Modern Dog Winter 2022 - US Edition

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p88 Find Your Breed Match WINTER 2022/23 INSIDE: Giveaways Galore + The Queen’s Dogs: A Look Back In Pictures WHY WE LOVE DOGS p68 An Unbreakable Bond Does Your Pup Have What it Takes to be a Therapy Dog? Find Out Inside DISPLAY UNTIL MAR ‘23 $7.95 Discover Unknown Dog Facts Best Breeds for Kids Great Gift Ideas The WillTherapist See You Now
88 The
that will win your
Alaskan Malamute
hearty Arctic breed has
playful side
THE GOODS 24 Home is Where the Dog Is File this under “want it!” 34 Cold Weather Essentials Your must-have winter gear guide! 66 16 Great Gift Ideas Under $100 Staff favourites, all under $100! 86 Healthy Paws Solutions for everything from picky eating to arthritis! 32 6 Research-Backed Reasons to Sleep with Your Dog Is
idea? Science says
36 Sweet
40 Could
sleeping with
dog a good
therapy dog teams are making bad days a little brighter PHOTOGRAPHED
Your Dog be a Therapy Dog?
out if your dog has what it takes to be a therapy dog
Dog Impossible From fearful to famous—dog trainer Matt Beisner’s incredible journey.
The Queen’s Dogs A look at Elizabeth II’s lifelong love affair with Corgis.
Longevity in Dogs: The Long and the Short of It A look at how—and why—size impacts lifespan.
64 Best
Isn’t it a Pitty? Breeds commonly mislabelled as Pit Bulls.
Breeds for Kids Looking for a kid-friendly breed? These dogs are known to be great with children


“I Missed You!”

cry tears of joy when reunited with their owners

Why You

AND Your Dog Should

Take Collagen This well tolerated supplement can relieve joint pain, improve skin health, increase muscle mass, and prevent bone loss—in both you and your dog. 54 CBD and Your Dog

Veterinarian Katherine Kramer says hemp-derived CBD works wonders for pets. 56 The Dogtor Will See You Now Using their exquisitely sensitive noses, dogs can diagnose cancer, as well as diabetes, and the early signs of an epileptic seizure. Now, they’re teaching machines to do the same.


We’re Giving It Away! We’ve got three months of incredible giveaways—from dog beds to dog food—and winners every week! See what’s up for grabs on page 22.

Can My Dog Eat That? Wondering what “people food” you can share with your dogs? Look no further!

The Four-Legged Nanny A golden friendship.
Backyard Barking Blues How to stop your dog from barking in the backyard.
Tiny Dog Stories Dog love in short form: miniature, reader-submitted dog stories of no more than 100 words.
Connie’s Book Club Editor-in-Chief Connie Wilson’s winter selection of mustread dog books.
Interesting Dog Facts Fascinating dog trivia and little-known canine facts.
REGULAR FEATURES 6 Editor’s Letter 8 Contributors 10 Stuff We Love 12 The Scoop 20 Smile! Photo Contest 93 Marketplace 20 ON THE COVER an
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adorable six-monthGanaraskan, photographed by the very talented Torontobased animal photographer
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Ahwinter, the season for everything festive and cozy, for cool and crisp outdoor adventures and evenings cuddled on the couch. The year’s final chapter is a reminder that everything is cyclical, change is inevitable, and there are always good things coming—whether it’s under the tree or the promise of spring’s renewal. Thank you for celebrating the season—and

Our goal with this issue is to entertain, delight, and inspire, all through a dog-focused lens. In need of a 2023 goal? How about registering to become a therapy dog team? (page 40) Studies indicate that giving back to the community boosts your happiness, health, and sense of well-being.

Hygge, the Danish obsession with getting cozy, finds its seasonal home in winter. Find your hibernation inspiration on page 24 with our canineinspired picks to make your home your refuge, plus cold weather essentials for venturing out no matter the elements. Entertaining at home? Arm yourself with the fascinating dog trivia found on page 96.

We’ve got great gift ideas galore, be it canine stocking stuffers or perfect suggestions for the dog lovers in your life. From CBD to collagen, we explore natural solutions for common canine health problems. And we have tons of cool giveaways—see the dog swag up for grabs on page 22!

Is your house one with an ongoing debate as to whether the dog should sleep in the bed? We’ve got you covered with some science-backed facts as to why co-sleeping is good for you. We also look at longevity in dogs and why size matters.

Get to know the Alaskan Malamute, the hearty Arctic breed with a playful side that will win your heart on page 88, then take a look back in pictures at Queen Elizabeth II’s lifelong love affair with Corgis (page 68). You’ll also discover people food you should share with your dog, a fix for backyard barking, and so much more. Jump right in and let us know what you think— share a photo of your dog reading the issue and your dog could appear in the next issue!

May the season bring you and your dogs much happiness. Thank you for being a part of our amazing community!

With love,

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Kelly Caldwell is a writer based out of Guelph, Ontario. Her articles on dogs have been widely published over the last 20 years, and she has been honoured with a Maxwell award from the Dog Writer’s Association of America for her canine photography. Kelly currently shares her life with Boston Terriers Chuck and Dottie who ensure that she doesn’t ever take life too seriously. Turn to page 88 for her look at the Alaskan Malamute, a hearty Arctic breed with a winning playful side.

Modern Dog contributor Teoti Anderson has been a professional dog trainer (CPDTKA, KPA-CTP) for more than 27 years. She is the author of The Dog Behavior Problem Solver, Ultimate Guide to Dog Training, Puppy Care and Training, and more. She also co-owns A Dog’s Best Friend in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is past president of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and frequently travels to give presentations on canine behaviour. Turn to page 40 for her expert advice on how to certify your pup as a therapy dog!

Nicole Wilde is a certified dog trainer and canine behaviour specialist, as well as an internationally recognized, awardwinning author of 12 books. She has also worked with wolves and wolfdogs for over 15 years and is considered an expert in the field. Nicole lives in southern California with her two northern-breed dogs, sled-loads of dog hair, and one very understanding husband. Her books, blog, and recorded seminars can be found at On page 82, Nicole tackles backyard barking, sharing steps to put a stop to it!

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Stuff We Love

Modern Dog staffers’ picks of the litter!

1 Is your pooch prone to ear infections? Non-toxic and safe for dogs, the Vetericyn Plus Antimicrobial Ear Rinse cleans discharge and buildup, removes pollutants, and reduces ear odour to help keep your pup’s ears healthy and free of irritants. Connie ($16,

2 Quench your dog’s thirst on the go! The Spleash attaches to almost any leash, providing a comfortable and convenient handle/water reservoir, so your dog never has to go thirsty! It holds up to 12 oz of fresh drinking water and features a flip-open drinking cup for easy lapping.—Yaunna ($35,

3 Great gift idea! The sweet dog-themed aprons from Alex Ross World let you show off your love for dogs while in the kitchen. Choose from an array of pup-adorned styles.—Frankie ($25,

4 In this adorable children’s story, a young Corgi discovers she is different and goes in search of answers. Madison: The Tale of a Corgi with no Tail by Susan Erickson Catucci and Susan Permury will be a sure-fire hit with the littles in your life. Constance ($16, or

5 Detangle and moisturize your dog’s coat with Eco Dog Care’s Simply Silky Grooming Spray. Ingredients like aloe vera, argan, and avocado, plus the calming scents of lavender and eucalyptus, keep grooming time stress-free.—Jory ($16,

6 Does trimming your pup’s nails make you nervous? The Zen Clipper Precise from Pet Product Innovations features a patented adjustable blade that prevents you from accidentally cutting the quick. Plus, they clip quietly to reduce stress.—Lucky (from $23,

7 Terrific treats! Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet’s Grain Free Savory Stick dog treats has real meat as the first ingredient and nothing you don’t want—no soy, corn, wheat, artificial colours, or flavours. Four paws up!—Shakira ($7 per bag,

8 Make potty training easier! The highly rated Bulldogology Carbon Dog Pee Pads are extra-large, highly absorbent, and feature adhesive sticky tape to keep the pads from moving. An extra charcoal layer reduces odour and instantly absorbs liquid. Pippin (from $30,

9 Treats you can feel great about! Kono’s Kitchen single-ingredient training treats give back to rescue pups. Their freeze-dried raw treats are made with GMO-free and hormone-free raw proteins sourced in the U.S. for a treat both you and your dog will love.—Jennifer ($18 per bag,

10 Struggling with leash pulling? Joyride Harnesses are secure, effective no-pull harnesses. Featuring two adjustable straps, they’re easy to put on and take off—and really work!—Cecilia (from $40,

11 Relatable, hilarious, and heartwarming! Tracy Beckerman’s memoir Barking at the Moon shows that the most challenging, mischievous dogs take us on the greatest journey. Dog people will identify with Riley, the retrievers’ antics and misadventures. Mina ($16, or

12 The adorable dog-themed footwear and apparel in the BOBS from Skechers™ collection are comfy and stylish—and we love that the brand gives back to shelter animals in need across North America by partnering with Petco Love!—Linda (from $45,

13 Delight young dog-loving readers with Barley’s Biscuit children’s storybook series by Roy Bradshaw. You’ll fall for Barley and Basil, curious Border Collie pups who love to go on adventures!—Simran ($8 per book, or

14 Incredible gift idea! Create a one-of-a-kind nose print pendant with Robin’s Loving Touch and receive a beautiful, custom pendant in 14 karat gold, white gold, sterling silver, or solid chrome.—Anna (from $277,

The Positive Impacts of Reef Balls

Memorial Reefs can be used to restore reefs that have been damaged or destroyed by hurricanes, ship strikes or climate change. They provide a stable structure for coral to grow on and marine life to flourish within. The surface of the memorial is textured to allow adhesion of coral polyps, while its hollow center shelters fish and other marine animals. The holes create currents that bring more nutrients to the animals and plants living there.

Deep Love

Pet memorial reefs are creating new life out of loss

Hawaii resident Steve Berkoff was scuba diving in the Philippines when he came across a quarter-scale model of a church that had been built by a local diver. The model included a graveyard, and Steve reflected that being buried underwater would be “a great idea.” Almost 20 years later, he formed a Memorial Reef company combining a unique way to remember a loved one with ocean conservation. In 2017, that company would become Memorial Reefs International.

But what, exactly, is a memorial reef? Reefs are essential to protect shorelines and maintain marine ecosystems, but most of the world’s reefs are at risk from an array of threats, including ocean warming and acidification, pollution, and overfishing. Memorial Reefs are artificial reef modules designed to create sustainable aquatic habitats that mimic natural reefs, helping to restore the coral reef ecosystem

while honouring a loved one.

To do so, they use technology developed by the Reef Ball Foundation, a 30-year-old nonprofit committed to rebuilding critical reef environments. The crux of the idea is this: cremated remains are combined with PHbalanced concrete to create a large, perforated dome that will not degrade in seawater. Designed to last 500-plus years, it will become a permanent part of the ocean floor. The memorial aspect helps fund the reef-building. Another upside is this designated bit of seabed will remain undisturbed, further protecting it.

Pet Reefs are the company’s newest offering; they will begin placing pet memorials in January 2023. “They sprang from a desire to honour the memories of beloved pets,” says Laura B. Boehm, PhD, General Manager. “Placing the pet’s ashes in a memorial reef creates new life out of loss.”

Their first Pet Reef will be placed near Sarasota, Florida, in

a dedicated undersea memorial garden, with hopes to open other Pet Reefs adjacent to their existing sites in Texas, New Jersey, British Columbia, Ontario, Baja and Merida, Mexico, and Venice, Italy, says Boehm.

There are several Memorial Reef options, including the affordably priced Community Reef, in which multiple pets’ ashes will be included in the Reef Ball. It costs just $40. Pet parents will receive a certificate, a photo of the Memorial Pet Reef Garden, and its GPS coordinates. There are also options for a Pack Memorial Reef and Individual Memorial Reef, both of which include a personalized bronze plaque.

“A single mature Reef Ball can produce up to 200 pounds of marine life (fish, coral, crustaceans, and shellfish) annually,” says Boehm. “This helps to restore marine habitats and damaged corals lost to climate change. It also provides a specific location where you can come to visit and know that your beloved pet is truly part of a living legacy.”

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A unique resting place for companion animals.

