Training

What’s Your Dog’s Play Style?

All dogs love to play, but not all dogs play the same way. “Some dogs love to play chase games. Others are ball dogs and are happiest fetching a ball. Some dogs are great at playing by themselves, others need someone else to engage with them. Some dogs like roughhousing, others don’t,” explains Dr. Laurie Bergman, VMD, Diplomate …

Letting Your Puppy Sleep in Your Bed? Here’s How to Do It Safely

I recently had one the best night’s sleep of my life with Indy, an 8-week-old Australian Shepherd puppy. He is a client’s dog and future service animal. He slept draped across my neck and snuggled under my arm. We stayed that way all night long, with only the occasional whimper from Indy when he slipped away from our shared warmth and …

Does Your Dog Find ‘Snacks’ on Walks? Here’s What You Should Do

Some dogs are picky eaters who will graze over a bowl of food all day and turn away most fruits and vegetables you offer up. And other dogs are major scavengers who will eat any food or food-like substance that crosses their path. When your dog is walking ahead of you and finds some unknown …

5 Great Low-Calorie Training Treats For Dogs Learning On A Diet

(Picture Credit: Photographer, Basak Gurbuz Derman/Getty Images) Pet obesity is no joke. Beyond impairing your cherished dog’s ability to get around on a day-to-day basis, packing on a few too many pounds can also worsen a bunch of other health issues. Pet parents often use tasty, rewarding treats to train their dogs, but that can …

7 Engaging Ways To Make The Most Of The Great Indoors

Many of us are spending the majority of our time at home these days thanks to COVID-19. Although our dogs are super happy to have us around more, boredom is starting to set in for everyone. There are plenty of ways you can keep your dog (and yourself!) engaged during the stay-at-home order. From fun …

How Much Training Is Too Much Training For Your Dog?

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Training is usually a great thing for dogs. It keeps them well-behaved, mentally and physically stimulated, and bonded with their owners. However, too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing. There are several circumstances where over-training your dog can be harmful and even undo all the hard work …

Do Dog Whistles Work? What Are They For?

(Picture Credit: Getty Images/jarih) Even though many of us pet parents have loved dogs for our whole lives, few of us have actually used a dog whistle before. What are dog whistles, exactly? What do people use them for? Do they whip dogs into a frenzy like in cartoons? A dog whistle, known also as …

Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help!

Editor’s note: Have you seen the new Dogster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet’s office? This article appeared in our October-November issue. Subscribe to Dogster and get the bimonthly magazine delivered to your home. We all need sleep, dogs included. But sometimes your dog wakes up in the middle of …

My Dog Can’t Pee!

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Hug Your Hound Day: How To Teach Your Dog To Give Hugs

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Hug Your Hound Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in September each year. In 2019, the holiday falls on September 14th, so get ready to give your dog a hug! But only if they enjoy it, of course. You’ve probably seen adorable YouTube videos of dogs who happily give cuddly …