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5 Things You Should Not Cut Off Your Dog

Since we’re all adults, I’d like to discuss a few dog parts that have really good reasons why they should never be cut off a dog. Animals come with all the body parts they’re meant to have. If it’s there, it’s there for a reason. Certainly, none of the following should be removed for human vanity reasons.

1. Male Dog Penis Guide Hairs

dog penis hair  Some people feel compelled to trim male guide hairs (don’t know what the technical name is for … Read more

2023 Rate Your Dog Food: Does Your Brand Get an A or an F?

Updated for 2023:  illustration of various dog foods Is your dog food cutting the mustard?

We all want to make sure our dogs are getting healthy, safe foods. (To keep abreast of the latest pet food recalls, go to PetSitUSA) It can be hard to sift through all the advertising and positioning. Should we go with Dry? Wet? Raw? Freeze-dried? Some combo? Too many options!

I offer the following lists, chart and quiz to help you sort the wheat from the chaff, literally.

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What is the Best Gender Combination for 3 Dogs?

3 dogs playing I’ve had so many readers ask me over the years what I think is the best gender combination for 3 dogs. Having lived with multiple  dogs for more than 30 years, following is what I think based on my experience.

These are pics of the most recent combination of my 3 dogs—two males and a female, all different breeds, and each spaced about 3 years apart in age.

3 dogs on couch

What You Need to Know About Dog Gender Combinations

Because I started … Read more

2 Best Dog Strollers Duke It Out

If you love to walk and have a puppy, or a small, sick, or old dog, you’ll want a dog stroller. The freedom it will give you to get back outside and enjoy some fresh air is not to be underestimated. Depending on your needs, probably one of the two strollers below will work well for you.

Pet Gear NO-Zip Pet Stroller with Dual Entry, Push Button Zipperless Entry, Gel-Filled Tires

cavalier in dog stroller

When Wink was too old to walk, I got … Read more

Housetrain Your Puppy in One Week

Housetraining quickly, and teaching Potty and putting it on cue is not hard. But it does require dedicated consistency on your part to help your puppy get it quickly.

This is what good house training should look like after one week. The word “Potty” has been put on cue and Riley solidly knows that outside is for doing his business. So when I say, “Go Potty,” he quickly gets down to business.

Daytime Strategy and Steps for Quick and Successful

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Definition of a Lap Dog

I’m typing this post with one hand. I could blame this on Riley recovering from a routine puppy visit to the vet. And that would also coincidentally be true. But the fact is this is his favorite spot in the house.

lap dog

All you people out there wanting lap dogs, be careful what you wish for…… Read more

Where Do You Land In the “Can’t Live Without” Category?

I admit it. I have dogs on my brain. I’ve made it a whole 9 months without a dog. That’s closing in on a new record for me. It’s not that I don’t miss Finn, too. I do. But cats don’t fall into the “can’t live without” category for me.

So I was curious. Where do most people fall in the “can’t live without” category? Looks like it depends on what country you live in.

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