How Do We Love Our Dogs? Let Us Count the Ways…

Arecent survey of 1,000 U.S.-based respondents, conducted by Angi, reveals just how much influence our pets have:

of pet owners would rather stay at home with their pets than go out with their friends.

share food with their pets when cooking.

would break up with their romantic partner if they were not accepting of how their pet was treated in the household.

allow their pet on the couch. The majority (57.5%) use a cover or protector for their couch to keep it clean from all the dirt their pets would drag in.

allow their pets to sleep in their bed.

of respondents considered their pets’ happiness when looking for a home or apartment, with the most important happiness factors being:

• The size of the yard

• Having a fenced yard

• Living near pet-friendly neighbours

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100-year-old adopts senior dog!

The First Step

Family, friends, and neighbours can assist seniors in adopting pets by helping them with technology, notes Esnor. Many organizations use social media to post adoptable pets; meet-and-greets and home inspections are frequently conducted via FaceTime or Zoom, which can be difficult for seniors to navigate without assistance.

100year-old California resident Johanna Carrington has adopted the perfect companion: an 11-yearold Chihuahua mix named Gucci.

Carrington was more than ready for some canine companionship—her home was feeling much too quiet after the passing of her previous dog, Rocky. Carrington told her daughter, Debbie Carrington, that she hoped to adopt another dog but was worried she wouldn’t be approved due to her age.

Luckily, Carrington’s neighbour volunteers for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco, and she thought they might be able to help. The organization felt they had the perfect match in Gucci. The sweet senior Chihuahua mix, rescued from a hoarding situation with 22 other dogs, was ready for the love and attention that comes with being an only dog. The organization arranged a meet-up, and it was an instant love match.

“He came to the house like he’d been here before,” Carrington told TODAY. “It was remarkable. He saw me sitting on my chair, jumped up on me, and sat on my lap. He made himself very, very comfortable. He was just our baby right away.”

The small dog likes to fetch—he now has “oodles” of toys— and Carrington massages him while they watch TV together.

Gucci’s presence has proven transformative. “After she lost her other dog, it was kind of sad here,” says Debbie Carrington. “It was quiet and sad, and then Gucci brought joy into the house. Laughing about him running around and doing funny

Seniors For Seniors

Muttville’s Seniors for Seniors program accounts for approximately 32 percent of their adoptions each year. The team works to find the perfect match for older adopters. Dogs with lower exercise needs and of smaller size (such as a dog who can be lifted but isn’t so small as to potentially cause a fall by getting underfoot), or a dog who is comfortable around walkers or wheelchairs are some of the things they look for.


things, and then also him sleeping on her lap with her while she’s in her recliner or sleeping in her bed, it’s just making her very happy.”

Having a strong support system can help seniors adopt pets. As part of the adoption approval process, Johanna Carrington’s caregiver, Eddie Martinez, agreed to help with Gucci’s care and take him on daily walks.

Carrington is looking forward to doing something fun with Gucci to celebrate her 101st birthday this December. Though she credits her longevity to a healthy lifestyle, she says she definitely feels that having a pet is one of the secrets to a long, happy life.

Studies prove she’s right, showing pet ownership to improve the mental health of older adults by providing companionship, reducing loneliness, increasing socialization, and giving a sense of purpose. Pets also contribute to healthy aging by reducing stress, encouraging physical activity, and even helping people cope with pain.

Alice Ensor, adoptions coordinator at Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, says seniors adopting senior dogs is a win for everyone involved. To help facilitate these pairings, Muttville offers a Seniors for Seniors program. If a senior adopts a dog but can no longer care for them, Muttville pledges to take the dog back. They also stay in contact in case the adopter needs assistance, such as temporary fostering.

“We want them to still have that time together and experience the full joy of their senior years together,” says Ensor. “Life is better with a dog, whether you’re young or old.” 


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Win 1 of 2 canine supplement prize packs from Imagilin! Includes packs of the MitoMax Digestive Health, MitoMax Joint Health, and MitoMax Urinary Health capsules.

Win 1 of 2 $100 gift cards from Kono’s Kitchen! Their healthy freeze-dried, single-ingredient treats are available in three proteins and are a pawsome high-value training tool.

Win 1 of 15 bottles of Doggondiments, the dog food topper with fun “people food” flavours! Tasty and healthy, their formulas have a scent that drives even picky dogs wild.

Enter to win a Pawfit prize bundle!

Includes Pawfit 3s pet location and activity tracker, 12-month premium subscription, collar, leash, and harness.

Win 1 of 2 prize packs from Banixx! Includes a bottle of the Banixx Medicated Shampoo, Pet Care Spray, and Medicated Cream, plus a $50 cash card.

Win a DRIFT series dog bed and sustainable Ultimate Poop Bags from Lucky Dog! The cozy, convertible roll out dog bed is made with durable cotton canvas and faux fur liner.

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Ergonomically designed to encourage a correct eating posture, Hiddin’s Clear Double Dog Bowl Feeder makes mealtime more comfortable—and stylish. Premium clear acrylic is paired with gold stainless-steel bowls for a luxe look. Three sizes are available, as is an add-on tray to rein in spills from messy eaters. (from

Replace that wire crate with a custom kennel! Kennel & Crate helps you provide a comfortable space for your dog by customizing the perfect kennel to complement your décor. (from $995,

Treat time is every dog’s favourite time of day!

The Petshop Pencil Dog stoneware treat jar from Fringe Studios features adorable sketches of dogs and keeps treats fresh for good dogs! ($33,

Home is where the dog is

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Great gift idea! Show who really rules the roost with a custom Pet Paw Print from Flutterbye Prints. Design your own customized print, including up to six pets, to create a wonderful keepsake or gift. (from $51,

Boasting good looks and serious comfort, the Le Bed leather dog bed from Le Dog Company pairs a human-grade orthopedic mattress with a cooling gel memory foam top for a dreamy sleep that supports joints, relieves pressure points, and regulates temperature. Best of all, just wipe down to clean! (from $330,

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hough often used as a breed descriptor, “Pit Bull” is not, in fact, a recognized breed. Rather, it’s a catch-all for “bully breed” types of dogs, often mixes, known for their trademark broad heads, stocky and muscular build, and wide smiles. Sadly, the name “Pit Bull” often conjures negative associations, even though these dogs are, by and large, extremely people-friendly. Get to know these four pedigreed breeds often lumped together as Pit Bulls.

Find more breed profiles at LOOKING FOR YOUR BREED MATCH? PHOTOS TOP SANJAGRUJIC/SHUTTERSTOCK; LEFT DKOV/BIGSTOCK.COM; MIDDLE CENTRE KATEPH/BIGSTOCK.COM; CENTRE BOTTOM CYNOCLUB/BIGSTOCK.COM; RIGHT MONIKA AVONADOH/BIGSTOCK.COM Isn’t it a Pitty? Breeds commonly mislabelled as Pit Bulls 3 40 – 70 pounds 3 Good-natured 3 Smart 3 Confident 3 Extremely affectionate with family American Staffordshire Terrier: Good-natured, Confident, Highly Trainable 3 100+ pounds 3 Majestic 3 Fearless protector 3 Smart 3 Trainable (but can be assertive and willful) Cane Corso: Intelligent, Intensely Loyal, Eager to Please 3 80 – 100 pounds 3 Powerful: Developed to chase and catch dangerous game 3 High energy 3 Very trainable 3 Affectionate with family Tip: The Dogo Argentino is instantly identifiable by his short, complete white coat. Dogo Argentino: Loyal, Courageous, Athletic 3 24 – 38 pounds 3 Steady 3 Sweet-natured 3 Patient with children 3 Devoted to family Staffordshire Bull Terrier: Clever, Brave, Family-oriented BREEDS 26 modern d og WINTER 2022/23
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Tesla, an Entlebucher Mountain Dog, slept with her owner, Christena Stephens, for 10 years. She became such a fixture in Stephens’ bed that when the Lubbock, TX resident travelled, “the sleeping comfort was not there because Tesla was not there,” she says. “When I lost Tesla, my sleep patterns changed from peaceful to restless. Perhaps Tesla knew more what I needed in those 10 years than I did.”

Although much smaller, Pomeranian Bella was as much a source of comfort to her owner, Karen Peters, as Tesla was to Stephens. Brought home at 10 weeks, Bella cried in her kennel, so Peters and her husband put the tiny puppy in a laundry basket between them. The other dogs they’d had would sleep with their children, but “we both loved having Bella share our California king-sized bed with us,” says Peters.

“Many puppies come home at eight weeks of age where they are in a developmental period,” says Melissa Millett, founder and professional dog training instructor at In Dogs We Trust out of London, ON. “When they are placed in another room, they will whine, cry, and scream. This is resolved when they are in the same room as the family. Puppies are still babies, after all.” Peters and Stephens are not alone. A recent study found that 55% of pet owners welcomed their dogs in their beds. No longer relegated to the doghouse—or even the floor—pet owners are inviting their dogs into their beds, and there are benefits for both, says Millett, who has been featured on every major Canadian TV network and on shows internationally (she also trains animals for film and TV). “Personally, I have six to seven dogs in my bed at night,” she says. Both newly rescued and adopted dogs, like Bella, and working dogs, are more deeply bonded when they sleep in the same room as their humans, says Millett. Peters agrees: “We [had] a very close relationship with Bella because of sharing our bed.”

“As social animals, dogs tend to stay close to the individuals they are attached to,” says Dr. Carlo Siracusa, associate

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Should you let your dog sleep with you? These dog owners wouldn’t have it any other way

professor of Clinical Animal Behavior and Welfare and director of the Animal Behavior Service at the University of Pennsylvania. But whether a dog wants to share a bed with his or her human depends on the dog. “There is a significant individual variability and not all dogs may enjoy sharing a bed with another individual,” Siracusa says. “Some dogs may enjoy the bed itself (comfy and warm), but not necessarily people moving or making noises at night.”

Sleeping with pets goes way back to our ancestors. “I do think that one of the advantages of having a dog close… may have been protection from animal attacks,” says Siracusa, whose research interests are focused on canine stress evaluation and control, temperament evaluation, prognostic factors, and treatment outcome of behaviour problems, and behaviour and cognitive changes in dogs with medical disease. Although we don’t need this protection in modern society, people are still comforted by having their pets close.

“Both humans and dogs may find sleeping together comforting and it may be easier for them to fall asleep,” says Siracusa. “It also helps pets to sleep, especially those dogs that are particularly attached to their caregivers and may suffer anxiety when separated from them.”

A study called The Effect of Dogs on Human Sleep in the Home Sleep Environment—in which researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ assessed whether a dog in the bedroom or bed disturbs sleep—found that a dog’s presence in the bedroom may not be disruptive to human sleep. Research showed that people slept slightly better when the dog was off the bed, while dogs slept the same whether they were on the bed or in another location in the bedroom—proximity to their owners was the key.

Danielle Merkle’s Labrador-Collie-Malamute mix, Kayden, has a crate in Merkle’s room, as well as beds scattered throughout the house, but has been sleeping with Merkle since she adopted him.

“I think it is important for your dog to have their own space, like a crate,” says the Clinton Township, MI resident, but gives her dog the choice of where to sleep. Having Kayden in her queensized bed benefits them both. “Sometimes, if he falls asleep in his crate, I don’t fall asleep until he comes up on the bed,” she says.

Christa Schaupmeyer of Lethbridge, AB also has sleeping spaces—dog beds, mats, and crates throughout her home— for each of her three Labradoodles. “It is nice to know that the dogs will sleep in a kennel if you need to travel or if there was any emergency and you were out of your routine,” says Schaupmeyer. Still, all three dogs find themselves in bed with Schaupmeyer, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

For many pet owners, co-sleeping is not as simple as having a dog climb into bed with them. Some will go out of their way to ensure their pets are treated as first-class guests.

Humans and dogs have been sleeping together for centuries. The expression “three dog night” means a night so cold that you need three dogs to keep you warm. Some say the phrase originated in the Australian Outback, while others point to Alaska or Siberia as the source.

Spring Grove, VI’s June Richardson goes above and beyond for her dog, Dakota. The Catahoula has her own pillow, and Richardson reads her bedtime stories. Favourites include “The Three Little Pigs,” “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” and various Christmas stories. Andrea Cserenyi of Boston, MA has also gone to great lengths to ensure the comfort of her Pekingese, Mick. She’s set up a dog ramp at the foot of the bed to allow him to get on and off the bed at leisure, and because he likes the cold, he has a dog bed with an ice pack lining at the top of the bed. “The top 12 to 18 inches of the bed are free for Mick,” says Cserenyi. “He spends most of the night just above my head.”

Mick returns the favour by snoring away—something that actually helps Cserenyi, who suffers from clinical insomnia. “When I wake up during the night I reach up, give Mick a few pets and try to fall asleep with my hand resting on his fur.”

