Do Bark Collars for Big Dogs Work? Are There Better Ways to Train a Large Dog to Stop Barking?

We get it, regardless of their size, any dog’s nuisance barking is … well, it’s a nuisance. And large dogs tend to have large, loud voices. So as you research options for training your big dog to stop barking, you’re probably finding a lot of literature on bark collars for large dogs. This probably has you wondering if they work and whether there are better options. Bark collars come in three basic types — bark collars...Read more

Adopting vs Buying a Pet — Are Purebred Dogs Better than Mixed Breeds?

Should you adopt a dog from a shelter or buy one from a breeder — which is better and why? The answer is neither — it’s all about personal preference, and both rescue dogs and pedigree dogs come with excellent benefits. We’re not in the “who’s right” game — we love dogs and encourage you to find the right dog for your living situation. Weighing the pros and cons of adopting vs buying a pet...Read more

How Much Does it Cost to Own a Dog Per Year?

To answer the question, “How much does it cost to own a dog,” we looked at several factors, including those one-time initial costs (like spaying or neutering) and recurring expenses like dog food and grooming.  Although several factors come into play — the dog's age and size, where you live, your lifestyle, and your dog's needs — when you calculate the "real" cost of dog ownership, the following figures can give you a glimpse at...Read more

Happy Pooper Scooper Week! 5 Reasons to Clean Up After Your Dog

In celebration of clean walkways in neighborhoods worldwide, we say "Happy Pooper Scooper Week." Yep, picking up your pet's piles is such a stinky matter that the Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPAWs) initiated the first-ever Pooper Scooper Week in 2002. The "holiday" encourages you to clean up after your dog year-round, not just the first week in April.   The 2019-2020 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey reports over 63.4...Read more

7 Common Dog Nail Problems, Symptoms and What to Do

Your dog relies on his nails for a host of activities such as digging and grasping his favorite toy, and maintaining his balance when he walks and runs. Healthy dog nails don't extend past the pads of your dog's paw and they are unbroken and unsplit. Unhealthy dog nails can become discolored, dry, split, and peel. As dog owners, we need to be able to recognize those symptoms so we know when to call the...Read more

How Does Scent Training for Dogs Work? And Why Would You Need It?

You’ve seen the crime shows where a dog sniffs an article of clothing and leads the police to a missing person. Or perhaps you’ve been in an airport and seen police use dogs to sniff travelers and wondered, what are they looking for? These dogs are actually detection trained. While not every dog can become a detection dog, scent training can benefit your pet. You might be surprised to learn that scent training for dogs...Read more

Do Dogs Ever Get Tired of Barking? Nope, Says Every Dog Everywhere

In the summer of 2020, a simple question went viral on Twitter: “Do dogs get tired of barking?”  unbelievable pic.twitter.com/P4yBCeoAZw— vessence (@faporizer) June 25, 2020 “Unbelievable,” tweeted the poster, who shared a meme that says, “do dogs get tired of barking” followed by the obvious answer: “Dogs do not get tired of barking.”  We aren’t sure if the post was “unbelievable” because it’s true or because … don’t we all know that dogs never get...Read more

Facts About Dog Breeds (Barking, Training and Grooming)

We created our guide to dog breeds to help dog lovers understand common characteristics found in dog breeds, especially when it comes to understanding why dogs bark, which ones are more trainable than others, and what the various breeds need for grooming.  As you explore breeds, keep in mind that several factors shape a dog’s personality and traits: Genetics: They inherit traits from their ancestors, just like we do.Environment: They learn things from their surroundings...Read more

What Are the Smartest Dog Breeds In The World?

Search the web for the smartest dog breeds in the world, and you’ll find plenty of resources that map back to Stanley Coren, author of “The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions, and Inner lives of Our Canine Companions.” In the book, Coren answers questions like: Do dogs have feelings? Do dogs think like humans? Are dogs intelligent? We highly recommend this book for further details regarding your dog's IQ.  Coren’s List...Read more

New Product Announcement: Presenting the Best Dog Nail Grinder, ‘Paws Down’

We’ve added a new product to our shop — the Nail Pro nail grinder by BarxBuddy — and we are confident that you will agree that this is the best dog nail grinder on the market. This veterinarian-recommended Nail Pro nail grinder is easy to use, durable, quiet and includes safety features to protect your pets’ paws.  The BarxBuddy team developed the nail grinder based on feedback we heard from dog owners like you. Learn...Read more

