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Dog Park Etiquette

Let’s Talk: Dog Park Etiquette

We're changing our Let's Talk column. I'll still be doing my weekly column, but you'll be seeing more op-ed pieces from other editors too....
Is Your Dog a Gambling Addict

Cons of Operant Conditioning: Is Your Dog a Gambling Addict?

In the 70s, there was a lot of unrest accompanied by paranoia over a theory of behavior surfacing in psychology. Never mind that the...

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...
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...

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...

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Dog Names Starting With Y

Do you plan on getting a pup? Do you have a new furry addition to your family? If you do, you're probably pondering what would...
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Can Dogs Be Blood Donors?

There are many ways to help dogs in need—voluntary work, shelter adoption, feeding the strays... But have you ever thought of donating blood? No, not yours,...
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My Dog Ate a Diaper! Should I Be Worried?

"My dog ate a diaper! What should I do?" If you're a new parent and a dog owner, you should know what they say about...
10 Most Famous Dogs in History

10 Most Famous Dogs in History

Canines are known as man's best friend for a number of reasons. Loyal, intelligent and and affectionate are just a few of the great characteristics of our beloved pets, and the most famous dogs in history are all of this and more! While humble and selfless at heart, dogs often find ways into the spotlight. One viral story or amazing video, and dogs can gain the affection and adoration of the public in mere minutes. That's what inspired me to do research for this list of the most famous dogs in history.
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New Canine Respiratory Illness Spreading Across US

Years after the COVID-19 pandemic, there's a new viral disease in town spreading around the US... but this time, it's affecting dogs. More than 200...

13 Best Gifts for Veterinarians For Holidays In 2024

A veterinarian is absolutely important for our pet’s health and well-being. And not to mention our own peace of mind as well when our...
5 Signs of Dog Anal Glands Problems (And What to Do)

Dog Anal Glands Problems: Signs, Causes, and Treatment

W hile dog anal gland problems are usually not life-threatening, they are relatively common, except for anal gland cancer. Sadly, when untreated, they can affect your...
How To Make Homemade Flea Spray for Dogs

3 Ways on How to Make Homemade Flea Spray for Dogs

Learning how to make homemade flea spray for dogs will save you money and reduce your pet's exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins. Here's 3 best recipes.

15 Velcro Dog Breeds (Plus Tips to Lessen Their Clinginess)

Picture this: You are trying to sneak into the kitchen for some midnight snack without waking anyone up. Suddenly, you felt a pair of eyes...
Cyrus, Lucky, and Deuce | Image courtesy: Domenick Scudera via Daily Paws

2-Legged Therapy Dogs Inspire Amputee Patients in Rehab

MALVERN, PHILADELPHIA—Cyrus, Lucky, and Deuce are dogs on a mission: inspire the patients of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Philadelphia to get back on...