Don’t Wait! Prevent Collar Accidents

I’m not one of those dog owners who has her dogs wrapped in cotton wool, constantly looking to protect them from any and all...

Canine Knee Injury? Brace Yourself

Ten years have passed since WDJ explored “conservative management” – the nonsurgical treatment – of knee ligament injuries (see “Saying ‘No’ to Surgery,” February...

Maintaining and Protecting Your Dog’s Paws During Winter

The sky was a brilliant blue, with glimmers of sparkling snow flashing  across the path ahead as a light breeze blew it into the...
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Does My Dog Need a Coat?

To help our beloved friends we can add an extra layer of warmth for insulation, but when does a dog need a coat?

Helping You Keep Track: Activity Trackers for Dogs

I’ve been a FitBit user since 2013. When my dog is off-leash, I’ve often wondered about the overall distance of his adventures, since when we hike, he often runs ahead and doubles back, frequently...

“Quarantrain” Your Dog: How to Train Your Dog While Staying Home

See that dog surfing your counter as you read this? You know, the one who jumps on you during your Zoom calls? That’s your ticket to 2020 happiness. The opportunity to “quarantrain” your furry...

Dog Power

Writing something for this page is almost always the last thing I do before I send the issue to the printer. This time, though, I was several days away from having the issue completed...

What Canine Conditions is CBD Proven to Treat Successfully?

Researchers are looking at CBD from a variety of angles: Is it effective? How does the canine body absorb, synthesize, and metabolize CBD? What is the recommended dosage for different ailments in canine patients?

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 food so fast he vomited it back up a few...

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 by studies that affirm its effectiveness), the use of treats...

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 mistake?” New owners tell me, sometimes in a whisper, that...

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A Diagnosis for Foster Puppy Coco’s Strange Gait

Since I last wrote about Coco, the little dog with the strange gait (her front feet move normally, but she can only...

We wish you peace and plenty, wherever this week finds you ...

Four alumni of our local shelter. Grateful that all my friends adopt from the Northwest SPCA ...

“He’s big and warm and makes me feel safe.” ...

It’s a little chilly in my office this morning. Good to have a cuddle buddy. ...

New day, new band, new album cover ...

Getting the band back together ...

The Nut Wizard! Thanks to the readers who suggested this! https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/blog/acorns-can-pose-a-danger-to-dogs/ ...

Coco is doing aridealong with my friend’s GWP, Luke. That’s a couple of great faces. ...

Her DNA test results are back... any guesses? Wisdom Panel says 40% American Staffordshire Terrier, 38% Weimaraner, 15% Labrador. I admit I did not expect AmStaff in such a little pinhead. Well, as my brother-in-law said, 100% cute! ...

Top models are born, not made. Apparently. ...

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!) ...