Who’s the Boss When You’re Working From Home With a Dog?

Your dog has been working from home since the day you brought them home -- way longer than you have. Now that you're sharing a workspace, how do you all get along? Do you interrupt each other's meetings, work sessions, and nap times? Working from home with a dog can be frustrating, especially when your dog wants to stick to his routine.  The year 2020 saw a sharp rise in remote workers because of the...Read more

List of Pet Holidays for 2021

Looking for some reasons to rejoice in the new year outside of it not being 2020? How about 12 months of pet holidays 2021? That's an entire year of special days to recognize everything pets, including people and organizations that help make the lives of our furry friends better. So while we humans mark days like “National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day” (Nov. 15) and “Talk Like a Pirate Day” (Sept. 19), we find reasons...Read more

First Pets in the White House — A List of Presidential Dogs

Over the years, a number of presidential dogs — and a menagerie of other animals — have called 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home. As new dogs prepare to take up residence in the White House in January, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to take a look back at some of the most notable first dogs in the White House. Enjoy! Becoming a First Dog, White House Pet While it's an honor becoming First...Read more

6 Dog Owner Laws You Should Know About

Photo by Lance Grandahl on Unsplash You probably know about laws and local ordinances that pertain to pets, especially dangerous pets. But did you know there are seven types of dog owner laws, and if you violate them, you could pay fines? Part of welcoming a dog into your family involves following your local dog laws and regulations. Non-compliance can lead to civil consequences such as fines or criminal penalties for you and euthanization for...Read more

Fat Dogs — How to Prevent and Treat Obesity in Dogs

Fat dogs. They might seem happy and look cute with their rolly poly bodies, but that’s as far as “benefits” of extra weight go. Fat dogs live shorter lives, and they are more likely to get other diseases: DiabetesHeart diseaseJoint problems and arthritisLiver problemsBreathing difficultiesDigestive disordersCancer Approximately 25% to 30% of dogs in North America are obese, according to VCA Hospitals. Other experts estimate the dog obesity rate is even higher. The Association for Pet...Read more

How to Trim Dog Nails That Are Overgrown

Overgrown dog nails can lead to tendon problems and pain. Here, we explore how to trim dog nails that are overgrown. First, however, we take a few minutes to nibble some candy corn and explain the structure of dogs' nails, so you can learn how to safely trim them. Anatomy of Dog Nails Dogs' nails are made of three basic parts: the outer protective shell, the fleshy quick that protects the bones, and the bone....Read more

New Ways to Stop Barking Dogs

Before we get into the topic of how to get a dog to stop barking, we want to be clear: This is about stopping a dog from barking, not about preventing a dog from barking. We don't believe in never allowing a dog to bark. Dogs need to bark -- it is their primary means of communication. We find there are seven reasons dogs bark: alarm, anxiety, attention, frustration, greeting, injury/illness, and response. These are times...Read more

How to Create a First-Aid Kit for Dogs (Checklist)

Every home should have first aid supplies for humans and pets, because they are part of the household too! Readiness begins with a first aid kit for dogs, and we've got your checklist below. Tuck away your supplies in an easily accessible place so everyone in your household (including dog sitters) can find it. First item on the list for your first-aid kit for dogs: a duffel bag, backpack, or even a tackle box to...Read more

Foods Dogs Can Eat (and ‘People’ Foods Dogs Should Avoid)

When discussing whether to allow a pet dog to eat human food or not, there are a couple of schools of thought. One holds a person should never feed a dog human food, while the other is willing to serve up anything and everything to their dog. The truth is, there are many people foods dogs can eat. If you look at a container of high-quality dog food, you should notice many common "human" food...Read more

How to Calm an Aggressive Dog

What defines an aggressive dog? An aggressive dog is one that tends to growl, snap, bite and otherwise dominate other dogs, people and maybe even you. The common notion is that canine aggression is a large dog breed or "dangerous" breed issue. Unfortunately, this assumption couldn't be further from the truth. Given the "right" circumstances, any dog can show aggression to humans or other animals. While there's not a one-size-fits-all approach to aggressive dogs, there...Read more

New Year’s Dog Resolution for 2021

Contemplating your New Year’s resolutions already? Thinking about changes you want to make to help you live a happier, healthier dog life? We have five New Years dog resolutions for 2021 to help you get started. Learn New Dog Tricks Hoping to learn a new skill or interested in taking some classes in the coming year? Teach your dog one new trick every month, using positive reinforcement dog training. Here are two to get you...Read more

Can Dogs Have Peanut Butter? Is PB Safe and OK to Use for Training Dogs?

