Should Dogs Being Given Medication for Behavioral Problems?

While visiting the human doctor recently for a yearly checkup, a conversation ensued about dogs that led to the topic of giving a dog medication for behavioral problems. The doctor explained that her dog continually had behavioral issues: He was nervous, scared, and in her words, “not trainable” from one supposed trainer after another. She reported that anti-anxiety and … [Read more...]

Help If Your Dog Won’t Eat His Dog Food #WeBelieveinNB

One of the most frustrating and concerning things a dog parent can experience is that moment when their dog simply refuses his dog food. I’ve been down this road, and my previous Cocker Spaniel was by far the most finicky dog I’ve had the pleasure of sharing my life. Getting my dog to eat a high quality food which allowed for healthy digestion while pleasing her palate is … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Prevent Your Dog From Hating the Holidays

Ah, the holidays: Joy and tinsel, celebrating and presents, family and friends, and making sure the dog is a part of it all. What you think might be fun and festive could potentially be something your dog dislikes. Here then, in the true spirit of the Fidose of Reality season, are 8 ways to prevent your dog from hating the holidays and a bonus gift idea for dog parents. Feel … [Read more...]

Dog Parent Rights at the Veterinary Office

As a dog parent, I feel vulnerable when I enter the veterinary office. As a long-time dog blogger/writer, I am coming clean with you all right now. I am there as my dog’s advocate, but walking through the front doors of the veterinarian’s office, a twinge of vulnerability and anxiety runs through my veins. Part of it is knowing I am there for a checkup of my dog  (and don’t … [Read more...]

How to Keep Dogs Calm During Fireworks

Want to know how to help keep dogs calm during fireworks? Consider this: Someone walks into your office and unannounced, without warning, said person presses the button on the loudest air horn ever. You are startled, upset, perhaps shaken, and the sound won’t stop. The person brings 50 of his or her closest friends to your office and each person has their own air horn. The … [Read more...]

What to Do If Your Dog Bites Someone

Dog bites affect 4.5 million Americans every single year. The American Humane Association says half of those 4.5 million dog bites affect children. Dogs are our best friends, family members, and a very important part of the lives of many people. Consider that, according to the American Pet Products Association, 65% of U.S. households own a pet, the propensity for a dog bite is … [Read more...]

Should My Dog Sleep In Bed With Me

Should my dog sleep in bed with me? The question was innocent enough. I attended a pet expo in Allentown in October, and a very lovely dog mom approached our expo booth to ask if it was somehow “out of pack order” to allow her dog to stay with her on the bed. “I feel comforted when she is with me,” she explained. “My husband is a truck driver and so the dog is good company … [Read more...]

Stop These Five Things to Make Dogs Live Longer

We all want our dogs to live longer, happier lives. My dogs are aging now: Chip turns 12 on Oct 6th and CC will be 13 exactly five months following. Their needs and desires have definitely changed since they were pups, yet they still remain all puppy in attitude and as playful as ever. If I have my wish I want them to live “Furever”. (For all of these years they have brought … [Read more...]

Help: My Dog Bites Me

Help: My dog bites me. It just started and I didn't do anything to cause this. What do I do? Throughout my decades of being a dog parent, most often I hear this lament from someone who has a puppy. Lately, I read about it more and more as I am involved in pet rescue. Of the top 10 reasons that most dogs end up in shelters, biting is one of the most frequent ones. And guess … [Read more...]

Nine Ways to Prevent Dog Bites

Think your dog won't bite? Think again. The Center for Disease Control estimates that about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.  Half of those numbers belong to kids. Staggering, isn't it? It’s summer time, more dogs are outside, and more people are interacting with dogs as it’s the social time of year.  This week is National Dog Bite Awareness Week, and the effort … [Read more...]