Collars give more owners more control over their dogs, but may cause choking or injury to the dog's neck. There are so many different types of harnesses, it's hard to know what's the best type for your dog. A look at walking gear for dogs, and how to tell what's best for your companion.
Stuck inside with your dog? Both of you getting a bit restless? You can play games with your dog that don't take much time, space, or training. Get started turning boredom into behaviors that will have you both smiling.
This simple hack lets you get the right size everything for your dog - even if your pup's far away! You can get that adorable souvenir for your best friend from that cute little vacation boutique!
Author Agnes Sligh Turnbull was right - "Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really." Adjusting to the needs of an older dog may be challenging, but it's worth it.
What sounds like a laboratory and acts like an amusement park? It's the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys. From the "Spray Ground" to play sessions with dolphins, the kids will be entranced.
Scones are an easy, fast, treat for everyday. When you're in the mood for some holiday-season memories, these Gingerbread Scones will fill the house with delicious, seasonal aromas.
Slan by A.E. Van Vogt is a classic of science fiction. But it's not about aliens, it's about people we come to care about - as all great novels are. It was my first SF book and started a love affair.
The most common closure for dog harnesses is a "pinch clasp" - the most difficult one for arthritis sufferers to use. Here are some other options so you can enjoy walking your dog.
Ever been to a County Fair? My sister and I hadn't - and it was a simple, delightful thing to do. We had a wonderful time and crossed on more item off that "bucket list."
Skokie, Illinois is my hometown. We're the first suburb north of Chicago, and one of the most culturally diverse. We embrace our neighbors' traditions and cultures in this annual festival.
There's a saying that you can't teach an old do new tricks. Perhaps it's because they know what they need to know - how to be our dear, loyal, loved companions. Like my own little Roc.
In the world of performance dog sports; obedience, rally, and agility, it's not necessarily the blue ribbons that are most important. Only one dog/handler team can be blue. Everybody can get green.
Agility is fun for everybody - dogs and people! We have a saying in the canine performance world - a bad day at a dog trial is better than a good day at work!
It's terrifying to walk an escape-artist dog! And the situation can only worsen if the dog never gets "out and about." If you've been left holding an empty leash, these options could be lifesavers.
Although not traditional companions - dolphins and dogs are similar because positive-reinforcement training works with both. My French Bulldog, Teddy, got to meet one of our favorite dolphins - Kibby!
Tear stains on light-colored dogs may not be a health issue, but they are unsightly. And many additives used to treat them contain antibiotics, a use not approved by veterinarians or the FDA.
Little things make me happy - like a coffee mug that reminds me of one of my favorite television shows - Star Trek. I wouldn't build the Enterprise bridge in my basement, but touches make for smiles.
People who own dogs know - without benefit of scientific "studies" - that dogs love unconditionally. "To the world, you are one person. To your dog - you are the world."
The Cocktail Hour was a great tradition that too many have allowed to slip away. Who doesn't want to take time to relax at the end of the day? Enjoy one of these top-notch vodka cocktails and unwind.
For many people, Gin is an acquired taste. It's not a neutral spirit - it's made with juniper berries and various herbs and, sometimes, fruit. Some of my favorite Gin-based drinks.
I love martinis. And I love glassware. Sitting down at the end of the day with an adult beverage in a classy glass brings a sigh of satisfaction every time.
Quick Breads, also known as Snack Cakes or Loaf Cakes are easy, fast and versatile - and perfect for serving guests. Try one whenever you're in the mood for a home-baked treat!
If you love baking cookies - you need these three books in your collection! Every recipe is a gem and the photographs will make your mouth water.
It's an iconic image - children finding a hole-punched box under the tree on Christmas morning. But it's not a good idea - the holidays are stressful enough without adding a new baby to the mix.
Think outside the box! A personalized I.D. tag is a great gift - for congratulations, a special message, to commemorate a special day. The possibilities are endless.
Your time and attention are the most precious things you can give your dog. Just a few minutes each day make all the difference - whether training, grooming, playing, or just hanging out on the couch.
Harnesses are the best accessories for walking your dog. They're available in styles to suit any dog - any size, any training issue, any medical consideration. An introduction to the different styles.
With so very many styles to choose among, and your dog's specific needs to consider, it's not always easy to make the right choice. We can help, with an expert staff and even a DIY Harness Selector.
If you have a dog - you're a dog trainer, whether you realize it or not. And the more fun you make training, the more you'll do it, the better-trained your dog will be and you'll both enjoy!
