The Alaskan Klee Kai – Ultimate Dog Breed Information Guide

As a miniaturized version of the very popular Alaskan Husky, the Alaskan Klee Kai is one adorable pup that is sure to turn a few heads. But these tiny spitz dogs aren’t always keen on such attention. And that’s not the only way the Alaskan Klee Kai differs from their larger doppelgangers. Keep reading to …

The Caucasian Shepherd Dog – Ultimate Breed Information Guide

This lesser-known livestock guardian is a powerful and effective tool against wolves, bears, and thieves. While they are still primarily used as a working breed, these dogs can make loyal and loving family companions for the right owner. “Caucasian Ovcharka” by Spike Summers / CC BY 2.0 Think you have the skills to tame the …

The Saluki – Ultimate Breed Information Guide

Graceful, elegant, and independent, the Saluki is unlike most breeds. For many humans, these stubborn, cat-like dogs aren’t a great fit. But for the right owner, this dog has an intoxicating quality that may ruin you of all other breeds. Keep reading to find out what it is about the Saluki that makes them so …

Picking The Best Dog House Heater For Your Dog  

Our dogs are family, and it’s important that we help keep them safe and warm no matter what season is upon us.  If you are a pet parent with a dog who enjoys spending lots of time outdoors in his dog house, chances are you may be in the market for a good dog house …

The Plott Hound – Ultimate Breed Information Guide

When looking at the American scenthound breeds, you might assume they all share a similar history. But if you are including the Plott Hound in that assessment, you’d be wrong. Keep reading to find out what makes this handsome striped hound so unique among treeing and trailing dogs and if one of these athletic and …

The Neapolitan Mastiff – Ultimate Breed Information Guide

When it comes to dogs you don’t want to run into in a dark alley, the Neopolitan Mastiff or Mastino Napoletano certainly has to be high on the list. This quintessential mastiff breed is huge, intimidating, and fearless. But don’t let the heavy stare and massive jaws of the Neapolitan Mastiff turn you off to …

The Norwegian Elkhound – Ultimate Breed Information Guide

Stout and mighty, there are few dogs with as much grit, intelligence, and confidence as this ancient Scandanavian breed. Despite their long history as a hunting and all-around utility dog, the Elkhound is most famous today for its role as a loyal and cuddly companion. But these feisty characters aren’t right for just anyone. Keep …

The Keeshond – Ultimate Breed Information Guide

Bred throughout history to be loving and cuddly companion dogs, this spitz breed has had centuries to develop their keen sense of empathy and their velcro-like dependence. But their use as watchdogs means these pups aren’t always quiet companions. Keep reading to find out if the smiling Dutchman is the right breed of dog for …

Best Family Dog – 10 Best Kid Friendly Dog Breeds

My dog Kyra is the friendliest dog in the world. She doesn’t have an aggressive bone in her body, and she greets every person and dog she meets with a tail wag and a slobbery kiss. My dog Kyra, the friendliest dog in the world.  No dog lover needs to be told that dogs are …

The Afghan Hound – Ultimate Breed Information Guide

With their elegant build, delicate flowing coat, and large dark eyes, there are few breeds in the world that can touch the Afghan in terms of sheer beauty. But their strong instincts and independent nature make them a more difficult dog to keep as a companion. Keep reading to find out if you have what …

Orijen Dog Food Review

Orijen brand dog food is kibble reimagined. They promise real, biologically appropriate ingredients without preservatives or fillers. While all of this may sound familiar, a closer look at the ingredients list and an exploration into how the company operates as a whole tell a very different story from anything we’ve seen before in dry dog …

15 Best Hunting Dogs

Humans have been hunting with dogs for at least 20,000 years, and the relationship between hunter and dog has changed throughout the ages. Around 10,000 years ago, when man first began domesticating animals, dogs were tasked with overseeing the herd. By about 6,000 years ago there were at least 5 distinct breeds of hunting dogs …

