Why Dogs Wag

All animals communicate with energy and body language, and it’s easy to tell just from body language whether they’re fearful or aggressive. But, beyond body language, for many animals there are three important body parts with which they communicate. Animals’ primary methods of communicating are through eye contact, their ear position, and their tails. When […]

Do dogs dream?

Most Pack Leaders have experienced this before: You’re watching TV to unwind after a long day when suddenly you hear whimpering and scratching. What’s going on? Is your dog okay? You race to check on him only to discover that he’s fast asleep — he must have been having a dream! But is that really […]

Signs Of Dog Diabetes That You Should Never, Ever Ignore

If you have a precious pooch in your life, there’s a good chance you’ll do just about anything to keep him healthy or happy! That’s why it’s so important for all dog owners to know how to spot the signs of diabetes in their pets. After all, there are lots of people illnesses that dogs […]

Allergies: What you need to know

By Henry Cerny, DVM, MS What causes allergies? Whether we are talking people or pets, the culprit is an overactive immune system. The immune system is designed to protect us, but when it mistakes non-harmful environmental substances (allergens) as threats, then allergic reactions occur. For example, if your dog comes across rye grass or ragweed, […]

13 Fun Facts About Your Dog’s Paws

You see them every day, and perhaps haven’t given them much thought–but what’s up with your dog’s paws? For starters, there are all sorts of different types: big and small, webbed, wide, and dainty, and there’s reasons behind why certain traits belong to certain breeds. Here’s a baker’s dozen of fun facts about your dog’s furry […]

Speed eater

We have had issues with our 7-month old puppy, Philly, and her eating…she always seems nervous when she eats — tail tucked between her legs and she will consume her food very rapidly. She often eats her breakfast and within 10 minutes will throw it all up. We have taken her to our vet and […]

Weathering the storm

Perhaps you know the drill: A flash of lightning, a clap of thunder, and your normally calm dog is off whining and wildly searching for a hiding place. Animal behaviorists call this reaction “storm anxiety” or “noise phobia.” And while it’s pretty common in dogs, it’s hardly easy to watch — or cure. But don’t […]

Healthy dog treats: What to look for, what to avoid

Providing a treat is one way that many Pack Leaders enjoy rewarding their pups — whether for learning a command, maintaining calm-submissive energy, or simply being a good companion. While many Pack Leaders spend time selecting the right dog food, you may be less choosy when it comes time to selecting a treat — after […]

7 Things You Should NEVER Do to Your Dog

Don’t Ever Do These Things to Your Dog By Carol Bryant Dedicated dog parents are some of the most incredible people in the world. But even the most caring dog moms and dog dads sometimes do things that just aren’t in the best interests of their four-legged companions. Do you do any of these things? Read […]

Natures Natural Pest Repellant

Put peppermint in your home and say goodbye to spiders, mice, and other unwanted pests Peppermint has definitely made its name not only for its amazing smell, but also for all of its amazing household benefits. Keeping a few peppermint plants around your home can keep pesky pests from sneaking in, or just to keep […]

8 Creative Ways To Get Rid Of Dog Bad Breath

Nick’s 3-year-old Boston Terrier has bad breath! It was so bad that it would make you turn your head. Nick’s dog was very affectionate and liked to give kisses to him, but Nick used to push him away whenever he would show love to him because of its bad breath. His dog was having really […]


Dogs are not the most picky eaters, but that doesn’t mean that they should eat whatever they want. To learn which kinds of food are safe for your pup, and which are dangerous, check out this handy infographic. Dogs are not known for being the most finicky eaters. In fact, most dogs will eat pretty […]

Ticking time bombs: The diseases carried by ticks

Odds are good that you will encounter a tick in the near future. And your dog has even better odds. Since humans aren’t as hairy as other mammals, we stand a better chance of noticing when a tick attaches. Dogs, on the other hand are furry, and a tick can take up residence without the […]

How often should a dog urinate?

My Australian Shepherd is a wonderful girl (she’s a therapy dog). My only problem is on long drives (2 days) she will go 12 – 15 hours without urinating. When I stop for gas, I walk her. I walk her in the morning outside the hotel and again before we leave as well as soon […]

Smelly ears

By Dr. Sherry Weaver My almost five month-old Goldendoodle has smelly ears. I took her to the vet and was told that there weren’t any infection/mites. The vet did not smell the odor and recommended a weekly ear wash. I still notice the odor. Do you suggest anything additional that I can use that is […]

Ear infections in dogs: Symptoms, causes and treatments

By Henry Cerny, DVM, MS Ear infections in dogs are common and most dogs suffer from this painful condition sometime in their life. Scratching and rubbing at the ear(s) and head shaking are common signs. You may also notice an abnormal odor from the ear or see redness or swelling. Most ear infections in adults […]

If your dog is going blind or deaf…

By Nicole Pajer When a dog gets old, it may begin to lose its eyesight and ability to hear. While this may be traumatic for you to witness, it is much more stressful on the dog. Imagine suddenly not being able to hear familiar noises, find things around the house, or see who is approaching […]

Bye bye bad breath

Symptoms to watch for If your dog suddenly becomes a compulsive chewer, there is a chance that something is wrong with her teeth or gums. The most frequent medical problem dogs have is dental disease, and it usually goes undetected. You should watch for the following symptoms: Bad breath Red or swollen gums Bleeding gums […]

How to clean your dog’s teeth

The good news for dogs is they’re not as prone to cavities as human beings are. But despite the old conventional wisdom that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans, dogs can still develop problems like tartar and plaque buildup and gingivitis. But it’s not just bad breath and yellow teeth you have to […]

How often to bathe a dog

By Dr. Sherry Weaver The simple answer to this question of how often to bathe a dog is: how often do you want to bathe your dog? Unless a dog has skin problems, there is no specific need to bathe the dog except to make him a more enjoyable companion. Just like people, some dogs […]

How to get your dog to love bath time

By Juliana Weiss-Roessler If your dog hates bath time, it’s likely you do, too. It may be hard to imagine that you could turn it around and start viewing a bath as a time for bonding instead, but it is possible! The key is to have a strategy for the change. Here are some tips […]

How to bathe your dog

By Josh Weiss-Roessler If you watch people bathing dogs in movies and TV shows, most of the time it seems like a joyous, fun-filled time for all involved. Unfortunately, bathing your dog in real life isn’t always such a positive experience. Dogs don’t mind being dirty and stinky — in fact, they like it quite […]

Cesar on dog separation anxiety

Cesar says that the single worst thing that can happen to a dog is being away from you. “Dogs are pack animals and there’s nothing more unnatural than being away from their pack,” he explains. In this dog training video, Cesar explains why dog separation anxiety occurs, and what Pack Leaders can do to overcome […]

Beware: Super Lice Spreads Throughout The US

It’s something of which every parent should now be aware: “super lice” have officially taken over 25 states, and experts say they’ve built up an immunity to the traditional forms of treatment. How terrifying is this?! There are now cases of this super-strain of lice in more than half of the country — and the […]