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How to Help Your Rescue Dog Overcome Anxiety
Do you have a rescue dog who struggles with anxiety? My dog, Ginger, suffers from anxiety and so do many[...]
8 Homemade Dog Treat Recipes for Valentine’s Day
Valentine's Day isn't just for humans, you know. It's a perfect time for us to show extra love to our[...]
Why is my dog afraid of men? And how to help.
Your dog might hide, shake, bark, or tuck their tail when a man walks by, and you may wonder why.[...]
Do Dogs Remember Their Past?
Many rescue dogs have endured difficult situations before finding loving, forever homes. As we welcome them into our lives, it's[...]
Why Does My Dog Lick Me? – My face, hands, legs, feet…
Your dog’s licking behavior might seem like a simple, sometimes annoying act, but it's packed with layers of meaning. From slobbery kisses on your[...]
Why is it so hard to adopt a dog from a rescue?
Adopting a dog is a life-changing decision, filled with excitement and anticipation. While the idea of giving a pup a second[...]
How to train a rescue dog (12 steps with 6 bonus tips) 
This is a complete guide to training your rescue dog, based on my experiences with my own dogs and foster dogs. [...]
10 Home Remedies for Your Dog with Diarrhea (Vet Approved)
We've all been there – your dog is suffering from an upset digestive system, i.e. diarrhea or soft stools, and[...]
Homemade Pumpkin PB Dog Treats (3-ingredient recipe)
Queue the drool! My dogs love it when I make them homemade dog treats! And to be honest I love[...]
Why Does My Dog Keep Licking His Paws?
I’ve noticed our yellow lab, Bear, started licking his paws more often and wondered why. Is he trying to clean[...]
My Dog Won’t Play with Toys
Why won't my dog play with toys? Should I be worried, or is it normal? Playing with your dog’s favorite[...]
How to Help Your Leash Reactive Dog
Did you adopt your dog dreaming of taking long walks together, but instead ended up not being able to take[...]
What is a Puppy Mill: Uncovering the Truth
Just typing the words "puppy mill" makes me cringe. The thought of dogs in disgusting conditions, forced to breed and[...]
Red Flags When Adopting a Dog
You want to do the “right” thing and adopt a dog, but there are key warning signs to watch out[...]
How to keep your dog cool in the summer heat
Living in Wisconsin we only have to worry about the summer heat for 2-3 months out of the year.  I[...]
Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?
Our dogs love eating grass, so much so that I leave patches of grass to grow just for them to[...]
Puppy Socialization Checklist
Socializing your puppy is the single most important step in raising a happy and well-balanced dog. Puppy socialization is crucial[...]
Puppy Schedule: The key to raising a happy dog
Congratulations on your new puppy! Those adorable little fluff balls are so much fun, but also a lot of work.[...]
Dog begging for food all the time – how to stop this annoying behavior
Is your dog begging for food all the time? Oh, those puppy eyes are hard to resist sometimes. Dogs are[...]
Should dogs eat the same food every day? – Rotational Feeding for Dogs
Opening a bag of dry dog food is the quickest and easiest way to feed our dogs. And feeding the[...]
Dog Food Transition: A Quick Guide for Healthy Switches
With four dogs in our home, we are constantly rotating their food. Not because I like to make life difficult,[...]
Understanding Puppy Fear Periods: How to Help Your Pup Get Through Them
Puppy fear periods are phases in a puppy's development during which they may become more easily frightened or anxious. These[...]
Puppy Blues – feelings of regret, depression, overwhelm…
We brought home our second border collie puppy in January 2023. We’ve had foster puppies, and 6-month and older puppies[...]
How to make dehydrated sweet potato dog treats
Making homemade sweet potato dog treats in the dehydrator is one of the simplest dog treat recipes ever. Your dog will love[...]
15 Tips for being a great foster dog parent
Do you want to foster dogs because you want to save all the dogs? Or because you love dogs and you think[...]
Your dog, peanut butter, and xylitol
Peanut butter is a staple in our house… for humans and dogs. Kong filling isn’t complete without a spoonful of yummy peanut[...]
109 Dog Holidays in 2024
Our dogs deserve to be honored and celebrated every day of the year. Dogs make life better in many ways.[...]