250 Delicious Chocolate Lab Names

Are you the proud new pet parent of a Chocolate Labrador Retriever? If so, then we want to congratulate you! You are now embarking on the wonderful journey of pet parenthood with one of the world’s most popular dogs – the Lab! In fact, not only is the Labrador Retriever considered America’s most popular dog, …

The Irish Setter – Ultimate Breed Information Guide

Considered by some to be the most beautiful dog in the working group, the Irish setter is equal parts grace, glamour, and charm. It doesn’t hurt that they’re also incredibly sweet and good-natured. But this active setter also has abundant energy and a lot of drive, making them too boisterous for some families. Keep reading …

The German Shorthaired Pointer – Ultimate Breed Information Guide

Whether you are looking for a hunting buddy or a companion dog that can keep up with your active family, the German shorthaired pointer has you covered. But all that energy and instinct to work mean this bouncy canine isn’t for everyone. Keep reading to find out if the German shorthaired pointer is the right …

The Anatolian Shepherd – Ultimate Breed Information Guide

Loyal, intelligent, and powerful, this ancient breed has been protecting humans and their livestock for millennia. But do Anatolian shepherds make good housepets? In this article, we will take a deep dive into what makes this livestock guardian tick, how easy they are to care for, and whether or not they would make the right …

The Leonberger – Ultimate Breed Information Guide

This gentle giant may look like they were bred for the battlefield, but their history is not at all what you’d expect. Their personality, however, is much more straight forward. The Leonberger is a calm and devoted companion, perfect for families. But they also require a lot of space, early training and socialization, and an …

The Bloodhound – Ultimate Breed Information Guide

There are few breeds as recognizable in sight and sound as the bloodhound. Their droopy ears and adorable wrinkles make them an instant hit with children and adults alike, but their instinct to scent track and wall-shaking bay mean they aren’t suitable for every situation. Keep reading to find out what it takes to own …

The Dogo Argentino – Ultimate Breed Information Guide

This rare breed is a striking sight with its bright white coat, powerful, blocky head, and athletic body. The dogo is a breed with a short history, a large family tree, and a very specific use. But with the right owner, they can make loyal companions and even loving family dogs. Keep reading to find …

Why Does My Dog Make Weird Noises?

All dog owners are familiar with the strange noises that can sometimes come out of our dogs. As funny as these weird noises might sometimes be, you might also be wondering what’s behind some of the weird noises your dog makes. Read on to learn all about how dogs communicate, find out the meaning behind …

15 Things You Should Know About The Chow Chow

With their lion’s mane coats and their thick golden fur, Chow Chows look a lot like the king of the jungle! Chow chows are genuinely eye-catching and lovely; they were named twice. When you first spot a Chow Chow, it can be hard to tell whether it’s a dog, a teddy bear, marshmallow, or a …

15 Things You Should Know About Working Dog Breeds

Working dog breeds are intelligent, trainable, outgoing and high-energy dogs. The working dog class is extensive, made up of over 50 breeds including everything from the Old English Sheep Dog to the Komondor with their impressive coats, all of which would have been typically bred to carry out very specific jobs. This is also the …

11 Things You Should Know About the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is one of the most popular Toy Breeds in the world, and with good reason: with their meltingly sweet expressions; even tempers; and tendency towards gentleness, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels can make the ideal family pet. Standing between 12 and 13 inches, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the tallest …

The Tibetan Mastiff – Ultimate Breed Information Guide

Although a lesser-known breed overall, the Tibetan mastiff is one dog that is sure to leave an impression. These giant, bear-like canines are slowly growing in popularity in the west and have been used as livestock guardians in China and India for centuries. If you’re considering adding a Tibetan mastiff to your family, you’ll want …

10 Biggest Dogs in the World

Everyone who loves dogs has a favorite breed. Some of us like fuzzy little pooches like Pomeranians and Maltese, while others go for the sleek, almost hairless looks of whippets and greyhounds. And then there are the daring souls who can’t resist the giant dog breeds — those 100-plus-pound bundles of joy that are so …