So, should you share a bed with your pet? Many professionals feel that it is a personal choice, says Millett. “Sometimes, clients will sheepishly share with me that the dogs sleep in their beds,” she says, “thinking that perhaps I will tell them that

the dog will come to view themselves as an equal and attempt to take over the pack. As a positive reinforcement trainer, I do not believe that dogs are vying to take over the pack, or that co-sleeping, allowing animals on furniture, exiting doorways first, or eating in any specific order has an effect on your dog’s behaviour.”

Siracusa agrees. As a general rule, when both humans and pets are happy to share the bed, there is nothing wrong with it, he says. But if it isn’t working for one of the parties —perhaps the dog or its owner just can’t get comfortable—“a good compromise is to have the (pet) sleep on the floor immediately beside the bed, or on an elevated surface next to the bed,” says Siracusa. “This is actually something we quite often recommend, and it has been proven that this slightly improves sleep quality.”

After years of fitful rest without Tesla, Stephens’ peaceful sleep returned with Castiel, another Entlebucher. “Cassie starts off sleeping right against me and then moves to the centre of the bed,” says Stephens. “Maybe she senses that I need that initial comfort while starting to drift to sleep.” 

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55% of adult women surveyed said they share their bed with at least one dog.


Is sleeping with your dog a good idea? SCIENCE SAYS YES !

Improves Sleep Quality

Sleeping with your dog results in a higher sleep efficiency score. One study recently found that humans who slept with a dog in their bedroom kept a better routine and were able to sleep more efficiently. Participants (and their dogs) wore a sleep tracker for seven nights. They found that humans had an 81% sleep efficiency and dogs an 85% sleep efficiency. (A sleep efficiency score of 100 is perfect.)



Co-sleeping can provide companionship, security, and relaxation. Recent studies show that many individuals—especially those who are single—find the

Diminishes Nightmares

Sweet dreams. A study found that support animals diminish nightmares and even help those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD ).

Eases Insomnia

Studies show that having a dog in the bed can help relieve insomnia by mitigating anxiety and modifying hyperarousal and hypervigilance.

Provides Sense of Security

Feeling safe can play a large part in how well you sleep. A recent study explored how the presence pet in bed impacted women’s sleep quality and found that it made them feel more secure and comfortable.

Confers Health Benefits

One study found that 41% of pet owners described sleeping with their pets as unobtrusive and even beneficial. Multiple studies have proven that having a dog improves your overall health by lowering blood pressure, decreasing stress, and releasing oxytocin, which is also known as the love hormone.

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Winter Weather Essentials


3A Better Boot

Muttluks’ Snow Mushers are the ultimate winter dog boot! Featuring a fleece inner lining, flexible rubber soles, and a unique double-wrap fastening system, they’re comfy, easy to put on—and they stay on. Reflective accents add extra visibility. (from $47,

1Pupups’ handmade collars are crafted from durable, dirt and mud-proof biothane and feature stainless steel hardware. Choose from fun patterns like Mermaid, printed using ecofriendly ink. Bonus: these collars are Fi GPS tracker compatible! (from $45,

Track Your Dog

Track your dog’s location and activity with the Pawfit 3s Pet Tracker! Waterproof, durable, and built for adventures, it features real time GPS location tracking with an unlimited range, activity monitoring, voice commands, and more, so you’ll always know where your dog is at. (from $130,

Protect your car from your wet, dirty dog with a backseat liner from 4Knines! Easy to install and clean, these excellent, durable covers are made from weatherproof material and have a non-slip backing. (from $60,

5Essential Dog Mom Gear

Stay cozy with this “Dogs, Coffee & Mental Health” crewneck sweatshirt from Toronto Dog Moms! This hand silk-screened sweatshirt is adorable and comfy—perfect for winter dog walks and couch snuggles! ($45,

gear guide!
2 Winter Adventures Await!
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Sweet Therapy

Brandi & Linda Breuer Volunteer at: Seniors’ facilities

I’ve been both visiting and volunteering at seniors’ facilities for many years. Brandi is my three-year-old Standard Poodle, who just became an official St. John’s therapy dog! We are both excited for her to join me and help spread her love to everyone she meets. Bonus: She loves all the attention!

These therapy dog teams are making bad days a little brighter
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Rook, Banks,

Karen & Scott O’Brien

Volunteer at: Hospitals, Mount Royal University, Centennial High School, Girl Guides

Rook has been volunteering for five years and loves to bring joy, comfort, and healing to patients and staff. We feel very fortunate and humbled to be able to share our dog’s love with others who so much appreciate a little bit of dog love during their stressful day. Banks is an up-and-comer in the therapy dog world and hopes to soon earn his certification so he too can hear ‘you just made my day!’

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Durito & Bonnie Hoath

Volunteer at: Cancer care, ICU, surgical units

Durito has happily been volunteering his time as a therapy dog for the past 10 years. The last seven years have been with St. John’s Ambulance (SJA). He enjoys bringing happiness and smiles to the faces of staff, patients, and patient’s family and friends alike. At the end of a shift, it is his hope that he has made a positive impact in someone’s day.

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Fred & Jaime Nielsen Volunteer at: Hospital

After watching how great Fred was with children, I was inspired to look into volunteering with him. He is a sweet soul who just wants everyone to be happy. He has been bringing smiles and comfort to hospital staff and patients for five months now, and we look forward to continuing for many years to come!

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Could Your Dog Be a Therapy Dog?

Find out if your dog has what it takes to be a therapy dog |

You passed!” I exclaimed. “You’re now a therapy dog team. Congratulations!”

The woman had tears in her eyes as she beamed back at me, her little Pekingese mix dancing at her feet. They were a great team, and I knew they would go on to make many people happy as they started their volunteer efforts.

Volunteering with your dog can be extremely fulfilling. Therapy dog teams visit hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and more. They attend therapy groups ranging from addiction recovery to bereavement. They visit disaster sites and comfort victims and first responders. They help children learn to read.

Great therapy dogs are the perfect combination of temperament and training. Not every dog is cut out for

the job. Do you think your dog has what it takes?

Social Butterflies

Your dog must love strangers the minute they meet. Every new person is a new best friend. If your dog takes a while to warm up to certain people, then this may not be the right job for them. If your dog is fearful or anxious around people, then this is definitely not the job for them, as it would be too stressful.

I once tested a cute little Corgi. I went to hug him, which was part of the test, and he growled at me.

“Oh, he doesn’t like to be touched,” his pet parent explained. “But he does all sorts of tricks! He even rides a skateboard!” The team did not pass. People want to pet

Therapy vs. Service Dogs

Service dogs perform specific tasks for their owners who have disabilities. Therapy dogs provide comfort to a variety of populations in a variety of facilities. They are not the same, and they do not have the same rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA ). For example, service dogs are permitted to accompany their owners in public places. Therapy dogs do not have the same right of access.

therapy dogs, that’s kind of the point! A dog who will growl at someone touching him is not appropriate for therapy work.

Dogs also need to be confident and comfortable in a variety of environments. Hospitals contain machines that beep and loud carts that rattle down hallways. Schools have loudspeakers.


If your dog growls or barks at other dogs, he

therapy work.

Is your dog:

(a)Easily startled by noises?

(b) Trot into unfamiliar places like he owns them?

(c) Cower a bit and take a while to get his bearings?

B is ideal. If A or C, then your dog will need socialization and behaviour modification to increase his confidence. Work with a professional, reward-based trainer to help your dog be less afraid. Keep in mind socialization isn’t just taking your dog to new locations. It’s making sure your dog has a wonderful time in those locations. Bring his favourite treats and ensure that he is happy and relaxed.

Therapy dogs should also be safe and happy in the presence of other dogs. If your dog growls or barks at other dogs, he is not ready for therapy work. Some therapy groups visit in teams, or you may visit a facility that allows personal pets. It would not be appropriate for a visiting dog to be aggressive or fearful of other dogs.

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Therapy dog team Jaime Nielsen and Fred

An A+ in Manners

It’s not enough that your dog is super friendly. He also must be wellbehaved in public. Just because a dog will listen to you in your living room or yard doesn’t mean he will respond to your cues elsewhere. You need to train him in a variety of places, so he listens to you wherever you go.

Therapy dogs do not pull when on leash or jump on people. Can you imagine your 55-pound Golden Retriever jumping on Grandma at the assisted living facility? Or happily bumping into a small child?


At the very minimum, therapy dogs need to be able to: 3 Sit

Lie down

Come when called

Walk nicely on leash, even with distractions

Leave tempting items alone when told

Hold a ‘stay’ position

Making the Grade

Give Back

Volunteer opportunities for therapy dogs include:

3 Do you enjoy sharing your special dog with others?

3 Do you have the time to visit regularly? (Even one time a week.)

3 Is your dog well-trained, even in intense and distracting environments?

3 Is your dog temperamentally suited to visiting and cuddling with strangers, including children and the elderly?

There are many therapy groups, national and local, such as Pet Partners or St. John’s Ambulance’s Therapy Dog Program. Each has different requirements. For example, some require you take a class, some require written tests, others require you first pass the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test. All require you to pass a skills test with your canine partner. It’s best to research a couple and see which one best fits you and your dog. If you join a group, you’ll get the benefit of networking with experienced teams. You’ll also get liability insurance, which is critical to protecting yourself and your personal property.

Please don’t be upset if you don’t pass the test the first time. This is very common! A test that is super easy isn’t much of a test, is it? For example, your dog may be extremely friendly and confident, but still jumps on people.

Work on his training until this is no longer a problem.

Remember, You’re a Team

Your dog is only visiting because you take him. Always remember that you are the most important member of the team, because you are the one keeping your dog safe, healthy, and happy in his volunteer duties. Always advocate for your dog. Never push him past his limitations, and be mindful of signs of stress. For example, do you find your dog avoiding people or certain places? Do you see him lick his lips, yawn, or turn away from people? Is he whining or barking? These are all signs of stress. Failing to recognize them will add more stress to your dog. A dog shouldn’t have to growl, snap, or bite to let you know he is unhappy. He will tell you far in advance. Learning to recognize your dog’s signs of stress is a prerequisite to therapy work.

Also be mindful that you need to be comfortable in the places you visit. Does it cause you stress to see children in the hospital? Does it upset you to visit seniors in nursing homes? Would you be on edge visiting inmates in prison? Don’t feel bad if certain facilities make you uncomfortable, as this is very common. If you are nervous, your dog will be, too. There are so many who can benefit from therapy visits, you are sure to find a population and place that you and your dog both enjoy.

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Gift Guide

A gift guide for dogs & dog lovers!

The Bark and Clean Dog Care Travel Kit is a tidy pet parent’s dream. Includes six premium dog products for on-the-road, office, or home. The perfect dog parent gift!

plating for a luxurious look and feel, laugh and smile!

So you have a dog, now what? A straight to the point, comprehensive book for current and future dog owners! Full of tips to solve the most common dog issues, fun stories, a little 411, and a little laughter. Find it on

Caledon Farms’ Holiday Protein Cookies are a great gift to remind your best friend they’re part of the family. All natural, Canadian-made, and available in two irresistible limited edition soft and chewy varieties.

A protective, moisturizing, soothing, and healing balm for any rough spots a dog or cat is bound to get. Use as a barrier from cold/heat or to sooth dry patches. Get 10% off with code MODERN10.

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Bright Planet Pet makes 100% plant-based, sustainable dog treats that actually taste and smell like real meat! A perfect holiday treat, satisfying dog’s flavours, reducing their carbon pawprint, and helping combat climate change.

Keep your pet safer, healthier, and happier with the next generation Pawfit 3s pet location and activity tracker! Pets love wearing the 100% waterproof, smart GPS tracker, wherever they may go.

Preserve your pup’s prints in perfect detail. mess-free and easy. keepsake that can even be made for furbabies who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Use code FOREVER15 to save 15% at

CBD Living Pet CBD Soft Chews for Dogs combine CBD and nutritious prebiotics, probiotics, and enzymes with delicious flavors your dog will crave. Available in Peanut Butter Calming, Sweet Potato + Organic Apple Immunity Support, and Bacon Flavor Mobility Support.

Whether it’s your car, couch, or carpet, Fur-Zoff’s patented recycled material will quickly remove pet hair from the fabrics of your life! Works for all types of pet hair.

Treat your dog! The Muttluks Treat Bag features a built-in poop dispenser, draw string closure, and belt clip attachment for easy, hands-free training and fun on the go. Available in two sizes.

