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

Best Charities for Animals and Other Ways to Give Back to Pets

Our List of Pet Charities and Other Non-Monetary Ways You Can Help Animals As pet parents and animal lovers, our team here at BarxBuddy is always looking for ways to give back. You, too, can make a HUGE difference in the lives of animals in your community and across the globe, not only by making donations but by doing the right thing when it comes to caring for animals. In this post, we list charities...Read more

Camping With Dogs? What To Do About Dogs Barking at Campgrounds

All dogs react to one thing or another. Your dog may go crazy when a stranger walks by the window, whereas your neighbor's dog barks only when someone rings the doorbell. Regardless of the trigger, taking your dog camping may heighten his senses and have him unleash a barkfest you haven't heard before. Even the most chill of dogs may react to things going on around a campground. Don't let the fear of your dog...Read more

Why Does My Dog … 8 Interesting Questions People Ask Google About Dogs

Y'ever look at what Google suggests when you ask a question about a dog? We do! Here are eight of the most "interesting" suggestions, along with our best answers to dog questions. Related: Why Is My Dog Barking at Me? 7 Reasons Dogs Bark Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons? While in utero, all mammals, including humans and dogs, are attached to their mothers' placentas by an umbilical cord. After birth, the umbilical is no longer...Read more

New! Wobble Ball for Dogs Reduces Separation Anxiety, Provides Hours of Fun

We've added a new toy to the BarxBuddy lineup: The Busy Ball, an electronic automatic “smart toy” for dogs. If you’ve got a high-energy pup, a dog that suffers from separation anxiety, or a working breed that needs constant mental stimulation, you’ll want the Busy Ball from BarxBuddy.    Best Dog Toy for Separation Anxiety Separation anxiety is one of the key reasons we wanted to add the Busy Ball to our official BarxBuddy store. As...Read more

Dog-Friendly Vacations: Best Places to Travel With Your Pets

Know what's better than hanging at home with your dog? Going on vacations with dogs. Today's hotels, resorts, parks and attractions realize that pets are part of our families. They make it easy to find pet- and dog-friendly vacations. Vacations with dogs can be fun, exciting, and adventurous with a bit of planning. Travel can be less stressful when you don't have to worry about leaving pets behind. It can also be less expensive (sometimes...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

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

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

February is Responsible Pet Ownership Month. What Exactly Does That Mean?

February is Responsible Pet Owner Month, which is a nice way to remind current and soon-to-be pet owners to think about what that means. From nose to tail, cradle to grave, here is our list of what responsible pet ownership means.  Pick the Right Pet As a responsible pet owner, your first task is to ensure you select the right pet for your home and lifestyle. We know it's difficult looking at all the adorable...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

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

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

15 Essential Tips for How to Travel with a Dog in a Car or RV

Whether you're a weekend get-away kind of family or world travelers, you know it can be a painful situation if you have a dog. Often folks are forced to leave their pets in kennels or boarding facilities while they travel because they don’t think their plans can accommodate the family dog.  Taking your pet along on your travels is possible and can be enjoyable. To ensure things go well, BarxBuddy has 15 tips for traveling...Read more

Congrats on Your New Dog! Here’s Your Shopping List and Puppy Supplies Checklist

Are you adopting a puppy, or an adult or senior dog? Congrats! In all the excitement of welcoming a new pet into your life, it's easy to overlook a few details. What are the essentials? What do you need to protect your home and keep your dog healthy and happy? That depends on your pet's age. Like humans, dogs have different needs based on where they are in their lifespan. An item that may be...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