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Edible Holiday Gifts for Dogs and Dog Lovers

With holiday food and fun overflowing, I love to give gifts that are easily contained and carried — and are adorable, too! Mason jars are all the rage right now, and it’s no surprise why. They are the perfect container for all edible holiday gifts: Recipe for Dogs: Layered “Gingerdog” Jars Easy to make and easy …

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When Do Dogs Stop Growing?

My youngest dog, Sirius is an 11-month-old Newfoundland puppy. She is adorably fluffy, huge — and still growing!  It seems like everywhere we go, people stop to ask about how much she weighs. Many of the people we meet are surprised to learn that she’s not her full size yet — even at almost a …

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Dug Up at Dogster: Why I Am Against Tethering a Dog When You’re Not Around

I was visiting my home state of Pennsylvania recently, which was experiencing a bit of a warm spell for this time of year. The temperature was about to change, however, and that sparked conversations from my dog-loving friends about PA’s new law. Act 10 of 2017 places limitations on chaining or tethering a dog outside. You …

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Dogs and Holiday Guests: How to Prepare Your Pup

The holiday season is upon us — and by “us,” I mean both our human and our canine families. Dogs are affected by changes in their environments, and from October through the new year, dogs will experience many changes in their homes with visitors, celebrations, and highly distracted humans. Prepare and protect your canine best friend …

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5 Dog Books to Gift This Holiday Season

Looking for the perfect gift for a dog-loving friend? Or spending your Christmas vacation wrapped up in a blanket with a book in your lap? Check out these five dog books to gift this holiday season: 1. Warrior Pups: True Stories of America’s K9 Heroes | By Jeff Kamen, with Leslie Stone-Kamen This illustrated tribute to the dedicated …

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5 Large Breeds That Make Good Apartment Dogs

Which big dog breeds — or mixes of large dog breeds — make good apartment dogs? Size is but one factor*. Energy level, intensity, barking and adaptability are likewise important. After all, an apartment dog must live quietly and comfortably in the individual apartment, but also peacefully co-exist with other people and animals in the …

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How Long Are Dogs Pregnant? Dog Pregnancy and Dog Gestation Period

We run down the basics of dog pregnancy, including the gestation period for dogs.

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Dog Exercise — How Much Activity Your Dog Needs a Day By Breed, Age and More

Between busy work schedules and family responsibilities, it’s hard to keep up with daily dog exercise needs. Let’s review dog activity suggestions based on your pup’s breed and age, and how to exercise your dog even if you’re short on time. How to Fit in Dog Exercise — Even If You Have Time Constraints When life becomes hectic, …

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How to Keep Your Home Safe for Dogs During the Holidays

Who can forget the scene-stealing Rottweiler, Snots, who wreaked havoc in the 1989 classic film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? In the span of a few short days, Snots strews garbage throughout the kitchen, interrupts the Griswold family’s Christmas dinner by “yackin’ on a bone” under the table, and chases a rogue squirrel around the house, …

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Your Dog Ate a Sock — What to Do Next

Dogs are notorious for eating things they shouldn’t, and many of those things are not necessarily food. Dogs can chew and gulp down almost anything. So, if your dog ate a sock, you’re not alone — it’s a commonly swallowed item. “Dogs seem to love cloth,” says Kelly Diehl, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, scientific communications advisor …

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