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Bring personality into your kitchen with unique, colourful puppy aprons and towels from Alex Ross World. Aprons are 100% spun polyester and towels are 100% cotton.

Sleek and stylish, yet strong and durable, the Buddy Belt is where fashion meets function! Easy to use and available in multiple sizes and colours with matching accessories.

Handmade in the USA using premium clear acrylic, this feeder provides your pooch with an ergonomically correct eating position and the stainless-steel gold metal bowls fit into your home’s contemporary design. Available in multiple sizes!

One big dog, one big city! Follow the colourful and ridiculous NYC adventures of Wimsey as he bays his way through Westminster, hobnobs with celebrities, auditions for a TV show, and turns modeling assignments into chaos. Find it on

Whether your pup has been an angel or a slight pain in the tail this year, treat them with Crumps’ Naturals Naughty and Nice seasonal treats! All natural, Canadian-made, and available in Beef and Chicken flavours.

J.R.LIGGETT’S offers a sensational new line of all-natural pet shampoos in both liquid and solid bar form. Each shampoo is formulated specifically for the individual pet type and their requirements.

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#1 ranked, multi-award winning, HandsOn Gloves are the revolutionary all-in-one shedding/bathing/grooming gloves. Animal preferred for the loving HandsOn massage. HandsOn is changing the way we bathe, de-shed and groom all our animals. Forever.

Pawfect for bedtime or anytime reading, settle in with a little one (ages three and above) and join Madison as she seeks to understand why she is different, and makes a sweet discovery. Find it on

Drama-free and toxin-free, Simply Silky Grooming Spray will make your pup gorgeous for holiday pictures! Brings out the natural shine in your dog’s coat and eyes because they know when they are loved and look good.

Smile at your wrist 500 times a day! Celeste Watch Company’s rainbow dog portraits are printed directly on Mother-of-Pearl giving them an unmatched iridescence and depth of colour that

Enjoy pet parenthood without the stress! Bulldogology offers premium dog products made entirely for people who want convenience when caring for their dogs. Get 25% off entire store, code MDOG22.

The new Tex’s Smoke’N’Chews Hickory Smoked Premium Pigs Ear alternative chew toy will keep your dog entertained for hours! Made from high-density TPR material for moderate chewers and includes a proprietary hickory smoke scent.

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Cozy up and gear up with Joyride Harness! This harness is a winter breeze to use and helps stop pulling. Perfect for walks and adventures, with styles for every season.

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Doggondiments transforms everyday kibble into the fun “people food” flavours that dogs beg for. Perfect for picky, senior, bored or overweight dogs. Doggondiments has no added salt and contains healthy prebiotics.

Celebrate the pet parents and dog lovers in your life with Toronto Dog Moms and their line of merch for dog moms and dads!

Give your pup the gift of a massage. Begin a new career at Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, offering classes for dog and horse lovers! Details at

Meet Barley the clever Border Collie dog! Enjoy his problem-solving adventures through the lush English countryside with his nephew Basil and human friend Mick. Descriptive, fun, and exciting with splashes of ingenuity! or

Brighten your home with a beautiful memory quilt featuring your favorite photos. Just upload your photos and Neat & New does the rest!

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Gift Guide

nanoScent PET is a revolutionary, touch-activated pet perfume and conditioner that lasts 3-5 days. Made with beneficial ingredients that are nourishing, conditioning, and shine-inducing, it can be used directly on your pet’s coat or on any surface they touch.

Treat your best friend to the gift of good health! Okoa Pet CBD + infused soft chews taste great and help calm your stressed pooch, improve joint health, and promote youthful mobility naturally. They’re vet-formulated, made in the USA and free of THC

Everything I Know about Life, I Learned from My Dog is a heartfelt collection of inspirational thoughts and handpainted watercolour illustrations, capturing the spirit of our canine companions. Pawfect for anyone who cherishes dogs! Find it on

PetPonia’s Furry & Fancy Corduroy Collection is the new hit in modern dog accessories! Your fur baby will look extra stylish and fancy in these high-end, comfortable, and luxurious handmade corduroy collars with a removable bow.

If your dog has itchy, irritated skin, the Manuka WashBar is here to help. This soap is specially made for dogs with sensitive or problem prone skin that need relief.

Spleash is a patented spray leash handle that attaches to your favorite leash. Amazingly, it’s not a retractable leash! Spleash holds 12 oz of water and sprays at least 14 feet.

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Those without dogs are often quick to dismiss the canine ability to feel emotion and express love. We dog lovers know otherwise—and now science has proved it. New research from Japan suggests that dogs actually tear up with happiness when reunited with their guardians after a long absence.

The researchers found the link between dog tears, happiness, and oxytocin, the so-called “love hormone.” Like us, dogs have tear ducts that produce tears to keep their eyes clean, but the link between tears and emotion had not been previously demonstrated.

Takefumi Kikusui, a professor at the Laboratory of Human-Animal Interaction and Reciprocity at Azabu University in Japan, began investigating dog tears after

noticing one of his two Standard Poodles got teary as she nursed her puppies.

Through the study, they “found that dogs shed tears associated with positive emotions,” says Kikusui, who co-authored the research published in the journal Current Biology. “We also made the discovery of oxytocin as a possible mechanism underlying it.” It is still not known if dogs tear up in response to negative emotions, as humans do.

With the help of 20 dogs, researchers then compared the amount of tears before and after reunions with their owners, as well as other people the dogs were familiar with. Only the reunion with the owner increased the amount of tears.

The researchers also found that humans were more apt to take care of dogs with a teary-eyed look, hypothesizing that the tears may help cement the bond between human and dog. His team showed 74 people pictures of dogs’ faces with and without artificial tears in them and asked them to rank the animals. People gave more positive responses when they saw dogs with teary eyes.

“Dogs have become a partner of humans,” says Kikusui, “and we can form bonds.”

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Dogs cry tears of joy when reunited with their owners
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Why You AND Your Dog Should Take Collagen

Why should you consider giving your dog collagen? For the very same reasons you may want to take it yourself: Collagen peptide supplementation may increase muscle mass, prevent bone loss, relieve joint pain, and improve skin health. Most collagen supplements come in a hydrolyzed, powdered form that is tasteless, making it very easy to add to your dog’s dinner and reap the benefits. Mix some into your smoothie or morning coffee while you’re at it!

5 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Collagen Supplementation

#1 Improve Skin, Hair + Nail Health

Numerous studies have found collagen supplementation strengthens the skin and increases elasticity and hydration.


Relieve Joint Pain

Collagen helps maintain the integrity of the cartilage that protects joints. As the amount of collagen in the body decreases with age, the risk of degenerative joint disorders, such as osteoarthritis, increases. The majority of dogs over age eight suffer from arthritis. In clinical trials

over the past decade, the beneficial effect of orally administered collagen peptides in osteoarthritic dogs has been clearly demonstrated, states Scientific Research. Another study found that undenatured type II collagen mitigated inflammation and cartilage degeneration in healthy Labrador Retrievers during an exercise regimen. A review of studies in people with osteoarthritis found that taking collagen led to significant improvements in joint stiffness and overall osteoarthritis symptoms.


Help Prevent Bone Loss

Bones are made primarily of collagen, so when the body’s collagen production decreases, bones weaken, making them more susceptible to fracture. Studies show that taking collagen peptides may be helpful in treating and preventing osteoporosis.

May Reduce the Risk of Heart Conditions

In a six-month human study, adults taking collagen daily experienced a significant reduction in artery stiffness. Additionally, their levels of HDL (good) cholesterol rose by an average of six percent. HDL diminishes the risk of heart conditions, including atherosclerosis.

#5 Healthy Gut

+ Better Mood

Though studies are needed, proponents claim that collagen supplementation can improve gut health as well as mood. 

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It’s the main component of connective tissues that make up tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscles, providing the skin with structure and strengthening bones.

{Editor’s Pick} Our Collagen Supplement Choice

HappyBond’s Collagen+ supplement features a unique combination of high-quality hydrolyzed collagen with other joint-health superstars like hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, and vitamins to support your dog’s hips and joints throughout their life. You’ll find no fillers, only active ingredients. Choose from three formulations matched to each canine life stage. (from $36,

This well tolerated supplement can relieve joint pain, improve skin health, increase muscle mass, and prevent bone loss—in both you and your dog
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Collagen supplements benefit skin, joint, bone, muscle, and heart health.

CBD and Your Dog

says hemp-derived CBD works wonders for pets

Short for Cannabidiol, CBD is an active ingredient in cannabis derived from the hemp plant, though it does not cause a high and is not addictive. Toted a miracle worker, CBD has been said to do everything from diminishing pain to fighting cancer. But how much is truth, how much is hype, and most importantly, could it help your dog? We asked Dr. Katherine Kramer, a veterinarian at VCA-Canada Vancouver Animal Wellness Hospital, for the low down on the use of CBD in veterinary practice.

“The majority of my patients are senior pets, which means lots of arthritis and chronic disease. Being able to add CBD has been extremely helpful in improving the quality of life for a large majority of my patients,” says Dr. Kramer who uses CBD to address any type of chronic pain (arthritis, cancer, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease), as well as seizure disorders, allergies, and behavioural issues in her patients. “CBD has been nothing short of a miracle for some pets with chronic pain, seizures, and cancer. It has been

extremely helpful for pets that do not tolerate medications very well.”

Because the industry is largely unregulated, she advises research and consulting your veterinarian as CBD can interact with many medications. “Some of the current products are quite excellent, but many products do not contain what the label claims and can contain heavy metals and insecticides,” she says. “It is best to ask your veterinarian if your pet could benefit from CBD and which product would be best.”


Healthier Pet’s Health Drops 30/6 are specifically formulated for the treatment of cancer and tumours. Easily digestible and made with CBD, Delta-8, cold-pressed organic hemp seed oil, and fish oil, these drops help with pain and symptom relief. ($140,

Naturecan CBD Dog Treats combine CBD with all-natural, organically grown ingredients for a delicious, thirdparty-lab-tested vegan dog treat that supports mobility, recovery, and overall health via 5mg of CBD ($20,

Organic, lab tested, and formulated for pets, ThoughtCloud’s full spectrum Pet CBD tincture is made with organic hemp seed oil and full spectrum hemp extract to address pain and anxiety. (from $14,

Anxious pup? CBD Living’s Calming Soft Chews for dogs contain a broad-spectrum CBD complex plus beneficial prebiotics, probiotics, and enzymes for an added boost. Each treat delivers 10 mg CBD in a delicious peanut butter, banana, and pumpkin flavour dogs love. ($25,

Veterinarian Katherine Kramer
Treats and tinctures formulated especially for dogs
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“CBD has been nothing short of a miracle for some pets with chronic pain, seizures, and cancer.”

The Dogtor Will See You Now

Dogs have an incredible ability to recognize the smell of a range of organic compounds showing the human body isn’t working as it should. Numerous studies have shown that trained dogs can detect many kinds of disease—including lung, breast, ovarian, bladder, and prostate cancers, and Covid. And they do so with incredible accuracy.

The idea of using dogs to detect cancers was first proposed for melanomas in 1989. Since then, the cancerdetecting skills of dogs has outshone machine-based odour analysis. In one 2015 study, disease-sniffing pups detected prostate cancer from urine samples with 98–99 percent accuracy.

Now, dogs are being used to teach machines to sniff out cancer. Despite the amazing aptitude dogs show for this sort of diagnostic work, they’re unlikely to become commonly used for routine diagnostics due to a shortage of trained disease-sniffing dogs. But they can be teachers.

Andreas Mershin, a research scientist at the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, wants man’s best friend to teach machine learning algorithms to sniff out diseases. The idea of an electronic nose isn’t new, but so far, they’ve been unable to hold a candle to the accuracy of dogs. Mershin wants to change that by integrating canine olfaction with machine odour analysis.

Mershin told The Scientist that he was struck not only

The nose knows. Many dogs have been trained to sniff out Covid, malaria, Parkinson’s, and various cancers with 99% and even 99.8% accuracy.

by dogs’ disease-sniffing abilities but by the fact that some pups, trained to detect a certain type of cancer, are able to detect other malignancies, despite low similarity in odours among various cancers. Some untrained pets have even detected cancer in their owners. “[Dogs] don’t go by the list of molecules…They go by the scent character, which means they somehow figure out the cancer essence,” says Mershin. “That blew my mind. No analytical tool to this day can do this because it’s looking at the list of ingredients. Knowing what something is made of isn’t the same as knowing what it smells of.”

