Kidnapped From Planet Dog

A secret thought – unutterable even to family members – keeps more than a few new-puppy owners up at night: “What if this was a...

Positive Reinforcement Training Without Treats

I use treats when I train. So do my clients. Now that positive reinforcement training has a 25-year-plus track record in the dog world (supported...

Savor The Flavor: Slow Feeder Device Test

Can your dog make an entire bowl of food disappear faster than you can say, “Bon appétit?” Has he ever inhaled a bowl of...

Tethered for Success: The Do’s and Don’ts of Dog Tethers

I’ve long been a proponent of the appropriate, judicious use of tethers for dog training and management. This doesn’t mean tying up your dog in the yard all day while you’re at work, or...

Add-On Wellness Plans

At the close of 2019, 2.82 million pets had health insurance, according to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association. Over the past five years, the industry has grown 22.1% annually on average. That...

Slow Down!

I've always been sort of a wuss about my dogs, but just typing the headline above made tears spring into my eyes. Otto is fine, but he also just turned 13 years old and...

Which Dogs Should Not Receive CBD?

Continued research is essential to furthering our understanding of how CBD affects the canine body

The Stubborn Dog

Are dogs stubborn? Here's what you need to know about training a 'stubborn dog'.

Whole Dog Journal’s 2020 Approved Wet Dog Foods

Were you aware that dogs don’t have a biological requirement for carbohydrates? The fact that this bit of trivia sounds so crazy is a testament to how thoroughly we all take carbohydrate-laden kibble for...

Are Two Pups Better Than One?

I hear it all the time: “Honey, maybe we should get two! Look how much they love each other! How can we possibly split them up?”  My family and I frequently foster litters of rescue puppies,...

Preparing Your Family For A New Dog

Those of us who love dogs find the prospect of bringing home a new canine family member intoxicating and exhilarating. Well-planned in advance or not, the adoption of a new dog likely triggers a...

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Bits Of Advice For New Dog Owners

Last week, I “fostered” a dog for four nights – not a big deal. He was a hound-mix, about a year old,...

Samson doesn’t enjoy temps below 70. ...

Vet visit for Miss Coco; Woody tagging along as canine security blanket. (OMG, you guys, a vet who will let us come into the clinic! I am so excited!) ...

She may be a kangaroo, but she’s a happy little kangaroo ...

I can use this to blackmail her when she is out of her teenage phase. #crushingonwoody ...

Foster pup has a mystifying medical issue. Will be posting about this in the WDJ blog later this week. Had to post here first so there would be a way for readers to see Coco in action.

*Bonus* You get to hear me tell my darling Woody to “Go away!!” (I was trying to film and he was shoving me, trying to get me to throw the ball. Sorry!)
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You don’t have to throw it. Just give it to me! ...

Please throw the ball! ...

New, cute poses of her love affair with (somewhat indifferent and highly tolerant) Woody ...

Foster puppy loveslovesLOVES Uncle Woody. He is accustomed to this adulation, lol ...

Took a minute for ourselves. Ahhhhh. ...

Woody has a new project puppy. ...

Having hands would be helpful, but he does okay. (I think he deliberately drops his ball into places that will sometimes elicit my help...but I wasn’t helping, so he had to deal.) ...

"You're leaving us again, aren't you?" Spending long days at the emergency animal shelter, where pets displaced by local fire are being cared for by volunteers. It's hard on our own dogs, but at least they have homes. ...