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Thinking About Skipping Your Dog’s Walk? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

Came across this Washington Post article today on

Why skipping your dog’s walk is a bigger deal than you think

Australian Shepherd

And while I usually do get my dogs out for walks daily, this was a great reinforcer on keeping that up. I do it as much for me as I do for them. I need me my fresh air!

But a friend was recently asked why I didn’t just let them just hang out in the backyard, since we do … Read More

What is the Difference Between Border Collies and Australian Shepherds? Which One Should I Get?

Trying to decide between Border Collies and Australian Shepherds?

Border Collie and Australian ShepherdThis is a tough choice! I love both Border Collies and Australian Shepherds! But if I were to counsel someone considering these breeds, the first thing I’d look at is dog experience. The second thing I’d look at is how much time do you have to train and exercise these dogs.

While there are many similarities, as both BCs and Aussies come from the Herding Group, there are also some … Read More

Dog Neutered and Freaked Out Wearing a Cone? Use a Doggie Diaper Instead.

cavalier in doggie diaperRiley is home from neutering surgery and we were told to have him wear a cone so that he can’t lick himself. Even though we got a soft, flexible cone, it made it hard for him to see. And that made him feel nervous and scared. He stayed frozen on the spot. No amount of coaxing or reassuring helped.

The cone lasted 5 minutes. Andrew went and got a washable female doggie diaper one size larger than Riley needed (so … Read More

Want to Extend Your Dog’s Life? Add Another Dog

2 cavalier puppies sleeping on 1 dog bedLong-time readers know I’m a big believer in multiple dogs. I’ve written numerous posts on the subject. I don’t have many soap boxes, but this is one of them. Pack and herd animals, in my opinion and experience, should not be kept alone. Just because dogs can seem to do fine as singles in a household doesn’t mean there aren’t significant benefits when adding another dog.

Science concurs. The following article speaks to the many ways we may be … Read More

Core Dog Vaccines 2023 Protocols—If You’re Revaccinating More Frequently Than Every 5-7 Years, You’re Probably Vaccinating Too Often

puppy getting dog vaccinesA lot has changed when it comes to dog vaccine protocols—from automatically vaccinating yearly to giving initial vaccinations and then titering. So, what’s a responsible dog person to do?

If you go to the American Animal Hospital Association or the American Veterinary Medical Association websites and search for core vaccines, you’ll find that the core vaccines—distemper, hepatitis, parvo, and rabies—should be given no more often than every 3 to 5 years. It’s really more like 5 to 7 years.

Veterinarians … Read More

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

fireworks dog hidingI 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 some

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The Top 10 Dog Websites for Traditional and Alternative Health Information

cavalier at vetsRiley is having some eating issues that have me scouring the web and calling all my dog expert friends to help me find a solution. As is often the case with the internet, it’s not always easy to sift through what’s really good information and what’s not.

I’m sure you all have your favorite sites (and please do share in the comments), but here are the ones that have made my top 10.

5 Reliable Dog Websites for Traditional Health

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Learning from My Mistakes. What I’m Doing Differently with Riley.

puppy with toysI loved my life with my previous animals. All of them were incredible for different reasons. Kiera was my beloved brilliant partner. Graidy was my sentry dog who probably adored me more than any animal I’ve lived with. Finn was the perfect cat (minus furniture scratching) because he was essentially a dog in a cat’s body. And Wink… Wink was the embodiment of joy and love.

But in starting anew, I’ve had a chance to think about what I would … Read More

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