As we were in the laboratory developing the recipe for our newly released dog training treats, we wanted to use wholesome ingredients that dogs can have without (a) toxic reactions, (b) too many calories and (c) too much fuss. Veterinarians often suggest peanut butter as a reward or palliative solution when he had to give dogs supplements or medications. Still, we wondered, can dogs have peanut butter? And if so, how much? We thought we'd...Read more

Christmas Gifts for Dogs & Dog Lovers (2020 Edition)

Well, here we are at the end of 2020, and what else could we write about but what we hope will become an annual Christmas tradition. Presenting our 2020 list of Christmas gifts for dogs. You might see some familiar items from our BarxBuddy shop -- we are, after all, an online store for pet lovers. However! We're not all about us; we've included gift suggestions from dog-related sites we like.  First, let's stuff the...Read more

Storm Anxiety: How to Calm a Dog During Thunder, Lightning and Loud Noises

Do you have astraphobia? Does your dog? Astraphobia, which can affect humans and animals, is the abnormal fear of thunder and lightning. One small study reported in the International Journal of Animal Health Development suggests that the majority of dogs suffer to some extent from astraphobia -- 66.66% of dogs in the study showed abnormal fears of thunder and lightning. For most people, the news of an impending storm may cause them to rethink outdoor...Read more

Healthy Dog Treat Recipes: Simple Homemade Dog Treats

Homemade dog treats ... they sound like SUCH a great idea, but surely that would be costly and require way too much time and effort, right? Wrong. Healthy dog treat recipes don't need a list of obscure essentials or a culinary degree. With some simple ingredients and a few minutes of your time, you can score major points with your furry BFF and maybe earn you a bit more room on the couch or bed....Read more

4 Examples of Nose Work Games for Dogs (Exercise Their Brains!)

Looking for engaging activities for your dog while stuck inside because of coronavirus quarantines or chilly winter weather? Try some nose work games for dogs. These fun, smelly activities help your dog refine their olfactory skills and exercise their brains, which is important to dog health.  Did you know: Dogs’ can smell 1,000 to 10,000 times better than people, depending on the breed. Hounddogs, for example, have very high senses of smell. (Source: VCAHospitals.com) Dogs...Read more

Handle With Care: Adopting and Training Abused Dogs

Any time you walk into an animal shelter, you can find any number of dogs that are desperate for a new home that provides stability, care, and above all else, an abundance of love. For many of these animals, only they know their histories. Some were abandoned, some abused, while others were simply neglected and surrendered to the shelter. While many people fear adopting abused dogs, some make it their life's mission to help those...Read more

How To Train a Dog Not to Bark (… or How to Speak Dog)

Before we get into the meat and potatoes of how to make dogs stop barking, let us be clear: Dogs communicate by barking. The key to controlling their barking is (1) first understand why they’re barking, (2) acknowledging you understand their message, and (3) letting them know you’ve got it from here.  In other words ... you and your dog need to learn to speak the same language, so you can understand what your dog...Read more

Best Dogs for First-Time Owners: 18 Dog Breeds for Beginners

Are you looking to join the estimated 38% of American households that are home to dogs? To make your decision a bit easier, we’ve researched a list of the best dog breeds for first-time owners, based on breed traits, in celebration of #NationalDogAdoptionDay Oct. 25! As you research dog breeds, you will find that some breeds are better for newbies than other breeds. However, every dog has its own personality, so take time to get to...Read more

How Many Types of Terriers Are There? (More Than 30!)

Although there are several types of terriers, you can expect to find most of them to be feisty and energetic. From Airedales to Yorkies, this group of dogs was originally bred to hunt and kill vermin.  A fun fact about Yorkies: Although the AKC classifies Yorkshire terriers in the toy dog group, they were bred to hunt and kill rodents, especially in coal mines … that is, until they became ladies’ lapdogs in the 1800s,...Read more