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.
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 .
Are you prepared for that summer road trip you’ve planned with your canine travel companion?
Veterinarian experts say all it takes is just a few minutes for a dog to suffer the effects of heat stroke or even perish in an overheated vehicle. Shocking right?
Unlike humans, dogs don’t sweat; they cool themselves primarily through panting. But, when they are left inside a parked car which is capable of reaching 100°F in just 10 minutes—even in the shade—just panting can’t help your dog to escape the heat. Is there a reliable solution to this life-threatening problem? The short answer is, yes, and it’s easier than you think. Thousands of pet parents are already dealing with this the smart way.
She can even categorize her toys by type
There’s yet another study out about a dog who knows the names of dozens of different toys. Whisky, a Border Collie in Norway, has done more than learn that each individual toy has its own name. She has also shown that she can categorize items into different types of toys—ropes, balls, frisbees and rings—without prior training.
Whisky learned the names of 59 toys prior to the study just by playing with her guardian, a man named Helge O. Svela. He would tell her to go fetch a toy by name and play with her when she brought the right one. He is not a professional trainer, but he loves to spend time with Whisky and taught her a lot in the process.
Kona celebrates by eating cake at her brother’s birthday. Kona was the happiest dog of all. She is full of energy and would play fetch all day if she could.
Shelter dogs need a little R&R outside of the shelter.
Raider arrived at the Arizona Humane Society in January of 2020 from an overcrowded shelter through Project Reach Out , which allows AHS to accept dogs from other animal welfare agencies that are running out of kennel space. Though his many volunteer and staff member buddies gave him daily enrichment, walks, and play time, Raider needed a little something extra to decompress from the stress of his new environment.
Sleepover Foster Program
Raider was one of the lucky pets who was eligible for the AHS Sleepover Foster Program and was welcomed home with the Thom family for a few days. This short-term foster program allows pups who are experiencing kennel stress to stay with a foster family for up to three nights and simply enjoy the pleasures of being a family dog!
What do I do when my puppy won’t walk outside?
Dear Bark: Why doesn’t my puppy like walks? About two months ago, I got a puppy. He loves to play inside the house, and to sit in front of our house. However, he doesn’t enjoy going on walks around the neighborhood. I often wind up picking him up and carrying him, but even that freaks him out. He seems more inclined to walk when the rest of the family is around, but not when it’s just the two of us. What can I do to get him going à deux?
—Help My Walk-Resistant Puppy!
It’s not at all unusual for puppies to resist going on walks. While most dogs get more enthusiastic about them as they get older, there are 7 things you can do when your puppy doesn’t want to walk to help your puppy get moving.