How to Choose the Perfect Coat for Your Dog?

Coat for Your Pet Dogs: What Kind of Pet Coat Should You Buy?

We live in the Chicago area where sub-zero temperatures are the norm in January. Most dogs wear coats in the windy city deep freeze.   But what about in places with normal winters, do dogs really need coats? Some dogs with thick fur stay warm on their own as long as they stay dry. But others – shorthaired or short-legged dogs, seniors and puppies, toy breeds, thin dogs without much body fat, and dogs with chronic health or immune system issues – need the extra protection when the temperatures drop. 1. Does It Fit? A coat should give your dog … Continue reading

Dog Allergies: Oh The Fun They Have! Oh the Itching They Will Do! 

Allergies of Dogs: How to Keep Your Pet Dogs Clean and Allergy Free!

Does your fur baby have allergies? For being such a big ole boy, at 95 lbs, my Hendrix The Hiking Dog sure does have sensitive skin. Have you ever wondered what is actually going on when allergies come into play?   The process is the same for humans and animals. When an allergic reaction happens, the body sees an otherwise harmless agent, as a threat, the same as it would say a bacteria. While the process of fighting a bacteria is positive, obviously it is a negative response when the body misreads an agent as a danger. Dogs are like … Continue reading

How to Nail Clip Your Dog’s Nails… Calmly

How to Nail Clip Your Dog's Nails… Calmly

To a certain extent it is a myth that road walking will wear down your dog’s claws. A dog’s posture, and any physical conditions like hip dysplasia will determine how he walks and the weight distribution through his legs and feet.   Conformation also plays a huge part in the placement of the foot. We are all guilty of not handling our dog’s feet for fun stuff, seeming only to grab them rudely for feet cleaning and nail clipping. These procedures can be incredibly stressful for our pooches and as guardians it is fitting that we make the experience as … Continue reading

Fun Activities to Keep Your Dog Active This Winter

Winter Tips for Your Pet Dogs to Enjoy

Even when the weather is cold, there are still so many fun activities to keep your dog healthy and happy!   It’s important to make sure your dog gets plenty of playtime and exercise all year round, so why not try a few of these fun winter games and activities on a cold day? Go Outside! Snow and cold weather don’t automatically make play time outside impossible. In fact, your dog will love hopping around the in the snow and getting some fresh air. If it’s snowing out, make sure your dog is equipped with some dog booties and a … Continue reading

12 Reasons Your Dog Is Overweight

Overweight Dogs and How to Keep Them Healthy

Are you concerned about your dog’s weight? Well, typically we adore fat dogs, and they may win us over with their charm, but unknown to some, those extra pounds may hurt the dog’s back, may result in heart problems, lead to expensive vet bills, make the dog less active or even worse – shorten its life if it develops an illness such as arthritis or diabetes.   So, if you have realized your dog is becoming overweight or are just curious how a dog becomes that way, let’s take a look at the top reasons a dog is packing on … Continue reading

Keep Your Dog (& Yourself) In Shape This Winter With These Simple Exercises!

Winter Tips for You and Your Pet Dog!

How to stay fit in the winter time… a few easy exercises for you and your dog!   Let’s face it, when it is dark, cold and wet outside you don’t want to go out and play. But your dog? He’s ready for adventure and has energy to burn, so there has to be a happy medium, right? During the winter months it is hard to get in the same level of physical activity for your dog, which can lead to weight gain or worse yet destructive behavior. Here are a few fast and easy games to play with your … Continue reading

Keeping Your Dogs Happy When You Are Away from Home!

Keeping Your Dogs Happy: How to Make Your Pet Dog Happy All the Time!

One of the most successful ways to keep your dog happy and busy whilst you are out from the family home is to introduce some environmental enrichment.   Essentially you are giving your dog lots of fun things to think about and do whilst you are away at work for the day, it also helps them keep up their natural behaviors of sniffing out items, being inquisitive and perhaps jumping up, digging and reaching for objects. Some examples that are easy to make, cheap and the kids will also have fun being involved! These include objects that make the dog … Continue reading

How to Keep Your Senior Dog Comfortable This Winter

Winter Season for Dogs? Keeping Your Dogs Happy

Let it snow, let it snow! Winter is a wonderful time to celebrate gratitude and family with your senior dog.   Unfortunately, with the cold weather comes more dangers and discomforts for your pooch. Read on below for some easy ways you can keep your senior dog happy and comfortable during the cold season. Getting Outside No matter your dog’s age, exercise is very beneficial to your dog’s well-being and comfort. Exercise can reduce the risk of obesity, and help your dog enjoy their last years feeling their best. Your senior dog might grow accustom to lounging around inside, so … Continue reading

Pros and Cons of Feeding Your Dog Raw Food

Raw Food: Is It Good or Bad for Your Pet Dogs?

Are you on the fence about whether to feed your dog raw food or not? Too much confusing and conflicting information out there? Let me simplify. Here are 3 layman’s terms pro’s and con’s to feeding your dog raw food. Pro #1: Your Dog Will Be Healthier There are 3 basic reasons your dog will be healthier: 1. When dogs are fed raw meat and bones they salivate. That saliva is thick, mucusy and packed full of enzymes. Their body needs to create this in order to aid in digestion and immunity. When they are not fed raw their body … Continue reading

Winter Is Coming … Important Tips for Protecting Your Pets

Winter Safety Tips for Your Pet Dogs

Fans of the popular HBO series the “Game of Thrones” are accustomed to attacks from dragons and the unexpected deaths of some of their favorite characters. The phrase “winter is coming” has become synonymous with this fictional favorite, but the approach of colder months shouldn’t mean that any harm should come to our beloved pets. While lurking death and danger from above in the form of fire-breathing dragons often happens in an instant while viewing this show, here in the real world, flying animals like bats can carry dangerous diseases like rabies and other potential health problems for our pets. … Continue reading