The Decision- Adding a Dog to Your Family
FIRST TIME OWNERSBringing a dog into your family is a decision where many people don’t realize it’s magnitude until after they have the dog. There are a number of things that you need to research before you decide to purchase a dog, and it starts right in your own home. Read More
A New Puppy: What to Expect
FIRST TIME OWNERS When you bring a new puppy into your home, it's a time of great excitement for everyone involved: you, your kids, your neighbors, and even the dog. Here's our guide on what to expect and how to handle the transition without losing your mind. Read More
Dog or Cat for a One Pet House Hold- How Do You Choose?
FIRST TIME OWNERS Congratulations! You've decided to bring a new little four-legger into your family's home. Now comes the big decision: should you get a dog or a cat? Here are a few things to consider as you make your decision. Read More
Shelter Dog Adoption Tips for Success
ADOPTION Are you intimidated by the prospect of "rescuing" a dog from a shelter? One reason that you may be wary of adopting a dog from a shelter is not knowing how to choose. Adopting a dog from a shelter can be a rewarding process, if you're prepared to do a reasonable amount of research. Read More
Choosing a New Puppy
FIRST TIME OWNERSSo, your mom (spouse) finally allowed you to get a dog! It's so exciting! How will you choose just one when they're all so cute? Read More
Top Ten Questions to Ask a Breeder
BREEDERSThere are literally thousands of dog breeders in the United States, and it can be hard to know who is reputable and who is not. Read More
Adopting a Shelter Dog
ADOPTIONOut of every 100 dogs taken to an animal shelter, about 15 are reunited with their families, 25 are adopted, and the remainder – about 60 – are put down. Read More
Top Ten Dogs for Novice Owners
NOVICE OWNERSThe good folks at VetStreet recently polled 218 veterinary professionals to find out which dog breeds they thought were best for new owners. Read More
Are you ready to adopt a dog?
DOG ADOPTIONBringing a dog into your home should be a commitment made until the dog dies, and you should be agreeing to love and cherish the animal, at the very least. So how do you know if you’re ready? Read More
Keeping Your Dog Safe Through the Holidays
HOLIDAYSAlong with the holiday season, we tend to introduce a lot of new stuff into our homes that could be hazardous to our dogs. Here's how to manage the holiday fun, food, decorations and guests to keep your dog a safe part of your festivities. Read More
Top Five Reasons to Register Your Dog
FIRST TIME OWNERSMost municipalities require that you register your dog annually, and it’s not just a way for them to collect fees from you. I had the privilege recently of hearing a lecture by one of the animal control officers from Columbus, Ohio. After his talk, I asked him what he considered the top two things a dog owner should do. His response: Read More
Memorializing Your Dog
GRIEVING PROCESSNo one wants to face these decisions, but as dog owners, it’s a part of life. It’s much easier to make these decisions while you’re not faced with overwhelming grief. Whether you have to put your dog to sleep or if he dies at home, you have several options for taking care of the remains and memorializing your furry family member. Read More
What does it cost to have a dog in the family?
DOG EXPENSESIf you're thinking about getting a dog, have you considered all of the expenses you may be faced with? There are expenses beyond a dog's purchase price and vet visits. What are these costs? Read More
Finding the Right Dog for Your Family
CHOOSING A DOGIf you're considering adding a shelter dog to your family, you may be worried about how the dog's personality will match your family's. A new program from the ASPCA purports to help you find exactly the right dog for you. Read More
Using Temperament Testing to Choose the Right Dog for Your Family
GETTING A DOGSo, you've gone to the shelter or the breeder's, and all of the dogs are so cute you're having a hard time deciding. One way to guide your decision is by performing a temperament test. Read More
Introducing a New Dog to Your Kids
NEW DOGMost of us can conjure up an image of a toddler wrestling with an entire litter of puppies on an emerald green lawn under a clear blue sky. But we live in the real world. Introducing a new dog to your kids can even be dangerous if not done carefully. Read More
Choosing the Right Dog for Your Family
CHOOSING A DOGThroughout history, dogs have been used for many purposes from hunting to herding, guarding to companionship. Today we often don’t need a dog to perform any of these functions, but it is wise to consider a dog’s ancestral origins before deciding to bring a specific breed into your home Read More
Bringing a New Dog into Your Home
NEW DOGHow exciting! You've decided to add a new member to your household! Now what? This article will tell you the basic accessories and products you will need for your new bundle of joy, as well as some of the fun extras you might want to consider. Read More
Ten Tips For New Dog Owners
NEW OWNERSTen tips to avoid problems and ensure a happy and successful relationship with your new dog. Read More
Tips For Finding Names That Fit
DOG NAMESCongratulations! After searching long and hard you've found the right dog! So what's next? Picking a name of course! Read More
Puppy Mills: Why and How to Avoid Them
DOG ADVOCACYThis important article will help you learn why puppy mills produce problem puppies and what you can do about it. Read More
Dogs in the City – A City Dweller’s Guide to Pet Ownership
LIFESTYLEIf you're not sure whether owning a dog in the city is right for you, rest assured it can work--with a little planning. Read More
NUTRITION We all want to include our dogs in our holiday celebrations, but hopefully, you're aware that sharing table scraps with your dog isn't always the best idea.
