Switching dog food will happen at least twice in your dog’s life: 1) as they transition from puppy to adult, and 2) as they transition from adult to senior dog. You can’t just change dog food overnight though! Here are the steps to transition your dog with ease to a new food in 5 or 10 days — whether you’re switching from puppy food to adult dog food, from adult food to senior dog food, or there’s some other reason for you to switch food (like allergies, weight issues, health concerns, etc.)
Dog Care 101
The usual simple steps to crate training are practical and helpful — but they overlook the day-to-day troubles that you’re likely to face in the process of crate training a dog. Here are some important things I’ve learned about crate training dogs. I did it differently with my first dog (a Labrador) than I did with my second dog (a French Bulldog). See the 10 mistakes I’ve done when crate training dogs — and how to avoid making those same mistakes.
Have a mixed breed dog? (Me too.) Here’s a list of mixed breed dog names — so you’ll know what to call cross breed dogs other than mutts! According to the American Canine Hybrid Club, this is the official list of recognized hybrid dog breeds and their unique mixed breed dog names. These are all cross breed dogs with unique names that were created by combining 2 popular dog mixes. (Some call them designer dogs or designer dog breeds.) Pictures included!
Dog Tricks & Training Tips
Believe it or not, a puppy is never too young to learn basic dog commands. In fact, you can (and should) introduce puppy training the day you bring your new dog into your house. A well-behaved dog is what everyone wants, but not everyone wants to start the dog training early enough. By training your puppy early, she will always know what’s expected of her inside your home.
All puppies nip or bite at your hands, feet, and ankles. See the #1 reason you should not allow this behavior any more, How to stop a puppy from nipping and biting, Why puppies bite, When puppies stop biting, and All about puppy teeth!
DIY Dog Grooming Tips
The Bristly dog toothbrush is a special chew toy that functions as a toothbrush for dogs. Who doesn’t need a little help brushing their dog’s teeth??? If there’s an easier way to do it… I’m all in! Dog teeth brushing is one thing that is not all that easy to do. I still do it with all 3 of my dogs — but it’s not what I’d call fun. The Bristly dog toothbrush toy is a FUN way to brush my dog’s teeth! The best part: he does all the work, not me. Here’s my review, including the 10 things I like best and 3 things I’m not so crazy about. But the bottom line is my dogs LOVE it!
I’ve had dogs all my life. Only 3 of them had dew claws. Here’s what I’ve learned about removing dewclaws …and not removing them. Everything you need to know about dog dew claws, including when (or if) you should have them removed, plus recommendations from other dog experts and dog owners.
Health, Wellness & Safety
Our veterinarian said dogs that spend a lot of time indoors during the winter months tend to get mild skin conditions resulting in dry, itchy, flaky skin. Guess what? A home remedy of Olive Oil will typically solve a dog’s dry skin problem! In fact, the Olive Oil works so well on my dog’s dry, itchy coat that we put it on his food every single day… year round!
My dog ate Advil. (It was a single 200 mg liquid gel capsule with Ibuprofen inside.) Dogs and Ibuprofen don’t mix – so I knew it was important to treat this right away! I rushed her to the vet, and I’m glad I did. Here’s what I’ve learned about Ibuprofen toxicity in dogs.