Doggone Times

March 2, 2017

How to Handle a Territorial Dog

Dogs are territorial in nature, which is a good trait in the wild because the resources found in that territory are crucial to the dog’s survival. In the home the trait is important because the dogs guard our homes and alert us when an intruder is in the vicinity. However, excessively territorial dogs can pose a danger to other people as well as to the family members. The territorial dog […]
February 24, 2017

Dietary Concerns for Specific Diseases in Dogs

Feeding canine family members is easy for most dog owners. The only consideration most of us make is whether the dog food is recommended for adult dogs or puppies, and we choose appropriately depending on the age of our pets. At times however, dogs need a special diet that is not dependent solely on their age, but rather on the condition of his health. These diets are mostly recommended by […]
February 16, 2017

Constipation in Dogs – Causes and Symptoms

Just like humans, dogs get constipated. Constipation is defined as the inability to defecate properly. Constipation in dogs is caused by several factors, such as swallowing an obstructive object e.g. a bone, hair, or grass. The object(s) is not digested, and in the process of trying to eliminate it, it blocks the way and the dog cannot defecate. Another common cause is slow intestinal activity especially in older dogs. The […]
February 10, 2017

How to Deal with a Dog Who is Mourning

Dogs, just like human beings, experience grief. This may be due to the loss of a loved person or the loss of another dog. I once saw my yellow Lab get depressed after she lost her puppy. We tried everything we could do to save the puppy, but to no avail. Once the puppy was dead, the Lab wouldn’t let go of her baby and almost refused to breastfeed and […]
February 2, 2017

A Furry Friend in Grief is a Friend Indeed

Dogs are recognized by doctors and therapists as comfort animals. Even Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing, acknowledged the presence of pets as a source of comfort during difficult times such as long illnesses. The advantage of having a dog beside you when you are grieving is his constant companionship. He offers what most people are not capable of offering during this hard time, he is able to offer […]
January 27, 2017

Factors to Consider when Exercising your Dog in Winter

One of the things our dogs need for optimum health is exercise. The exercises can be through playing out in the park, walks or just training in the backyard. However, when the weather is chilly, you have to be extra careful not to expose your dog to extreme cold while exercising. Here are some factors to consider. The size of your dog matters when it comes to the amount of […]