All posts tagged: doglovers

Little Dante is a guardian. He will stalk his person everywhere she goes, even to the bathroom! His favorite day is Sunday when he gets the best treat, cheese!

Banjo is a healthy, happy, retired guy! He got his name because his person thinks Banjo is light and fast and little “plucky” like a banjo.

Save time on boring tasks and spend it enjoying your dog

It’s easy to love all the time that you spend with your dog, but that doesn’t apply to all the time you spend on your dog. Just as human kids do, dogs require an investment of time into mundane tasks. Minimizing the time we sink into some of the necessary parts of being dog guardians allows us more time to have fun with our dogs. Here are a eight time-saving suggestions for anyone sharing life with dogs.

1. Stuff multiple Kongs at once and freeze them. It takes a long time to stuff a Kong with special treats at the bottom, a mix of kibble and wet food throughout, and a tempting treat at the top. I like to do a half dozen at once so that I save time. By only setting up my supplies once and only cleaning up once, I’m more efficient. After using the first Kong, I have 5 more in the freezer ready to be used with a few seconds of effort.

Socializing a puppy and providing an adult dog with a social life are two different things.

Dear Bark: My husband and I are having a disagreement. He wants to take our two-year-old dog to the dog park for socialization because we don’t want her to become rusty at getting along with other dogs. But I have read that you can only socialize puppies—that it doesn’t work for adult dogs. Can dogs of all ages be socialized? Should we take our dog to the dog park?

In the world of canine behavior, the word “socialize” has a specific technical meaning (which I’ll address shortly), but it is also commonly used to describe another activity: to engage in social interactions. The latter is what your husband seeks for your dog at the dog park. As long as she enjoys other dogs and can play appropriately with them, she is a good candidate for visits there.

Every dog needs their daily walks to stay happy and healthy. However, your schedule may not allow you to exercise your dog as much as you’d want to, and you may feel guilty about it. The best solution for your pup is to use a professional dog walker.

If you are wondering why you should get a dog walking service instead of having the neighbor kid take him out when you need him to, think again. Does the neighbor kid know how to handle an emergency? What will the kid do if the dog gets hurt or if something else unforeseen happens?

Professional dog walkers are trained and know how to handle any situation that may occur with your dog. They are also a precious source of dog ownership advice.

A Tale of Two Traveling Tails – If you’re anything like us, you can only stomach an injured animal story, if you know it has a happy ending. Rest assured – both of these stories have wonderful endings. The two dogs featured in this article were living on the streets of Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu. Each had  suffered a horrendous injury and endured unbelievable pain. But both dogs, through the incredible generosity and good organization of a couple of individuals and a dose of sheer good luck, ended up flying to the USA and began their lives as pampered pets in permanent homes with wonderful caring families and excellent veterinary care.

AJ is one of a kind. If only we could all be as happy as AJ…life would be incredible! There is nothing like a dog to give you the unconditional love that can fill your soul.

Bear loves to go on adventure walks, car rides, meet new dogs, spy on the neighbors from the deck in his yard, and eat cheese whiz on his lickety mat.

Scroll through your local Nextdoor, Craigslist or Facebook site and you’re sure to see far too many notices of lost, found or wandering dogs. Ditto when you walk around your neighborhood, go to your vet’s office or stop by the pet supply store.

While all these notices are good as far as they go, they’re siloed, restricted to their respective venues. Making connections across all these platforms isn’t necessarily easy, or even possible. What’s needed is a nationwide lost-and-found pet database, one that harnesses the power of the internet and the capacity to search and sort that databases provide. Luckily, several have come online over the past few years, including one we find particularly noteworthy.

The Dog Aging Project wants to advance our understanding of dogs and help them live longer, healthier lives.

Almost 80,000 dogs have been nominated to participate in a new nationwide study on dog aging since registration began last fall, but there’s still time for your dog to become part of the pack.

“We know from previous work done with dog owners that they are motivated to help their dogs live longer, healthier lives, but the response has been positively overwhelming,” said Audrey Ruple, a veterinary epidemiologist and assistant professor of One Health Epidemiology in the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences’ Department of Public Health.