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 […]
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 […]
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 —...
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 […]
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 […]
Q. I’ll sometimes see a professional dog walker exercising six or more dogs at a time in my neighborhood. That seems like an awful lot. Is there a maximum number of dogs that a dog walker should take out at once? Lily DetweilerCohasset, Massachuetts Dear Ms. Detweiler, A. There is no set answer, but in […]
Imagine if short, slight people were laughed at and called “cute” every time they acted aggressively, or even rudely? Or if they were coddled...
Dogs that balk at the first drop of rain can find comfort in jackets and ponchos suited to repel wet weather from drizzle to torrential rain, not to mention splashes that muck up bellies and legs with muddy water. All come with an opening for the leash, and the fuller body suits can be tailored […]
People spend hundreds of millions of dollars on dog shampoo each year, with the amount increasing annually. And there are a lot of shampoos to choose from, with ingredients ranging from aloe, coconut oil, lavender oil, and honey to various herbs and vitamins. Do you know which ingredients to look for? Or how often you […]
Our dogs are a nation of couch potatoes during the week and warriors on weekends,” just like we are,” says Tufts University veterinary pain specialist Alicia Karas, DVM. “A lot of people take their dogs out only for quick walks during the week, but then throw a ball or Frisbee for their pet to fetch […]
There’s nothing more pitiful than a dog having to navigate his way around a room when fitted with a hard, plastic funnel-shaped Elizabethan collar, also known as an e-collar. These collars have been a necessary evil because it’s important that dogs’ mouths be kept from reaching a surgical incision or skin infection or wound that […]
We’ve seen people angrily tell their dogs to put down their hair when it’s standing on end because they feel their pet is being unnecessarily aggressive. Don’t. A dog can no better make his hair go down than we can decide not to have goose bumps. In fact, the two involuntary bodily reactions are pretty […]