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  • Caring for Street Dogs in India

    Caring for Street Dogs in India

    We asked Sindhoor Pangal, a canine behavioral consultant and the director of BHARCS in Bangalore, India, to tell us how things are going in India, another country that is experiencing stay-at-home restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is what she has to say about how the street dogs have been affected. India has been […] More

  • My Dog Sleeps All Day – Is that Normal?

    My Dog Sleeps All Day – Is that Normal?

    One of the questions I am asked regularly is “Is what my dog doing normal?”. There are many behaviours that dogs act out that make them adorable goofy oddballs and some things they do are really rather gross. It can be tricky to know what is normal ‘dogs will be dogs’ behaviour and what should […] More

  • Pet Food Alert: “Add Moisture First” Label Needed

    Pet Food Alert: “Add Moisture First” Label Needed

    Attention all freeze dried and dehydrated pet food manufacturers: do the right thing…put an alert on your label. There is a serious concern with dehydrated or freeze-dried pet foods that needs to be openly addressed. These are great pet food options, but only if the pet food is properly hydrated before feeding it to your […] More

  • Artist Lauri Luck’s Illustrated Letters

    Artist Lauri Luck’s Illustrated Letters

    Looking for a way to help others who are enduring this time of isolation and worry? Perhaps your skills aren’t up to making face masks or you’re unable to deliver food but you still want to pitch in. Get inspired by longtime Bark contributing artist Lauri Luck, who sent us an update on a project […] More

  • Is My Dog’s Crotch Sniffing Normal?

    Is My Dog’s Crotch Sniffing Normal?

    Some of the behaviours that dogs perform are super cute. That confused semi-turn of their head or when they nuzzle into our bodies have charmed great affection from us. However, other behaviours can be quite embarrassing and borderline rude in the social circles of humans. Owners will often try to suppress these instinctive animal antics […] More

  • Blue Boys | The Bark

    Blue Boys | The Bark

    You showed up on my blue canvas, a portrait I patted myself on the shoulder for. I’m so very sorry, my dear friend. It is too late now. I can take nothing back, not one thing. You had your daily runs, walks and a healthy appetite. There weren’t any outward signs,but I wasn’t paying close […] More

  • Can Dogs Eat Bananas? Super Foods for Dogs

    Can Dogs Eat Bananas? Super Foods for Dogs

    Yes, dogs can eat bananas! Bananas, which are available year round either fresh or freeze dried, are a great treat for your dog. Bananas are wonderful for dogs because they are high in potassium, fiber and magnesium.  Bananas are great for muscles and protein building in the body plus they provide loads of Vitamin B6 […] More

  • Why Is My Dog Aggressive When Woken Suddenly?

    Why Is My Dog Aggressive When Woken Suddenly?

    “Let sleeping dogs lie” is never more apt than if you have a dog that reacts when startled during sleep. For owners that are new to this scary reaction, it can be quite worrisome, especially if there are children, elderly or anyone with learning disabilities in the family. Most people could understand and forgive a […] More

  • Cat n’ Dog Poo Can Be Green Too!

    How to Safely Compost and Recycle Pet Waste What better time than now – when the pace of life is slower for many of us – to take steps that will lighten your pet’s carbon paw print to barely visible?  Use the flow chart below to choose a way to recycle pet poo that’s customized […] More

  • Protect Your Dog from Hawks and Other Birds of Prey

    Protect Your Dog from Hawks and Other Birds of Prey

    Hawks, owls and other raptors (birds of prey) don’t know the difference between a pet dog and, say, a rabbit or a rat. To them, they’re all on the menu. Learn how to keep you dog out of their talons and safely on the ground. While hawks and other raptor attacks on humans are quite […] More

  • How to Get a Puppy during a Pandemic

    How to Get a Puppy during a Pandemic

    A puppy travels north to her new family as Covid-19 descends upon the East Coast. What could go wrong? As far back as Christmastime, my wife, Tina, had begun saying, “We’re getting a dog.” Enough procrastination: “I’m getting a dog.” As each week passed, the conviction in her words grew until, inevitably, one day this […] More

  • Can Dogs Eat Blueberries? Super Foods for Dogs

    Can Dogs Eat Blueberries? Super Foods for Dogs

    Yes, dogs can eat blueberries! Blueberries, which are available year round either fresh, frozen or freeze dried, are a great treat for your dog. The deep blue color comes from anthocyanidins, which are potent antioxidants, and the berries also supply Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, phytochemicals, manganese and fiber.  Phytochemicals are chemical compounds produced […] More

  • The Human-Animal Bond: Use Technology to Maintain Social Connection

    The Human-Animal Bond: Use Technology to Maintain Social Connection

    Maintaining social connections is important for both our own and our dogs’ mental well-being. While we may not be able to give those who live outside our home a physical hug during this time, we can give them virtual hugs via apps such as FaceTime, Skype, Meet, or Zoom. Studies show that dogs can see what […] More

