Is a Cocker Spaniel The Right Dog For Me

My heart beats dog®, and truth be told, it thumps with extra beats in a canine rhythm for American Cocker Spaniels. As a 25-year veteran to the Cocker Spaniel world, I am often asked in my travels and online, “Is a Cocker Spaniel the right dog for me?” Here’s the scoop. The American Cocker Spaniel Background If you understand the history of a particular breed and what the … [Read more...]

Most Kissable Dog Photo Contest

Smooch! Pucker up, pup lovers: It's time for the most kissable dog photo contest just in time for Valentine's Day!! Love is in the air and  Fidose of Reality wants to see your most kissable dog photos. It's easy, it's fun, and we've got prizes galore to give away. Here's the scoop, the prizes, and how to enter:   What kind of photos can be submitted? You may … [Read more...]

How to Groom Your Dog At Home

I’ve always wanted to learn to groom my dog from home but I never knew where to learn.  Have you ever considered how to groom your dog at home? After months of Internet research and talking to colleagues in the pet industry, the options came down to attending a school in person, watching and reading things online related to dog grooming, and/or partaking in a qualified home … [Read more...]

How to Groom Your Dog at Home #SwifferFanatic

It’s a new year and a great time to commit to keeping your dog and your home clean and fresh. Perhaps you are like me and want to learn how to groom your dog at home. Maybe you want to learn the basics to keep your dog looking and smelling good and have a clean home all at the same time. It is totally doable. I challenged myself these past few months to learn basic … [Read more...]

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...]

Are Homemade Dog Treats Really Safe?

Everyone seems to have a homemade dog treat recipe these days, present company excluded. Aside from the eagerness of some pet parents to overfeed homemade treats, not all biscuits are created equal. In fact, some homemade dog treat ingredients can be dangerous to your dog’s health. Before we get started on the ingredients to avoid, how many of these statements do you believe … [Read more...]

Fidose of Reality 2016 Pawer Women

The pawer women are here! The ending of one year and the beginning of another brings with it great joy and reflection: In 365 days, a lot can…and does…happen. As is our year-end tradition, Fidose of Reality announces a list of women in the pet industry who go above and beyond. In some way, shape, or form, these ladies did something to impact the lives of dogs in 2016 (and no … [Read more...]

Dex the Halls Dog Photo Contest 2016 Winners

WOW, did you all step up your holiday photo game! The Dex the Halls Dog Photo Contest 2016 received the most entries ever to date, and we've been hosting this contest for many years. Thanks to every single one of you for entering your dogs into the photo contest. You all are truly top dog, but alas, our panel of three independent judges (and I am not one of them), narrowed it … [Read more...]

Five Biggest Surprising Holiday Dangers to Dogs

Everyone’s telling you about the holiday dangers to dogs, especially this time of year. However, many of the articles and blog posts we are seeing don’t include some of the more surprising and less talked about holiday dangers to dogs. The folks at Pet Poison Helpline are alerting dog parents to keep a close eye on these dangers, as they might just sneak up and surprise you … [Read more...]

The Dog Wedding DVD Fundraiser

It’s love at first sniff for two bulldogs that then sparks an unlikely romance between a stressed-out businesswoman and a professional wrestler in the bark-out loud comedy, The Dog Wedding. The Dog Wedding movie is now available on DVD and makes the paw-fect Christmas gift for the rom-com, dog-loving people on your holiday gift list. Better yet, for every sale of The Dog … [Read more...]