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How to Stop Your Dog From Marking in the House: A Comprehensive Guide

Wlaking 3 dogsYou may have noticed lots of pics with Arrow lately. That’s because we’re keeping him while Cait finishes up a master’s program. And while I love this dog to pieces, going from two to three dogs wasn’t in my plan. It changes the whole dynamics from eating to who gets affection when, to playtime, to walks, to… you get the idea.

And from the title of this post, you should have guessed that having two males with a female, also … Read More

Fireworks and Thunder Storm Anxiety in Dogs: 2024 Comprehensive Guide Including Natural and Over-the-Counter Remedies

fireworks dog hidingUpdated: I don’t know about you, but around here, fireworks and thunderstorms are a source of anxiety and stress. For my dogs. And therefore, for me. It’s been decades since I’ve actually enjoyed either.

So I’ve created this Fireworks and Thunder Storm Survival Guide that also includes natural and over-the-counter remedies to help your dog get through the 4th of July and more. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to help your dog cope.

These are

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How to Stop Gmail from Marking Emails as Updates – Set Up This Filter

One of the most popular posts here is How to Disable and Remove Important Labels in Gmail.  Seems lots of people are being driven crazy by Google’s overzealous and unwanted “helpfulness.” Case in point, I recently had a reader leave this question on that post:

Do you have a similar workaround for Updates in Gmail? I have unchecked the category in settings, but items are still going there. Also, we have thousands of emails in Updates folder but I don’t

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Take a Pass On This Harmful TikTok Challenge-Please Don’t Bark at Your Dog!

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Who doesn’t love watching cute dog videos on social media? They can be very entertaining. But the quest for viral fame can sometimes lead to harmful trends, like the TikTok “Bark at Your Dog” challenge.

This is where you’re supposed to get very close to your dog’s face and bark loudly to capture a dramatic reaction on video. While this might seem funny, it can actually be very stressful and upsetting for your dog.

The Risks of the “Bark at

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Introducing New Dogs to A Dominant Dog

Introducing a dominant dogI recently received this question from a reader. Her situation brings up several tricky greeting/living situations, so I wanted to share my response with all of you. The way she writes her questions already lets me know that she’s more than a little worried and stressed about this. Anyone who’s had to deal with dominance issues can likely relate. It ain’t fun.

We have 2 female show Miniature Bull Terriers aged 5 yrs and 3 yrs both intact. There were Read More

Gardening When You’re Too Busy & the Best Strawberry Rhubarb Recipe Ever

raised bed gardenI used to have a quarter-acre vegetable garden. Back when I had time. But those days appear to be in the rearview mirror.

So, what’s a dirt lover to do when they don’t have the time to full-on garden?

Go with raised beds and perennials.

Garlic is a given—I’ve been using my own bulbs, which I cultivated starting back when Cait was still a toddler. While not technically a perennial, it’s super easy to grow. Plant in the fall. Harvest … Read More

Where Does Your Dog Fall on the Most Popular Dog Breeds List?

lineup of dogsNo surprise, Aussies and Cavaliers make it into the Top 15. Miniature American Shepherds (mini Aussies) are also rising quickly. Always, when a dog breed becomes popular, it’s super important to find reputable breeders who have dogs with good health.

*AKC Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2023-24 Full List

Rank Breed
1 French Bulldog
2 Labrador Retriever
3 Golden Retriever
4 German Shepherd Dog
5 Poodle
6 Dachshund
7 Bulldog
8 Beagle
9 Rottweiler
10 German Shorthaired Pointer
11 Pembroke
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