Dogs

Why can dogs learn their names and cats cannot?

Why can dogs learn their names and cats cannot?

One of the main training techniques every dog owner tries to master is recall, getting your dog to come back to you when you call them by name. Dogs easily learn their names and respond to it – whether they come back to you or not is a different story.   But what about cats? They are noto... »

Should You Shave Your Dog for Summer?

Should You Shave Your Dog for Summer?

Last week, we posted an article about a German Shepherd dog on our FaceBook page. The story was that the owner had taken their dog to a local groomer for grooming and the dog ended up being shaved with only his head and tip of his tail unshaved.   The owner was distraught and threatening to sue... »

Update: Fat Labs at Westminster

Update: Fat Labs at Westminster

Last spring, we wrote a surprisingly controversial piece about the apparent overweight Labrador Retrievers shown at Westminster. Our goal was to call attention to the matter in the hopes of raising some awareness about how far the show Labs have diverged from the Labrador Standard and that judges of... »

Are Shelters a Good Place to get a Pet?

Are Shelters a Good Place to get a Pet?

Recently, the Washington Post published a story, “Why I’d Never Adopt a Shelter Dog Again”. The author told a tale of woe about adopting three shelter dogs and encountering various health issues with them over the years. Mind you, one of the dogs lived to age nine and her complaints were about incre... »

Dog DNA Follow-up

Dog DNA Follow-up

Last Monday we introduced a new member of the SlimDoggy family, Pepper. We challenged you to guess his lineage and we received many guesses, but none were entirely correct. Here’s Pepper’s brother who looks pretty similar, but does have an interesting characteristic that might have been ... »

Dog Life Spans

Dog Life Spans

Increasing the life span of your dog is a topic we love to read about and write about. We firmly believe that being healthy and fit will help your dog live a longer and happier life. But how long should you expect your dog to live and what can you do to give them a longer life? There are life expect... »

Dog Food Database and Calorie Tracking Now Available

Dog Food Database and Calorie Tracking Now Available

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new web tools for our dog loving readers, the SlimDoggy Food Database and the SlimDoggy Calorie Tracker.   First, we have published our dog food data including calorie amounts, macronutrients (protein, fat and carbs), ingredients, and our Slimdoggy... »

An Expert’s Concern over Labrador Retriever Standards

Last week we wrote a post that compared the US Labrador Retriever standard over the past 50-60 years. The change in the standard and the photographic evidence is quite dramatic – check our post if you didn’t see it.  Our concern is that by awarding show championships to “heavier... »

When did Overweight Labs Become the New Normal?

When did Overweight Labs Become the New Normal?

Last week we posted a provocative article regarding what we viewed as overweight Labradors representing the breed in the Westminster Dog Show. We have gotten lots of feedback on the post, from Veterinarians and Lab owners supporting our view and some folks, mostly breeders and show dog owners, telli... »

Jack Takes the Dognition Test

Jack Takes the Dognition Test

We’ve read about Dognition, a cognition & personality assessment for your dog, since it was released early last year. It sounds like a really interesting concept – using brainteasers and puzzles, you can learn how your dog thinks. I’ve been wanting to buy it ($29 for one dog or... »

What should YOUR Breed of dog weigh?

What should YOUR Breed of dog weigh?

  We compiled this list of dog breeds and their normal weight ranges.  Use this a a guide when assessing your dog’s physical condition.   We say guide because sometimes a dog will fall outside of the normal range and still be at a healthy weight. Frame size, bone density, and other factor... »

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 1

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 1

Chapter One – Fortitude Life is like an ice-cream cone. You have to lick it one day at a time. Charles M. Schultz (Charlie Brown)   I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. Martha Washington &nb... »

Tales of Tails: Ivy

Tales of Tails: Ivy

  A Tale of the Tails from one of our readers – Peg O.   Our late dog, Ivy, a Lab/Akita mix was rescued – not from an animal rescue but rather via a friend. Ivy’s Mom was a white Akita and her Dad a black Lab. Her Mom was owned by a friend of ours and 14 days after giving... »