Which Dogs Are the Most Anxious Dog Breeds?

List of Dog Breeds Prone to Anxiety  Is your dog a "Nervous Nelly?" Does she seem excessively apprehensive or uneasy around strange people or animals, loud noises, or car rides? It's likely she suffers from anxiety, which all dogs experience every now and then.  Some dog breeds tend to be more prone to high levels of anxiety, as well as to separation anxiety, which is a common behavioral problem among dogs, especially newly adopted dogs,...Read more

Dog Park Etiquette: Tips for Dogs and Their People

Dog parks can be one of the most fun social experiences for dogs, as they are able to play with others without leashes or constraints. It’s a perfect weekend activity to wear out your pup while also meeting some fellow dog owners. However, before going to a park, make sure both you and your dog are prepared. In this guide, we’ll be going over basic dog park etiquette, as well as dog park tips for...Read more

National Lost Pet Prevention Month: 9 Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe

'I Lost My Dog, What Do I Do?' July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month, but it's always the right time to learn how you can prevent your pets from becoming a statistic. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), "about 710,000 pets that enter shelters as strays each year are returned to their owners; of those, 620,000 are dogs and 90,000 are cats". In an effort to stop...Read more

How to Train a Dog Not to Bark (Or to Stop Barking on Command)

While most dogs vocalize for a good reason, some seem to bark nonstop 24/7. As pet parents ourselves, we here at BarxBuddy get it: A dog that constantly barks can be a frustrating situation to deal with. Can you train a dog not to bark? We suppose you could, but why would you want to silence your best friend? Imagine never being able to speak your mind when you want or need to! Exactly. For...Read more

How to Foster a Dog: New to Pet Fostering 101

New to fostering dogs or considering opening your home to foster dogs? Congratulations and kudos to you! If you are new to pet fostering, we have some tips on how to foster a dog until you or the rescue organization finds its forever home.Welcoming a shelter dog into your home and providing temporary care is a true labor of love. There are several reasons to become a foster parent to dogs and cats in your...Read more

Dog, Meet Cat! Introducing a New Dog to Your Home (and Existing Pets)

Yes, dogs tend to be social creatures and enjoy being around fellow canines. But they’re also territorial and some breeds are very protective. The reality is, introducing a new dog into your home with existing pets, whether cats or dogs, can be stressful for all involved, including animals.  You set the tone for how well your animals adapt to each other. Get stressed out, and you’ll pass that on to your pets. Take a few...Read more

Alternatives to Crate Training Your Puppy to Control Barking

You want to control your puppy's nonstop barking, but you decided against crate training. We get it. It’s a personal choice, a matter of preference for both you and your dog. Some puppies don't do well with crate training, while others take to it quickly. Read on for alternatives to crate training your puppy, especially if you're trying to curb unwanted barking. By the way, we have a related post that offers tips for puppy...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

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

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 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

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

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

#StoptheShock: Positive Dog Training Without Shock Collars

A campaign called “Stop the Shock” has been making its way through social media and email inboxes in an effort to educate dog owners about alternative and humane ways to train their pets. We love it! Positive-reinforcement training is exactly what we recommend in our “Train, Treat, Repeat” approach to dog training. More on that in a moment.  Here is a short video message from Petco’s national dog training manager about positive reinforcement dog training:...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

4 Humane Ways to Control Dog Barking

Barking is one of the most annoying behaviors that dogs have, but you can’t fault them for it. That’s how they communicate when (they think) something is wrong, when (they think) they need something, and when they’re excited about something or someone (you’re home!).  How can you humanely stop a dog from annoying barking, or train him to bark when you want him to? If there are two things we want you to take away...Read more