Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) In Dogs - Symptoms and Treatment

Progressive retinal atrophy is a common health issue that bothers a lot of dogs. As a dog owner, it is natural that you want what is best for your dog, and knowing potential health issues will enable you to spot symptoms early and start treatment as soon as possible. To understand progressive retinal atrophy, first, you need to understand what the retina is and what her function is. What is the retina? The retina is a “specialized” tissue behind your dog’s (humans have them too) eye. It contains cells that receive light signals and adds light to your dog’s vision. These photosensitive cell receptors are...

Black German Shepherd - Dark Diamond of Germany

When we are thinking about the German Shepherd breed, we rarely think about black German Shepherds. Most of our minds go straight to the black and tan dog that we know and love. The truth is that a pureblooded German Shepherd can come in a variety of colors. To be completely honest, our favorite color of the German Shepherd is black. There is something special about a black GSD we can’t exactly explain, but we feel it every time we see one. They look somewhat intimidating and mystical. Even though it may seem like a completely different breed, the black German Shepherd is your typical GSD. History The b...

Service Dog Training

We know that dogs can perform a wide variety of tasks that were entrusted to them by humans. We used dogs as hunting companions for more than 20.000 years, and some historians say that is the main reason why the human-canine bond was created. Over the past 100 years, we started to realize that dogs can be used for assistance, and that is where service dogs step on the scene. Not all dogs can become service dogs. Some are too distracted, and there is special training a service dog should receive. What is a service dog? According to the  Americans with Disabilities Act, a service dog is “a dog specificall...

Can Dogs Eat Shrimp?

Believe it or not, shrimp is the most popular seafood dish in the USA. Not only are they responsible for over 25% of all seafood consumption, but an average American eats more than 4 pounds each year. These surprising statistics shouldn’t be so surprising if you ever tasted shrimp. Shrimp are ridiculously delicious, and you can prepare them in all sorts of ways. If you love shrimp and you are a dog owner, you probably noticed that your dog likes shrimp too. Next time you have shrimp, think about your dog and maybe save some for them. Can my dog eat shrimp? Not only can your dog eat shrimp, but shrimp ca...

Low-Shedding Dog Breeds

Like many other dog owners, we also hate the mess that comes with our beloved dogs. Some dog breeds seem like an endless source of loose hair. It looks like there is hair everywhere; floors, sofas, bed (even if your dog isn’t allowed on the bed), clothes, closets, and even underneath the fridge. If you hate vacuuming every day of the week, but you still want to have a dog, the answer is - low-shedding dog breeds. Not only do these breeds barely leave hair behind them, but they are also suitable for people allergic to dog hair. Because dog hair is one of the most potent allergens, people allergic to dog...

Best Dogs For First Time Owners

Getting a dog is possibly one of the best things you can do in your life; it is undoubtedly a thing that will bring you a lot of joy. You are already taking the right first step and researching the best dogs for first-time owners. Different breeds indeed have different temperaments and characters. If you decided to get a pureblooded dog, a big advantage is that you can be reasonably sure of their future character. Of course, individual dogs can also vary, and you might end up with a dog that is not a typical specimen of the breed, but more often than not, you will get a dog whose character is mostly kno...

How Often Should You Wash Your Dog

Washing your dog will be one of the things you will need to do as a dog owner, and there are some things you should know. A lot of new dog owners are not too sure about how often they should wash their dogs. The truth and the simplest answer is - it depends. There are over 400 internationally recognized dog breeds, and they can have very different coats. There are dogs with short coats, long coats, medium-length coats, and even hairless breeds like the Mexican Hairless Dog. Breeds like the Golden Retriever or Border Collie have a medium-long, double coat with a longer outer coat and a short, fluffy unde...

8 Tips And Tricks - Puppy And Dog Socialization

Dog or puppy socialization can be defined as teaching your pet to become a good member of society. Our beloved dogs can get scared and react badly to different things in their environment - things like people, other dogs, situations, crowds, and even buildings and unknown objects. Dogs can have bad reactions to things they see, smell, or hear. That means that your dog should learn how to react to certain things, and your role is to help them adapt. Socialization should play a pivotal role in your dog’s life. Most of us are looking for a dog that will be well-adapted and well-behaved, and that means soci...

Dogs And Kids - Full Guide

Having a full house can be a beautiful thing - especially if your family consists not only of human members but of dog members as well. Having a home with dogs and kids in it is sure to be a happy and lively home full of action. Not only will your kids have a great playing or cuddling partner, but you can also have an excellent watchdog or even an alert guardian that will always have your back. Our family dogs are usually great, and they are responsible for millions of situations that fill us with laughter and the feeling of pure love. They are also a huge responsibility, and not everyone is suited to b...

Spaniel Breeds - Top Choice

Dogs were used for hunting since their domestication that happened nearly 30.000 years ago. They played different roles, and other dog breeds developed with specific tasks in mind. When it comes to hunting, there aren't many dog breeds that can go toe to toe with the versatile and agile Spaniels. Origin of the Spaniel dog breeds Historians dated the exact origin of the first Spaniel breeds back to the ancient Romans. It is believed that these types of dogs came to life in Spain, hence the name - Spaniel. However, they haven't remained there for too long because hunters and dog owners across the Roman Em...