  • Detection Dogs in Training to Sniff Out Covid-19

    Detection Dogs in Training to Sniff Out Covid-19

    Human diseases and health conditions—including a variety of cancers, diabetes, UTIs, epilepsy and malaria—have odor signatures. Lucky for us, dogs are experts in identifying them, using their special superpower: their sense of smell. Their latest challenge? Covid-19. A lot of out-of-the-box thinking has been deployed in the race to find ways to identify and treat […] More

  • Top Coronavirus Aide’s Last Job Was Breeding Dogs

    Top Coronavirus Aide’s Last Job Was Breeding Dogs

    News flash: Former Labradoodle breeder tapped to lead U.S. pandemic task force. WASHINGTON (Reuters). On January 21, the day the first U.S. case of coronavirus was reported, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) appeared on Fox News to report the latest on the disease as it ravaged China. Alex Azar, […] More

  • CGS Hospital in Gurugram Starts Free Tele OPD for Pet Lovers - Pet Blog

    CGS Hospital in Gurugram Starts Free Tele OPD for Pet Lovers – Pet Blog

    The doctors in a Gurugram veterinary hospital recently performed an emergency operation on Pablo, a boxer who was brought bleeding because of low platelet count, and Casper, who has a life-threatening intestinal perforation. Located in DLF Phase 3, Gurugram, CGS Hospital (A Unit Of CGS Charitable Trust) under the aegis of DLF Foundation, started free […] More

  • Court Orders EPA to Act on Pesticide in Pet Collars

    Court Orders EPA to Act on Pesticide in Pet Collars

    A federal appeals court in California today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act on a request by the Natural Resources Defense Council to ban the use of the toxic pesticide TCVP in pet collars. The EPA acknowledges exposure to the pesticide can harm kids’ developing brains. TCVP (tetrachlorvinphos) is an organophosphate pesticide used in pet products, […] More

  • Film Premiere: “California Landslide: A Dog’s True Story”

    Film Premiere: “California Landslide: A Dog’s True Story”

    In May 2017, the largest coastal landslide in California’s history buried the scenic Pacific Coast Highway under more than 1 million tons of dirt and rock. A new documentary short film produced by Dana Richardson and Sarah Zentz, California Landslide: A Dog’s True Story is the captivating account of the two filmmakers and their beloved […] More

  • How to Start a Dog Rescue

    How to Start a Dog Rescue

    Other Mothers, a Portland, Ore., animal rescue group devoted to pregnant dogs and their pups, was founded and is directed by Linda Caradine. Here, Caradine offers invaluable advice on how to start a rescue, including how she navigated various bureaucratic channels to get the well-respected and successful group up and running.  Quick Tips on Starting […] More

  • Chinese Gov Proposes to Reclassify Dogs and Ban Dog Meat Trade

    Chinese Gov Proposes to Reclassify Dogs and Ban Dog Meat Trade

    Animal Wellness Action, and the Animal Wellness Foundation lauded a proposal issued by China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs this week. This month, the Chinese government published a draft of a new list of animals that can be traded for meat that included pigs, cows, chickens and sheep, but excluded dogs and cats according to […] More

  • On-Leash Reactivity—Give Me Space! | The Bark

    On-Leash Reactivity—Give Me Space! | The Bark

    It’s another exciting day in the life of a dog trainer. I come bearing my notes and a treat pouch stuffed with teeny-tiny pieces of cheese, ready to tackle my new client’s reactivity concerns. (For those looking for a description of reactivity, it is barking, lunging and/or growling in response to the presence of a […] More

  • The Human-Animal Bond: Keeping Our Dogs Clean

    The Human-Animal Bond: Keeping Our Dogs Clean

    Some of our companion animals may require more attention than others, and that’s okay—it’s what we signed up for. Dogs and cats rely on us to provide them with water, food, relief walks, socialization opportunities appropriate to their temperaments, and veterinary and hygiene care. When dogs vocalize (bark), they are often asking for help. The […] More

  • Socializing Your Puppy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Socializing Your Puppy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    It is crucial for puppies that are 8–14 weeks of age to have positive socializing experiences to help shape them into well-rounded, confident dogs. The social distancing required during the COVID-19 pandemic can make it more challenging to provide puppies with the pleasant encounters they need. In these uncertain times, the University of Minnesota Veterinary […] More

  • 7 Things to Know About Dog Zoomies

    7 Things to Know About Dog Zoomies

    I have a terrible tendency to misunderstand people when they say “Zoom meeting.” It sounds so much like “zoomies,” which have been a part of my life for so much longer. I’ve enjoyed dogs who have the zoomies outside in the yard or at the park, running in wide circles in the open space, as well […] More

  • Puppy-filled Easter Photo Shoot Will Be the Cutest Thing You’ll See All Day

    Puppy-filled Easter Photo Shoot Will Be the Cutest Thing You’ll See All Day

    We’re sharing the cutest Easter photo shoot of all time from Brown Dog Coalition and Rescue. An easter basket, speckled eggs, pastel plaid bowties, and adorable rescued puppies make for plenty of “awww!” moments. Brown Dog Coalition, in Hopkinton, MA rescued puppies (Chai, Rooibos, Chamomile, Irish, Earl, Grey, and Matcha) and their mom, Ginger, from […] More

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