Creative Star Wars dog names for boys and girls
Hey Star Wars fan! Getting ready to adopt a dog and want to give them a name that reflects your[...]
Antifreeze poisoning symptoms in dogs
Antifreeze, aka, ethylene glycol, is a colorless, odorless, sweet-tasting chemical. It is poisonous if swallowed by humans and our pets. IMPORTANT:[...]
Snow Globe Warning – Contains Antifreeze
Who knew such an innocent decoration could be so deadly? I just learned today that some snow globes contain ethylene[...]
101 Interesting Facts About Dogs
Dogs are so much more than just a pet. They are our best friends, yet mysterious in many ways. Even[...]
How long can a dog go without eating?
Our dogs never let me forget breakfast or dinner. No need for an alarm clock! My dogs have an internal[...]
How to Introduce Your Dog to Your Baby
By Kara Venus, author of Harper and Her Dogs Edited by Debi McKee, Rescue Dogs 101  Introducing a new baby to[...]
How do dogs talk to each other to communicate?
Dogs have a unique and intricate way of communicating with each other. They talk to each other by using their body,[...]
Surviving the puppy witching hour
Around 6, 7, or 8 pm it’s time to settle down for the night and your puppy or dog is[...]
Help your reserved or shy dog become more confident
A reserved dog is a dog that is slow to reveal emotion. A reserved dog is shy and shows signs[...]
Big Barker Review – Will your dog love it or hate it? 
If you have a BIG dog, like a Great Dane or Labrador Retriever, then you need a large orthopedic dog[...]
Cool dog stuff every dog needs
Your dog deserves to be spoiled with the best of the bests, all the cool dog gadgets to make him[...]
How to give a dog a pill (tips & tricks)
There comes a time in every dog’s life when they will need to take a pill as a health supplement[...]
37 Unique dog dad gifts for 2024
Forget the corny dog dad mugs or ugly tie, we've got the very best dog dad gifts right here. Finding[...]
Garlic and Dogs – Toxic or Healthy?
There is so much conflicting information on the internet about garlic and dogs. One study says garlic is extremely toxic[...]
Your reactive dog (socialize, training, chart)
First, it’s important to understand that a reactive dog is NOT an aggressive dog. Most reactive dog cases are because[...]
Black Dog Names – 116 unique ideas for your black fur puppy
Naming your puppy or rescue dog should reflect their personality and show pride in who they are. Giving your black[...]
Dog Microchips: Everything you need to know
Let’s start with the basics, what is a dog microchip? A microchip is a tiny capsule made of bioglass with an[...]
Regrets… Adopted a dog and having second thoughts
Adopting a dog is supposed to be a magical experience. Puppy kisses and cuddles. Long walks and playtime together… right?[...]
Best Mexican Dog Names with Meanings
Honor your love for Mexico, your Spanish heritage or your Mexican food addiction by giving your new dog a Mexican[...]
Dog rolled in poop (how to clean and get rid of smell)
It started with a drop and roll and before I knew it, I had a stinky puppy. I didn’t realize[...]
Natural remedies for dogs with bad breath
Doggy breath. There’s nothing worse than getting a big sloppy kiss for your adorable dog and smelling like something died[...]
Why does my dog eat poop (& how to stop it)
Our border collie puppy was a poop eater. I think he thought it was a game, he’d watch one of[...]
SpiritDog Training Review (Read before signing up – Is it worth it?)
SpiritDog Training Courses, is it worth it? Will an online dog training classwork for your dog? Finding a good dog trainer isn’t[...]
Are probiotics good for dogs?
You may have heard of the benefits of people taking a probiotic, but are probiotics good for dogs too? I’m laughing right[...]
Potty training a rescue dog
Adopting a rescue dog is full of rewarding moments. When you found each other, you had dreams of living a[...]
Dog advent calendar 2023
Have some fun and plan the next 25 days of Christmas activities with your dog. The holiday season and winter[...]
Gifts for new dog owners
A new dog owner will appreciate practical and essential gifts for their new puppy or dog. When you’ve never had a[...]
Dunbar Dog Training Academy Review
Online dog training has exploded in recent years. Finding the right program for you and your dog is essential for[...]
