Puppy Dog Eyes

When dogs look into our eyes, it’s a gift. Making eye contact with humans or with other animals is not a common behavior—it can be seen as an act of aggression between dogs—but when our dogs feel relaxed in our presence, or when they want to communicate something to us—“Look what I found!”—they gaze atRead More

The Talkative Canine

You read about dogs who bark to let their owners know the house is filling with carbon monoxide. Four-legged heroes! You thank your dog for barking when someone walks onto your property. But what about the dog who barks non-stop when you prepare his food? Or one who barks for 30 minutes when you haveRead More

Why Is My Dog Shaking?

What’s causing your dog to shake, be rattled, and maybe even drool? Is your dog trying to channel his inner Elvis Presley? Maybe. Maybe not. Body shakes in dogs occur for a wide gamut of medical, behavioral, and even genetic reasons. Some are easy to identify, such as shivering due being outside when the weatherRead More

Bath Tips and Tricks for Your Dog

Here’s the skinny on canine skin. It’s a dog’s largest organ—yep, it’s an organ, just like the eyes, heart, or kidneys. All dogs depend on healthy skin to regulate their body temperature, provide a layer of protection against infection, and to stay hydrated, so keeping tabs on your pupper’s coat is a must. When skinRead More

People Foods: Which Are Safe and Which Can Harm My Dog?

What’s healthy for you to eat is doggone safe for your canine pal, right? The short answer: sometimes. Determining what people foods are safe, risky, or downright dangerous to give to your dog can be confusing. And the wrong food choice may land your dog at the emergency veterinary clinic. You can’t go by color.Read More

Do Dogs Dream? And Why Does It Matter?

Last night as my husband and I relaxed in front of the TV, I suddenly grabbed his arm and gestured to our Lab mix, Rio, who was sprawled out on his bed, fast asleep. His tail was thumping up and down. “He’s ‘sleep wagging!’” I whispered, while we grinned at each other.  I love watchingRead More

Why Does My Dog Get Ear Infections?

Ear ye! Ear ye! Canine ears come in all shapes, from erect to drooping and everything in between. Your dog’s ears are vital for honing in on sounds and conveying moods, from fearful to friendly. But no canine ear should smell like dirty socks or stale corn chips, ooze with goo, or have a pileRead More

Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers?

They tickle our faces, quiver in anticipation, and communicate state of mind. They’re measuring devices and early warning signals. They enhance the senses of both touch and sight. And they’re cute. What are we talking about? Whiskers, of course. These multifunctional hairs, technically known as vibrissae—from the Latin “vibrio,” meaning “to vibrate”—help dogs navigate theirRead More

Tooth Talk: What to Know About Your Dog’s Chompers

When we think dogs, we think teeth. And they’re not just for biting! Those pearly whites are the canine equivalent of fingers. Dogs use them to eat, of course, but also to grasp prey or toys, groom themselves, shred meat off bones, entertain themselves by chewing, pick up tennis balls and bring them to usRead More