Bite Inhibition Training: How to Train Your Dog Not to Bite

Everyone loves puppies. They’re cute, cuddly, and fun to wrestle with. That is, until those tiny puppy teeth come out. As much as most people don’t want to deal with a bitey puppy, the reality is that all puppies use their jaws during play. Like house training, bite training just one of those things you …

Over 200 Best Pitbull Names – From Cute to Ferocious

If you’ve found yourself reading this article then there is a very good chance you’ve just added a new Pitbull to your family. This means congratulations are in order! Pitbulls are wonderful dogs and incredible companions! In fact, Pitties are some of my favorite breeds altogether, and I say that as a human who spends …

The Best Citronella Dog Collar 

I have a confession to make: last year, when Eira was a puppy who ran off all the time if she wasn’t on her leash and who yowled and howled almost constantly, I borrowed my neighbor’s shock collar against my better judgment. I was sick and tired of trying to train Eira how to behave …

The Best Dog Sleeping Bag 

I grew up going camping every summer, and so did my dogs. In fact, my German shepherd, Clancy, was delivered to us while we were on a weeks-long camping trip with our RV. Clancy slept inside the RV with us, so she didn’t get cold. We often tent-camped, too, but once fall hit, we rolled …

8 Reasons Why Dogs Need A Garden

Most dogs love the outdoors. Though a balance between outdoor adventures and indoor cuddles is desirable, dogs are animals who naturally thrive when in their natural habitat of the great outdoors. Whether it’s for exercise, playtime or just pacing the perimeter of their territory, dogs love having a safe space where they can roam outdoors …

How to Stop Dogs From Jumping

Excessive jumping. No dog is immune to it. Whether you have a big dog or a small dog, it is one of the most common bad habits us trainers get asked to “fix”, one of the hardest habits to keep from being reinforced and in the end, the most important fact to remember about jumping …

Can My Dog Eat This? 10 Common Foods Your Dog Shouldn’t Eat

It’s a Monday night and you’re finally sitting down at the dinner table to eat after a long exhausting day at work. You’re trying to be healthy, even though you’d prefer to just throw a frozen pizza in the oven. Your dinner consists of several healthy options: grapes, fish, and broccoli. You’re still drinking your …

12 Ways to Keep Your Dog Entertained When Home Alone

We all know the feeling of having to leave your dog home alone. You’re all set, ready to go and just before you do you have to say goodbye to your precious pooch. They stare at you with those puppy dog eyes, begging you not to leave. How adorable they look makes it difficult to …

What Did Your Dog Just Say? 15 Bark Sounds and What They Mean

Some dogs bark due to boredom, loneliness, or lack of exercise. Others bark incessantly to get attention or release stress. My dog barks to annoy me. Just kidding. The truth is, no dog barks just to drive us insane. Dogs bark for many different reasons and now, thanks to some pretty cool studies, we are …

Liver Disease in Dogs: Causes, Complications and Treatments

Owning a dog with liver disease can be challenging. I know this for certain because my dog, Joey, a 13-year-old shih tzu, was diagnosed with a rare  form of liver disease about three years ago. In his case, we found the problem quite by accident. During an exam for an unrelated issue, my vet found …

100 Best Female Dog Names

Choosing the perfect name for your female dog can be as difficult as naming your daughter. It is the title they will respond to for the rest of their lives, the word they will ultimately come to associate with themselves. Unless your dog is adopted and already has her name, it can take a lot …

7 Reasons Why Dogs Howl and What You Can Do About It

Howling can be a cute, quirky behavior, until it becomes nonstop. And getting your dog’s howling under control isn’t always an easy task. The best way to prevent or stop this behavior is to know what causes or exacerbates howling; a dog may howl for a variety of reasons, and there are some instances of …

8 Best Mental Exercises for Your Dog

Many pet owners strive to provide mental stimulation for their dog, but they don’t understand why mental exercises are so important. We all love our dogs, and we know that they love chews and toys, but mental stimulation is so much more than tossing a few bones their direction. The best way for you to …

Music Therapy for Dogs – Does It Work?