18 Happy Gotcha Day Dog Ideas that your dog will do zoomies for!
Are you ready to celebrate your dog’s special Gotcha day? Pamper her all day with everything she loves? Love on[...]
The best dog toothpaste (vet recommended dental care)
Little did I know when I started looking for the best dog toothpaste that it would send me on days of researching.[...]
Fireworks Survival Guide for Dog Owners
The dreaded time of year is upon us. Fireworks going off all day/week/month long for what feels like an eternity.[...]
Dog won’t pee or poop in rain? (Problem Solved!)
Rain, rain, go away! Come back another day… did you ever sing that song as a kid? We have a[...]
Solve all your dog’s fears and anxiety about car rides
Road trip anyone? Let's talk dogs and cars. Why do some dogs love going for car rides, and other dogs[...]
30 Dog Mom gift ideas she will love for 2024!
Celebrate your special mom by showering her with love and one of these amazing, hand-picked dogs mom gifts. Have fun[...]
Seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall Dog Names
The change of seasons is my favorite part of living in the Midwest. Summer and fall are my favorite seasons…[...]
How much does a dog cost per month?
Our dog's love and loyalty are priceless… I mean you just can’t buy the unconditional love your dog gives you.[...]
Tropical – Hawaiian – Beach – Saltwater – Caribbean Island Dog Names
If you dream of living on a tropical island, the Caribbean or maybe a Hawaiian beach, why not use that[...]
Unique dog names for white dogs
What’s a good name for a white dog? A name that fits your dog’s personality! Just because your dog has[...]
9 ways to stop your dogs nail bleeding (FAST)
You just cut your dog’s nail too short, it started bleeding, now what? Can I tell you a secret? I hate[...]
How to stop your dog marking in the house
Our dog, Thunder, is driving me crazy with his marking inside the house. As soon as he hit 6 months[...]
The best dog ramp
A dog ramp is a great way to keep your dog from getting injured jumping in and out of your[...]
Creating a Dog First-Aid Kit: Essential Supplies and Tips
As much as we love and care about our dogs, accidents can happen, and it's essential to be prepared. Unfortunately,[...]
Dog adoption cost (chart)
Shelters, rescues, and humane societies need to charge adoption fees to cover their costs for caring for the dogs while[...]
400 Spiritual dog names & what they mean
I think we can all agree that dogs are spiritual beings. The connection we have with our dogs are magical to say the[...]
382 Trending alcohol names for dogs
There are many reasons you may want to find dog names after alcohol… maybe you have a favorite drink, bartend,[...]
102 of the most joyful and creative Christmas dog names
Are you planning on a Christmas puppy, maybe you want to find a suitable dog name to remember this magical[...]
313 Dog names from movies and television (Disney included)
There is nothing like curling up on the couch with your dog and enjoying a movie or tv show about[...]
329 of the Best Country (Farm) Dog Names
It doesn’t matter if you live in the country or city, you may consider a country-inspired name for your puppy[...]
224 Great Border Collie Names
Border collies are best known for their hard-working ethics and herding instincts. Watch any agility competition and you are guaranteed[...]
Dog Thanksgiving (dinner, treats, outfits)
Thanksgiving is a time to feast and be thankful for everything we are blessed with… from family to health, to[...]
Gifts for Dog-Loving Kids
We have the best gift ideas for your animal lover! Listed below are more than 40 of the most popular dog[...]
Complete list of 526 Food names for dogs
If you love food and want to combine you love of your favorite food with your love with dogs, we’ve[...]
422 Sport dog names
Hey sport fans, what is your favorite sport? If you are a super fan, then naming your dog after your[...]
The best Patriotic dog names
Naming your dog using a patriotic theme is a fun way to show how devoted you are to your country.[...]
Hunting dog names
A good hunting dog deserves a great name. A name that has true meaning of his heritage, his destiny to[...]
Outdoor dog names
Are you an outdoor enthusiast wanting a meaningful name for your new puppy or dog? Or maybe you are living[...]
Remember Me Thursday
What is Remember Me Thursday® and why does it matter? Remember Me Thursday aims to unite people and pet adoption[...]
Dog dewclaw removal – to remove or not remove?
If you adopted an older dog with dewclaws still attached should you have them removed or leave them? Find out[...]
