DOG OWNERSHIP

At One Hotel, Canine “Souvenirs

It’s no wonder Teresa Johnston came up with a plan for the hotel where she works to foster dogs in the hope that guests would adopt them. “I’m a dog person,” says Ms. Johnston, director of sales at the Home2Suites in D’Iberville, Mississippi, just across a narrow bay from Biloxi. “Animals are near and dear, […]
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Dear Doctor: Dogs Uses Human as Furnace

Q. Our 5-year-old Chihuahua/miniature pinscher mix, Ginger, sleeps with us in a king-size bed that has plenty of room, but every night she crawls under the covers and lies against my husband. Could she possibly suffocate? She does love the heat and also enjoys resting beside our wood stove. Thank you for your help. Terry […]
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Pick Up Your Toy Dog — But Not Too Much

Some owners of very small dogs have a tendency to frequently pick up their pets outside because of concern for their safety. Perhaps a large dog comes over to sniff, for instance, and the size difference feels ominous. But most of the time, dogs approach and sniff each other simply out of curiosity, and you […]
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The American Kennel Club: More Than Just Breed Info

The American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Since its inception in 1995, it has grown into the world’s largest funder of health research focused solely on dogs. Among its achievements: it has spearheaded critical research for mapping the canine genome, providing much of the initial key to diseases and […]
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Poodle

No Such Thing as a ‘Hypoallergenic’ Dog

We recently ran across this post on social media: “We’re thinking of getting a bichon frise, a cavalier King Charles spaniel, or a miniature...
Breeds

When a Breed Is Not a Breed

You like the generally friendly and easygoing temperament of a golden retriever but prefer the look of a curly-haired pet like a poodle, especially...

How to Use Music to Keep Your Dog Calm

Research suggests that if dogs could put together their own playlists, Metallica and Black Sabbath would be out - they dont like heavy metal. Beethoven and Vivaldi would be in, along with perhaps a little Bob Marley and Sting. They appear to chill with classical music and, one study suggests, reggae and soft rock.

Protecting Military Dogs Ears

Dogs in combat zones can suffer hearing loss from explosions, gunfire, even helicopter engines. The hero dog Conan who was brought to the White House several months ago was no doubt subjected to a serious ear-pounding (as well as an injury) when he cornered the leader of ISIS in a tunnel and the man detonated a suicide vest. Hearing protection for military dogs exists, but how well it protects dogs ears is not clear. Furthermore, it is rigid, cumbersome, and hard to put on.

Three Super-Easy Ways to Make Your Dog Happier

Dogs put up with a lot to accommodate themselves to our world. Yet in many ways we dont consider a world in which theyd feel more comfortable. Its not because we dont care. Its because we dont automatically consider how their senses influence their experiences. With our dogs senses in mind, here are three ways to make living with us better.

Can Dogs Live Longer? Enter Your Pet in a Study to Find Out

In the largest study to date on aging in dogs, researchers will follow tens of thousands of dogs for 10 years to gather critical information on whether canine life expectancy can be improved. They will also examine whether dogs overall quality of life can be maintained over a longer geriatric stretch. Which dogs will participate? Perhaps yours.

Illuminating Your Dog for Better Nighttime Walking, Playing

If late-night and perhaps pre-dawn walks with your dog are part of your routine, you might consider using LED collars, leashes, and toys to brighten things up. Colorfully lit dog-walking gear will make you and your pet more visible to passing motorists and to each other. At the same time, theyll help illuminate your path as well as make waste clean-up easier in the dark.

The Shelter May Not Look Perfect, But…

Shelters dont always seem the perfect picture of animal care. Some cages may be dirty and food bowls, empty. But looks can be deceiving. Before you write off a shelter as bad for the animals it cares for and therefore not fit to house an animal you would want to adopt (or not fit for your charitable efforts), consider these points.