By: Aurora James, Guest Writer

As a doting pup parent, you know your job is a big responsibility, but it’s also highly rewarding. Dogs rely on us to get the love and care they need and in return, you get to enjoy the hours of cuddles and playtime. As fun as it is to have a furry companion in your family, you also want to give them the best life possible! It doesn’t take much for your dog to feel like he’s living the life—all you have to do is follow these three simple steps.

By: Brandon Butler, Guest Writer

Has your child been begging for a pet? As a parent, you’ll have to make some big decisions, like which kind of pet is best for your family, and how to help your child take a hands-on role when it comes to raising your new pet. We consulted San Francisco based certified dog trainer and behaviorist Beverly Ulbrich for tips on how to find the perfect animal companion for your household—and encourage your child to get involved with the training process! 

By: Jessica Brody, Guest Writer

Most dog owners love playing with their dogs in the snow—seeing how they react to playing with snowballs, encountering snowmen, and chasing neighborhood kids while they slide down hills on sleds. But as much fun as winter brings for our dogs, it can also bring some dangers. It’s important to be aware of the hazards winter poses to your dog’s health so you can take the necessary steps to protect him.

With three dogs under foot, we’ve gone through our fair share of dog beds in the past eight years. Even when beds still looked brand new, they certainly didn’t smell brand new—and nothing seemed to work to get the stink out! Think you’re destined to buy new beds every month? Think again! We have the simple tricks to getting those beds (and towels and blankets) clean and smelling fresh as new!

*Disclaimer: Consult your physician before beginning any workout regimen. This article is not meant to be taken as medical advice.

Are you looking to shed a few extra pounds and don’t know where to start?  Instead of navigating crowded gyms with complicated equipment or struggling through the same boring workout videos at home, how about trying another way to lose weight that you’ll actually enjoy? It’s as simple as walking your dog!

Have you ever been at the dog park and seen two dogs get in a fight? Or heard of a dog that viciously attacked another dog “out of nowhere?” In reality, dogs give plenty of signs of fear or aggression before things escalate to a fight—signs that often go undetected or get overlooked.

Dogs obviously do not speak English but they do have their own communication cues that you as a pet parent are responsible for learning. Being in tune with your furry friend’s communication signals will help prevent problems and may even save your pet’s life—of the life of another pet your dog might attack.

You may know some classic cues, like raised hair on the back or baring teeth, but did you know hiding behind your legs is a problem, too?

The commercial pet food industry can be a scary business. From questionable ingredients that can make your dog sick to misleading marketing tactics, navigating the shelves to choose a healthy and affordable food is a daunting task.

We consulted canine nutrition expert Sabine Contreras, author of The Dog Food Project, to find out what’s really in commercial dog food—and we’ve gone raw!

Find out why we made the switch and tips for transitioning your dog to a healthier—and sometimes more affordable—diet.

Summer is around the corner and pet parents will soon be hitting the road— many with their dogs in tow. But does the mere sight of the car make your pup anxious? Are you worried getting on a plane may send your pet into panic? There are things you can to do help!

We’ve got the top tips to traveling—whether by car, plane, or even if you want your furry friend to take a “staycation.”