Best dog ear cleaner
Finding the best dog ear cleaner for a happy, healthy dog can feel overwhelming with all the choices. So many[...]
Best way to introduce a dog to a cat so they become best friends
For you cat people out there… adopting a dog when you have a cat in your home already can be[...]
How to convince parents to get a dog
You want a dog but your parents won't let you. Puppies are adorable. Dogs are loyal and can be the[...]
What is black dog syndrome?
If you walk into a shelter or browse Petfinder looking to adopt a dog, you may notice an overwhelming amount[...]
Is it OK to get a dog from a breeder?
Predictability is the biggest reason to buy a dog from a reputable responsible breeder. Knowing what to expect from that[...]
Homemade dog shampoo
So you want to make homemade dog shampoo. Whether you just want to avoid all the chemicals found in store-bought dog[...]
How to speak to dogs – Dog Body Language
Are you curious about how to talk to your dog? Have you ever found yourself talking with your dog, telling[...]
How can I remove dog urine odor from carpet?
Accidents happen. The best chance you have to get dog pee smell out of carpet is to act quickly.  But don’t panic[...]
Which dog flea and tick control is the best? (chart)
With so many products on the market, it’s hard to choose which is best flea and tick prevention for dogs. Should[...]
9 pros and 5 cons of fostering a dog
Before committing to fostering a dog, let’s talk about the pros and cons of fostering a dog. We started fostering dogs[...]
How social distancing is affecting our pets
Is your dog wondering why you are home so much? I'm normally home all day with the dogs anyway, but[...]
Dog kicking back legs while sleeping
At the end of the day, my family plops down on the couch to relax, watch some tv and catch[...]
Best Dog Crates
With so many options available for dog crates, it's hard to decide which is the best for you and your[...]
Getting your first dog
Did we make the right decision in getting a dog? When adopting a rescue dog, how do you know it’s[...]
My dog eats once every 2 or 3 days
How many times a day should a dog eat? Discover the many reasons why a dog may not want to[...]
Dog Jealous of New Dog
It's been proven that dogs do feel jealousy. So what can you do when you have a dog that you[...]
What can you do for a dog that scratches all the time?
The suffering of a dog that scratches all day and night is not only heartbreaking but really frustrating.  For a[...]
How to stop a dog from nipping ankles
Running children can resemble a herd of livestock to herding dogs such as the Australian Cattle Dog. These dogs have[...]
Shelter dogs behavior aren’t always how they’re described
You may be surprised at how many stories I hear about dogs not being at all what adopters thought they[...]
Dog afraid of loud noises
Each week of 2020, I will be choosing a question from a Rescue Dogs 101 community member. Here is our[...]
Top 10 Best Slow Feeder Dog Bowls
Both our dogs, Ginger and Bear, seam to swallow their food whole. I wonder if they even taste the food! [...]
29 Best Dog Training Books for Your Rescue Dog
Dog training goes far beyond teaching him to sit and stay. That's why I put together this list of the[...]
Fostering a dog – foster fail?
When someone asks when or how we adopted our dog, Ginger, I usually start with, “she was a foster fail”! [...]
Should I get a dog? Quiz
You were just at a friend's house that had this adorable, perfect dog and now you’re thinking… should I get a[...]
How can I stop my dog from barking?
Does your dog bark in her crate while you are at work? Do you get complaints from your apartment neighbors[...]
My dog is scared of everything… how can I help?
How do I help my dog not be afraid of people, cars, loud noises... it's a question I hear every single[...]
Dog theme gifts for cooking lovers
If you are looking for dog-themed kitchen accessories you are in the right place. And if your gift list has[...]
International dog rescue adoptions — can we save them all?
No, you can't save all the dogs, but you can save one. And one dog is all you need to[...]
Indestructible Durable Dog Toys for Heavy, Aggressive, Destructive Chewers (Dog-Tested)
Updated for 2024 If your dog tears apart every toy he can get his mouth on, you aren’t alone. It’s[...]
Dog Adoption Stories that Will Make You Smile, Laugh and Cry!
It all started with one question in one of my weekly emails to my loyal subscribers. I was absolutely blown[...]
