Keeping Your Dog Happy & Healthy

We all want a healthy dog, right? Below are easy tips and dog care information for you to make sure your your dog stays healthy and happy!


Your dogs happiness is directly connected to his health. Your dog must be healthy to live a long happy life, and it is our responsibility as dog parents to keep them healthy.

But how do you keep your dog healthy and happy? It may seem as simple as making sure he has food, water and his yearly vaccinations... as important as those things are, there is so much more.

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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[...]
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[...]
Walking at Night with Your Dog – 26 Safety Tips & Gear 
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8 Homemade Dog Treat Recipes for Valentine’s Day
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Do Dogs Remember Their Past?
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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[...]
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 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,[...]
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[...]
10 Home Remedies for Your Dog with Diarrhea (Vet Approved)
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Homemade Pumpkin PB Dog Treats (3-ingredient recipe)
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Why Does My Dog Keep Licking His Paws?
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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 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 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
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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,[...]
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[...]
Your dog, peanut butter, and xylitol
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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.[...]
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[...]
Antifreeze poisoning symptoms in dogs
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Snow Globe Warning – Contains Antifreeze
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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?
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Big Barker Review – Will your dog love it or hate it? 
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How to give a dog a pill (tips & tricks)
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Garlic and Dogs – Toxic or Healthy?
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Dog Microchips: Everything you need to know
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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[...]
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[...]
Are probiotics good for dogs?
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Potty training a rescue dog
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Dog advent calendar 2023
Have some fun and plan the next 25 days of Christmas activities with your dog. The holiday season and winter[...]
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.[...]
How to help dog fireworks anxiety (+10 Tips)
The dreaded time of year is upon us. Fireworks going off all day 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[...]
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,[...]
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.[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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
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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[...]
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[...]
How can I remove dog urine odor from carpet?
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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[...]
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! [...]
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[...]
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[...]
Easy Homemade Frozen Dog Treats for Summer
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11 Easy ways to get your dog to drink more water
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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?
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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
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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![...]
Best Healthy Dog Treats for Training
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Is it Ever Okay to Rehome a Dog?
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How To Save Money On Dog Food and Supplies
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How To Stop a Dog From Chewing on Wood
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What Should I Feed My Dog?
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Types of Dog Barks
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7 Important Dog Bath Tips
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Are Flexi Retractable Leashes Dangerous?
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Best Place to Buy Dog Food and Supplies Online
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The Best Dog DNA Test for Your Rescue Dog
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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[...]
Does My Dog Have Allergies?
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The Ultimate Guide to Home Remedies for Dog Allergies
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Why Do Family Dogs Bite Kids?
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Easy and Natural Home Remedies for Kennel Cough
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The Kennel Cough FAQ and the Truth About the Bordetella Vaccine
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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
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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.[...]
Is Your Dog Bored with Her Toys?
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My Dog Has Worms
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3 Big Clues to How Old is My Dog?
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My dog ate chocolate, what should I do? (toxicity calculator)
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11 Fun Enrichment Games to Play with Your Dog Inside
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The Whirlpool of Grief – Stages of Grief After Losing a Pet
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Avoid These 13 Scary Winter Dangers for Your Dog
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5 Reasons Why Your Dog is Digging and How to Stop It
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Can my dog eat that?
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