How to Train Your Dog

Is There An “Only” Way? Ask any dog owner about how to train your dog and they’ll assure you they know the correct way, the only way to train your dog. To me, however, that sounds a lot like child rearing. One school of thought says to ignore a baby when it cries. Yet other […]

HTF! (Heat, Ticks and Foxtails)

I’ll just say it: I despise summer. Mainly, it’s because I have Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder. (The good news is now I get to join the majority of Californians who have some sort of disorder, syndrome or complicated issues). Most people slip into a deep funk when the days begin to shorten and cold and dark […]

The Difference Between Big Dogs and Small Dogs

Everyone can see the obvious difference between big dogs and small dogs: their size.  But according to those who have owned both, the difference between big dogs and small dogs is more than size. Physical needs, personality and temperament all set little dogs apart from their hulking cousins. Although no expert, I rely on what […]

From Dogs to Humans: Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be passed from animals to humans. When dog owners think of the types of disease that can spread from dogs to humans, the most terrifying virus comes to mind: rabies. This virus has a fascinating history, one well-documented in the book Rabid by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy. The authors note […]