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Importance of Training Your Dog

Importance of Training Your Dog

We don’t discuss dog training very much here at SlimDoggy. Mainly because we are not dog trainers and to be honest, not even very good at training our dogs. We train them just enough so they are as well-behaved as we need them to be.   Quite a justification, huh? Maybe we’re just la... »

Dog Behavior – Is It Grief or Relief?

Dog Behavior – Is It Grief or Relief?

Many of us have experienced the loss of a dog and those of us with multi-dog households have dealt with not only our own mourning but possibly our dogs mourning the loss of their sibling.   None of our dogs have been ‘close’ to each other – it was more a mutual respect and agr... »

Can an adopted dog be loyal?

Can an adopted dog be loyal?

Dear Labby,   We’ve been thinking about adopting a dog from the shelter. I don’t think we’re prepared for a puppy, but I worry about an older dog. Will they bond to my family? Is it better to get a puppy? Does it upset a dog to get a new family? Will they ever learn to be loya... »

What’s in a Bark?

What’s in a Bark?

Dogs bark. It’s a fact of life. Some bark more than others, some howl, some yip, some have a deep resounding bark. It’s one of the ways that dogs communicate with us.   Sally was probably what I would call an average barker. She’d let out a bark or two when someone knocked at ... »

Does Your Dog Frustrate You?

Does Your Dog Frustrate You?

We all LOVE our dogs, that’s a fact. It’s unlikely you would even be reading this blog if you don’t have a dog that you love.   But dogs can also be the most frustrating family member. Right?     Our first dog, Sally was a beautiful little bundle of Chocolate Lab lov... »

Does Your Dog Like to Travel?

Does Your Dog Like to Travel?

We are not a big traveling family. We’ve traveled so much for work over the years, getting to stay home is a luxury. Plus, with two “large” dogs, traveling can be a challenge. I am uncomfortable with putting the dogs in the cargo hold on a plane, so that limits travel to places we ... »

It’s All Fun & Games, Until Someone Ends Up in a Cone

It’s All Fun & Games, Until Someone Ends Up in a Cone

We’ve all seen the internet memes about the “cone of shame” and the poor dogs who have to suffer through the wearing of them. We’ve probably even had a few dogs who had to wear them at one time or another.     Poor dogs, what’s the point of these stupid things... »

Mythbuster – Tug of War Leads to Aggression

Mythbuster – Tug of War Leads to Aggression

We’ve probably all heard it said, or been warned by a dog trainer that dogs playing tug of war leads to aggression and should be avoided. Makes no difference if they are playing with you or with another dog, the act of tug and the associated victory of possession creates jealousy and possessiv... »

Really? That’s a “Service Dog”?

Really? That’s a “Service Dog”?

First and foremost I want to say that there are absolutely legitimate reasons for people to require the type of assistance that service dogs can afford them. Trained guide dogs for the blind, dogs like our Becca who was trained to carry a backpack for her wheel-chair bound owner, dogs who detect sei... »

Why do dogs have such short lifespans?

Why do dogs have such short lifespans?

We talk a lot about improving your dog’s life span by making sure he is healthy and fit through exercise and proper nutrition. Many of us do what we can to help them live longer by following these guidelines. But if dog’s are man’s best friend, and I would certainly argue that they... »

Living with a Terminally Ill Pet

Living with a Terminally Ill Pet

I felt compelled to write this post as I know there are many pet owners/pet parents/pet lovers out there who, like us, are living with a terminally ill pet. In an effort to provide a community for our shared experiences, I wanted to offer what little comfort or words of advice that I could about our... »

Special Care for your Senior Pets

Special Care for your Senior Pets

We have had nothing but senior pets in our family since we adopted Becca in 2009. Tino was already eleven when we adopted her after our Sally passed at age 12 and Becca was 8 at the time. Jack and Maggie were both around 8 when we adopted them too, so we have lots of experience in caring for senior ... »

Outdoor vs Indoor – Which is Better for your Dog?

