Dogs are pack animals. They want nothing more than to be with their loved ones at all times. Summer is a great time to bring your pup along on some of your outings. Here are some ideas for fun-in-the-sun activities that you both can enjoy.
Have you ever noticed a sudden change in your dog's behavior? One minute, it’s lying by your side, and the next, cowering in your bathroom. At first, there appears to be no apparent reason for this change in your pup's mood. Then, suddenly, a violent thunderstorm rolls in over your home.
Dogs need regular physical exercise and mental stimulation to be healthy and happy — and to be a welcome companion. Bored, restless dogs are the ones likely to dig up the garden, chew the sofa and piddle on the rug. Off-leash puppy training is a fun way to achieve well-behaved companionship status.
"Should I shave my dog?" That is the question that many dog owners ask themselves during the summer months. This is an especially vexing question for owners of dogs with thick, double coats such as Siberian huskies, chows and Old English sheepdogs.
The days are getting longer, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and you and your pup are ready to take advantage of all that spring has to offer. Before you hit the trails or the doggy parks, make sure to take the following steps to prepare your dog for spring.
Wouldn't it be great if you never had to wash your dog in the winter? If you could somehow encase your pup in until spring to keep it looking pristine and smelling fresh, you probably would. Alas, winter can be a messy time of year. With rain and melting snow creating puddles and mud, it's reasonable to assume that your pup will need at least one bath before spring arrives. Unfortunately, cleaning dogs during the winter isn't as simple as it is in the summer when you can just rinse them with a hose. To make wintertime baths a little easier, we have compiled these six tips.
Do you ever wonder if you've adopted a Tasmanian devil instead of a puppy? Have you returned home and found that your dog has destroyed your couch or dug a hole in your carpet? If the answer to these questions is yes, try not to get discouraged. Your fur child is probably not a bad dog. More than likely, it is just a bored canine that needs more mental stimulation and/or physical activity. It's especially important for young dogs and certain working breeds, such as border collies and hunting dogs, to burn off their excess energy and keep their minds engaged.
You've given your pup a good shampoo and scrub down, and now it's time to get fluffy — well, fluffy and dry. Did you know that there is an art to drying your furry friend? For example, some dogs with thick or double coats can develop nasty skin conditions if the fur near their skin remains damp for a lengthy period.
My Jack Russell Terrier smells, even after a bath. We're talking destined-to-be-picked-on-by-the-classroom-bully stink. I bathe my dog every week and he still smells (although it's now a combination of "da funk" and lavender. Why does my dog stink after a bath? Is there a special stink-removing dog soap I should be using? It just keeps getting worse!
The marketing slogan "Calgon, take me away" was a smashing success in the 1980s, and it's easy to see why. There's just something magical about a good soak in the tub. Think about it: After a long week at the office or a grueling hike, isn't a long, hot soak in a bubble bath a decadent thought to you?