Not the harmless activity it may seem.

Why Chewing Sticks Is a Bad Idea

We’ve all seen dogs who are perennial stick chewers. No sooner do they get outside than they pick up a stick and start chomping on it. It may seem harmless, but it’s not. If your dog is a regular stick chewer, you should teach him to “leave it” or “drop it” on cue or, if […]

They’re Being Polite, Not Disrespectful

Two common dog behaviors may annoy some people, but they’re actually a dog’s way of showing respect and making it clear that she is not looking for trouble. Approaching you in a banana-shaped arc. When you’re at the dog park and it’s time to go home, you might be frustrated when you call your pet […]
Dogs tend to act skeptically about the odor of citrus fruit.

Odious Odors

Given their interest in getting a close-up smell of undefinable substances and mystery piles outdoors, one would think dogs are happy with just about any odor their noses detect. But they actually have strong dislikes for certain scents, including several we commonly use in our homes. And some of those aromas may also create problems, […]
Virtual veterinary visits

Veterinary Visits By Video

Back in December 2019, before anyone had ever heard the term “social distancing,” telemedicine remained largely at the margins of veterinary care. The concept...

Dear Doctor: Shaving caused a problem

Q. My dog had to be shaved around the neck area because he had so many burrs, and there was no other way to remove them. But now he has developed a spot in the shaved area that is about the size of a quarter and just keeps getting redder. And he has become very […]
She’d be happier with a blanket thrown over the sides. The crate might also be a tad small for her comfort.

A Room of One’s Own

Call it the canine version of a man cave or a she shed. A dog views a crate as a place to retreat to when he or she wants to get away from the action and just relax a while. The desire for a crate, or den, is so embedded in canine DNA that many […]
The days of dogs hanging out with their human family members on airplanes are pretty much over.

Service Dog or Emotional Support Animal?

The Department of Transportation has announced that emotional support animals will no longer be treated the same as service dogs on commercial flights. That means airlines no longer have to let them fly for free. And furthermore, they must be stowed in a carrier under the seat rather than sit with the human passengers, or, […]

The Sling’s the Thing

When you reach for the leash, do you find your dog’s eyes conveying an emphatic “yes!” but his body leaning toward “no?” Has his nighttime routine of sleeping in your bedroom shifted so that he stays downstairs, or does he have trouble jumping into the car even though he loves going for rides? Old age […]
Don’t worry. His paws are cleaner than your shoes.

Yes, Dogs Are Clean Enough for Hospitals

You may worry that service dogs or therapy dogs are not hygienic enough for the hospitals and other medical facilities they’re allowed in, especially since they may put their paws on the bed of a patient they’re trying to comfort. But research conducted at Utrecht University in the Netherlands shows that dogs’ paws are cleaner […]

Kill the Weeds But Spare the Dog

The crabgrass and dandelions just won’t quit, marring an otherwise lovely lawn. You’d like to use weed killer but hesitate because you’ve heard —...
A cooling vest may be just the thing for your dog to enjoy the hot weather. 

Keep Your Dog Cool in the Heat

Because dogs sweat only through their footpads and noses, they do not release excess body heat as efficiently as people, who sweat through their skin. That’s why it’s especially important to make sure your dog stays comfortably — and safely — cool as temperatures climb through the summer months. Check out these easy tips and […]
Well, maybe one slipper at a time.

Bring Me My Slippers

How is it that some people are able to train their dogs to perform complicated tricks, like rolling over and playing dead — or fetching someone’s slippers from another room or even another floor of the house? They do it by using a process that animal behaviorists call shaping, which leads a dog through gradual […]