Playtime with your IVDD Dog

Playtime with your IVDD Dog

by Cory Brannon July 08, 2016

IVDD is brutal. It’s such a shame when a previously active pup is reduced to crate rest and crucial care. But IVDD is not a death sentence—in fact, there are actually some fun approved activities you can do with your IVDD dog to make playtime more fun for both of you. Just make sure your pup is past the crate rest period before you begin, and always clear everything with your vet first. Every doggy is different, and the recovery process is different for all.
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Choosing the Best Boarding Option for your Dog

Choosing the Best Boarding Option for your Dog

by Cory Brannon June 06, 2016

Going on vacation or leaving town to visit family is exciting, but it often means leaving your four-legged friends behind. It’s not easy to say goodbye to your dog, especially if she is older or has special needs. But when you’re able to leave her in the right hands, it’s much easier.
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Dog Proofing your Home

Dog Proofing your Home

by Cory Brannon May 19, 2016

Before your adorable human baby turns into a toddler, you baby proof your home. Until your little darling develops her own common sense, it’s necessary to keep dangerous things out of reach and sharp corners contained. Dog proofing your home might look a little different, but it should still be done. After all, in some ways, dogs are like little toddlers that never grow up.
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7 Dog Myths That Need To Be Put To Rest

7 Dog Myths That Need To Be Put To Rest

by Cory Brannon April 17, 2016

Every dog owner hears plenty of well-meaning advice, but sometimes it’s not the most accurate information. In a world full of Google searches and old wives’ tales, it’s very easy to hear things about dog care that isn’t entirely true. Every dog is different, of course, and there are some universal truths (like no chocolate) that should always be respected.

But let’s put these seven common dog myths to rest once and for all, shall we?

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10 Tips For Bathing Your Dog Without Going Crazy

10 Tips For Bathing Your Dog Without Going Crazy

by Cory Brannon April 02, 2016

Does your dog like baths? If so, you’re very lucky. Some pups enjoy them, others would rather stay dirty for life. Bath time can be tough, especially if your dog has IVDD or other back problems. Here are some tips for enjoying a safe, fun bathing experience.

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    The Ultimate Easter Basket For Your Dog

    The Ultimate Easter Basket For Your Dog

    by Cory Brannon March 24, 2016

    Maybe your dogs are your children, or perhaps you have young human kids as well and you just want your pup to share in the fun of a gift basket. Easter is this Sunday, but you’ve still got time to assemble a little basket of treats for your pooch.

    First, a pro tip: instead of using fake grass in your dog’s basket, use real wheat cat grass clippings. It’s safe for him to eat (much safer than the fake stuff!) and it smells good.

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    The Best Books for Dog Lovers

    The Best Books for Dog Lovers

    by Cory Brannon March 09, 2016

    When was the last time you got lost in a good book? If you love dogs, you know that nothing tops a good dog story, fiction or nonfiction. We’ve gathered a list of some wonderful books every dog lover should put on their summer reading list this year.
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    How to Take Good Photos of Your Dog

    How to Take Good Photos of Your Dog

    by Cory Brannon February 18, 2016

    Dogs are part of the family, so it’s only natural to want to show off photos of your “babies.” But trying to get a dog to cooperate for a photo session is actually harder than snapping a good human baby photo at times (an immobile baby, at least). There’s no reasoning with a hyperactive, easily distracted pup who doesn’t know where to look.

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    Thinking of Getting a Second Dog?

    Thinking of Getting a Second Dog?

    by Chris Boraas February 12, 2016

    They say that one is the loneliest number… but when you have a dog, that isn’t always the case. While it’s true that dogs are pack animals, some pups get set in their ways and have no problem being “only children.” Still, there’s something so sweet about watching your two pups playing together or cuddling […]

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    Safety Tips For Traveling With Your Dog

    by lilbackbracer2 January 25, 2016

    We may be stuck in the midst of winter right now, but we’re already dreaming of the upcoming road trip season. Spring and summer bring new opportunities to hit the road and see some new sights, and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to bring your dog along for the ride. But traveling with your […]

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    Winter Dog Care Tips

    Winter Dog Care Tips

    by Chris Boraas December 13, 2015

    Brrr! The official start date of winter is December 21, but most of the country has already been experiencing winter weather. Since we winterize our homes, wardrobes and cars, it only makes sense that we should “winterize” our dog care as well. Dogs do require different care in the winter. Read on for our favorite […]

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    Dos and Don’ts For Feeding Your Dog Holiday Treats

    by lilbackbracer2 November 25, 2015

    The holiday season is here at last, and Thanksgiving is upon us. Your home is about to be filled with delicious food that will look and smell good to everyone in the family, including your pets. It’s natural to want to share some treats with our dogs since we share so much of our lives […]

