Online Dog Videos Not So Funny

Some online videos involving dogs are so obviously and gratuitously cruel that a lawsuit has even been filed against one social media video giant by an animal protection organization. Among the most objectionable video posts: defenseless puppies being placed in the way of predators, including snakes and crocodiles, and then “rescued” in the nick of […]
Kim Charlson and her guide dog, Idabelle.

Dear Doctor: How guide dogs do their work

Q.  You said in a recent issue that guide dogs help blind people by remembering that a green light means go and a red light means red, but I thought dogs didn’t see green and red all that well and were better able to distinguish blues and yellows. Wouldn’t that make their ability to help […]
Did she say “beef tips” or “cheese dip?”

Why Dogs Tilt Their Heads

You know how dogs will sometimes tilt their heads adorably with an almost quizzical look on their face, as if they’re trying to process information or figure something out? It appears that what we think it means is more or less what it does mean. When researchers at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest worked with […]
How do they love us? Let us count the ways!

The Heart (Beat) Never Lies

In a small but telling piece of research, researchers in the United Kingdom equipped dogs with special collars that tracked their heart rates for...
2022 may officially be the year of the tiger, but for dog lovers, every year is the year of the dog.

The 5 Best New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make For Your Dog

Happy 2022! Why not start it off on the right foot by resolving to follow through on five key resolutions with your dog in mind? I’ll never yell at my dog again. Yelling isn’t just mean. It’s counterproductive. A dog’s brain can’t translate a harsh voice into the behavior you desire because it doesn’t provide […]
John Stanzione’s 19-pound dog Carter has starting saying no to nighttime walks.

Dear Doctor: Dog has nixed evening walks

Q. Our 9-year-old dachshund/cattle dox mix, Carter, suddenly no longer wants to go for a walk in the evening. Ever since he was a puppy, he would walk willingly in the morning and after dinner every day, usually without incident. However, he has always been a nervous dog, and if he heard a loud noise […]

Five Golden “Brings”

Somewhere between 70 and 95 percent of Americans give their dogs Christmas presents, according to various surveys. Chances are you’re among them. Bring any of these options home for your dog, and he’s sure to feel he has struck canine gold. Subscription gift boxes will delight dogs with toys, treats, chews, and more. You can […]
Be careful about how much information you give when trying to find a lost dog.

‘Lost Dog’ Scams

Your dog has gotten loose. You put up signs all over the neighborhood in addition to posting pictures of your pet with your contact information on social media in hopes of reaching a larger set of people who might have seen her or would be willing to keep an eye out. Someone finally calls you […]

Your First Dog Might Be Your Most Aggressive

A person’s first dog is more likely to behave aggressively than a dog who lives with someone who has already had dogs. That’s the finding of a study looking at information compiled on more than 9,000 dogs, conducted by researchers at Finland’s University of Helsinki. It makes sense in light of the fact that the […]
Even with snow on the ground, your dog might be bitten by a disease-carrying tick.

It’s Tick Season 12 Months a Year

By at least one estimate, the tick population has increased 15 percent since last year. These arachnids are capable of transmitting many diseases to your dog such as Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis, which can lead to anemia, lameness, blindness, and other severe problems. Why are we talking about ticks in December? Because while the warmer […]
He may or may not remember the moment, just like a person. But he’ll remember the love.

Do Dogs Have Good Memories?

We frequently say in Your Dog that to teach your pet a trick, you must reward him immediately after he follows through on the desired behavior. If you wait even 15 seconds, he will not know why you’re rewarding him and won’t be able to learn what you are trying to teach. It makes it […]
If a dog leans against you, she’s letting you know she’s looking for a physical connection.

The Right Way to Approach a Dog You Don’t Know

How many times have you seen someone try to make friends with a dog they don’t know by closing their hand into a fist and letting a dog sniff it — or telling their child to use that tactic before trying to pet the animal? It’s not a good idea. A lot of people believe […]