Outdoor vs Indoor – Which is Better for your Dog?

How we care for our dogs has certainly changed over the last few decades. I remember when I was growing up, my grandfather owned a kennel and he raised collies and boarded dogs. The barn (or the kennel) was a great place, each dog had it’s own indoor/outdoor run of maybe 10X20 for the boarders... »

What does your dog say with their eyes?

What does your dog say with their eyes?

I was reading a blog post the other day that was reporting on the increased level of oxytocin found in the bloodstream of people who had been gazing into their dog’s eyes, It found more oxytocin in the dog’s urine as well! They called it an oxytocin feedback loop – “A dog’s g... »

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month. You will see all sorts of news stories, blog postings, photo contests and even TV specials about adopting shelter dogs. It’s great to devote a whole month to raising awareness about the importance of adoption and we can’t say enough in support of it.... »

Does Your Dog Have a Best Friend?

Does Your Dog Have a Best Friend?

We mean besides you of course. Does your dog have a best ‘dog’ friend – someone they play with, go on adventures with, share trouble-making schemes? Is it another dog in your household, a neighbor dog, or someone they play with at the dog park?   Jack and Maggie are both loner... »

Cesar Milan 911: How NOT to Introduce a New Dog

Cesar Milan 911: How NOT to Introduce a New Dog

I was flipping through TV channels the other day and came upon a different Cesar Milan show. I think it was the Cesar 911 show. The premise of the show is to introduce a shelter dog to a family hoping for a match. They get two weeks to make a decision about whether to keep the dog, with one mid-tria... »

Dogs In Guinness Book of Records

Dogs In Guinness Book of Records

When I was younger, the Guinness Book of World Records fascinated me. I don’t know why, I never had any designs to actually BE in the book, I guess it was just fun to read about the crazy stuff people would do to get their name in the record book. They used to be pretty straightforward, the bi... »

Why Do Dogs Chase Cars?

Why Do Dogs Chase Cars?

Our neighbors recently got a new dog, an Australian Shepherd. Seems like a nice enough dog, but these folks let their dog run free. We leave in a fairly secluded spot – at the end of a dead-end street and it backs up to what is called “open space” in California. They previously had... »

What to do if your Dog Nips at your Heels?

What to do if your Dog Nips at your Heels?

When we lived in Pasadena, we had a neighbor with a cute bull terrier named Lucy who would come over for play dates with Sally & Tino several times a week. They would race around the front yard for 30 minutes or so chasing each other or chasing a ball or playing bite face.   One of Tino... »

How to Tell if Your Dog is Happy

How to Tell if Your Dog is Happy

We have had five dogs over the course of the 20+ years we’ve lived in California. We started with Sally, who we got as a sweet little 8 week old pup. Then we added Tino about 2 years later. When Sally passed away we adopted Becca, when Tino passed away we adopted Jack and then when Becca passe... »

Dear Labby: What to do About Barking Dogs

Dear Labby: What to do About Barking Dogs

Dear Labby, We have new neighbors who moved in about 6 weeks ago. They seem like a nice family, but the problem is they have two dogs that bark. A LOT. They are left home alone all day, everyday and spend most of their time in the yard barking. The family also seems to go out several nights a week a... »

What is that Wet Dog Smell?

What is that Wet Dog Smell?

A few weeks ago we wrote about “Frito Feet”, that weird phenomenon that makes your dogs feet smell like Frito corn chips. Turns out it’s caused by a combination of sweat and bacteria on your dog’s feet.   But what about that “wet dog” smell? I’ve had ma... »

Fire Safety: Pet Alert Signs

Fire Safety: Pet Alert Signs

Each fall in Southern California we have ‘fire season’. It typically begins at the end of summer when everything is dry as can be and then the Santa Ana winds kick in and it’s a recipe for disaster. With our current drought in CA, I expect that season to grow longer and more danger... »

What Makes a Dog a “Velcro Dog”?

