Crate Expectations: What You Need to Know About Your Dog’s Crate

I first learned about crate-training for dogs in the early 1980s and have been a big fan ever since. There are many advantages to having...

What You Should Do (and Not Do) If You Find a Lost Dog

If you are a dog lover and you spend any amount of time on Facebook or any of those community website/discussion groups such as...

Mixed Results: Researching Your Dog’s DNA

It never fails: Every time I take my senior dog Otto into public, people ask what breed he is. And I have to smile...

Give Your Puppy a Smart Start

When it comes to puppy training, it’s never too early to start. Puppies are more than ready to learn by the time they leave...

Be Prepared For Any Canine Medical Emergency

Tico came running in from the backyard shaking his head. I noticed something was flying off him and I calmly wondered what he was...

How to Teach a ‘You Choose’ Cue

Introduce choice to your dogs by teaching a 'You Choose' cue.

Life Lessons Learned From Training Dogs

When I first started to learn about training, it was in the world of competitive dog obedience. In that specialized niche, dog training was mostly separate from everyday life. You trained the dog to...

Don’t Wait to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

In 2013, the American Medical Association defined obesity in humans as a disease. The veterinary medical profession is also pushing to have obesity in companion animals similarly designated. In October 2019, the Association for...

Safe Choices for Chewing in a Crate

Dog owners tend to think of crates as safe havens for their dogs or puppies – a place where they can stash a puppy for a short time to keep him from chewing household...

Time To Lose

One of my sisters – the one who has three little dogs – lives just a few miles away from me. Even so, we talk on the phone more than we actually see each...

Why It’s Important to Teach Your Dog to Trade

Sometimes we need to take things away from our dog and that’s when the trade trick becomes vital. Here’s how to teach your dog to trade.

Which Type of Dog Food is Best?

What kind of dog food is best? Is canned food healthier than kibble? Does a homemade dog food diet require as much work as it appears to? Whole Dog Journal developed a very comprehensive pros and cons chart for various dog food options you may be considering. Remember: no one dog food is best for all dogs! Consider your dog's lifestyle and needs and use this chart to help you decide what kind of food your dog should eat.

The Play Way for Shy and Fearful Dogs

Play is a widespread feature of social animals. Humans play. Dogs play. Maybe our shared need for and love of play is part of what strengthens our desire to share our lives with dogs....

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Pet Adoptions in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Do any of you work in a veterinarian’s office or shelter? If so, what are the words that you wish you could...