Let Them Sniff

We all know dogs require daily exercise to thrive. But in the rush to provide our canine companions with a good cardio workout, we may be overlooking another equally important need: The need to sniff. Sniffing is central to a dog’s experience of his environment. Consider the daily dog walk. As we put one foot… Read more »

Did You Know: The Most Popular Dog Names?

Of all time, female: Molly, Bella, Daisy, Maggie, Lucy, Ginger, Bonnie, Sadie, Sophie, Lady Of all time, male: Max, Jake, Buddy, Jack, Cody, Charlie, Bailey, Rocky, Sam, Buster Today, female: Bella, Luna, Lucy, Daisy, Lily Today, male: Charlie, Max, Bailey, Cooper, Rex Naming trends: The steady stream of Marvel movies has seen over 30% more… Read more »

Dogs in the Workplace

One of the hardest things about living with dogs is leaving them behind every day for the office. Those puppy-dog eyes can really do a number on a dog lover. Fortunately, more and more workplaces welcome dogs. That improves the lives of dogs, their guardians, and the company’s bottom line. Employers report reduced absenteeism and… Read more »

Seizure-Alert Dogs

Service dogs most often bring to mind guide dogs for the blind and hearing dogs for the deaf. Seizure-alert dogs serve their people by warning of an oncoming seizure, allowing time for safety precautions like lying down, taking medication, or proactively calling for assistance. The ability to sense an oncoming seizure appears to be strongly… Read more »

We Are What We Eat

We are what we eat. It’s a common saying about human nutrition, acknowledging the critical link between our health and our diet. And it’s true of dogs, too. The question of canine nutrition has garnered increasing attention over the last couple of decades, bringing an ever-burgeoning pet food market in its wake. The choices are… Read more »


The Doberman is a medium-large, highly trainable breed with a colorful origin story dating to the 1880s. While running the dog pound in Apolda, Germany, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann began mixing breeds, looking to create an intelligent guard dog to protect him in his other role as local tax collector. There’s no consensus on which… Read more »

A Harmonious Multi-Species Household

Cats and dogs can live peacefully together, but getting off on the right, er, paw, is much easier than trying to smooth out already ruffled fur. Here are a few tips… Go slow. For the first week or so, let your cat and dog coexist without meeting, getting used to each others’ presence and smell.… Read more »

What Makes Your Dog Tick?

Happy 2020 folks! One of my goals for this year is to diversify our content and make it more widely accessible. I’ll be working on more in-depth and consistent blog posts, and am hoping to branch out to teaching some classes online as well. You should be able to subscribe to be notified when new… Read more »

Bad Breath in Dogs

Bad breath is a common but highly treatable problem in dogs. The smell, caused by bacteria in your dog’s mouth, stomach, or lungs, most often signals a dental or gastric issue. Sudden or unusually foul breath, however, can indicate serious illness. In all cases, a visit to the vet is important. Don’t assume that unpleasant… Read more »

Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs Probably the best known assistance dog is the guide dog. We’ve all seen a Lab (or Golden Retriever or German Shepherd) wearing the special harness while carefully guiding their blind owner across the street or down the sidewalk. Here are three interesting facts about guide dogs you might not know: A guide dog… Read more »

A Genius for Survival

Is one-of-a-kind diversity a contradiction in terms? No, that’s just dogs for you. Canis familiaris is the only species on the planet that contains the extreme variety of the Great Dane and the Chihuahua, the Dachshund and the Rottweiler, the Yorkshire Terrier and the Bernese Mountain Dog. There are, give or take a few, four… Read more »

The Five Pillars of Successful Leash Greetings

Ask first, greet later. Always ask the guardian’s permission before you let your dog meet another dog. The other dog might be shy, fearful, leash reactive, or—who knows?—in training to learn better greeting manners. This goes doubly for dogs in off-leash areas: If the other dog is on leash, there’s probably a reason. Call your… Read more »