How to Find the Right Doggy Daycare

How to Find the Best Dog DaycareThere is a growing number of doggy daycares across North America but they are not all created equal. How can you tell the difference between a quality facility and one that is just out to make money?

Do they require proof of vaccination or health certificate? Do they do an assessment to determine the “personality” of your dog?

Ensuring that every dog that enters the facility is healthy is just as important as determining whether a dog has a nervous, boisterous, or calm temperament. A good doggy daycare will place the appropriate types of dogs together rather than having one large group. There should also be a policy in place so dogs with aggression issues aren’t allowed to attend the daycare. Continue reading →

Holiday 2015: Unique Toys for Your Cat & Dog Part 2

These unique and fun toys are sure to be on your pets’ wish list this year…(don’t forget to check out part one if you missed it!)

Photo: ZooPlus

Photo: ZooPlus

Kitty Lake

For cats that like “fishing” this little pool has a shiny, multicolored floor to give the water an extra reflective appearance. The floating fish are colored with kitty friendly food coloring.

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Dog Grooming Trends

Photo: Patti

Photo: Patti

Dog grooming was once limited to bathing and a trim. Today, groomers are pushing the boundaries to give your pampered pooch a unique look.

Hair Dying

Photo: garycycles

Photo: garycycles

Fancy your dog with pink highlights? Or maybe you want to express your dog’s wild side with an animal print? Pet safe hair dyes make this (and more) possible.

Be sure to select a groomer who has experience with product and never use on dogs with irritated skin or who have allergies. Continue reading →

Watch Out for Wasps

bee-wolf-1370180_640It’s that time of the year when grumpy wasps are flying about looking for a place to winter. This means that your dog could accidentally have a run in with one of them.

What should you do if your dog gets stung by a wasp? First of all, try not to panic and remember that your dog will most likely be just fine. Having said that, wasp stings are painful and may swell. You can make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the area that was stung. You can also apply an ice pack intermittently. Watch your dog carefully for signs of a more serious reaction. If the swelling extends beyond the area that was stung, if your dog seems confused, has difficulty breathing, or is restless, you should take your dog to the vet right away. Don’t wait because your dog could be having an allergic reaction and time is of the essence.

Pretty soon these pesky bugs will be gone, in the meantime enjoy the rest of the summer!

Hi-tech dog gear

Whether you love gadgets or for the dog who has it all,here are some hi-tech dog gear to help keep your dog healthy, happy, and safe.

Photo: Go Go Dog Toys

Photo: Go Go Dog Toys

If you have trouble keeping up with your dog’s activity level or just need a new way to entertain him/her then Go-Go Dog Pals might be the perfect toy. It is similar to a remote controlled car except it has a durable cover designed to look like a squirrel, turtle or a number of other creatures. It can cruise up to 25 MPH, has a range of 350 ft, and its chassis’s ”shape and material is designed so dogs cannot grasp and puncture it…[and] is engineered to operate on most surfaces.”

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Want to Contribute to Dog-ology? (No Degree Required)

dog-1551699_640Have you ever wondered why your dog doesthat? Or maybe you’ve heard in the news about the latest study that says dogs will snub people who are mean to their owners?

Thanks to scientists around the world, we are learning more about canine behavior than ever before. But these researchers don’t use special “lab” dogs…they typically use dogs just like yours! So if you would like to contribute to science without needing a degree (or in some cases leaving the comfort of your home) here are a few places to check out:

  1. The OVC Companion Behavior and Welfare Lab
  2. The Canine Research Unit
  3. And this great list of research projects from around the world