How shelters and rescues failed when I adopted my first dog
Dog adoption

How shelters and rescues failed when I adopted my first dog

The story of how I adopted my first dog exposes a common flaw in the U.S. shelter/rescue system, a lack of communication. To get more dogs adopted, one of the most important factors is to quickly and politely respond to adopters’ questions.

Should you walk your puppy before he’s had his vaccinations?
Dog exercise

Should you walk your puppy before he’s had his vaccinations?

Is it OK to socialize and walk a puppy before he’s had all of his vaccinations? It’s all about finding the right balance.

Why are vets against raw dog food? And how to get them on board
Dog food

Why are vets against raw dog food? And how to get them on board

Why are vets against raw dog food, and how can we get them on board?

Why we need dog awareness, not pitbull awareness
PITBULLS

Why we need dog awareness, not pitbull awareness

I often wonder if we would be better off with “Dog Awareness Month” vs. Pit Bull Awareness Month. Here’s why.

Do you play fight with your dog?
Dog behavior

Do you play fight with your dog?

Is it OK to playfight or roughhouse with my dog? I admit I wrestle with my dog, but it’s not the wisest choice for all sorts of reasons.

Would you spy on your pet sitter with a nanny cam?
Boarding/pet sitting/daycare

Would you spy on your pet sitter with a nanny cam?

Have you ever used a nanny cam to spy on your pet sitter or dog walker? If you’re a dog walker, have you ever had a client that used cameras?

How to choose which dog to adopt from a kill shelter
Dog adoption

How to choose which dog to adopt from a kill shelter

How to choose the right dog to adopt from a kill shelter, and how to prepare for your dog ahead of time.

When you love a cat
CATS

When you love a cat

Scout was my first cat as well as the first pet I went out and adopted on my own as an “adult.”

What’s the funniest thing you’ve caught your dog or cat doing?
Dog products

What’s the funniest thing you’ve caught your dog or cat doing?

A company called Meshare is holding a Funny Pets Photo Contest now through Oct. 7 on its Facebook page, and it’s offering $100 worth of prizes.

Are verbal corrections OK in dog training?
Dog behavior

Are verbal corrections OK in dog training?

Are verbal corrections OK in dog training? Or is it no longer acceptable to tell your dog no? I’ll be the first to admit I tell my dog no all the time.

How to get a hyper dog to relax and stop whining
Dog behavior

How to get a hyper dog to relax and stop whining

How do you reinforce calm behavior from a hyper dog? This post includes my tips on how to get an excited, high-energy dog to relax before and during walks.