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Sunday’s Recap: Being Choosy About Dog Toys

Another Sunday morning means another Sunday Recap here at Top Dog Tips. Did you get time to read my column last week about adopting...
Interactive Puzzle Toys for Dogs

Interactive Puzzle Toys for Dogs as a Brain Exercise

Dogs need shelter and a comfortable, familiar place to sleep. They need good, nutritious dog food. They need human companionship. Dogs also require a lot of...
Intervertebral Disc Disease

Let’s Talk: Intervertebral Disc Disease in Canines

Happy September! I hope you had some time to read last week's column about my interview with dog trainer Beth Jeffrey. It was wonderful to get...
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Sunday’s Recap: Adopting A Dog That Fits Your Lifestyle

How is it possible that it is already the last Sunday of August? Summer is wrapping up and the kids are heading back to...
Outnumbered and Probably Outsmarted

Op-Ed: Outnumbered and Probably Outsmarted

I am the manager of an eleven-mammal household: one very busy teenager, one old grouch, a cat that hides, seven papillons, and me. Actually,...
Myths and Facts About Electric Dog Collars

Stay Humane: Myths and Facts About Electric Dog Collars

Assumptions aren’t that difficult to come by. Someone starts a trend or fad and other people jump right on the bandwagon without bothering to...
Harmful Additives in Commercial Dog Food

Sunday’s Recap: Harmful Additives in Commercial Dog Food

It's hard to believe that August is almost over. Kids are getting ready to go back to school, Labor Day weekend is just around...
Pet Health Insurance

Let’s Talk: Pet Health Insurance

Good morning readers! Hopefully you all enjoyed my column last week about raw food diets and the changes I'm making to my dog's diet right...
Are Raw Bones Good for Dogs

Sunday’s Recap: Are Raw Bones Good for Dogs?

Happy Sunday readers! It was a busy week here at Top Dog Tips, but I was able to sneak in some research anyway. Last week we...
Responsible Breeding

Let’s Talk: Responsible Dog Breeding

Hopefully you’ve all been able to check out my Sunday Recap from last week. Those columns give me a wonderful chance to connect with you...
Canine Genetics - How to Make a Dog

Op-Ed: Canine Genetics – How to Make a Dog

Many years ago, I decided to breed a litter of cocker spaniels. I had a solid-black female with a good pedigree, and after some...
How I Help My Dog Deal With Separation Anxiety

How I Help My Dog Deal With Separation Anxiety

One of the most common problems for pet parents is dealing with a dog that suffers from separation anxiety. Some dogs are destructive when...


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4 Tips & Tricks for Navigating Peak Flea and Tick Season

Here it comes... the dreaded peak flea and tick season. For us pet owners, while we love those sunny beach trips and walking in the...
Sasha in the car

Have Pet, Will Travel: Guide to Spring or Summer Trips with...

In Partnership with Merck Animal Health In my opinion, there's no better time to travel with your pet than in either spring or summer. The weather's...
Can I Afford A Dog

Can I Afford A Dog?

Owning a pet is expensive. It’s more than just planning for food and toys. If you’ve been asking yourself, can I afford a dog, here is everything you need to know. A big part of being a responsible pet owner is preparing for the endeavor financially. Creating a consistent budget can help you plan for routine expenses like food, treats and toys, as well as unexpected expenses like vet visits in the event of an emergency. Asking the question can I afford a dog is a very responsible thing to do. Many pet owners don’t plan a budget before adopting a dog, and that can get you into a lot of trouble.
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How to Get Rid of a Dog: The Right Way

Are you faced with the challenging decision of how to let go of your furry companion? We understand that circumstances change. And even...
Why Are Dogs So Loyal?

Why Are Dogs So Loyal?

One of the best qualities of our canine companions is their unwavering loyalty. Why are dogs so loyal? There are amazing stories about the unmatched loyalty of dogs - dogs that have sat on their owner’s graves, waited patiently for months for their owners to return from war and even stories of dogs walking thousands of miles to reunite with their masters.
Why Do Pets Make Us Happy?

Why Do Pets Make Us Happy?

Nothing beats the feeling of seeing a happy dog or friendly cat come running over to you looking for a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. Why do pets make us happy? Pets do a lot more than just keep us company. The unconditional love that they provide us with is priceless and incomparable to any love that we get other humans.

Dog Names Starting With Z

Are you looking for dog names starting with Z? Well, you're in the right place! Getting a new pup would mean preparing for a new set...
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How Many Dogs Are Too Many?

We've all been there. Pet owners of one dog think, "Maybe I should get one more." Then, once you get the second dog, you'll...
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Can Dogs Get Sick From Humans?

If you have been caring for dogs for quite a while now, you must have known we can get sick from them. Rabies, giardia—name...
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Breed profile

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Breed Profile

Not a lot of people know about this breed, but the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is not something you should ignore when you chance upon...