HEALTH Summer is coming on fast, so itâ€™s time to plan how you will keep your dog safe and healthy through the lazy, carefree, warm days.
DOG HEALTH So you have your new puppy picked out. There are quite a few shots, treatments and examinations that will keep the newest member of your family healthy.
NUTRITION With the wide variety of food at Thanksgiving dinner, chances are you'll want to give your dog something special, too. If you're contemplating what to feed your dog for the holiday, here is a guide to a great Canine Thanksgiving Feast.
DOG FUN Walking your dog is not only crucial to keeping him healthy and happy, it strengthens the bond between your canine friend and his caregiver. There are a lot of obstacles out there. Donâ€™t forget these simple tips to keep your walk fun and safe in the outside world.
HEALTH The same techniques that physiotherapists use to treat a variety of injuries and conditions in humans have been adapted to suit animals with great success. Family pets, show dogs, and working dogs can all benefit greatly from physiotherapy.Â Dogs whose activities involve a lot of agility are especially susceptible to the types of problems that physiotherapy can address.
FIRST TIME OWNERSBringing a dog into your family is a decision where many people donâ€™t realize itâ€™s magnitude until after they have the dog. There are a number of things that you need to research before you decide to purchase a dog, and it starts right in your own home.
HEALTH Many believe that a dog and a new baby cannot happily coexist, so therefore the dog has to go.Â This is not necessarily the case. Â A new baby does not mean you have to abandon your dog.
Dog Pregnancy Symptoms
HEALTHIf you suspect your dog might be pregnant, check out part one in this series on pregnant dogs, where we cover pregnant dog symptoms.
HEALTHIn the third article of our dog pregnancy series, we look at the wonderful, but messy, process of bringing newborn puppies into the world.
Indoor Dog Potties
DOG PRODUCTSIt's been a long day at work. You were so busy, you didn't even take time to eat a sandwich, let alone run home to let your dog out. You're on your way home, knowing the poor dog is crossing his or her legs by now, when your car breaks down, delaying you even further. Can't somebody make this easier?
Your Dogâ€™s Digestive System
PHYSIOLOGYEver wonder why your dog eats so fast? Or why he eats gross things? Or why he gets sick to his stomach? Or why his waste stinks so bad? Some of these things are normal, some are not.
Canine Respiratory System
BREATHINGThe basic function of your dog's respiratory system is to bring oxygen in to and remove carbon dioxide from the body. Knowing the symptoms of respiratory diseases can help you help your stay healthy.
Shelter Dog Adoption Tips for Success
ADOPTION Are you intimidated by the prospect of "rescuing" a dog from a shelter? One reason that you may be wary of adopting a dog from a shelter is not knowing how to choose. Adopting a dog from a shelter can be a rewarding process, if you're prepared to do a reasonable amount of research.
Canine Urinary Tract Infections
SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENTDoes your dog seem to be having trouble relieving his or her bladder? Learn how to recognize the signs of urinary tract infections and how to treat them before they spread.
What to do for Dog Diarrhea
SYMPTOMS AND REMEDIESIf you have dogs in your house for any length of time, you have likely experienced at least one bout of dog diarrhea. Beyond the pain in the tuckus involved in cleaning up the mess, you should know what causes diarrhea, and when it's important to see the vet.
What to do for a Dog Bite
DOG BEHAVIOR Getting bitten by a dog can be scary, and you may be tempted to run around in circles for a while, trying to figure out what to do. Here's our guide to help you manage the situation.
Top Ten Tips for Living with a Senior Dog
DOG HEALTH Bringing home a new puppy is so exciting, but it doesnâ€™t take all that long for your exuberant puppy to grow into a senior dog who may have special needs. Here are the doggies.com top ten tips for taking care of your companion who has been with you through so much.