The ritual of feeding your dog: Make them work for it

Domestication has made it possible for dogs to receive their food without having to hunt it down themselves, but it’s still in their nature to feel the need to work for it. Before my dogs eat, I take them for a walk. In this way, I ask my dogs to work for food and water. […]

Food aggression and what to do about it

By Jon Bastian When a dog shows aggression to protect his food, it can be a serious issue. Not only is there the danger of other dogs or humans in the house being bitten, but over time it can lead to the dog becoming possessive over everything. What is food aggression? Food aggression is a […]

How to keep your dog safe and at ease when the fireworks start

By Pawfessor Dion Some dogs have no problem with the sight and sound of fireworks if they’ve been desensitized — hunting dogs, for example, grow used to the sounds and smells of hunting rifles and gun powder. Most dogs, however, are not used to these things, so the Fourth of July can be a particularly […]

Did somebody say ‘V-E-T’?

How many of you have experienced this scenario? It’s the day of your dog’s vet appointment. You haven’t said a word about it, but when it comes time to go, your dog is nowhere to be found — until you look in a closet or under the bed. Or, if your dog doesn’t hide, he […]

Dog afraid of telephone and other devices

Hello Pawfessor Dion, We have four dogs, no real behavior issues other than the smallest one has become very afraid of telephones. It started with cell phones, but now he runs outside if you so much as pick up a phone (we have a dog door and a pen), and it takes much coaxing to […]

Persistent dog anxiety and fear

Pawfessor Dion, I have a two-year-old Pomeranian who is afraid of everything; and so worried about things falling on him. Although since I’ve had him (about one year), nothing has fallen on him. He even approaches his food dish as if a snake will attack at any minute. Drinking water is the same, he is […]

The 10 Most Affectionate Dog Breeds

#1 – Labrador Retriever No surprise, this breed is known for its sweet, loving disposition. No wonder they make sure great service dogs. #2 – Golden Retriever Also known for its loving nature, the golden retriever is commonly used for therapy work due its friendly attitude toward everyone, even strangers. #3 – Bedlington Terrier While […]

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 […]

The Truth About Service Dogs

Many Pack Leaders wonder about the requirements necessary to register a dog as a service animal. But did you know that the Federal law regulating service animals doesn’t require registration with any organization? In fact, the documents provided by many online organizations claiming to register service dogs are not recognized under Federal law. That law […]

Do You Know What A Yellow Ribbon Tied On A Dog’s Collar Means?

You are out in the park with your family, playing, running, maybe even having a picnic. Perhaps your dog is with you; however, off in the distance you see adorable dog approaching with their handler and your children immediately begin to run towards this adorable dog. As the dog is getting closer, you see a […]

Commands Every Puppy Parent Should Know

  Having a well-trained puppy will bring a lifetime of happiness for your family. But it isn’t always easy and takes some learning from both you and him. So, beginning his training early will help your family get off on the right paw. Here are some basic commands you and your pup should know to […]

Warning signs that your dog has a heart problem

Just like people, dogs can suffer from heart issues, and if the problems are serious enough, dogs can even die from them. Protect your dog’s heart health by knowing the common signs and causes, learning how to keep their heart strong, and what to do if a problem exists. Common Symptoms There are several possible […]

Why do dogs chew their paws?

Are you wondering why your dog is chewing his paws? You’re not alone! There are a variety of reasons why dogs might chew their paws. Let’s look at the most common reasons, as well as the signs that might let you know it’s time to take your pup to the vet. Allergies Dogs, like people, […]

How to clean dogs’ ears

There are three important things that you need to know about dogs’ ears: They’re sensitive, so they need regular maintenance to prevent infections. Dogs don’t want their ears cleaned, so you’re going to have to work with them. If you don’t do it the right way, you can cause serious damage. So how exactly do […]

When your dog is afraid of men

One of the common fears people report their dogs having is of men in general. This seems ironic given that dogs are known as “man’s best friend,” but if there’s one class of people that some dogs seem to fear, it would be men. So why is this? There’s an old saying—a dog that’s been […]

Why dogs bury things

By Josh Weiss-Roessler Dogs like to bury things. Sometimes that means finding a bone or a toy under a fresh pile of dirt in your backyard. Other times, it may mean discovering the TV remote at the bottom of the laundry basket under all your dirty clothes, or wondering how your phone got under the […]

The causes of unwanted chewing — and how to stop it

By Pawfessor Dion Our dogs may be family, but that doesn’t mean they’re always the best roommates. And one of the most common complaints we humans have about our canine roomies is the chewing. Why do they always go straight for the newest pair of shoes? The important document you needed for today’s meeting? The […]

How To Prep Your Pup When You’re Expecting

There’s a lot you can expect when you’re expecting. And if you have a pup you can expect to teach them a few things to prepare for the baby. Here’s some things to do: Temperament Your pup will need to know certain set of manners when the baby comes. This means no barking late, no […]

10 Life Hacks for Puppy Owners

The joy of raising a puppy is tough to beat. But that’s not to say it’s always fun and games. Getting their first year or two right takes commitment and responsibility, plus dealing with some not-so-fun things. So, to make life with your pup hassle free, try some of these easy to do puppy hacks! […]

Puppy Feeding Guidelines

One of the most important parts of a puppy’s life is food. That’s because what, how much, and when he eats all play a part in his health. Keep in mind puppies grow extremely fast, so your puppy’s diet should be adjusted accordingly. Puppy feeding Do’s and Don’ts DO feed your puppy three times a […]

Caring for Your Puppy’s Teeth

Just like we routinely take care of our teeth, it’s important to keep your puppy’s teeth clean and healthy. So, starting him off right will help you maintain a clean mouth throughout his life. Get To Know His Teeth Puppies have 28 temporary teeth that come in at around 4 weeks of age and fall […]

50 puppy tips to help you stay sane

Puppy training tips to help those first few weeks go more smoothly Puppy love is a wonderful thing. It can also be exhausting and frustrating, though. Here’s some sanity-saving advice: 50 puppy tips to help guide you through those first few weeks and months, to help you get and stay on the right track when […]

Before You Bring Your Puppy Home

There are a number of things to think about, purchases to be made and tasks to be performed before returning home with your puppy. Here is a checklist to keep you on track, you will not need all of them! Things to have at your disposal or possibly purchase: Dog bed and bedding Outside kennel […]