The road to on-the-road adventuring was bumpy. If there was a mistake to make - we made it. Our cautionary tale - and now not to buy a motorhome!
Keeping our dogs comfortable in any weather is always a priority. Especially for those of us who have short-faced dogs. Be wary of heat exposure, and be sure to have an array of weapons against heat.
Here in the Chicago area we're all Irish for St. Patrick's Day! Over the years we've found that for those of us who don't like beer (green or not), there are wonderful alternatives for celebration.
The official date for "Love your Pet Day" is February 20, although every day is a reason to celebrate the bond you have with your four-footed friend.
For those people who are "all about the dogs" - some delightful and inexpensive gifts to bring a smile to their faces.
It's easy to make cold-brewed coffee at home. With just five minutes's effort, you'll always have delicious, lower acid coffee - and you choose the brand. No barista needed.
Teddy is my French Bulldog. Now four years old, he has titles in Rally and Agility, and is a Canine Good Citizen. But we just call him Ted, or Big Giant Head.
There are three basic designs of dog harnesses. Step-ins are easy to use, avoid choking the dog, don't go over the dog's head, and come in fabrics, patterns and styles to suit any taste.
There is no such thing as an indestructible dog toy - if the dog is determined enough and has the time and opportunity. There are some that are better than others.
There are only a couple of good ways to acquire a dog - either adopt through a rescue/shelter, or find a reputable breeder. Teddy wants to spread the word so puppy mills will someday disappear.
Dog bowls come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. While the choice is largely a matter of taste, other things do matter. For instance - did you know that plastic bowls causes acne for some dogs?
Whether your dog needs a coat depends on where you live, what kind of fur your dog has, and how he/she feels about the weather. Just like people, some dogs feel the cold and need weather protection.
French Bulldogs seem to be everywhere these days! As a happy Frenchie family for the last decade, I know how wonderful they can be. And how awful. Is a Frenchie right for your family?
Boston Terriers are smart, energetic, sweet, non-stop bundles of energy and fun. I know, because there's been a BT in the family since I was a kid. Learn a bit more about this breed, from a huge fan.
Papillons are bright, beautiful, energetic little dogs. Their ears, fringed and held high, resemble the wings of a butterfly - the reason for the "Papillon" name.
Maltese are one of the breeds, along with the Bichon Frise and Coton de Tulear, originating around the Mediterranean. They are charming, bright, adorable little bundles of fluff and joy.
Toy dogs full of charm and spunk - the Japanese Chin has always been a true and loyal companion dog, originally favored by Asian royalty.
Poodles are among the most recognizable dogs in the world - and among the most intelligent. These bright working dogs, in any of three sizes, are the epitome of "man's bet friend."
Energetic, bright, and full of themselves, Toy Fox Terriers are athletic toy dogs and practically perfect companions for any living situation - from city apartment to country home.
Chinese Cresteds are elegant, high-stepping dogs known primarily for the hairless variety, although there is a fully-coated "powderpuff" as well. Cresties elicit strong feelings - both love and hate.
Italian Greyhounds are among the most elegant-looking toy breeds around. IGs are, like their bigger sight-hound cousins, capable of both great speed and energy, and equally skilled at snuggling.
The Havanese breed, as the name implies, was developed in Cuba and is related to other fluffy dogs of Mediterranean origin - including the Maltese and Bichon Frise. All are four-footed happiness.
In 2013, Min Pins were the 53rd most popular breed in the U.S. - a drop in recent years. Afficionados of these lively, athletic little dogs must be keeping them a secret!
Brussels Griffons are characters! Funny, stubborn, smart and charming; if you let a Griff into your life, you'll never be alone again.
Chihuahuas are the quintessential toy dog - to fanciers a loyal, cuddly companion. To their detractors the "yappy little purse dog." Both are equally right - and wrong.
Even experience dog trainers can become frustrated with puppies - if they weren't so cute, there'd be no excuse for them! Here are a few tips to make your life with puppy a little easier.
Some people are born organizers. Then there are the rest of us. It may not come naturally, but, like me, you can learn to live clutter-free and love it.
Travelling with your dogs - either short trips around town or cross-country road trips - can be fun and enjoyable, if you're prepared properly.
Getting a dog is a commitment - one that will, with luck, last well over a decade. It's worth a little time and research to find the perfect addition to your family.