There’s still a long way to go, but Mershin’s ultimate goal is to use dogs’ diagnoses of prostate cancer to inform a machine learning algorithm to one day detect cancers with canine-level accuracy—and he plans to put this technology in your pocket. Mershin’s eventual goal is to build electronic nose capability into smartphones. Now that’s something to bark about.

Using their exquisitely sensitive noses, dogs can diagnose cancer, as well as diabetes, and the early signs of an epileptic seizure. Now, they’re teaching machines to do the same.
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Products to enhance a healthy canine lifestyle

Puppies grow up so fast. Ensuring they get the nutrients they need from the start is critical. New Beginnings puppy food from Molecular BioLife International is fortified with sprouted grains, high-quality protein, and cold-pressed fruits and veggies. The best food for your new furry friend!

The world’s first luxury water for pets, Silica Source For Pets is the highest quality water you can give your best friend! Silica supports pain relief, anti-aging and healthful longevity, gut health and digestion, wound healing, and a healthy, youthful looking skin and coat.

Rewards freeze dried heart treats for both dogs and cats come in Beef, Chicken, and Pork varieties. Hearts are packed full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B, iron, zinc, taurine, and essential fatty acids. Available in 3 oz and 10 oz bag sizes!

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From fearful to famous—dog trainer Matt Beisner’s incredible journey.

He’s saved the lives of dogs that even the most ardent animal lovers didn’t think could be rehabilitated. But in his earliest days, Matt Beisner, the star of Disney +’s Dog: Impossible, wasn’t always an expert.

Bitten by a neighbour’s German Shepherd while trick or treating at age six “began a fear of dogs that only grew deeper well into adulthood,” Beisner says. Difficulties with his own childhood pet a couple of years later followed. Guamborn Beisner was eight years old when his family, living in Ohio at the time, adopted a Beagle mix named Barney from the local shelter. “He was my absolute playmate,” Beisner remembers, “but like any scent hound, he had a penchant for running, which led to countless hours of me walking around the neighbourhood with a hot dog, hoping to lure him back. [Barney] was savvy enough to realize he could run back to me, take the hot dog,

and then be on his merry way again. His behaviour was also really difficult for my dad and mom: excessive barking, difficulty on leash, chewing furniture, digging, and being generally unpredictable.”

Looking back, Beisner—now a Knowledge Assessed Certified Professional Dog Trainer specializing in family dog mediation— says his family didn’t understand Barney’s needs. “When he didn’t conform, he was subject to the popular ‘training’ of the time: smack him on the nose with a roll of newspaper, punish him when he had an accident in the house, separate him from the family, etc. Some of those experiences really scarred me.”

In 2008, Beisner’s then-girlfriend had a terrier puppy named Kingston. “He would bark, lunge, growl, snap, and bite if we got too close to him, touched him or tried to take things from him,” he says. “I now understand that he was timid, anxious, and fearful, but at the time, we just thought he was

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aggressive.” Beisner, who was recovering from a drug addiction, formed a bond with the dog. When his girlfriend suggested that he try working with dogs, Beisner discovered a “voracious appetite for meeting new dogs and taking on new behavioural challenges.”

At first, his intentions were better than his methods. “My first few years were about copying what I had seen on TV, read in a popular book, or saw somebody else do,” he says. “I just mimicked what seemed to get results, meaning the focus was on changing the dog’s behaviour, with a little consideration or understanding of what was driving the behaviour, the dogs emotional learning, or the impact of how the training might be affecting it.”

One of his first clients had a Chihuahua rescue, who would bark and hide under the bed when strangers came into the home. “I don’t think I helped him at all,” says Beisner. “In fact, I’m sure I made his day worse. But I pretended like I knew what I was doing, and for that dog’s human, that was enough to get them to rely on me. That was dangerous and reckless on my part. I wish I could see them both again to pass on what I know now and try and make it right.”

Realizing he needed formal training—“saying I was a dog trainer because I saw it on TV is like saying I went to a wax museum and saw some real movie stars,” he says—Beisner took courses and seminars from some of the best: veterinarian Dr. Ian Dunbar; award-winning author and canine behaviour specialist (and regular Modern Dog contributor) Nicole Wilde; expert in dog behaviour and the origins of the

domesticated dog, Ray Coppinger; and canid ethologist Dr. Simon Gadbois. With his newfound knowledge, Beisner opened The Zen Dog in Los Angeles’s Chinatown district in 2012. The facility offered services including training and specialized in dogto-dog socialization, and “tapped a hugely underserved population of dogs with maladaptive social behaviours and aggression histories,” Beisner says. “Most of the clients were rescues, and many of them had been kicked out of other daycares through no fault of their own.”

With the rising popularity of rescuing dogs with behavioural challenges coupled with Beisner’s reputation, The Zen Dog acquired numerous celebrity clients, including Lena Dunham, who reached out for help with her dog Lamby, says Beisner. “When Lena went public about the help we were providing her and her dog, the calls started coming in.”

One of the calls was from a representative from Denver-based High Noon Productions about the possibility of having Beisner host Dog: Impossible. Although the showrunners didn’t know it at the time, Beisner holds a degree in theatre arts from New York University, and their offer seemed a fortunate stroke of serendipity, reaffirming that “nothing I’ve done in my life has been wasted, from the best choices to the worst choices,” he says, “as long as I’m willing to use it to be of service to somebody else.”

Dog: Impossible premiered in 2019 on National Geographic WILD. After Disney took over at the end of the first season, the show was carried by both 

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Nothing I’ve done in my life has been wasted, from the best choices to the worst choices, as long as I’m willing to use it to be of service to somebody else.

National Geographic Wild and Disney+. There were stumbling blocks. A petition on started when the first season ended, demanding that Dog: Impossible be discontinued due to some of Beisner’s methods—namely flooding, which submerges a dog in a stressful environment, rendering it almost uncapable of making a decision of its own agency—and gathered 20,000 signatures. (Beisner says he “absolutely no longer recommends or uses” flooding.)

It was around this time that Beisner continued his exploration of humane dog training, following more closely the methods of experts he’d studied previously. He learned to rely only on verbal or physical praise and nonfood rewards for reinforcing a desired behaviour. “That was ground-breaking for me and a growing number of dogs and their people,” says Beisner, “that [dogs] could be helped in any way, without food, was revelatory to all of us. And I pursued that skill with a fervor.”

To Beisner, the opportunity to share his knowledge of humane training with a wide audience is more important than being a celebrity in the dog world. “The outstanding benefit of being on the show is the platform I have been given,” says Beisner, whose personal goal is to normalize the humane treatment of animals. While there is no public word on Season 3 of Dog: Impossible, Beisner is grateful for the opportunity thus far.

“To get a chance to use my humane education and certifications on the springboard of that platform,” he says, “has been life-changing.” Similarly, with social media—on Instagram, @matt_beisner has 23,100 followers— he considers “the scope of the impact I have, the privilege and the responsibility that comes with having a platform like that. There’s great power in being a ‘micro-influencer,’” he says. “When I make mistakes as I sometimes do, [followers] are quick to let me know, and when I succeed, we succeed together.”

In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic closed The Zen Dog, and Beisner—not knowing at the time that the facility would never open again— shifted to virtual dog training. “At first, [virtual training] seemed to be a radical and ridiculous idea, but it’s turned out to be a real boon for people in need that I can’t meet in person or at home where an

in-person meeting wouldn’t be the best way for me to build a relationship with their dog,” says Beisner. Nonetheless, he misses working with dogs at the facility. “Seeing a dog make a choice that’s good for them, find friends, or even just play,” he says, “those were miracle moments to be privy to. I still get so much joy from seeing the light come on in a dog’s eyes.”

When Beisner is training, he’s striving for a dog’s agency. Teaching them when they’re below their stress threshold and focusing on their overall wellness as a foundation can get results faster. “An agency–based technique is more likely to elicit dopamine and oxytocin, which is an anti-inflammatory for the nervous system.” Another technique is for the trainer to effect his own changes in the dog’s environment. “Sometimes, we have to afford the dog enrichment activities,” says Beisner. “30 minutes

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You want a humane-certified trainer who works with positive reinforcement, Beisner says. Look for someone who will focus on a dog’s physical, mental, and emotional wellness, the need for enrichment, and who will work with a dog below its stress threshold. These things, Beisner says, “will generally minimize a lot of risk of doing harm to the dog.”

It’s All About Consent

Get your dog’s consent before you touch him or her. A common training mistake is misreading a dog’s stress cues and consent cues, says Beisner. Each dog’s consent cues are different, but there will be similarities: a loose wagging tail; forward leaning with a relaxed body and forehead; and soft eyes. The dog may reach for you, by putting a paw on you to indicate that it wants to be petted, he says.

of chewing, licking, or sniffing is equivalent to roughly 60 minutes of physical exercise in terms of needs met,” he says.

Although he says he is “not the answer for every dog—sadly, some dogs’ answers lead to outcomes that [nobody] would want for them,” Beisner says— he’s saved many lives, including that of seven-year-old mixed breed Andy, who had lived in seven foster homes in two years. “He had a serious bite history,” says Beisner, who took him on after Andy’s final foster was to take him to be euthanized. Following humane training methods, Beisner examined the dog’s wellness and changed Andy’s diet and added physical therapy, acupuncture, and reiki. “We gave him regular exercise and dog play,” says Beisner, “and he never bit anyone again.” In fall 2020, he found a home with a staffer from the show.

He still works in the field at every opportunity and is a long-time supporter of the shelter and rescue community. “Their dire circumstances never stopped

breaking my heart,” says Beisner. “I couldn’t go to a shelter without wanting to come home with a dog. And if I didn’t come home with one, I couldn’t leave without feeling a sense of hopelessness.” Beisner recently joined the Texas Humane Network (THN) as an ambassador, where he shares the needs of the THN with his networks and provides resources, including training and youth education, something he feels strongly about as a husband and father of two. “If we can get education, awareness, and experience into the bodies and minds of the young people in our communities,” he says, “we can help change the lives of dogs we need to help now and those who have yet to be born.” To the one million dogs and cats that are euthanized in the U.S. annually, Beisner considers himself “in a unique position to help.”

Of the rescue dogs themselves, he says: “they need and deserve so much more than what they’re given. There’s something special about helping a dog that’s never been given a fair chance or one that has run out of chances.”

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Best Breeds For Kids

Looking for a kid-friendly breed? These dogs are known to be great with children

Some breeds are known to be especially great with children. Breeds that do well with kids are usually laid-back, tolerant, and affectionate.

We asked breed expert and American Kennel Club ( AKC) Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo for her top ten choices of breeds that are particularly good with children.

Here are her picks.

There are many dog breeds, both popular and lesser-known, that make wonderful companions for kids. Below are 10 fabulous choices for parents to consider when looking to add a dog to their family.

#1 Boxer

The Boxer thrives on human affection, especially from children—it’s one of the breed’s most notable characteristics. Boxers are intelligent, loyal, and easy to train. The Boxer is a large, active breed requiring daily exercise. They have a short coat requiring weekly brushing.

#2 Bulldog

Especially fond of children, Bulldogs are sweet, mellow companions that are known for their loveable disposition. Bulldogs have an easy-to-carefor coat and minimal exercise needs.

#3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are friendly, trustworthy companions for kids. This breed does best when part of a family. They are cheerful and easily trained. Cavs are moderately active dogs that are happy with daily walks. Their coat should be brushed twice a week.

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#5 Newfoundland

The Newfoundland is known for its sweet, devoted nature, especially with children. The breed has a natural affinity for kids and takes to the role of nanny dog. These large dogs need daily exercise such as swimming and walks. The Newf’s coat should be brushed twice a week.

#8 Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a popular family companion. They are intelligent, friendly, and devoted. Goldens are great with kids and eager to please. They have a high energy level and would do well with an active family. Goldens shed seasonally, and their coats require weekly brushing and trimming.

#6 Labrador Retriever

It is no wonder why Labrador Retrievers have been the most popular breed in the U.S. for decades—they are intelligent, gentle, and very family-friendly. Labs are outgoing with an even temperament. They are highly trainable due to their intelligence and eagerness to please. Labs have a lot of energy, requiring daily exercise. They thrive as part of active families with room for the dog to play. They shed seasonally and need weekly brushing.

Bernese Mountain Dogs are strong, sturdy dogs that are powerful, and built for hard work, Berners have a sweet, affectionate nature. While they are quiet and well-mannered indoors, these are moderately active dogs that need daily exercise. Weekly brushing is needed for the breed’s beautiful double coat.