Easy Homemade Frozen Dog Treats for Summer
Frozen treats are a great way to keep your dog cool and hydrated during a hot summer day! My dogs[...]
11 Easy ways to get your dog to drink more water
Are you worried your dog isn't drinking enough water? If you are searching on how to get your dog to[...]
How long does it take to adopt a dog?
How long it takes to adopt a dog is going to depend on a lot of variables, considering factors like adoption[...]
Our Heartbreaking, Gut Wrenching Adoption Story
My stomach was literally in knots the entire day. I’ve heard that phrase before, but never really felt it. I[...]
How to Bond with Your Dog (and Why It Matters)
It’s not unusual for a newly adopted rescue dog to be unsure and distant at first. You may be wondering[...]
21 Secrets To How I Keep My House From Smelling Like Dog
I know how frustrating it is when your house smells like dog no matter how much you clean. Before moving[...]
My Dog Ran Away! What Should I Do?
Your dog decided to run away, and you are scared of what will happen to him. Will he find his[...]
How to Potty Train a Puppy Fast & Easy
You brought home your new puppy, took him outside to show him where to go potty and he sniffs, plays,[...]
Your Ultimate Guide to Dogs and Ticks
Warning: you may start to experience the feeling of something crawling up your leg after reading this blog post! I[...]
Beautiful Flowers and Cute Puppies… Are Plants Toxic to Dogs?
First things first, if you think your dog ingested a toxic plant, stop reading now and call your vet immediately![...]
The True Meaning of #AdoptDontShop
We’ve all heard the phrase Adopt Don’t Shop. You may have even used the hashtag, #adoptdontshop. But what’s the real[...]
Best Healthy Dog Treats for Training
I get asked all the time from our foster dog adopters, what are the best dog treats for training? I[...]
Is it Ever Okay to Rehome a Dog?
I want to start out by saying, I will never judge anyone for having to rehome a dog. If you[...]
42 Fun Dog Mom Gifts that She Will Cherish Forever
Dogs mom's deserve to be celebrated, make sure to show your girl what a special dog mom she is. Have[...]
How To Save Money On Dog Food and Supplies
The cost of a new puppy or adopted rescue dog adds up to a lot of money very quick. Not[...]
42 Rescue Dog Lover Gifts – Unique Ideas for 2024
Are you searching for a unique gift to celebrate the unconditional love and companionship of a rescue dog? Whether you're[...]
How To Stop a Dog From Chewing on Wood
Why do dogs chew on wood anyway? You supply them with a pile of fun shaped chew toys, why do[...]
What Should I Feed My Dog?
You are what you eat. Has your mom ever said that to you? Like… you keeping eating that, you are[...]
Types of Dog Barks
Does your dog bark at the TV, the mailman, when he’s hungry or wants to play? Have you ever noticed[...]
Puppy Shopping List For New Dog Parents
What’s more fun than shopping for new puppy supplies? Well, maybe puppy kisses! There are so many options to choose[...]
How To Adopt A Dog – Your Step-by-Step Guide
Adopting a dog is one of the most rewarding and life-changing experiences. Whether you are about to adopt your first or fifth rescue[...]
In the Spotlight: Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue and Adoption
Finding a reputable rescue before adopting a dog is an important step to finding your perfect pup. Asking your family[...]
7 Important Dog Bath Tips
Baths can be a love or hate relationship for your dog. Some dogs love the water and will jump right[...]
Are Flexi Retractable Leashes Dangerous?
The Flexi Retractable Dog Leash: Dangerous or Convenient? You may look at the retractable leash and think, wow what a[...]
The Truth About Adopting Two Dogs at Once
Sometimes when you are ready to adopt a puppy, you are given a choice from the entire litter. And you[...]
In the Spotlight: Fetch WI Rescue
It's important to find a reputable rescue before adopting a dog. Asking your family and friends for reference is a[...]
Best Place to Buy Dog Food and Supplies Online
Which is better for dog food and supplies? You have to admit, Amazon usually wins the battle of best price[...]
Where To Adopt a Dog Near Me
Finding a local dog rescue that is reputable is the first and most important part of adopting a dog. It[...]
The Best Dog DNA Test for Your Rescue Dog
When we started to foster our dog, Ginger, we immediately knew we wanted to adopt her. But we were very[...]
