myths about dogs

6 Facts About How Dogs Think

Scientist Marc Bekoff challenges these 6 common misconceptions about dogs Humans have had a love affair with dogs extending over thousands of years, and our passion continues to blossom. More households than not include a companion dog, and nearly everywhere you go, dogs will be there too. Dogs have never enjoyed so much attention from the media, either, and books...
types of dog collars

Should Dogs Be Shocked, Choked, or Pronged?

Should these types of dog collars be banned in favor of force-free alternatives? "Collars are a vital part of dog ownership. They allow pet parents to walk their pup on a leash and they provide a place to hang ID and vaccination tags. However, if used in the wrong way, collars can lead to serious or even fatal injury." —Lindsay Lowe,...
rescue dogs

Adopting Rescue Dogs

We’re a nation of dog lovers, with thousands of puppies born every week and going to wonderful homes. But this has led to a lot of over breeding of dogs in recent years, and many dogs that were intended for good homes have ended up in dog shelters, rescue centres and charities up and down the country. So if you’re...
how long do dogs live

How Long Do Dogs Live? It All Depends On The Dog Breed And YOU!

Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you're going to lose a dog, and there's going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can't support the illusion that a...
rescue dog training

Using the “She’s a Rescue Dog” Excuse

Why I'm going to stop. Source: Jessica Pierce Bella doesn’t like to be touched by humans she doesn’t know and trust. When I’m out walking with Bella and I encounter other dog-walkers or run into people I know, Bella will stand or sit quietly behind me or by my side. She’s a perfect lady. But if a stranger reaches out to...
Small dog training

Punishment-Based Dog Training a Risk Factor for Euthanasia?

A new study examines reasons why dogs are relinquished or killed. Because one of my main areas of research interest is animal euthanasia, I am always on the lookout for articles in the scholarly literature with “euthanasia” in the title. The article that caught my eye this morning was from the most recent issue of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior: “Dog-...
dog pancreatitis

Dog Food For Dogs With Pancreatitis

When our dogs become unwell, it can be worrying for us pooch parents. Especially when it’s a serious condition like pancreatitis. This disease can be extremely painful and even life threatening. And whether it’s a mild flare up or severe, it’s not something you can just treat at home. It’s always important to see a vet as quickly as...

Can All Dogs Swim? The Truth About Dog Swimming

Lots of dogs enjoy swimming. In fact, they love it so much there’s even a special name for it: the Doggy Paddle! Dog swimming is great exercise for them, a five minute swim is the equivalent of a 5 mile walk. It builds strength and flexibility, keeps weight stable – and because it’s low impact it can even help...
rescue dogs

Dogs And Chocolate: What You Need To Know

Chocolate contains an ingredient that can be poisonous to dogs. So while your dog might like the look of those chocolate biscuits, resist the urge to share.   Can dogs eat chocolate? The short answer is ‘no’. Chocolate contains a natural chemical called theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. The effects of theobromine include: Increased heart rateStress on kidneysStress on nervous system Eating an excessive...
dog walker

Hire A Dog Walker The Sensible Way

Do You Need A Dog Walker? Hire a dog walker if you work more than 6 hours a day is the best rule of thumb. Urban life can be hard for dogs. Many of us keep pets in cramped city apartments and work long hours. This results in a dogs life which is a far cry from that of a rural...
how to tell if your dog has worms

How To Tell If Your Dog Has Worms

Dogs Have Bad Habits Do you know how to tell if your dog has worms? Dogs love to eat things they shouldn't, roll around in things they shouldn't, and in general, act like a dog. Unfortunately, many of these things can bring on unwanted visitors like worms into your dog's world. Fortunately, if you detect worms early it keeps them from...
things to do with your dog at home

How to Keep Your Dog Occupied When You’re Stuck at Home

It’s tough being stuck indoors.  If you are asked to self isolate, your dog will probably be pleased that their human is now around all day for cuddles and treats but, at the same time, dogs dream of running in the park, muddy puddles and chasing squirrels and they can cause havoc in the home if they don’t have...

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