Over the last couple of decades, the widespread proliferation of Lyme's Disease and other tick-borne viruses has become a source of concern and even panic for outdoor lovers everywhere, especially dog owners. Some of the concern is justified, of course, given how quickly the symptoms can progress from mild to severe in both canines and humans. But there's also a lot of misinformation being spread about this subject. For starters, an ounce of prevention really does give your dog a fighting … [Read more...] about Lyme’s Disease and Your Dog: Dealing with Tick-Borne Viruses
The word holistic gets bandied around a lot these days, especially when it comes to dog food and diet. And the world of dog food is no exception – “holistic” is now a genuine marketing tool for dog food manufacturers, and its often followed by “natural,” “organic,” and other similar buzzwords. But what do they really mean? If anything, these words become even more confusing when it comes to dog food, because much of the manufacturing process is unregulated. And the pet food recalls of the last … [Read more...] about Finding the Right Food for Your Dog
"All you need is love.” That expression certainly works as a song title, and many people turn it into a credo when they adopt a dog from a rescue or a shelter. Seeing an animal damaged by cruelty or neglect, they often think that simple love will heal the wounds from the dog's past, whatever they may be. Sadly, though, this often isn't true. Many of these dogs have learned a slew of bad habits, whether they come from being strays, the cruelty of a previous owner, or simple neglect and lack of … [Read more...] about How to Successfully Adopt a Rescue or Shelter Dog
For families with children who also happen to be dog lovers, the desire to add a dog to the family is a natural, healthy wish. The companionship dogs provide can act as a kind of glue to bring families closer together, and if properly trained and socialized they can enhance the enjoyment of family activities and time together. Moreover, dogs can teach both parents and children valuable lessons about love, affection, selflessness, the importance of play and living in the moment, moving … [Read more...] about Selecting the Best Dog for You and Your Family
For many dog owners, the process of finding the right dog trainer is one of the most difficult endeavors they'll ever take on with their pets. Evaluating training philosophy, background and experience can be both overwhelming and confusing, not to mention trying to match the personality of the trainer to the needs of you and your dog. Fortunately, this process can be simplified considerably. To do this, hone in on your needs and preferences, then consider those of your dog, and realize that all … [Read more...] about Finding the Right Trainer for Your Dog – And You!
If your dog is a good friend or a valued family member, then the answer to, "Is Your Dog a Hero?" is yes, because for true dog lovers, the dog probably plays a vital ongoing role in enhancing your quality of life. Whether you value love, companionship, exercise or something else your dog does for or with you, there's definitely a heroic quality to the devotion our dogs show for us. But there are dogs that go above and beyond – way above and beyond, in some instances. Throughout history, dogs … [Read more...] about Hero Dogs: Is Your Dog A Hero?
Hey everyone! There are some new dog food recalls that we want to make you aware of. Please share this on Facebook, Twitter, or your favorite social platforms, and with all your friends and family who have dogs. January 2015 Maker: J.J. Fuds, Inc. Cause: Possible listeria contamination Announcement: FDA report dated Jan. 20, 2015 What was recalled: A single lot of J.J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends raw pet food, Chicken Tender Chunks, 5 lb. bags with Lot Date: 5/5/14 January 1, … [Read more...] about Recent Dog Food Recalls January 2015
At first glance, the idea of taking a vacation with your four-legged best friend may look like a double-edged sword. Yes, the thought of having an ideal holiday companion – other than spouses and partners, of course – is enticing. And dogs enjoy many of the same activities we do while on vacation – being outside, exploring, enjoying good food in the company of loved ones, and in general just relaxing and enjoying whatever the day may bring. But there are hidden issues as well. Travel can be … [Read more...] about Planning a Successful Vacation With Your Dog
For many people, the prospect of dog ownership can be daunting, complex and even a little overwhelming. The biggest question is a common one: Do I have what it takes to be the ideal companion, guardian and life guide for a four-legged canine friend? Part of the reason the question is so complex is that it extends into many different areas – time resources, activity level, training and so on. But it can be simplified. With that in mind, here are some of the things to keep in mind as you ponder … [Read more...] about Will You Make a Good Dog Owner?
Do you truly have a happy, healthy dog? This is a question that occasionally puzzles dog owners, because for most people there's no amount of reciprocity too great for the joy and companionship our four-legged friends provide. Most of the outward signs of a healthy dog are clearly visible – bright eyes, a curious, engaged demeanor, a good appetite and the mobility to enjoy activity and exercise. But other aspects of health and happiness are less visible, so here's a checklist of eight things … [Read more...] about Eight Tips to a Happy & Healthy Dog