Child-Friendly Dog Breeds
Good Dogs for Kids When you have kids, searching for the best family dog will be one of your top[...]
The 4 Best Adoption Websites for Dogs
This may be showing my age a bit, but when my husband and I adopted our first dog as a[...]
Top 20 Hypoallergenic Treats, Food, and Bones for Dogs with Allergies
As a parent of a dog with allergies, I understand the struggle of finding hypoallergenic treats and foods that my[...]
Why Treat Training Doesn’t Work
Positive reinforcement dog training is everywhere. In fact, you will have a hard time finding a dog training program that[...]
Does My Dog Have Allergies?
How Can You Tell If Your Dog Has Allergies? You may be asking yourself "Does My Dog Have Allergies?" Dogs[...]
The Ultimate Guide to Home Remedies for Dog Allergies
My Top List of Easy Home Remedies for Dog Allergies You are here because you want to know what you[...]
Why Do Family Dogs Bite Kids?
Family Dogs that Bite Kids It saddens me more than anything when I see stories on social media telling a[...]
Living with a Resource Guarding Dog
Resource Guarding or Aggression in Dogs First, let’s cover some major facts about resource guarding and food aggression. Guarding food[...]
How to Choose the Best Dog Leash
The Best Dog Leash for Walking a Pulling Dog Buying the best dog leash for walking your dog is an[...]
Easy and Natural Home Remedies for Kennel Cough
Is your dog coughing, hacking or maybe even sounds like he’s going to vomit? Has your dog been exposed to[...]
The Kennel Cough FAQ and the Truth About the Bordetella Vaccine
What is Kennel Cough? Kennel cough or infectious tracheobronchitis, is a respiratory infection caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica and canine parainfluenza virus. Kennel cough[...]
Moving with Dogs – 7 Tips & Tricks
Someone recently asked me if we were “chronic movers”. I never heard that term before, but I reluctantly answered yes.[...]
WARNING! The Hidden Dangers of Flea and Tick Medications
Flea and ticks are pests I think we all can all agree we can do without, they’re creepy, crawly and[...]
Natural Tick and Flea Prevention for Dogs
In recent years, I've been learning more and more about natural ways to keep my family and my dogs healthy.[...]
The Journey of Rescue Dogs 101
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by BlogPaws. Rescue Dogs 101 only shares information I feel is relevant to our readers. BlogPaws[...]
How To Adopt A Rescue Dog – Your Step-by-Step Guide
Do you want to adopt a rescue dog but worried about finding one that is the right match for your[...]
74 Questions You MUST Ask the Shelter BEFORE Adopting a Dog
Adopting a new rescue dog into your home is exciting and scary at the same time. Unless you know what questions[...]
Taylor – Shiba Inu Mix
Foster Dog Tail about Taylor It's unfortunate, but occasionally a foster dog will come to us sick. And Taylor was[...]
Is Your Dog Bored with Her Toys?
Stop Buying New Dog Toys! I know, it’s so much fun walking through the pet store and picking out all[...]
New Puppy Owner Guide & Tips
First-time dog owner requires some careful planning, but it is one of the most rewarding experiences you will have in[...]
Puppy Proofing Checklist
Are you ready to bring your puppy home? Have you puppy proofed your house yet? Just like if you were[...]
My Dog Has Worms
Did you ever wonder why each year when you take your dog to the vet for her checkup, you are[...]
Ultimate Guide to Lyme Disease and Your Dog
We got the call that no pet parent wants... "your dog is positive for Lyme". This is our second experience[...]
Spaying and Neutering Your Dog (everything you NEED to know)
Your rescue dog most likely already came to you spayed or neutered. It’s a standard that has helped the overpopulation[...]
3 Big Clues to How Old is My Dog?
How Can I Tell the Age of My Adopted Dog? The first question most people ask about your dog is[...]
Maggie – Lab Mix
Foster Dog Tail about Maggie Our first foster dog of 2018 is Maggie, she's a super sweet dog. She was[...]
My dog ate chocolate, what should I do? (toxicity calculator)
The first thing to do if your dog eats chocolate is to act quickly but not panic. Stay calm for[...]
