Your Dog’s First Beach Vacation

This post is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, a research-driven pharmaceutical company standing for innovative healthcare products for people and animals for more than 130 years. All opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure. This blog is part of a series that can be seen in full on the It’s a Dog! website. […]

How Hot Is TOO Hot for Your Dog?

How hot is TOO hot for your dog? With temperatures hovering around 100 degrees here every day into the foreseeable future, we have to schedule our dog fun in the early morning (evening remain too hot) or around the water. The temperatures are too hot for our dogs’ paws and for them to cool themselves […]

Using Your Dog’s Meal as Training Treats–and Travel Treats!

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own. Irie and Tiki are nine years old now but, just as when they were puppies, their training goes on. I have them sit before I open our gate, they sit before they’re fed, and I use signals rather than spoken commands with […]

Ask the Vet: Cancer Treatments for Dogs

A cancer diagnosis in your family is a scary thing–including when that family member is one with four legs. Today more cancer treatments are available to dogs than ever before and, with that, more specialized cancer treatments so that dogs can live life to the fullest. Recently we reached out on our social media channels […]

5 Ways to Enjoy the Backyard with Your Dog This Summer | #Giveaway

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own. At our house, summer means outdoor fun–for us and for Irie and Tiki. Early morning hikes (before the heat sets in), wading in the creek (once the temperatures start to rise), and trips to the lake mean exercise for us and for […]

Preparing for a Natural Disaster | National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

May is a month of renewal in nature…a time for budding flowers to blossom and the next generation of wildlife to take their first tentative steps out into the world. Along with the beauty, however, the season also brings destruction, with tornadoes, flooding and other severe weather events reminding us of the fragility of our […]

Renaming Your New Dog: 2 Easy Tricks!

Should you rename your newly-adopted dog if you don’t like his or her name? Let’s face it: some names just don’t roll off our tongues with ease. Other names bring up unpleasant memories of previous connections. And some names just don’t seem a good fit for your newest family member. In all our years of […]

Planning Your Spring Garden? Make Sure It’s Dog-Friendly #Infographic

It is definitely starting to feel like spring here with a few early wildflowers starting to pop up. Today John planted a cypress tree, and I’ve got plans for some plantings in the coming weeks. If you’ve got gardening plans for your yard, we’ve got an infographic to share with you from Compost Direct. Be […]

8 Reasons to Walk Your Dog!

As we take our first tentative steps into the new year, many of us may already find ourselves struggling with our resolution to exercise more. One way to go that extra mile in order to keep your commitment to keep fit is to enjoy a daily dog walk (or two!) January is National Walk Your […]

Winter Dog Baths: 7 Ways to Clean Your Dog During Cold Weather

Time for a dog bath? Hmm…if you’re like us and dog baths are usually an outdoor activity, it’s time for Plan B. Even here in central Texas, most days are way too chilly for a dog bath so we’re getting creative with the bath options. It’s important to keep up a grooming routine even during […]