#7 Clumber Spaniel

Clumber Spaniels are mellow, calm companions that make sturdy playmates for kids. They are smart, eager-to-please dogs that respond well to training. They can be wary around strangers but are friendly, sweet, and easygoing at home. Clumbers do well with moderate exercise, such as regular walks and interactive play. They are known to be droolers, and their coats need weekly brushing to control shedding.

#10 Pug

Pugs are easygoing, playful, and affectionate. They are known for their even temperament and devotion to their families. Pugs are moderately active dogs and need daily exercise. They have a short coat that needs to be brushed once or twice a week to control shedding.

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Queen’s Dogs The

A look at Elizabeth II’s lifelong love affair with Corgis

Then-Princess Elizabeth with Susan, her first pet Corgi, at Windsor Castle in 1944.
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Queen Elizabeth II was a notoriously private person and not prone to public displays of affection. The longest-reigning monarch knew her role wasn’t to display emotion, so she rarely did. A notable exception? Elizabeth was clearly enchanted by her dogs and couldn’t help but laugh and smile around them.

The Queen and her Corgis were virtually inseparable—a love affair that spanned more than 90 years. During her life, her dogs were loyal, constant companions. To watch her engage with her dogs was to get a glimpse at the woman behind the crown.

About the Breed

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a medium-sized, short-legged working dog developed in Wales to herd cattle and sheep. It’s an old breed—records date as far back as 1107AD, when Welsh workers brought their dogs along as they settled in England.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has been a distinct breed from his Cardigan Welsh Corgi cousin since the late 1800s. The Pembroke is a tough little dog with a surprising amount of speed and agility. They’re known for being active, very playful—and loyal.

Her Early Years

When she was just seven years old, then-Princess Elizabeth was given a Pembroke Welsh Corgi by her father, George VI. The family named him Dookie, and he was soon followed by another Pembroke named Jane. At the time, Corgis were commonly found in Wales but still quite a rare sight in England.

On her 18th birthday, Elizabeth received a Corgi named Susan. It would be the first dog that would be hers and hers alone. Elizabeth was so devoted to Susan that—when the time came to head off on her honeymoon—she reportedly hid the dog under some blankets in her royal carriage! Yes, Susan joined Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, on their honeymoon. Could that be one of the reasons that Prince Philip so notoriously disliked the breed? It’s said that he made no effort to hide his displeasure of the noise of her Corgis—and the sheer number she kept.

Well, Philip may not have been a fan, but the Queen’s devotion to Corgis was extraordinary and unwavering. In fact, she adored Susan so much that she decided to breed her. In doing so, she would create a sort of Corgi dynasty— one that would last more than seven decades.

It was Princess Diana who famously referred to the Queen’s Corgis as a “moving carpet,” always surrounding her.
Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by local Corgi enthusiasts, 2005. Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Andrew and her Corgis, 1962.


The Queen personally oversaw the breeding program at Windsor Castle, and her knowledge of the breed and study of foundation stock was second to none. She worked closely—and discreetly—with exceptional Pembroke breeders to find dogs whose type and temperament would complement her breeding line.

Susan’s descendants produced 14 generations of Corgis, and the Queen owned more than 30 over the years. Elizabeth never sold any of her dogs, although she did give some Corgis away as gifts to very special friends and family members.

The popularity of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi peaked in England during the 1960s. During that time, press photos of the Royal Family—so often with the Corgis afoot—had captured many hearts and led to a surge in the breed’s popularity. But over the years, this shifted. At one point, registrations were so few and far between that The Kennel Club placed the Pembroke on its vulnerable native breed list.

Fortunately, this has shifted again—this time in conjunction with the popular Netflix series “The Crown.” In this series about the Queen’s reign, Corgis are featured in various flashback scenes. Once again visible and capturing the interest of many, demand for Corgis surged. Corgi puppy registrations rose 16 percent and 47 percent after the first and second seasons, respectively.

Even further attention to the plucky Pembroke came when Daniel Craig performed a skit for the opener of the 2012 Olympics. The widely watched performance features three Corgis and the Queen herself, along with Craig in his role as James Bond. Corgis are officially back on the public radar, and the Pembroke is no longer deemed at-risk.

Oops! It’s a Dorgi!

In 1971, the Queen’s Corgi breeding program expanded in an unexpected and unplanned way. Elizabeth’s Corgi, Tiny, spent a little too much unsupervised time with Princess Margaret’s amorous Dachshund, Pipkin. Their alone time resulted in a litter of six puppies—dubbed Dorgis.

Notwithstanding her love of purebred dogs and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed, in particular, the Queen and her sister couldn’t help but fall in love with this litter. In fact, they bred the pair again.

Pampered Pooches

So, what was a day in the life of a royal Corgi like? Well, despite having run of a castle, the Corgis were happiest to be with the Queen. It was Princess Diana who famously referred to the Corgis as a “moving carpet,” always surrounding the Queen wherever she went. As any Corgi lover will attest, this no doubt led to many incidents of staff and visitors tripping over the dogs. Corgis are renowned for their habit of lying down in very awkward locations.

The Queen’s dogs typically went for two lengthy walks a day. Elizabeth loved to walk the grounds with her dogs and credited those daily outings for her longevity and good health. Apparently, when she walked in a room with her trademark headscarf on, the Corgis went wild, knowing

Oops! Elizabeth’s Corgi, Tiny, spent a little too much unsupervised time with Princess Margaret’s amorous Dachshund, Pipkin. Their alone time resulted in a litter of six puppies—dubbed Dorgis.
Elizabeth pictured at her childhood home, playing with the family’s Corgis, 1936.
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Queen Elizabeth II with her Corgis at Virginia Water watching the Marathon of the European Driving Championship, 1973.
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that the scarf could only signify one thing: venturing out for a walk with her.

Mealtime for the Corgis was as good as you might imagine. Former Chefs to the Royal Family note that the dogs were always fed fresh, chopped meat that was served with rice and often some cabbage. The dogs’ food was very high in quality and prepared alongside the Queen’s own meals. Meat and other ingredients were sent up, but the Queen reportedly liked to mix the food up herself to give to the dogs. Their favourite treat? Scones from afternoon tea, of course!

The dogs slept in their own room—called the Corgi Room, naturally—that was located within the Queen’s private apartment. Raised dog beds and plenty of blankets and comforts filled this room, and there were two footmen ready to give the dogs any additional care needed.

Where she went, her dogs went. There is no end to video footage—both old and recent—of the Queen and her Corgis getting in and out of planes and limousines. Heading off for a trip? Six or seven Corgis were part of her entourage. It seems the desire to remain close worked both ways. When out with her Corgis, Elizabeth always looked a bit more relaxed and content. But let’s be clear: she was no pushover. The Queen loved her dogs, but also trained them and reared them to be well-mannered.

Queen Elizabeth II with her family, 1960. Queen Elizabeth II with some of her Corgis walking the Cross Country course during the second day of the Windsor Horse Trials, 1980. PHOTO ABOVE: SMITH
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The End of an Era

Willow, the last in the line of Susan’s descendants, passed away in 2018. The loss reportedly hit the Queen very hard. Willow’s loss signified the end of an era—14 generations of Corgis stemming from Elizabeth’s heart dog, Susan. By this time, the Queen had long since decided to discontinue her breeding program. A responsible and ethical breeder, she simply didn’t want to keep breeding and leave young dogs behind when she passed away. The Queen’s line of Corgis thus ended with the loss of Willow.

Elizabeth did continue to have pets, however. In 2021, she was given two Corgis—Muick and Sandy—by one of her sons, Prince Andrew, and his daughters.

Elizabeth II was a complex woman in many ways, but her love of dogs was pure and simple. She adored them, and the feeling was mutual. She was the Queen, but she was also a dog mom, caring for and loving her pets, just as any dog lover would. Who knew that the longest-reigning monarch packed stockings full of goodies for each of her dogs at Christmastime?

On September 8, 2022, Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96. As the funeral process made its way to the chapel, Muick and Sandy were seen waiting for her outside of Windsor Castle—a poignant image.

The Duke of York, also known as Prince Andrew, will keep the dogs in the family, says a spokesperson for the duke. He and his former wife, Sarah, Duchess of York will take care of the two surviving Corgis. They will live at Royal Lodge in Windsor, the country estate Prince Andrew shares with his ex-wife. (Who will care for the Queen’s two other dogs, Candy, a Dorgi, and Lissy, a Cocker Spaniel, has not yet been reported.)

The Queen may have been a mystery in many ways, but those of us who have lost our own dogs can recognize a dog lover when we see one. Let’s hope that Dookie, Jane, Susan, and the rest of the Queen’s beloved, passed Corgis have been reunited with their cherished guardian. 

Members of the Royal Household stand with the Queen’s royal Corgis, Muick and Sandy, as they wait for the funeral cortege on September 19, 2022.

Longevity in Dogs: The Long and the Short of It

If ound myself trying to comfort a grieving woman. “He was so young,” she sobbed. “He hadn’t even reached his seventh birthday. Why did he have to die?” Her distress was not over the loss of a child but rather over the passing of her beautiful harlequin Great Dane, Frederick, who had died of a cardiac problem. Although I could share in her sorrow emotionally, my rational mind wanted to remind her that if you get a large dog, you should brace yourself for the fact that there is a high probability that your dog will die at a young age. It is simply a fact that big dogs live

much shorter lives than small dogs. Being a psychologist, I knew that rational analysis was not what she needed at this moment—nor did she need me to suggest that if her next dog was a Miniature Poodle, she might expect it to live twice as long as Frederick. So I comforted her as best I could by reminding her that Frederick’s life, although short, had been a happy one.

At first glance—at least to those of us who study animals—the notion that smaller-sized creatures might be expected to have a longer life than a larger one is

Why do big dogs have shorter life spans than small dogs? A look at how—and why—size impacts lifespan
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counterintuitive. When we look at the longevity of all mammals, we find that, generally, the bigger animals live longer. For example, elephants have a lifespan of around 70 years, compared to the lifespan of a mouse, which is only two years. To go to an extreme limit, we could look at the bowhead whale who weighs in at around 65 tons and is 60 feet long. Scientists estimate that these whales have a lifespan of up to 200 years.

The strange quirk is that while bigger species of mammals live longer than smaller ones, large size is not advantageous if we confine our analysis to one species at a time. Within any single species, we find that the trend is reversed, and it is the smaller animals that have longer lives. This is certainly the case in dogs. Data suggests that this is even true in humans since larger people have shorter life spans. When we are talking about size, body mass is more important than height alone

Great Danes, like Frederick, are a good example of what the situation is for large dogs. Let’s start off by noting that the most recent research suggests that the average life expectancy of a medium-sized dog is 13.6 years. Great Danes are generally classified as “giant” dogs, defined as all dog breeds expected to weigh 88 pounds (40 kilograms) or more as adults. Great Danes clearly fit into this group since they weigh anywhere between 120 to 200 pounds. They also have very short lifespans, averaging six to eight years. Only 17 percent of dogs of this breed will ever make it to 10 years of age.

The English Mastiff is one of the heaviest of dogs. A typical male can weigh 150 to 250 pounds. Their lifespan is around seven years of age, and less than one-quarter of these dogs will make it to 10 years.

A research team headed by Cornelia Kraus, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Göttingen in Germany decided to see if they could determine why large dogs had shorter lives. To do this, they collected data from veterinary hospitals, accumulating information about more than 56,000 dogs of 74 different breeds.

Although the research report contained complex statistical analyses, the investigators were able to summarize their conclusions quite simply: “Large dogs age at an accelerated pace, as though their adult life is running at a faster pace than small dogs. Hence, a first answer to the question of why large dogs die young is that they age quickly.”

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“The strange quirk is that while bigger species of mammals live longer than smaller ones, large size is not advantageous if we confine our analysis to one species at a time.”

They then demonstrated how powerful the effect of body mass was, concluding that for every increase of 4.4 pounds (two kilograms) in body mass, we can expect a corresponding loss of approximately one month of life expectancy.

It seems as though these large dogs have lives that are unwinding in fast motion. To see how that might work, let’s return to the English Mastiff. To get to a final weight of around 200 pounds, a dog must do a lot of growing. Certainly, the growth rate must be many times greater than what is required for a Yorkshire Terrier, who will ultimately weigh only eight pounds. So, the English Mastiff grows quickly—the growth rate of English Mastiff puppies may be over five pounds per week. That requires an awful lot of cell division and cell growth—in other words, a much faster pace of living with the body working harder simply to reach its normal adult size. Nonetheless, the findings of the German team of investigators don’t explain why a rapid rate of growth should result in a shorter lifespan. A hint comes from a research team headed by Thor Harald Ringsby of the Department of Biology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

The search for a mechanism that can result in aging and earlier death led these Norwegian scientists all the way back to a genetic level (although not to specific genes). They ended up focusing their attention on something called telomeres. Our genetic material, the DNA, is stored in bodies called chromosomes. Telomeres are the protective caps on the ends of these chromosomes. In young humans, for instance, telomeres are about 8,000 to 10,000 nucleotides long. However, over time they grow shorter. This comes about because the telomeres get reduced in size with each cell division. This is important because when the telomeres reach a critically short length, the cell stops dividing and it might even die. The erosion of telomeres over time has been linked to aging and disease risks, including things like cancer.