Toy Fox Terriers are a sprightly blend of intelligence, sensitivity, and terrier tenacity. Special dogs deserve special treatment. These are some of favorite ways to spoil a TFT.
This dog treat recipe is the best because it's infinitely adaptable. You can make it with any kind of flour, any flavor, and size, and any thickness. Tailor it to your dog's taste!
Among the most adorable dogs in the world - Cavalier King Charles Spaniels deserve our devotion, affection, and the best accessories for their particular needs.
Silky Terriers are related to Yorkies, but are a distinct breed developed in Australia. These clever, sprightly dogs are great companions, but their agile bodies and active minds need to stay busy.
Pekingese dogs were designed to be royal companions. These loyal, affectionate dogs still excel in that role, although nowadays anyone can enjoy the devotion of this loyal breed of dog.
Bright, bubbly, adorable, silly, and stubborn, Bichon Frise are delightful companions for the right people. If you're Bichon folk, you know these charming imps deserve the very best!
With the popularity of internet celebrity Poms, the world has come appreciate this adorable, clever, pocket-sized pup! The Pom(s) in your life will appreciate these especially-chosen products.
You don't see Japanese Chins walking down the street every day - but this unusual and adorable breed is gaining popularity. Special dogs have some special requirements - these are some favorites.
The Affenpinscher or "Monkey Dog" was almost wiped out during World War II. This charming, adorable toy breed is slowly making a comeback - for good reason. Delightful little ragamuffin dogs!
Papillons are amazing little dogs. Every time we attend a dog competition we're impressed by the Paps' intelligence, speed, and devotion. Highlighting some particularly Pap-friendly products.
Havanese are happy, bouncy, family dogs that are rising in popularity - for good reason. If you're lucky enough to share your life with a Havanese, your dog will love this stuff!
Shih Tzus are among the top 20 most popular breeds in the U.S. These sweet, adorable little dogs, with their short faces and soft coats, have some special needs. We recommend these items for Shih Tzus
Italian Greyhounds are wonderful dogs - but as IG owners know, they can be a challenge to fit. We've found some products that are particularly IG-friendly.
MinPins are an ancient breed and have changed over the years - but they're still wonderful, intelligent, playful family companions. We've picked some items for MinPins' small-but-mighty nature!
If you have a Chinese Crested dog, you're among a select group who appreciate this unique breed. You also know they have some very particular needs to stay happy, healthy, and warm.
We've had at least one Griffie in the family for more than 30 years. If you also share your life with one of these special characters, you know how special they are and deserve the best. Our picks:
Chihuahuas are among the most popular toy dogs - for good reason! Loyal, wonderful companions who thrive in almost any situation, Chihuahuas do need some special stuff to suit their tiny size.
We've had Bostons in the family all my life and I can't imagine life without one of these joyful, energetic, sweet dogs. These are some of the best products we've found, and use, for our BT "kids."
Who doesn't smile when he sees a Pug? Delightful, happy dogs, Pugs nevertheless have some special needs to stay healthy and happy. These are some of our favorite products especially for Pugs.
Maltese are bright, merry, charming little dogs who have stolen hearts for centuries. If you share your life with one of these charmers, these products are especially for you and your pup.
Because of their unique shape and characteristics, French Bulldogs may be difficult to fit, and "outfit." These products are particularly picked to accommodate Frenchie peculiarities.
Yorkshire Terriers are among the most popular dog breeds in the country. Smart, social, feisty little dogs that adapt well. We're highlighting some items that suit Yorkies well.
There's no such thing as the "best" dog harness - but there is a best harness for every dog. Here's a guide to deciding on which style is perfect for your best friend.
These items may not be the most fun part of owning a dog, but they are crucial to keeping your pup healthy, safe, and happy.
Everyone knows the world's best dog - it's yours! This is an introduction to my best dogs - current and past. And how fortunate I've been to share my life with them.
If you'd like to adopt a "rescue" dog - there's no reason you can't have the breed you really, truly want. There are rescue groups associated with every breed and wonderful dogs needing forever homes.
Pets are now part of our families and more and more frequently are going along on travels - whether to visit family, a weekend away, or a longer vacation. Carriers make any trip easier.
With more than 20 different breeds represented, the Toy Group is one of the most varied and dynamic. If you'd like a compact canine in your life, there's sure to be a breed perfect for you.
There's no such thing as a "perfect" dog harness - but there is a perfect harness for every dog. We'll help you find the best choice for your best friend.