3 Games to Strengthen the Bond with Your Dog

Bond and Moments With Your Canine Friend

The relationship you have with your dog needs to be fostered just like any other relationship in your life; however, most of us have had lots of practice getting along with friends, partners, or parents, but few of us have taken the time to learn how to strengthen the relationship with our pets. I’ve learned over the years with my lab-mix Coco, that innovative games–keeping her mentally satisfied–goes a long way in making sure we get quality time together to bond. Here are our 3 favorite games and why they work to keep us close. 1. Hunting: Don’t let the … Continue reading

Rescue Begins with Rehabilitation – March 4Knines Spotlight on Raven Pines Dog Rescue and Rehabilitation

Dog Rescue on Rescueme.org

You’ve probably heard of at least a dozen dog rescue groups, but one Arizona-based group is taking saving canine lives to a new level. Raven Pines Dog Rescue and Rehabilitation (RPDRR) helps at-risk dogs find sanctuary to heal, learn to trust and become strong in heart and mind again. Saving puppies and older dogs from horrible living conditions or poor environments is the just the first step for the dedicated workers and volunteers at Raven Pines. With a peaceful touch, these caring individuals restore dogs through exercise, training, and structure, transforming the dogs into the best they can be. The … Continue reading

How to Deal With Dogs Who Get Carsick

Carsick Issue With Canines

Imagine traveling to the park with your dog and then your pet suddenly starts to drool and looks a bit worse for wear. Before you can do anything, the dog brings all its food back up, all over your car. It is a good thing if you have a front seat cover installed but this is probably not what you were hoping for. Dogs get carsick, probably more often than people do. One of the main problems with this is that dogs who get carsick often start to fear driving, meaning any future trips become increasingly stressful. Luckily, there are … Continue reading

Top 10 Ways to Manage Canine Arthritis Naturally

Canine Arthritis and Canine Health Issues

Canine arthritis pain is one of the most common reasons owners pursue evaluation and treatment with a veterinarian. Arthritis happens when one or more of the body’s joints are inflamed. When untreated, canine arthritis can progress to osteoarthritis (OA) where the cartilage surfaces lining joints is damaged and normal range of motion (ROM) is compromised. Top Signs of Arthritis In Dogs Clinical signs of arthritis in dogs may be mild or severe and only become evident when the disease has significantly advanced. Dog owners can see obvious lameness (limping), difficulty navigating stairs or getting onto or down from elevated surfaces, … Continue reading

10 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Canines

Canines and Character of Dogs

Dogs are unique, fun animals, and most pet owners will agree that they really brighten our days. We probably know just about everything about our dogs’ personalities, but you might be surprised about just how much you didn’t know about dogs!  Like, dogs have twice as many muscles for moving their ears as humans, and that they use them to make more than 100 facial expressions. Pretty cool, right? Here are some other fun facts you might not know about canines: 1. Some small breed dogs’ stomachs are the size of a walnut! 2. The average dog is as smart … Continue reading

7 Fun Ways to Celebrate National Puppy Day

National Puppy Day Celebration With Man’s Best Friend

If March 23 doesn’t yet hold significance for you, it should. In 2006, National Puppy Day was started as a way to remind us of the joys and responsibilities of K9 ownership. Founded by well respected author Colleen Paige, National Puppy Day is now recognized as an international holiday! National Puppy Day was created out of a necessity to confront the worldwide problem regarding puppy mills and the conditions they provide. According to, http://www.streetinsider.com, there are “unfavorable conditions at the estimated 8,000 – 10,000 puppy mills in the nation.” Poor diet, dirty and overcrowded kennels and a lack of proper … Continue reading

How to Get Your Dog to Sleep In Its Own Bed

Dog to Sleep and Train to Use His Bed

It may seem like a good idea, particularly on a cold and lonely night, to let your dog sleep in your bed. However, before you know it, you are ready to have your own bed back, but your dog doesn’t want to leave anymore. You may think that all you need is to offer the dog a comfortable alternative, but that’s not actually as easy as many people think. Furthermore, there are so many dog beds to choose from that simply picking a comfortable one can be quite overwhelming. The Case Against Letting Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed Most … Continue reading

How to Keep Your House-Trained Dog From Having Accidents Indoors!

Accidents and How to Keep Your Dog Safe

Accidents happen! But if your dog consistently has trouble making it outside to do its business, there could be something else wrong. Dog incontinence can be frustrating for both owners and dogs. Your pet may be trying really hard to let you know she has to go out, but physically can’t make it. And you may be getting upset about your ruined carpet or rugs! Here’s everything you need to know about dog incontinence— what causes it, what to look for, how to treat it, and some products that will help you manage the diagnosis. Causes of Incontinence in Dogs … Continue reading

Top 6 Nutritional Needs of Puppies

Puppies and Their Important Health Needs

Puppies can be a lot of fun, but their nutritional needs aren’t as easy as you’d expect. Here are my top 6 recommendations as a veterinarian for the unique nutritional needs of puppies: 1. Complete and Balanced Meals Dogs can’t grow on meat alone. They need an appropriate combination of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and more. Most commercially available puppy foods have been formulated to be nutritionally complete and balanced for puppy growth and will include a statement that such foods have met requirements of the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). “Nutritionally complete” means that all the … Continue reading

Tips For Making Traveling With Your Dog A Breeze

Vehicles and Cars That Canines Like

Dog owners see their pet as a full member of their family. This means that if they go on a vacation or other trip, the dog goes with them. Indeed, doing so also makes the vacation more enjoyable, as you don’t have to worry about whether or not your furry best friend is being looked after properly. However, traveling with your dog does take a bit of knowledge and understanding, particularly if you are taking your pet in a car. After all, cars are not designed to carry dogs. Luckily, you can plan ahead in order to make sure the … Continue reading