Keep Your Dog Mentally And Physically Fit
In order to be well-adjusted pets, dogs need both mental and physical stimulation on a daily basis. The desire to "keep busy" is deeply ingrained in the majority of dogs.
Dog Scouts of America – A Fun Way To Bond With Your Dog And Community
The Dog Scouts of America was founded in 1995 and encourages bonding, training, and physical activities with dogs and owners. They even have dog merit badges!
How To Teach Your Dog To Fetch
Fetch is a great form of both mental and physical exercise. When structured properly, it's also a terrific way to practice impulse control and consistent obedience.
Does your dog like to dig? Is he a couch potato? Or will he chase anything that moves? Chances are we've got the perfect game for him in our guide that's loaded with suggestions.
Most popular college dog mascots
In the world of college sports, several teams use dogs as mascots — and why not? They're loyal and they play hard; we take a look at teams represented by Bulldogs and others.
What makes a great dog park?
Humans think they know what canines want in a dog park, but here’s a list of must-have items from Lucky, a Golden Retriever, which would compose the ultimate playground.
Mental stimulation for your dog
Mental stimulation is important to the development and happiness of any pup, but it’s absolutely essential for dogs who are left alone for long stretches (such as when you’re at work). Suggestions to keep her on her mental toes: Kongs. There are many interactive toys on the market, but Kongs are one of the classics. […]
Dog park etiquette: Part 3
Dogs — or owners — behaving badly? Dear Labby’s here to guide you through every dog park pickle. And don’t forget to check out Dog Park Etiquette: Part 1 and Dog Park Etiquette: Part 2. Someone brings their small children into the dog park where your friendly but exuberant dog (and many others) are playing […]
Dog park etiquette: Part 2
Summer’s on the way — dog park here you come! And here comes Dear Labby with advice for all your dog park quandaries… for those who missed it, take a look at Dear Labby’s Dog Park Etiquette:Part 1. Someone is letting their dog run off leash in an on-leash area This isn’t jr. high school […]
Dog park etiquette: Part 1
May is here, and that means every mutt and his mother are dropping by the dog park. But judging by the manners on some of those pups, you’d think they (and their owners) were raised by wolves. Dear Labby’s got advice for navigating your thorniest dog park dilemmas. You see someone fail to scoop No […]
Games for scent hounds
The Nose Will follow his nose anywhere May come from a breed that was used to track scents, such as beagles or other hounds Top activities: Training your hound to be a search and rescue dog is a huge commitment, but very rewarding if you’ve got the time and passion for it. Check out the […]
Teaching old dogs new tricks
Training adult and senior dogs
Exercise for puppies?
Question: I know jogging isn’t a good idea — what exercises are appropriate for my pup until she’s full grown? Answer: It’s not that jogging is a bad idea; it is just too easily overdone. If you keep everything in moderation and use good sense you should be okay. Small dogs should not be asked to […]
Bad for dogs to play tug-of-war?
Question: Can playing tug-of-war with my dog make her aggressive? Answer: Many people think it’s risky to play tug-of-war with a dog. And it’s true that, if the game goes too far, it can result in a dangerously out of control canine. But when played intelligently, tug-of-war is actually a great way to practice keeping […]
Healthy Dog Activities
Keeping your dog or puppy busy and happy
Ten quick fixes to occupy Fido’s mind
Has Fido’s favorite family member gone back to college or off to school? Fido feeling the empty nest blues? FIDO Friendly magazine’s got 10 quick fixes to ease Fido’s separation worries. 1. Take the path less traveled, to quote a famous poet. Change can be good. Plan a new walking path for you and Fido. […]
From pound puppy to powder hound
by Carol Bryant of FIDO Friendly Magazine “There’s no sense in throwing a life away.” When Zane and Val Henning of Wasilla, Alaska, see their Cocker Spaniel, Cody, trail-blazing through the snow, this thought resonates. Cody entered the couple’s lives in the fall of 2005. “He was in terrible shape with half a left ear, […]
11 ways to get moving with your pet
Within each of our four-legged friends lies a naturally gifted athlete. Even the tiniest Chihuahua or pudgiest Persian possesses amazing physical abilities. Unfortunately, too many of our pets have been benched, resulting in an epidemic of obesity rivaling that of Americans. In fact, about 44 percent of dogs are overweight or obese and 57 percent […]
Games for diggers
The Digger Loves, loves, loves to dig Likes to chase other small animals Likely to have terrier or dachshund heritage Top activities: Earthdog trials let terriers and dachshunds indulge their favorite talent: racing along an underground tunnel in search of prey. The American Kennel Club and American Working Terrier Association can help you get started. […]
Games for smart cookies
The Smart Cookie Trains you, rather than the other way around Gets bored easily and expresses his ennui in destructive ways, such as chewing May come from a breed that was used to perform a job, such as herding livestock Top activities: Agility games exercise his brain as well as body. Obedience training, whether it’s […]