So what seems to be happening is that large dogs have to run their metabolism and their growth mechanisms at a high rate of speed. The cells divide quickly to allow the dogs to grow to their final size (based on the characteristics of their breed). Unfortunately, each cell division is going to clip off a bit of the length of their telomeres, bringing them closer to the point where their body will begin to fail, starting at the cellular level.

Of course, there are outliers in any group—certain dogs that will outlive their breed’s average life expectancy. How, exactly, to make sure your dog lives as long as possible remains a subject of much study. Initiatives like The Dog Aging Project are bringing together dogs, owners, veterinarians, researchers, and volunteers to understand how genes, lifestyle, and environment influence aging. The goal is to help pets and people increase “healthspan,” the period of life spent free from disease. If you’d like to become a citizen scientist, you can nominate your dog to participate at 

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“Within any single species, we find that the trend is reversed: it is the smaller animals that have the longer lives.”
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Can My Dog Eat That?

Wondering what “people food” you can share with your dogs? Look no further! We’ve answered commonly Googled “can my dog eat” queries, letting you know what you should share with your dog and why. Remember, treats should make up no more than 10 percent of your dog’s caloric intake. Always start with just a little of any new food to avoid stomach upset, and check with your vet if in doubt.

#1 Clams

3 Yes, dogs can eat clams. Clams are very high in protein and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. They also provide healthy levels of iron and zinc. It is best to serve a couple cooked clams as a treat, as opposed to a meal. Though raw clams are not toxic, eating them raw increases the chance of stomach upset. Always give your dog only the clam meat and never the shell as the shell could cause a blockage if swallowed or harm your dog’s teeth.

3 Yes, dogs can eat oysters. An excellent source of protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and essential minerals like zinc, iron, and selenium, oysters help maintain muscle mass and, thanks to the Omega-3s, decrease inflammation. Oysters for dogs should be cooked and served plain. Lightly bake, sauté, boil, or dehydrate before serving. Do not feed your dog smoked oysters or oysters with preservatives or salt. Start by giving your dog a part of an oyster or a single oyster depending on their size.

#3 Pears

3 Yes, dogs can eat pears. High in fiber, copper, and vitamins C and K, pears make a great treat for dogs. How much pear can they have? Veterinary nutritionists advise limiting snacks, including pear, to less than 10 percent of your dog’s caloric intake. For smaller dogs, this means a slice or two of pear. Eating the pear skin is fine but be sure to remove the core and seeds first, as the seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide. Also say no to canned pears packed in syrup.

Bonus: Eating pears (and apples, which are also a great treat for dogs) may reduce the risk of stroke by 50 percent. A Dutch study found that eating fruit and vegetables with white edible portions was associated with a 52 percent lower stroke risk.


#4 Mango

3 Yes, dogs can eat mangoes. This sweet treat is packed with vitamins A, B6, C, and E, as well as potassium and betacarotene and alpha-carotene. Just remove the large pit first, as it contains small amounts of cyanide and can become a choking hazard or cause blockages if swallowed. Feed mango in moderation, as the high fiber content could cause an upset stomach.

#6 Pistachios

✗ Can dogs eat pistachios? Maybe not. Though pistachios are not toxic to dogs, they are not a recommended treat. For one, they are very high in fat and could cause pancreatitis. If the pistachios are salted, this poses a further issue and could cause water retention. The shells are also a choking hazard and could cause intestinal blockage. If your dog eats a pistachio or two that has fallen to the ground, fear not, but it’s best to avoid giving your dog pistachios as a treat. In fact, nuts are not a great snack choice for dogs in general.

#5 Mussels

3 Yes, dogs can eat mussels. Mussels are an excellent food for dogs, particularly New Zealand green-lipped mussels. Packed with Omega-3 fatty acids and minerals, as well as vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and enzymes, mussels have many health benefits, including helping your dog’s joints. They are a natural source of glycosaminoglycans, which are the main components of cartilage and the synovial fluid found in joints.

Studies have shown mussels to help dogs (and people) suffering from arthritis by relieving discomfort and inflammation. They support joint mobility, cartilage maintenance, and heart health.

You can purchase green-lipped mussel powders for dogs, or you can feed your dog plain, steamed mussels, or freeze-dried mussels. Freeze-fried mussels will have more health benefits than mussels that have been treated with heat. Give your dog one mussel for every 20 pounds of bodyweight.

#7 Celery

3 Yes, dogs can eat celery. It is frequently suggested as a weight-loss treat as it is very low in fat and cholesterol and is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, folate, potassium, and manganese.

Celery can be fed as a crunchy treat. Start by giving your dog one or two bite-sized pieces. Older dogs may prefer their celery cooked.

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AFOUR-LEGGED NANNY lived in our house when our daughter Karen was a toddler. Our oversized, male Golden Retriever watched over her like an angel sent by God. Most Goldens run around 75 pounds, but Rusty weighed in at 104. He wasn’t overweight, just big. Even so, he was gentle and loving. Rusty, named for the colour of his coat, watched and followed Karen into the house. When she’d hold a graham cracker out to him, he’d take it gently. Conversely, if we grown-ups held out food for him, he inhaled it like a heavyduty vacuum cleaner.

One day, I sensed that our little blond girl was not in the kitchen or family room. Neither was Rusty. I looked out the kitchen window and drew in my breath. Our fencedin backyard was on two levels with natural stone steps leading from the lower level next to our screened-in porch to the larger open area above. At the highest point, there was about a five-foot drop. When I looked out the kitchen window, I saw Karen on the upper level heading to the edge.

I didn’t want to shout and frighten her into losing her balance and toppling headfirst to the ground below. So, I started to open the screen door slowly. But then I noticed Rusty beside her, slowly moving to get in front of her and block her from falling over the edge. Not to be deterred, our

little miss started to walk to an open spot. Just as quickly, Rusty moved in front of her. Wherever she moved, he beat her to it, standing guard.

Finally, she got frustrated and moved to the center of the upper level. I opened the screen door fully and ran up the stone stairs to the child and dog. “C’mon, Karen,” I said. “Let’s go inside and get a cookie.” She clapped her hands and then grabbed my outstretched hand, and we made our way down to the house slowly and carefully. Rusty stayed right by her side, moving at her pace, feathered tail wagging.

When we got to the screen door, she let go of my hand and crawled through the doggy door. Rusty followed. Now, I knew how she’d gotten outside without the door banging shut, which would have alerted me long before she made it to the upper level.

By the time I got to the kitchen, Karen and her four-legged nanny were both waiting by the counter for the promised cookie, and I gave one to each of them. I never worried about Karen playing outside after that. Wherever she went, Rusty, the nanny followed.

“No animal I know of can consistently be more of a friend and companion than a dog.”
—Stanley Leinwoll
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Story by Nancy Julien Kopp, Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Hilarious, Heroic, Human Dog. ©2021 Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC. All rights reserved.


How to stop your dog from barking in the backyard

Imagine you’re in a Zoom meeting when you hear a dog barking. As you try to stay focused, the sound continues. And continues. Barking can be distracting regardless of how far away a dog is, but in this case, it’s even worse because it’s coming from your own backyard! What are you to do? This is only one example of how incessant backyard barking can be an issue. Unfortunately, there are many. The good news is there are also solutions.

Most of us would agree that there’s nothing wrong with a dog alert-barking a few times. After all, if a stranger were trying to climb over your backyard fence, you would want to know about it. The problem comes when your dog alerts to every passerby or pesky squirrel in a tree, and the barking goes on and on. Surely there must be a way to allow your dog to alert you to potential dangers, but not to keep barking endlessly—and luckily there is.

Backyard Barking Solution #1

First, let’s talk about your backyard. If you have a block wall, you already have a visual barrier, which can be helpful. But if you have a chain link fence, your dog’s arousal level very likely shoots up with every person or dog who passes by. Rather than replacing your entire fence, an easy solution is to install privacy fencing. Privacy fencing consists of long, thin plastic slats that can be threaded vertically through your existing chain link fence, forming

a visual barrier. Your dog will still be able to hear people and dogs passing by, but the visual barrier will cut way down on the visual stimulation, which can help a lot. An alternative approach is to simply attach garden cloth (also known as weed barrier) to the chain link. This fine mesh fabric comes in a roll. It is still slightly see-through but will help. Privacy fences and garden cloth can be found at hardware stores and online.

Backyard Barking Solution #2

Distraction is your friend! If your dog must be outdoors for a short period, provide him with something that will keep his attention. For most dogs, a high-value food toy such as a Kong stuffed with layers that include wet dog food, or a high-value, long-lasting chew will help. Now, I’m not saying that even the highest-value chewie can compete with a sassy squirrel, but in many cases, it should help.

Backyard Barking Solution #3

Now let’s talk about behaviour modification. Again, you don’t want your dog to never bark, but rather to alert-bark a few times and then stop. The easiest way to accomplish this is to train a solid recall, meaning your dog will come to you immediately when called. There are plenty of training exercises to be found in books and online, but here’s a fun, easy way to work on your dog’s recall.

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Tip #1: Block your dog’s sightline to potential barking triggers.

A Fun, Easy Game to Stop the Barking

Grab a friend and some treats and position yourselves on opposite sides of the same room. Call your dog. When he comes to you, ask him to sit (if he doesn’t know “sit,” standing is fine) then praise and treat. Once you have given the treat, turn to the side, fold your arms, and ignore your dog so that he does not keep looking for more treats. Call out, “Okay!” so the other person knows it’s their turn. (If you are playing with more than two people, rather than saying, “Okay!” randomly call another person’s name so they know it’s their turn.) This step may seem unnecessary because you can see each other, but it will become important once you are out of each other’s sight. As the game progresses, call your dog back and forth, extending the distance between you slightly with each repetition. You will soon find yourself calling your dog to you from another room. Assuming the exercise is going well, work toward having one person standing indoors and another out in the yard. Preferably, the person

who most frequently needs to call your dog to come indoors will be positioned inside. You can make the game even more fun by interspersing repetitions where you hide behind objects or furniture, so your dog must find you. Practice this game often, in short increments of five to ten minutes. Remember to always call your dog in a high, happy voice, and keep things exciting. The tone should always be upbeat and fun. And don’t forget the yummy treats!

Next, transition the behaviour into your everyday life. Wait for a moment when your dog is out in the yard but is not particularly distracted. Call him to you using a high, happy tone of voice. When he reaches you, praise and treat. If you do not have a treat with you at the time when your dog reaches you, say, “Let’s go get a treat!” and keep praising happily as you walk quickly with him to where the treats are stashed. This, by the way, is an excellent way of making your dog believe that you are an amazing magician who can produce treats out of thin air, so it is in his best interests to do as asked even when he doesn’t see a treat! One caveat: once you’ve treated your dog for coming

indoors, take a moment to get him involved in something else such as chasing a toy or doing a bit of basic obedience where he can earn more treats. If you simply call him indoors, treat, and then do nothing, he might want to turn around and go right back outside. Having him do something for a few minutes also cuts down on the chances of him associating you calling him inside with ending all the fun. Over time, as your dog is successful, begin to call him to come indoors when he’s a bit more distracted, for example, when he’s sniffing something in the grass. Gradually and incrementally work your way up to those tap-dancing squirrels! The end goal is that your dog will bark once or twice and then come indoors when called.

Of course, if the barking is happening when you’re away from home, there’s no way for you to call your dog indoors. In a case where, for example, your dog’s barking is bothering your neighbours, your best bet is to keep your dog indoors when you’re away, crated if needed (as long as you will not be away more than three or four hours) or loose in the house.

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Henry and Molly

He was adopted at nine months. She was adopted when he was just two. They romped, chased, played, fetched, and fussed. Inseparable. Best friends. True siblings. Now at 12, she mostly naps. At 14, he mostly plays games on his computer.

But at the end of the day, they always search for each other. Paw reaches out to hand, and hand stretches out to paw. Every dog needs her boy. Every boy needs his dog.

