Can My Dog Eat Vegetables? And What Not to Feed Your Dog

With our greatly varied diet, there is a multitude of possible snacks and meals for our furry friends. But do we know what they should and should not eat? It is more than just a question of what is good for them and not good for them. Many “human” foods are actually dangerous for dogs to injest and can harm or even kill them. It is crucial to know what food we should not leave lying around, drop while snacking, feed from the table, or make a meal of for our beastie besties. Before we answer the question: “Can my dog eat vegetables?”, let’s take a look at a more pressing matter…what they should definitely not eat. Ten Things Not to Feed Your Dog Before discussing nutrition and what dogs like, eliminating the dangers is priority. Fruits Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, Pistachio, Macadamia: Here’s another holiday food to be careful …

How Do Dogs Find Their Way Home? : 4 Ways Dogs Navigate

Have you ever not known where your dog is, even for a few minutes? It’s a terrible feeling, but fear not. Dogs, like other many other animals, have a set of tools that can assist them in finding their way home over great distances. There are many stories of lost dogs, reunited with their forlorn owners after months of searching and traveling. Here are 4 ways that DPS (Dog Positioning System) works. A Powerful Sniffer I’m sure it comes as no surprise, in this day and age, that dogs have an extremely powerful sense of smell, but just how amazing is it? Science purports a huge range of numbers to compare it to human smell: anywhere from ten to a hundred thousand times. In most breeds, a dogs ability to detect scent can be measured in parts per trillion. Let’s put it this way: if you evaporated one gram of human …

Dog Hair – I Mean Heir

In 2007 infamous hotelier billionaire Leona Helmsley died and bequeathed $12,000,000.00 of her estate to her Maltese dog “Trouble” to the cachinnation of the world. To many this was a final affront to ungrateful relatives and a slight to the less fortunate masses. But could there be a less sinister, more compassionate and even logical motivation behind this unique kind of arrangement? Who amoung us would leave the fait of a helpless loved one to fortuity if we had the means to secure their safety and comfort: the means to procure a dog hair…. heir? No Plans for Pooch? What Happens if You Predecease Your Dog? If no arrangements are made for your dog, upon your passing, then a family member or friend : may “step up” and volunteer to adopt your furry family member. This is usually the best thing that could happen. A family member who adopts your dog, …

How to Stop On Leash Aggression

On leash aggression is a very common challenge facing dog owners. In most cases it can be overcome with an understanding of the root cause of this aggression, some simple training techniques, patience and time. In cases where the aggression is very intense or excessive, and may put other dogs or people  in danger, you should hire a professional dog  trainer to help. Root Causes of On Leash Aggression Understanding aggression and identifying it’s sourse, is crucial in knowing how to stop on leash aggression. There are several causes of aggression in dogs. Let’s take a look at the most common ones and determine which can be addressed and corrected by training: Fear aggression:  Fear or nervous aggression is the most common type demonstrated by dogs. It is estimated by some professional trainers that it accounts for up to 93% of this behaviour. In turn Fear or nervous aggression has …

Dog Insurance Comparison Chart: Simplify the Choice

Every dog owner worries about a potential medical situation and the associated costs. Where you draw the line for medical expenses is a personal decision. Veterinary costs have sky rocketed in the past few years and, with more advanced technologies available for our dogs, the decisions are increasingly complicated and the pressures to spend more are greater. If you know that you are willing to spend thousands of dollars to save your pooches life, or improve their quality of life, but Robert Herjavek* isn’t your benefactor, maybe pet insurance is something to look at. But finding the right pet insurance can seem complicated as well. Let’s try a dog insurance comparison chart, designed to help you sift through all the information available more quickly and simplify your decision. The Criteria Every insurance plan consists of components to consider before you make a decision. The plans will also vary according to …

Why does my Dog Love Me? Nature or Nurture

When I pull into my driveway, the first thing I notice is Theo, my little brown miniature pinscher, in the window. He is sitting on the back of couch, ears perked, looking through the glass in anticipation of my arrival. He begins to bark excitedly and then disappears. He has run to the door and is now waiting there for me. When I open the door, there is barking, jumping, furious tail wagging and kissing (Yes admit it. You kiss your dog too). It goes on for at least five minutes. When he is satisfied that I’m as happy to see him as he is to see me, he starts to settle down.  Does this sound familiar? I hope so. If you are a dog owner and love dogs, it’s a great feeling. Have you ever wondered “Why is my dog is so excited to see me? Why does he/she …

Petcube Play Reviews: The Modern Dog Has Landed

Dog toys have been around since….well since dogs, but this is no bone from the butchers. What we are seeing now is an interactive technology with applications originating in high level business, home and commercial security and even military institutions. Bundle it all up and what do you get? That’s right……a great dog toy. The Petcube Play has it all and it’s so easy to operate that that even a dog can use it (no offense Theo).  Following are two Petcube Play reviews One from a high strung and handsome little Miniature Pinscher named Theo and one from his owner, Brad. Theo’s Review:  Security, Protection, Companionship While I cherish my privacy and I don’t particularly like the idea of being watched when I’m scouring the kitchen table for breakfast scraps or eating my moms shoe, it is nice to know that my mom or dad is keeping an eye out for …

Home Alone? Dog Toys Beat the Boredom

Have you ever been home alone with nothing to do? Oh sure it’s great once in a while. We can all appreciate a little me time, but too much can be lonely. Most of us have to work out of the house and leave our dogs alone for some period of time every week. Should we not have dogs because we have to go to work? Of course not. It can be difficult to teach your dog to knit, read or do housework to keep them occupied, but hey, how about some great toys!! Sticks, ropes, bones and homemade balls have been toys for dogs for as long as they have been our companions, but the evolution of store bought toys began nearly 200 years ago with the popularity of “song birds” in the parlor. Toys to entertain birds were born out of the obvious boredom frustration exhibited by our …

Little Dog Clothes: Lookin’ Good, Feelin’ Warm!

We’ve had record cold temperatures in Canada and the U.S.A. this year. We all know how it affects us. I don’t want to go out of the house in the morning! Heck I don’t even want to get out of my housecoat. Shoveling snow…….ya, great fun!! Your little canine cutie probably doesn’t love it either (Not the snow shoveling. You should never make your dog shovel snow. It’s bad for their back). Is Your Canine, Cold Weather Friendly? : 3 Factors Size: That’s right, it’s high school science time again. This class is about “Surface to Volume”. If your dog is small he or she has a larger surface area (his outside surface) to his heat producing inside. Therefore, his or her surface area will release the heat he or she produces more quickly and easily and they will have a greater appreciation for little dog clothes. Conversely a larger …

Good Dogs Bad Breath – Remedies

I’m Theo. I’m the biggest handful of Miniature Pinscher you ever met in your life. I’m smart, cute, energetic, affectionate and charming. I like to jump up in laps and kiss people. Problem is, I’m being told I have bad Breath. This is embarrassing. Bad Breath Dog Food I got to thinking…could it be what I’m eating. As I mentioned, I’m very cute and yes, I beg for food all the time. There’s a couple of softies in my house that will slip me human junk food. I love it, but Brad (one of my owners) always complains when he catches them and makes them promise not to do it again. He says that dogs can have sensitivities to some foods that could cause gastro intestinal problems and bacteria in their mouth, lungs or stomach…yuck. This could be the source of bad breath. When members of my family are feeding …