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

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 Dehydration: Signs, Symptoms, Preventions, and Treatments

Summertime means outdoor fun! However, the warmer months can quickly take a toll on humans and animals. Depending on many factors like temperatures, humidity, your attire, and health, it could be mere minutes before you're sweating puddles. As humans, we know the importance of dressing appropriately for the outdoors, seeking shade when necessary, and staying hydrated. On the other hand, our pets rely on us to ensure they stay cool and hydrated when outside. Because...Read more

Moving With a Dog? How to Settle a Dog Into Your New House

Is moving stressful for dogs? If moving to a new home is one of the most stressful life events for humans, think about how it feels for a dog, who has no idea what's going on! Read on for tips for moving with a dog -- before, during and after you relocate. Does Moving Stress Out Dogs? Yeah, it does, especially if it stresses you out. So, a dog freaking out in a new home...Read more

How to Keep Your Pet Safe in the Car: All About Dog Seat Belts, Restraints and Harnesses

Many of us are guilty of driving a car with our dogs either in the front passenger seat or in our laps. If your dog has anxiety about car rides, it's difficult to put your pet in the back seat where you can't comfort him during your trip. And, if your pet loves being in the car, you can't help but want his adorably excited face right next to you. While you may think the...Read more

Where Should a Dog Sleep at Night? Is it Bad to Sleep With Your Dog?

To sleep or not to sleep with your dog — that is the question for many first-time pet parents. Although this dilemma isn’t exactly a Shakesperian drama, bed-sharing with your pets has plenty of impassioned devotees — and, naysayers. Why do dog owners in the United States have apprehension about letting their dogs sleep in the same bed? It comes down to a lack of information and perhaps some outdated beliefs. This uncertainty in pet...Read more

Is Your Dog Happy? 6 Signs of Happiness in Dogs

Does your dog smile at you? Do you see the joy in your dog's face? Pet parents often wonder if their dogs are happy and whether they can feel emotions like people do. Yes, it would be great if we could speak dog or read their minds to learn how their day is going. However, an easier, more realistic approach to gauging a dog's happiness is to watch their body language. Here are five signs...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

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

Weird Things Dogs Do and What They Mean — Interpreting Dog Body Language

They may be man's best friend, but that doesn't mean we understand all the weird things dogs do and what they mean. You know what we're talking about: butt scooting, butt sniffing, and well … how do we put this … humping. These typical dog behaviors have humans scratching their heads and, sometimes, cringing.  Chances are, if your dog is doing something weird, there’s a reason. First, figure out why your dog is doing the weird...Read more

How Much Exercise Do Dogs Need? Dog Exercise Needs By Breed Types

You'll hear us often recommend that a first step in calming a high-energy dog is to give him an outlet to burn off energy. A tired dog is a good dog. But, how much exercise do dogs need? How much exercise is too much? The amount of exercise dogs need depends on your dog's age, size, breed, and overall health. Younger dogs and puppies tend to require more physical activities; as dogs age, their activity...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

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

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

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

Avoid These Common Plants Toxic to Dogs

As a pet parent, you do your best to ensure your dog stays safe indoors and out. You do what you can to ensure you raise happy and healthy dogs. That includes ensuring your dog doesn't eat something that could make them ill, including common plants that are toxic to dogs. Common trees, plants shrubs, flowers and herbs that we love could be dangerous to dogs if they ingest them. Toxicity depends on a few...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