
At what age is it appropriate to stop feeding my dog puppy food and do I need to phase it out gradually?