7 Claims About Dog Ownership I Was Surprised to Find Were Not True!

Dog Ownership and Dog Facts

Growing up, I learned many “old wives” tales about dogs. My neighbors told them, my friends told them, and my parents told them. Now that I’m older, I have found that some are just not true.   Here are a few examples: 1. Mutts Make the Best Dogs Yes, it is true that pure breeds may have certain genetic illnesses, but if you get your dog from a reputable breeder, these risks can be lowered considerably. A good breeder minimizes in-breeding and houses their pregnant dogs in a clean, safe environment. Pregnant dogs and puppies receive all the medical care … Continue reading

Want to Be Healthier and Smarter? Get a Dog!

Healthier Body in Having a Pet Dog

Are dog owners healthier and smarter? Studies show yes! Well, sort of. During the past ten years, studies have revealed that exercise – movement – is key to solving many health problems. And these findings have been widely shared. Moving, even moderate physical exercise reduces your chances of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes and lowers blood pressure. The good news is any exercise is better than no exercise. So, people are encouraged to start with just ten minutes a day, even walking. Ten minutes a day? If you’re a dog owner, you know this is impossible. It’s too short. My … Continue reading

What NOT to Say to Other Pet Owners

Pet Owners and Relationship With Other Pet Parents

For those who own pets, we are on the same team. We love our furry companions and consider them a part of the family. Many pet owners can tell you just how important their furry family members mean to them with an array of stories, photos, and smiles. Pet parents can bond over their animals and share their feelings of closeness that they have with their animals, help each other with advice on pet parenting, and go on pet play dates together. On the same note of pet parenthood, it’s important to remember what not to say to other pet … Continue reading

8 Things New Dog Owners Forget to Do

Dog Owners Tips for Proper Parenting and Dog Behavior

We’re sure over the course of your internet life, you came across so many do’s and don’ts for new dog owners and it causes people to get even more lost with the whole process. Everyone has their own techniques that work based on the owner and the pets. Each one is different in what training tips work. So we have come up with some things that we see pet owners don’t start training on right away. Here Are Some of the Mistakes Most New Dog Owners Do: 1. Owners Forget to Start Potty Training Right Away It’s easier to teach … Continue reading

The Risks of Using Choke Chain or Prong Collars on Your Dog

Collars on Dogs Good or Bad? Choke Chains and Prong Collars

“Do you…WANT TO GO FOR A WALKIES?”  Those can be a dogs favorite words along with, “Do you…  WANT TO EAT?” Sadly, for some dogs the walk experience is fraught with frustration, confusion and outright pain. For some dog owners the walk experience may be fraught with similar feelings of frustration and anxiety as they struggle to have a pleasant walk with their dog that has not been educated about how to walk in a relaxed manner with their person. For other dog owners they may think they have pulling behavior under control by using outdated dominance/punishment training methods. People using … 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