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    My Doxie, My Hero: Three Amazing Dachshund Stories

    My Doxie, My Hero: Three Amazing Dachshund Stories

    by Cory Brannon November 11, 2015

    What do you see when you look at a dachshund? A comical shape, a long snout and a proud strut, no doubt—but beneath that long, lanky body often lies a brave and determined heart. In fact, there have been many stories over the years of dachshunds doing amazing things. Perhaps that’s because they were bred […]

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    How to Dress Your Dog up For Halloween Safely

    How to Dress Your Dog up For Halloween Safely

    by Chris Boraas October 18, 2015

    Halloween is a fun time for everyone, but it’s an especially sweet holiday for dog owners. With all the cute costume possibilities and DIY options, you can dress up your pup as a superhero, a monster or even a celebrity. But before you get to work dressing your beagle up as Cher, learn how to […]

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    10 Strange Facts About Dachshunds

    10 Strange Facts About Dachshunds

    by Chris Boraas September 30, 2015

    As all doxie owners know, the dachshund is a pretty incredible breed. They are scent hound dog breeds once bred to hunt tunneling animals like badgers and rabbits. Packs of dachshunds were even used to train wild boar! Of course, that was in 17th century Germany, where they were first bred. These days, dachshunds are […]

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    10 Ways to Entertain Your Dog Indoors

    10 Ways to Entertain Your Dog Indoors

    by Chris Boraas September 18, 2015

    Depending on where you live, you might still be enjoying some warm summer weather. But for most of the country, fall can be felt in the air. All dogs need exercise, both mental and physical, regardless of what’s happening outside. And when you can’t take your pup on a long walk, you’ve got to get […]

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    The Fine Art of Clipping Your Dogs Nails

    The Fine Art of Clipping Your Dogs Nails

    by Cory Brannon September 29, 2014

    Does it sound like your dog is tap dancing when it walks on your hardwood floors? Want to keep your dog happy and pain free? Long nails can make it painful for your dog to walk and get the exercise they need. By keeping up with your dog’s toenails, you can expect them to be […]

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    How to Choose a Dog Park

    How to Choose a Dog Park

    by Chris Boraas September 12, 2014

    If you are one of the proud and happy owners of a family dog, and you live in a reasonably urban setting, there is a good chance you have a ‘dog park’ near you. These are usually healthy environments with wide open spaces that encourage socialization and allow for your pet to play and enjoy […]

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    Heroic Dachshund Takes on a Bear and Two Cubs

    Heroic Dachshund Takes on a Bear and Two Cubs

    by Chris Boraas August 29, 2014

    “He was only 4 or 5 pounds, but I think in his mind, he was 100 pounds.”, says the owner of the heroic ‘Bradley’, a black and tan dachshund that took on a mother bear and her cubs right outside of her home in February, 2014. The Force family explained that Bradley had always been […]

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    The 10 Commandments From a Dog’s Perspective

    The 10 Commandments From a Dog’s Perspective

    by Cory Brannon August 19, 2014

    1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years; any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you adopt me. 2. Give me time to understand what you want from me; don’t be impatient, short-tempered, or irritable. 3. Place your trust in me and I will always trust you […]

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    How to get the most out of professional dog training

    How to get the most out of professional dog training

    by Cory Brannon August 08, 2014

    Professional dog training is a big investment of time and money, so it’s understandable that you want it to be successful. Here are some great tips to get the most out of professional dog training: Set Realistic Expectations Every dog is different; their gender, history, breed, age, and general personality all play a part in […]

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    Summer Weather – Safety Tips for your Pup

    Summer Weather – Safety Tips for your Pup

    by Cory Brannon July 22, 2014

    With summer in full swing, here are some great safety tips to keep your pooch happy and healthy while still enjoying fun in the sun! Poolside While many dogs love to swim, some aren’t the greatest swimmers. While it can be tons of fun to give your pup the opportunity to splash around in the […]

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    Get me off of this plane!!

    Get me off of this plane!!

    by Chris Boraas January 13, 2014

    Dog escapes plane, bolts across Newark runway By Philip Messing and Joe Tacopino January 8, 2014 | 10:18pm A dachshund escaped from a plane at Newark Airport Wednesday, leading to a wild chase across the runways that only ended when its owner was let off a plane to save her pup, sources said. The German wiener […]

     

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    Oh what fun!

    Oh what fun!

    by Chris Boraas July 29, 2013

    What could be more fun than hanging with 7 Dachshunds! We had a fun visit and photo shoot with these lil ones and they were so much fun. Meet the gang – Peanut, Gina, Mikie, Rusty, Polly, Molly, and Iris. Check out our caption contest on Facebook for some great captions for the photo! This […]

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