What Makes a Dog a “Velcro Dog”?

Jack is a velcro dog. What does that mean? Does it mean he’s bonded to me? Does it mean he REALLY loves me? Does it mean he freaks out if I’m not around? It means a little of all of that. Mostly, it means that Jack is attached to me like velcro. He follows me everywhere, attached to my h... »

Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell

Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell

Old Dog Haven…sounds appropriate to write about this place during Senior Dog Month doesn’t it? But what is Old Dog Haven? Well, it’s a special place located in Washington state that lives up to it’s name, it’s a truly haven for old dogs.   A few weeks ago, I was co... »

Walking Multiple Dogs | SlimDoggy

Tips for Walking your Pack

Last week, one of our friends asked us for some tips on walking multiple dogs. She has four rescued greyhounds, so I imagine walking them at once can be a real challenge. We only have two dogs and Jack is a star walker – right to my right, very focused. At one time we had a foster, so I had th... »

Mythbuster | What’s in a Name?

Mythbuster | What’s in a Name?

I don’t know what motivates you when naming your pets, but there are some ‘rules’ floating around out there about what’s a good name and what are things to avoid. Are these accurate, or are the just myths? Does it really matter what you name your dog? Let’s take a look ... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

Maggie in the Old West.     We’re joining the Black & White Sunday Blog Hop! Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever. »

Seven Tips for Training a Fearful Dog

Seven Tips for Training a Fearful Dog

Training a fearful dog is much different than training a dog like Jack. Jack is totally dialed in to his humans and wants nothing more than to be with us and make us happy. Maggie was the polar opposite, she wanted nothing more than to crawl into her bed, pull the covers over her head and not have t... »

National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week

National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week

This week is designated National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week. I’m not sure who created the ‘week’, I think the Humane Society, but it’s certainly a worthy cause. Our shelters do amazing work with limited funds, resources and a growing overpopulation of dogs, c... »

SlimDoggy MythBuster #4 – Dog’s Aging

SlimDoggy MythBuster #4 – Dog’s Aging

Today’s mythbusting is about dog’s aging. We all know dog’s life expectancy is much shorter than humans, so they age much faster.  And we’ve probably all heard that one year in human aging is equivalent to 7 years in dog aging. That’s pretty fast and…not all that ... »

Q and A with Keepdom.com

Q and A with Keepdom.com

This is a sponsored post.  I was recently contacted by the founders at Keepdom.com, a new site that provides tools that help pet care professionals grow their businesses quickly and effectively.   They have an interesting concept, one that enables dog walkers and other pet care providers to easily c... »

Super Food at SuperZoo

Super Food at SuperZoo

This week, we were in Las Vegas at SuperZoo, one of the Pet industry’s biggest trade shows.  There were close to 6,000 exhibitor booths, taking up the entire North Mandalay Bay Convention Center.  We taped a video segment  on PetWorldInsider.com with Robert Semrow which will be airing in a few... »

Jack & Maggie at School – Day 2

Jack & Maggie at School – Day 2

Thursday night was our 2nd day of ‘socialization class’. We missed last week because of momz work and the week before was July 4th, so we kind of forgot how much fun it was. There was a ‘new kid’ in class this week – a youngish Labbie looking guy, who loved to bark! He ... »

Blog the Change for Seniors

Blog the Change for Seniors

Today is “Blog the Change for Animals” day a special event sponsored by Be The Change 4 Animals. It’s a day when pet bloggers & pet lovers come together and blog about animal causes that are near & dear to them in an effort to raise awareness and support for their cause. We... »

In case of EMERGENCY: 6 Tips

In case of EMERGENCY: 6 Tips

We had a wildfire scare near our home the other day. The fire started roughly 4-5 miles away, but with wind gusts over 50 mph and tinder-like dry conditions here in CA, it was scary. They evacuated thousands of families to ‘evacuation’ centers, but they don’t usually allow dogs, so... »

Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

A few days ago, our friend Kimberly over at Keep the Tail Wagging posted about being a dog parent and the things you learn about dogs in the midst of parenting them. We’ve had five dogs in our life and even more if you count the dogs we each had growing up. My grandfather actually raised dogs ... »

New Center Helping Fearful Dogs

New Center Helping Fearful Dogs

Our family has some experience with this topic after adopting Maggie, a fearful (and formerly abused) dog.  So it was with great interest to read the story of Cinder an abused Malamute and the new Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J.   The facility ... »

My Dog Somehow Knew His Friend Was Going to Die

Our guest post: My Dog Somehow Knew His Friend Was Going to Die is posted on Dogster.com today. Check it out.   http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/my-dog-knew-friend-going-to-die   »

The SlimDoggy Library

The SlimDoggy Library

  We are always searching for great articles on things related to canine health, fitness and well being.  Google is great, but there is way too much ‘junk’ and articles that are driven more by SEO technique than by relevance or quality.  So we decided to do something about it. We ha... »

Cross-Breed to Avoid Inbreeding

Cross-Breed to Avoid Inbreeding

For all the lovers of ‘pure-bred’ dogs, I wanted to make sure that you haven’t missed the recent and controversial piece in the NY Times about breeding to standards.   The author, James Serpell, suggests that cross-breeding is one solution to some of the health problems that are ca... »

Dog Life Spans

Dog Life Spans

We are often asked about the average life expectancy for different breeds of dogs so we started to compile a list for our readers.  This data was pulled from several sources including vetinfo.com and pets.ca. While this data provides a view of relative longevity by breed, there are many factors that... »

Responsible Pet Ownership Blog: Helping Black Dogs and Cats Get Adopted

Linda Cole at the Canidae blog posted this piece on Color Bias and pet adoption  Responsible Pet Ownership Blog: Helping Black Dogs and Cats Get Adopted. It is rather remarkable to learn that black colored dogs (and cats) are less likely to be adopted (and thus more likely to be euthanized). Accordi... »

Dogs Pick Up on People’s Intent

I saw this very cool article on how dogs can actually ‘infer’ intentions of humans based on gestures and pitch.  Studies show that a dog can understand a vocabulary of up to 165 words.  Most of which, I am sure, are food related! Check it out.   http://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy... »

Adopting an Adult Dog Will Make You Happy!

Adopting an Adult Dog Will Make You Happy!

You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks This article points out several myths about adopting an older dog.  It is worth the read. http://dogtime.com/adopting-adult-dog.html We’re entering this post in the first Blog the Change for Animals Blog Hop today as this is a real CHANGE we can make for all... »

Rachel Ray Challenge

Rachel Ray Challenge

ASPCA and Rachel Ray Team Up to Make an Impact Thanks to #dancingdogblog for letting us all know about this amazing challnge: http://www.dancingdogblog.com/2013/01/aspca-rachael-ray-100k-challenge-to-save-more-pets/   Love this concept and it is a level playing field as winners are selected bas... »

Dogs and Strangers- Some Tips

Dogs and Strangers- Some Tips

Dogs and Strangers- Some Tips Our friend Kimberly at keepthetailwagging.com has posted a useful piece on handling your dog when they are introduced to strangers.  Avoid unexpected (bad) surprises– be prepared and set the tone!  Worth the read. http://www.keepthetailwagging.com/helping-your-dog... »

Dogs and Words

Dogs and Words

My Dog is Smarter than Your ……. Ever wonder if your dog understands what you are saying when you talk to him/her?  Unfortunately, they do not understand when you tell them that you won or lost a deal, got a great report card, or dented up your new car!  But they can and do understand a l... »

Helping Pets in Need

Five ways to help out your local rescue/shelter. This is worth the quick read. http://www.examiner.com/article/make-a-difference-this-new-year-five-ways-you-can-help-your-local-shelter Here are a few other ways you can help: Become a “Fitness foster”.  Volunteer to exercise dogs that you... »