Accidents in housetrained dogs
Question: Why is my housetrained dog suddenly having accidents? Answer: When you notice a sudden change in your pet’s elimination habits, the first step is to visit your veterinarian. Problems such as urinary tract infections, kidney disease, bladder stones, and gastrointestinal diseases can lead to inappropriate urination or defecation (in other words, changes in where […]
How and when to end housetraining
The secret to effective housetraining is to ease out of it gradually. What you don’t want to do is suddenly give your puppy free access to the house. You’re just asking for accidents. Time to stop housetraining If your puppy hasn’t had an indoor accident in at least two weeks, slowly give her more freedom. […]
First command to teach dog?
Question: What’s the first command to teach my puppy? Answer: The first thing your dog or puppy should learn is his name; by that, I mean he should look into your eyes when you say it. The easiest way to teach him his name is to give him a treat each time he looks into […]
Dogs’ exercise needs
Question: How do I know if my dog is getting enough exercise? Answer: Breed and age are the two big factors to take into consideration when determining how much exercise your dog should get. Adult dogs (between one and six years of age) naturally require more exercise than older dogs, and working, sporting, herding, and […]
Dogs and parvo
Question: What is parvovirus? Answer: Parvovirus is a viral disease that affects dogs’ bone marrow by lowering white blood cell counts and therefore suppressing the immune system. It also affects the gastrointestinal tract causing vomiting and diarrhea. Parvo is typically seen in dogs less than a year old, often without previous vaccination. It debilitates the […]
Teach Your Pup How to Handle Restraint
A hug by any other name is still as sweet, just not to most dogs. Hugging is a common way that people express affection, so it is not surprising that we want to hug our pups. Unfortunately, the way that people express affection is often at odds with what dogs are comfortable with. Ventral to […]
What happened to the dogs when Schindler Farms puppy mill was closed down?
I was still basking in the glory of the Prop B victory when I read the most recent blog post from Doggies and Stuff writer, Doreen Disbro. Doreen was part of a coordinated effort — by rescue groups nation wide — to save hundreds of dogs displaced by the recent closing of the Schindler Farms […]
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 […]
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?