Top 17 Reasons You Should Adopt a Dog
If you are looking for a reason why you should adopt a dog, I have 17 of them listed here.[...]
The Best Way to Introduce a Second Dog Into Your Pack
So you’re thinking about adopting a second dog? Do you have a vision that both dogs will be best friends,[...]
Dog temperament testing
A temperament test evaluates a dog’s behavior in a range of situations to understand if he will be easy going,[...]
How to Train a Puppy– First Things First – 23 Tips & Tricks
Getting a new puppy is a very exciting adventure. You've been dreaming of that little fluff ball playing and cuddling[...]
The Best Fiction Books with Dogs for Dog Lovers of All Ages
If you love to read and love dogs, then here is a list of the best dog books for all[...]
5 Quick Ways to Train Your Dog in 3 Minutes a Day
Are you wondering how you can train your dog when you have don't have the time? There are many dog[...]
How to protect dog paws in winter (7 must-know tips)
If you are asking, "how do I protect my dog's paws in the winter?", you are in the right place.[...]
11 Fun Enrichment Games to Play with Your Dog Inside
With the short days of winter and rainy spring, you and your dog can quickly get cabin fever! Here in[...]
The Whirlpool of Grief – Stages of Grief After Losing a Pet
Grieving the loss of your dog is never easy. Unfortunately, I have lost 5 dogs in my lifetime. I can[...]
What’s the Difference Between a Dog Rescue and Humane Society or Shelter
Rescue Adoption vs. Humane Society vs. Shelter If you’re ready to adopt a dog, you may be searching on an[...]
The most adorable dog Christmas stockings and stuffers
Don’t settle for a boring Christmas stocking for your dog this year. Spoil him with these adorable ideas that he[...]
Avoid These 13 Scary Winter Dangers for Your Dog
Winter can be amazing... snowmen, sledding, hot cocoa... and playing in the snow with your dog! But there are scary[...]
Mutt vs Purebred – Which is better?
The divide is strong with one side of people who believe adopting is the only option and the other side[...]
The Best Way to Surprise Someone with a Puppy for Christmas
Are you thinking of surprising someone close to you with a puppy for Christmas? We’ve all seen the videos or[...]
Pros and cons of adopting an older or senior dog
When it comes to adopting a new dog, most people want a puppy or young dog. In my years of[...]
Top 11 Reasons Why Adopting a Senior Dog is the Perfect Choice
Did you know, November Is National Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month? Senior dogs are often overlooked at the shelter and rescues, well, simply[...]
Bringing Your Adopted Dog Home – The Critical First 7 Days
Bringing home your newly adopted rescue dog is super exciting. You are starting a new life journey with your dog,[...]
Walking at Night with Your Dog – 26 Safety Tips & Gear 
It's dark outside but you need to take the dog for a walk. Let's gear up to ensure you and[...]
Your Ultimate Guide to Dogs and Pumpkin
If your dog is anything like ours, as soon as food drops on the floor, they come and gobble it[...]
7 Dog Walking Etiquette Rules: A Guide for Dog Owners
It's important to be a responsible dog owner and follow these dog walking etiquette rules when walking your dog.  Some of these seem like[...]
140 Rescue Dog Name Ideas
A good dog name will reflect the personality of your dog. You may want to take a few days to[...]
How to choose a good dog trainer
You just adopted a puppy or dog and everything was going great until... you realized the dog has no manners,[...]
Product Review: Seek-A-Treat Shuffle Bone Dog IQ Puzzle
Interactive Dog Puzzle If you’re looking for ways to play and interact with your dog, you may have seen these[...]
Martini – Aussie/Doxen Mix
Foster Dog Tail about Martini As a volunteer for Fetch WI, I get the opportunity to offer to dog sit[...]
How to stop dog urine from killing grass naturally
Is dog pee killing your grass? Is your once lush, green backyard spotted with yellow or brown burn spots?  Is it[...]
How and Why Crate Train Your Dog in 3 Easy Steps
Why Should I Crate Train My Dog or Puppy? When bringing home a new dog, whether it is a puppy[...]
The BEST Frisbee My Dog Has Ever Owned!
I am in Love with our Nerf Dog Frisbee! I am so excited to share this Frisbee with everyone. We[...]
