Pearl ♥ Petco

Pearl ♥ Petco {Guest Post by Kristy D} Two things happened: I met the loves of my life—Dan and his dogs—and I got a great job working for Tracie Hotchner, founder of the Dog Film Festival. When Dan and I first started dating, he adopted his third dog, an Australian-shepherd mix puppy named Pearl from […]

Reward Dog for Regular Good Behavior

Good Dogs! (05-16-2016) #6052: Lise from Avidog reminds us: Don’t overlook the good stuff your dog does! She discusses the  importance of rewarding a dog for doing nothing (bad). “Good job” when a dog is being quiet. Pick two things you’d love to have as part of your dog’s behavior: catch her doing it and […]

We’re Looking for One Lucky Chubby Dog!

Dr. Donna Spector is my co-host on our radio show The Expert Vet and she’s also the veterinary consultant for Halo pet foods, which makes the kibble I feed my own pair of canines. We’re looking for a lucky dog who is getting chubby and his people want to help him get back to his […]

Value of “Sit Stay”

Good Dogs! (10-05-2015) #6047: Lise Pratt from Avidog gives a perspective on “Sit Stay” and how most of us don’t recognize that the “stay” should be implied in every “sit” until you release the dog! She explains how the stay is reinforced by dispensing an incredible rate of treats. We need to get our dog […]

New Dog Flu: Coming to Town Near You?

The New Dog Flu — Coming to a Town Near You? I don’t like to be a fear monger, but the new strain of dog flu that killed and sickened many dogs in Chicago, has now spread to 12 states beyond Illinois. A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about an episode of THE […]

Be a Winner: Switch to Healthy Weight Management Food

Everyone Can Be a Winner: Just Switch to Healthy Weight Management Food I wanted to dance a little jig today when I learned that an old friend of mine (he’s literally old, too — a very vibrant 80 years old!), was inspired by listening to THE EXPERT VET to put his own 12-year-old Lab Maverick […]

Play Hide-the-Treats

Play Hide-the-Treats Is an over-hungry cat driving you nuts begging for food? You can play “hide and seek” with freeze-dried treats hidden around the house – or put inside a treat-dispensing toy to help settle down your kitty’s cravings! Kylie listens to my radio shows and wrote me about her kitty. “My cat is hungry […]

Halo’s Healthy Weight Challenge (weeks 3 & 4): We Never Said It Was Easy

Guest blog by Dr. Donna Spector After Faith’s big weight loss, the scale didn’t budge an ounce during Week 3. Although it is actually quite common for dogs to experience a weight plateau for a week or two after a big loss, Faith actually gained a little during Week 4–which is a red flag! After […]

Puppy Training Tips: 4 Ways To Know If A Puppy Needs To Go

Once your puppy is past a few months old and doesn’t need to be picked up and placed outdoors immediately after eating, you still need to be super alert to any signs that the puppy may need to go potty at times other than right after mealtimes. House training a puppy is a whole lot […]

Training Your Dog to Give A Damn!

Carol wrote into my Daily Tip on Dogster.com about her dog for whom obedience seems to be a loose concept! Is it possible that a dog knows what you want but just doesn’t want to do it, i.e. isn’t motivated enough? My German Shepherd mix will follow commands instantly when food is around (so I […]