Dog Food

If you’re getting ready to welcome a new dog to your home, congratulations! You’re about to embark on one of the most satisfying, rewarding and memorable relationships you’ll ever have. You’re also probably wondering about what kind of food to feed him. Dog food, like human food, comes in a large range of brands and formulas. Is dry food better than soft? Does going organic matter? The answer, you’ll find, is right at home.

Current Diet

Whether you’re purchasing your dog from a breeder or you’re adopting him from a shelter or foster home, you already have an important resource available. Find out what food he currently eats, and then evaluate his health. Clear eyes and ears, a shiny coat, ample energy, healthy teeth and breath are all good indicators of his overall wellness.

Issues such as itching, diarrhea, a smelly and greasy coat, unclear eyes and ears, excess tartar and aggressive behavior may all indicate a problem that may, in part, be treated with dietary measures. If your dog is healthy, switching to a different formula is inadvisable.

Breed Information

Certain breeds are prone …

Dog Begging at the Table

The New Year is upon us, and that means it’s time to make new resolutions. You don’t have to limit New Year’s resolutions to yourself — why not get your dog involved, too? If your loyal pal has developed some bad habits, now is the perfect time to help your dog leave them where they belong — in 2014.

Begging at the Table

He looks so cute when he’s making puppy eyes and pitiful whimpers at your kitchen table. Unfortunately, not only is begging at the table a terrible habit, but the food you’re feeding him can also harm your dog. Avoid anything with caffeine and alcohol, including chocolate. Avocado, macadamia nuts, raisins and grapes, milk and salty foods can also cause illness.

Take your dog for a walk before dinner, and then feed him his own food or a treat as you sit down to eat. If he begs, try not to look at him. Ignore his demands, stay consistent and patient, and don’t give in. Instruct everyone who eats at your table to ignore your dog when begging occurs. If necessary, put your …

Santa Dog

The typical home can become quite a hectic place during the holidays. Your wrapping, decorating, baking and entertaining often results in a beehive of activity – and don’t think your dog doesn’t notice! Unfortunately, all the commotion can be unsettling to your pet, causing him to behave in ways that aren’t exactly household-friendly.

We decided to explore some of the more common canine behavioral issues and provide useful tips that can help keep you and your dog out of trouble this holiday season.

Excessive Chewing

With everything that goes on during the holidays, you might end up paying less attention to your dog than he’d like. Any disruption in his normal routine could make him bored or nervous, which can lead to excessive chewing.

Buying him some new chew toys can divert his interest – and his teeth – from that new pair of expensive shoes you were about to wrap. This might also be a good time to give him a little extra chewing prevention training. Crate training can also alleviate your dog’s anxiety by providing him with a peaceful place to escape the …

If you’re like many dog owners, the thought of leaving your cherished four-legged friend in a strange environment while you’re traveling during the holidays makes you nervous. But if a trusted friend or family member isn’t around to care for your dog — or if you’re not comfortable with a professional dog-sitter entering your home — kennel boarding may be your only option.

Dog in Kennel

 

Not seeing your dog every day will be difficult enough to deal with, and you’ll also want peace of mind knowing that he’s safe and sound during his kennel stay. The following tips can help make the entire boarding experience as stress-free as possible for your dog – and you!

Selecting a Kennel

Kennels can range from basic accommodations to pricey facilities that specialize in pampering pooches. A quick Internet search should reveal a list of all the kennels in your area. Your veterinarian can also be a valuable resource, and many vet offices have on-site boarding kennels where you can leave your dog for an extended period of time.

Another option is to ask other dog owners for recommendations. If …

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