How to stop dog jumping on people
Does this sound familiar? The doorbell rings, your dog barks, you open the door to let your friend inside and[...]
Product Review: The Pet Convincer II
If you have a stubborn dog that refuses to listen when you try to correct a bad behavior, then you[...]
How to treat a dog ear infection at home
Does your dog shake or tilt their head, scratch, or paw at their ears a lot, and has smelly ears, brown[...]
Will my dog be OK when I go on vacation?
You've got a vacation planned and you're worried about your dog... I get it.  As much as I like to[...]
Why You Should Adopt a Dog from a Foster-Based Rescue
Until becoming involved in fostering dogs, I really didn't consider the difference between adopting a dog from a humane society[...]
How To Foster A Dog
I realized I wanted to start fostering dogs after adopting our dog JJ. He was our first experience with a[...]
Is coconut oil safe for dogs?
There has been some recent controversy about coconut oil and dogs. When I first researched this in 2017, my immediate[...]
Why is My Dog Aggressive with Food – Resource Guarding?
Dogs that are aggressive when it comes to their food, is also called Resource Guarding. Resource guarding in dogs is[...]
The Ultimate Guide to Traveling with Your Dog in the Car
Traveling with your dog can be a fun and rewarding experience. Whether you're taking a road trip to a nearby park[...]
How Do I Get My Puppy to Stop Nipping or Biting Me?
Every person that adopts a puppy will ask this question… how do I get my puppy to stop biting me?[...]
5 Reasons Why Your Dog is Digging and How to Stop It
How to Stop My Dog from Digging Wondering how to stop your dog from digging up your yard? Have you[...]
Can my dog eat that?
Most of us are guilty of giving our dogs a taste of our dinner or sneaking them a little side[...]
Finding Your Perfect Dog
What Dog Should I Get? There are so many choices, so many dogs ready to be rescued. You may have[...]
The Prong Collar, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
I know some people cringe at the sight of a prong collar, it looks barbaric and cruel. The prong collar[...]
How often should I walk my dog and why?
As a dog owner, one of the best things you can do for your pup is to ensure they get[...]
The 3-3-3 Rule/Guideline and bringing home a rescue dog
The 3-3-3 rule represents the phases of a rescue dog or common milestones your new dog or puppy will go through. The 3-3-3 rule is the first 3 days, 3 weeks, and 3 months after bringing your dog home from the shelter. Sometimes also known as the "rescue dog honeymoon period"
Rescue Dog Separation Anxiety – Symptoms & Training
You most likely never imagined that when adopting a dog you'd come home day after day to a dog that[...]
Foster Dog Tail – Prada the Hound Mix
We picked Prada up on February 12, 2017. She made the road trip all the way from Tennessee with a[...]
Life-Changing Dog Training – The Place Command
My dogs go crazy when the doorbell rings, whether it be one of my kid's friends or the UPS man.[...]
Pack leader dog training
There are so many misconceptions around the phrase "pack leader". Being your dog's pack leader is NOT about dominating, alpha[...]
Our Foster Dog Tail about Suzie, a Golden Shepherd Mix
It always peaks my interest on how shelters and rescues come up with the breed of a dog! Suzie was[...]
22 Important things to know BEFORE adopting a dog
Que the confetti, you are finally in a place where you are ready to adopt a rescue dog. Maybe you found[...]
Our Adoption Tail about Bear the Yellow Lab
Okay, so Bear is not a foster tail, but an adoption story 🙂 Even though not a foster dog, he's[...]
Foster Dog Tail about Mocha, the Chocolate Lab
Mocha was a total sweetheart of a dog. She came from Tennessee, like many of the other dogs we have[...]
Foster Dog Tail that Turned Into an Adoption Tail
Ginger - the German Shepherd Mutt Ever since my daughter was 2 or 3 years old she wanted a dog[...]
Foster Dog Tail about Georgia the Mutt
Georgia was our foster dog for a very short 3 weeks before getting adopted. She was about 1 year old[...]
Our Foster Dog Tail about Lab Mix Puppies
As a foster home for a local rescue, we see a lot of dogs that need foster homes. Our first[...]
Silla – the Black Lab
Silla was our first foster dog. She was 10 years old when her owner decided to surrender her to Fetch.[...]