How to Stop Dogs Barking at Night (And Restore Peace in the Neighborhood)

Is this your bedtime routine? You get comfy cozy and start dozing off only to be startled by your dog's barking? Perhaps it's the barks from your neighbor's dog that keep you up all night? Excessive barking, regardless of the time of day, can drive you and your neighborhood crazy. The good news is you don't have to lose sleep over dogs barking at night.  Here's the scoop on how you and your pet can...Read more

Which is Best: Grinding Dog Nails vs Clipping? The Safest Way to Trim Your Dog’s Nails

Many factors affect how we answer the question about whether to use dog nail grinder vs clipper for your dog’s nails. The best method depends on your dog's size, the length of their nails, your experience with trimming dog nails, and most importantly your dog’s temperament. All of these are all factors that affect which method is best.  The difference between grinding and clipping is in the tools. Clippers are manual, and grinders are electric....Read more

9 Interesting Facts About Dog Nails

Trivia about … dog nails? Fun facts about dogs’ nails? Who’d have thought it was such a thing. Maybe you have a specific question about dog nails or you just want to brush up on some pet trivia. You’ll get no judgment from us. Understanding the purpose and structure of your dog’s nails helps you understand how they need to be groomed and cared for. So, here are nine interesting facts about dog nails.   1....Read more

What Are the Best Pet Care, Dog Sitting, and Dog Walking Apps?

Looking for someone to walk your dog while you're busy at work? Need a pet sitter while you take a much-needed vacation? Or do you have a special needs pet that can't be left alone? There's an app for that ... and more. Read on to learn about popular dog walking apps and online matchmaking services that connect pet owners with pet care-givers. Before you choose a service, here are a few tips: Ask family...Read more

Can Dogs Get Coronavirus? Answers to FAQs About Pets and COVID-Related Diseases

As COVID-19 continues to ravage communities worldwide, people still have plenty of questions about the virus. Pet parents are no different as their concerns about COVID-19 and animal companions don't make the news nearly as often as the pandemic's human side. To help you navigate this time, BarxBuddy gathered information on this topic from expert websites, including the CDC and the FDA. We hope that the following will answer some of your questions, like can...Read more

The Truth About Dog Kissing: How Dirty Is a Dog’s Mouth?

Aren't dog kisses the best? You can walk away with slightly damp cheeks or a full-on dripping face ... but so worth it. A dog's love is unconditional, and a dog kiss is merely one way they show affection for their humans. While the slobbery sweet nothings are hard to resist, you might want to rethink kissing dogs.  Let's face it: We are oh-so cautious when kissing people (especially those we don't know), but when...Read more

Best Options for Dog Training Online and Training Your Dog at Home

Need some help with training your dog but can't drive to your local training class every week? Or, maybe your pet doesn't do well with car rides and being around other dogs. Whatever your limitation, more companies are offering dog training online, especially since COVID-19 restricted many people to home-based activities.  There are many advantages to virtual dog training. When your dog is in its natural environment without the distractions of other dogs and people,...Read more

Adoption Tips on How to Choose a Rescue Dog

Between 6 million and 8 million dogs and cats enter the US’s more than 3,500 animal rescue shelters every year, according to the Humane Society. Sadly, most of them will not find forever homes. If you’ve decided to adopt a rescue dog, our hats are off to you, and we hope we can help you learn how to choose a rescue dog.  The first step, of course, is finding a good, reputable dog shelter near...Read more

Worst Dog Breeds for Beginner Owners

A while back, we answered a related question, "What are the best dog breeds for new owners," which made us wonder if there are breeds we'd suggest steering clear of if you're new to dog-dom. As we compiled our list of worst dog breeds for first-time owners, we asked ourselves, what makes a “good” breed versus a “bad” breed? The answer is, “It depends.”  We're not going to tell you to steer clear of any...Read more

How to Train a Chihuahua, Small Dog, or Teacup Breed to Stop Barking and Start Listening

Small dogs are so cute but they have a reputation for being hard to train, especially Chihuahuas. They come by that reputation honestly. Chihuahuas and many small or teacup breeds seem to be prone to barking at everything, including the wind. We’ll answer common questions about how to train a Chihuahua without using training collars ... and without losing your patience. Why Do Small Dogs Love to Bark? Like most small breeds, Chihuahuas make up...Read more