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

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

List of Online Resources for Dog Lovers

Bookmark These Dog Websites! Our Big List of Online Resources for Dog Lovers Looking for some health information for your dog? Searching for the perfect companion and not sure where to start? Or, maybe you need some pet inspiration? If you're a dog lover and looking for pet resources you've come to the right place. We have gathered several websites that we consider worthy of sharing with you as a pet parent.  Best Pet Websites...Read more

Help! My Dog Hates to be Brushed

Are your dog grooming sessions more like a battle of wills? You, the responsible pet owner, have brush in hand ready to work the gnarly tangles out of her coat. Meanwhile, your dog stands defiant and would just assume to bite your face off than endure a grooming session? What to do if your dog hates to be brushed ... Before you throw in the brush (see what we did there?), there are a few...Read more

The Most Calm and Quiet Dog Breeds

Is your dog calm, cool, and collected? Or, is your canine high-strung, yapping at every noise and movement? While an owner's temperament and approach to training can make a huge difference in how a dog behaves, several breeds are so chill, so composed they have the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognition of “calm dog.” If a quiet, subdued pup sounds like the perfect dog for you, your family and neighborhood, we have a list of...Read more

10 Tips for Raising Happy, Healthy Dogs so They Live Longer

What do food, friends, family, and your physician have in common? Together they are partly responsible for helping you stay happy and healthy. Surrounding yourself with loved ones, practicing proper nutrition, and minding your physical health add to your overall well-being.  Dogs, too, need the love and support of those around them to live their best life. And of course, regular visits to the vet help your dog stay well. Here are a few tips...Read more

7 Reasons Dogs Bark

Dogs bark for one primary reason — to communicate. But you knew that. The real question is, what is your dog trying to say when it barks? The reasons dogs bark can typically be bucketed into seven categories, which we'll explore in more detail and offer tips for controlling unwanted barks: AlarmAnxiety Attention FrustrationGreetingInjury or illnessResponse Dogs have simple minds: They quickly associate actions with reactions. If they bark and you yell, they think you’re joining them. If...Read more