Like humans, dogs can suffer from stress and anxiety in their day to day lives. Anything can trigger anxiety in your dog, from the front bell ringing to the sound of your neighbor’s dog barking next door. My own dog, Axelle, has a very real fear of the sound of running water, and she runs …

13 Things You Should Know About the German Shepherd

So you’re thinking about getting a new dog or puppy and you have several things on your list that are must haves: loyalty, intelligence, and protection. A German Shepherd certainly fits into all of those categories and more. However, German Shepherds do require a little extra work. Before adding a German Shepherd to your family, …

Why Your Dog Needs a Reflective Vest, and How to Find the Perfect One

Back when I lived in Montana, I used to go jogging early in the winter mornings, long before the sun came up. I often took my one-year-old German shepherd, Bella, with me, and I wore a reflective vest and a headlamp. Bella didn’t have a vest. One morning, we were running in the darkness past …

Why Punishment Should be Avoided When Training Your Dog

The dog training world can be a passionate and widely divisive one.   Broadly speaking, there are two main types of training. Those that rely on using force-free, positive reinforcement techniques, and those that rely on aversives techniques and punishment (sometimes used alongside some positive training too admittedly). In this article, we hope to help you …

9 Common Causes of Dog Diarrhea and When You Should be Worried

It’s not something dog owners usually want to talk about. But it is something all of them will experience at one time or another. It’s the big D word: Diarrhea. For some dogs, diarrhea is a frequent occurrence. For others, it’s a rare and unnerving experience. No matter where your dog lies on the spectrum, …

11 Things You Should Know About the Schnoodle

Friendly, smart, and loyal, the Schnoodle is a cross-breed of the Poodle and the Schnauzer. This “designer breed” first showed up onto the scene in the 1980s and has made a home for itself in the hearts of families ever since. I had the joy of having a Schnoodle in my life for 16 years! …

50 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the World

Wondering which are the most popular dog breeds in the world? This list of the 50 most popular dog breeds is one of the most comprehensive out there. What makes some dog breeds popular? Sometimes, dogs are popular despite having some health or other issues. Studies of dog choices reveal that breeds seem to be …

Dog Limping and When to See a Vet

Is your dog limping? Have you noticed that your dog seems to be limping?  It may not be something you need to panic about but, depending on the severity of their lameness and other environment and physical conditions, it could be something that requires veterinary intervention. They are many causes of limping in dogs – …

Borzoi Breed Information – 12 Facts to Know

Chances are if you’ve seen a Borzoi, you’ve likely thought that it was just a Greyhound with long hair. The reality is that the Borzoi is an entirely distinct breed all its own, a mix of Arabian Greyhounds and a thick-coated Russian breed of dog. While it’s got some features that resemble Greyhounds for sure, …

Wild Heritage: 12 Things Dogs and Wolves Have in Common

Hollywood often portrays wolves as dangerous, mysterious animals, but truthfully they have more in common with our beloved dogs than most people realize. Both are beautiful, intelligent, and complex creatures, and both are worthy of our respect. In my time volunteering at Shy Wolf Sanctuary, I had the opportunity to work with wolfs one-on-one and …

Eurasier Dog Breed Information: 11 Facts to know

Hailing from Germany, these dogs have only been around for a few decades. The Eurasier dog is a medium-sized dog breed that is known for their prick ears and thick fur coat. Known for being good-natured, they make excellent companions as they form strong bonds with their humans. Unlike some other dogs of the Spitz …

Whippet Dog Breed Information – 11 Things You Should Know

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself” – Josh Billings Dogs truly are man’ss best friend and the whippet is no exception to the rule. The Whippet was known as the ‘poor man’s racehorse’ back in the 1900’s and it was a pretty grey area of …