The Best Medicine

Tiny Dog Stories


love in short form: miniature, reader-submitted dog stories of no more than 100 words.

Love at First Sight

During my volunteer shift at Muttville, a grinning, wagging, matted, obese Cocker Spaniel came up and locked eyes with me. I immediately started smiling and crying! I knew my previous Muttville pup, Perla, had sent her to me. I wasn’t looking to adopt a dog, but I knew Cocoa Puff was meant to be a part of our family. After much convincing, my husband agreed to adopt her! She went from 40 pounds down to 25 and was even featured on We named her Penelope, and she has kept us entertained with her ridiculous antics every day!

Modern Medicine

For days the medical team at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital tried everything to get a tiny patient to talk, but on top of not feeling well, he was scared. Then SHE walked into the room, wearing a huge, toothy smile. “She” is Melena, a Golden Retriever and specially trained facility dog owned by the hospital. “DOGGIE!” squealed the previously silent child. “Can you come up in bed with me? Your ears are so soft. What’s your name? You’re sooo cute. I LOVE you!” And just like that, Melena became a huge part of the patient’s recovery process. —Diane Pekarek

When I saw a picture of Fuzz Aldrin, my heart ached. He came into rescue emaciated and with horrible skin. Muttville did everything they could for him and deemed him a hospice dog. Whatever time he had left, I wanted to make up for his sad past. I was recovering from surgery and the loss of another dog, and Fuzz was the best medicine for my heart. He blossomed with love and good food, and we shared 23 amazing months together. Don’t let fear of loss keep you from opening your heart and home to a senior rescue!

—Roxane Fritz

Sammie’s Journey

Sammie’s life had gotten off to a rough start. He had been brought into the Placerville County shelter as a cruelty seizure. Best guess is that he was bitten on the base of his tail by another dog so severely that his tail was infected and necrotic. Sammie is now a cherished member of the family doing the “cha-cha-cha wigglebutt dance” when he greets you. He does Pet Therapy with children at the Pleasanton Library where children read to the dogs to improve their reading skills. He was the first ever Dachshund admitted to the program.—Tammy Rieser

Timeshare Puppy

Uh oh, here comes Chase! I call him our timeshare puppy—he’s my responsibility three weeks each month. I broaden his horizons and teach him gentlemanly public behaviour. Chewed up slippers, little “accidents” on the floor, and his overly rambunctious nature aside, I’m thrilled by his rapid progress. One week a month is spent with his future family. They are learning to create time and space in their busy lives for what will be “Chase, the Service Dog.” His mission: to protect their son on the autism spectrum in public spaces, as well as ease his night fears.—Mona Tellier

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The Bandit Book Club

In her former life before she developed epilepsy, our rescued Border Collie, Bandit, had been a working farm-dog herding cattle. I’ve often wondered if she misses her old job. But this summer she started a new one, putting the intense focus for which her breed is famous to use, helping her young friend, Will, who has Down’s syndrome, to work on his reading. Watching Bandit lock her gaze onto Will while he reads her story after story is mesmerizing. It’s gratifying to witness both of them reaping the benefits.—Denise

Here and There

Tim called it “the house” Grandma lived there for a time No one really stays long Years we spent together While Tim worked

Before she got sick Too weak to stand Too strong to let go My vigil is steadfast In a chair by her bed She is here but not here There but not there I can see angels in the room What remains of her here Will soon be there

At the foot of the Bridge Take care of my boy She whispers You know that I will It’s what dogs do —Timothy McHenry

Finding a nearby staircase, my heartbeat matched my pounding feet down seven flights.

Nearing the bottom, white boulders and brown vegetation abounded—the same colours as Kaylee. We stopped and stared, fearing the worst.

“There she is! She’s looking at us,” Mitch exclaimed while he lobbed over the wooden railing.

Fifteen minutes later, a vet examined her. Kaylee survived with only a broken leg.—Sandy Kubillus

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Healthy PAWS

Head-totoe wellness solutions for your dog!


Support your dog’s joints and connective tissue with Molecular Biolife’s Over The Top Joint supplement. This super-powered highly digestible formula is made with four different collagens, organic sprouted seeds for a pre and probiotic boost, fruit and vegetable powders, and kefir to improve joint mobility. ($17,


Does your dog have skin allergies?

Kawell’s Matico Natural Healing Shampoo is made with Matico extract, which can act as a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory to help heal and soothe dry, itchy, and irritated skin. ($13,


Yummy Combs work like dental floss as your dog chews! Each chew packs 44 percent high-quality protein and 12 other wellness ingredients into a functional shape, improving dental, cardiac, digestive, skin, and coat health! ($20,

Solutions for everything from picky eating to arthritis!


Compact and easy to use, the Bark & Clean Dog Care Travel Kit has you covered, no matter the mess. It comes complete with waste bags, an odour eliminator spray, cleaning gloves, pee pads, and dry and wet wipes for all your dog mess needs. ($40,


Your dog will go crazy for the Freeze-Dried Beef Liver Mini Trainers from Crumps’ Naturals. These low-calorie, singleingredient treats are made from Canadian beef liver and cut into tiny cubes for easy use. ($14,


Banixx Pet Care Spray speeds healing, relieves dry, itchy skin, and treats ear infections, hot spots, ringworm, and wounds. Antiseptic and anti-fungal, it’s made without steroids or antibiotics and is stingfree! ($15,


Crickets are the main protein source in Marley’s Greener Treats! Made in Canada, these easily digestible, high-quality, sustainable treats come in yummy blueberry, cranberry, and mint varieties. ($15,


With all-natural ingredients and no nasties, WashBar Original Soap for dogs cleans and soothes. Super-star natural ingredients like coconut oil, neem leaf, lemon-scented tea tree oil, and Manuka oil make bath time better and keep your dog’s coat soft and moisturized. (from $12 per bar,


Protect your dog’s gut from unwanted visitors! Juru Pet’s all-natural Gut Shield formula combines ingredients like black walnut hull, sage, papaya leaf, wormwood, and fennel seed to promote normal gut defense and boost digestive health. (from $25,


This ice melter is safe for dog paws! Natural Alternative Ice Melt is biodegradable, non-toxic, long-lasting, and does not have high concentrations of salt— a great way to protect your pooch, plants, yard, and local waterways from harsh chemicals and slippery ice! (from $28,


WizSmart’s eco-friendly Super Premium Dog and Puppy Training pads are made from unused diapers. These highly absorbent pads offer great odour control and feature patented stay put tabs to keep the pad secure on the floor or wall. (from $15,


Keep your dog’s paws safe from the elements with Walkaboot Dog Booties from Walkabout Harnesses. The supportive rubber sole and fleece inner lining provide traction and protect paws while the insulated neoprene lining keeps out moisture. (from $12,


Spruce up your pup’s meals! Raw Toppers Market Mix Turkey Recipe from Primal Pet Foods is made with high-quality turkey proteins and superfood ingredients like organic kale, squash, blueberries, and cranberries for a fresh meal boost. ($27,

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The Alaskan Malamute

Large, powerful, and boasting a glorious coat and trademark plumed tail, the Alaskan Malamute is a dog with presence. But as it happens, this tough Nordic breed is also a softie, known for its playful, affectionate side. Is the Malamute your breed match? Let’s find out.

The Breed’s Roots

Some 4,500 years ago, a variety of hearty and powerful dogs originating in Siberia began to populate the northernmost parts of North America. Several Nordic breeds emerged, including the Alaskan Malamute.

At first glance, there are obvious similarities to the Malamute’s Northern cohorts, the Siberian Husky, the Samoyed, and the Canadian Eskimo Dog. All were bred as working dogs, capable of withstanding harsh northern climates and terrain, pulling cargo by sled, and assisting with hunting—but there are

key differences. The Alaskan Malamute’s gift is for strength—not speed. A racer he is not—unlike the Siberian Husky, for example. What the Malamute excels at is pulling extremely heavy loads over long distances at slow rates of speed. Tipping the scales at up to 85 pounds, the Malamute is substantially burlier than their smaller and lighter cousin, the Siberian Husky.

Among these Nordic breeds, the Alaskan Malamute is one of the oldest in existence. Malamutes served as a companion and working breed for the Mahlemuts, an indigenous tribe that crossed the Bering Strait thousands of years ago, bringing their dogs with them, and settled in Kotzebue Sound.

Early Working History

For thousands of years, the Mahlemut people lived in a remote part of Alaska known for harsh terrain and extreme weather. For at least nine months of the year, it’s a region covered with snow and

ice. The Mahlemut people’s survival was inextricably linked with their dogs and virtually all early writing on this tribe references their dogs. From scaring off polar bears to hunting seals or pulling heavy loads by sled, their dogs were tireless workers. These dogs weren’t just prized for their hard work, they were loved and treated as loyal family companions.

Very little was known about life in Alaska before the 19th century when tales from explorers and sea merchants started to shed light on this remote region. All of that changed in 1896 when gold was discovered in Alaska. Word spread, and a steady flow of fortune-seekers arrived. Many brought their own dogs—including plenty of tough, working breeds—but the environment proved too much for virtually all “outside” breeds.

The demand for sled dogs—and most notably purebred Malamutes—was so high during the gold rush that the breed nearly became extinct. Sellers mixed

This hearty Arctic breed has a playful side that will win your heart!
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purebreds with other sled dogs and Nordic breeds, in their efforts to produce enough dogs to meet the demand. This led to a steep decline in purebred Alaskan Malamutes. The breed’s future was uncertain, but dedicated breeders took steps to revitalize the breed. Because of their isolated existence, dogs of the Mahlemut people were used for breeding and their namesake breed remained alive.

Another challenge to the breed’s survival was the dawn of sled racing as a sport. Because they were not fast runners, fanciers of this sport interbred Malamutes with a variety of fast breeds in their efforts to get an edge in their sport. Once again, purebred numbers declined sharply, but fanciers paired purebred Malamutes from various remote regions to ensure the breed’s survival.

A Standard Evolves

The breed didn’t remain solely in Alaska, of course. Those who became enchanted with the breed took purebred Malamutes to their homes and kennels in various parts of North America. The breed proved resilient and was able to adapt to different climates and lifestyles. The

Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

According to the most recent AKC registration statistics [1] Labrador Retriever [2] French Bulldog [3] Golden Retriever [4] German Shepherd Dog [5] Poodle [6] Bulldog [7] Beagle

[9] German Shorthaired Pointer [10] Dachshund

[68] Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute was accepted into the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1935.

At that time, the Malamute was still being bred as a working and sledding dog, and the Mal became a staple in polar expeditions and races. History was repeating itself again, with a supply-anddemand issue that was a threat to the breed’s survival. During World War II, military outposts in polar regions used Malamutes for transportation. None of these dogs ever returned from the War. In fact, so few Alaskan Malamutes were left at the end of the war that the AKC was forced to re-open its pedigree book for new subscriptions. One last time, the breed was brought back from the brink of extinction.

Today’s Malamute

Today’s Malamute stands 23 to 25 inches at the shoulders and weighs from 75 to 85 pounds, for females and males, respectively. The AKC standard strongly emphasizes proportion. A range of coat colours is accepted, including light grey, sable, and others. The only solid colour permissible is white. In all cases, white is the predominant colour on the belly, legs, feet, and facial markings. The Malamute’s expression should be alert but soft, and the almond-shaped eyes are brown, with dark brown preferred.

Life with a Malamute

What’s it like to share your life with a Malamute? Well, this is certainly not the breed for everyone. The Malamute is large and powerful and known for being

a bit stubborn, making the Mal a good choice for someone with previous dog experience.

Those in search of a sizable dog for guarding or protection will need to search elsewhere. The Malamute was always a working dog who doubled as a family member. This is an affectionate breed that bonds closely with its family.

Bred to work and possessing a strong prey drive, the Alaskan Malamute must be well-socialized and trained from an early age to ensure they mature nicely.

Get to Know the Alaskan Malamute
Large breed: room to roam is advised Even-tempered, playful, and loving Medium energy; would love carting or sledding Friendly, fun-loving and clown-like
Strong attachment to family Great with children Good with other pets Independent, and when bored can be destructive
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with all breeds, caution and supervision around small children

Built for snow.

Profile: The Alaskan Malamute

Size: Large. This muscular dog stands 23” to 25” at the withers, with weight ranging from 75 to 85 pounds.

Energy level:

Built for pulling heavy weight and running long-distance. Needs daily walks, though canine sports are ideal.


The thick double-coat requires daily brushing. Will shed heavily twice a year.

Heritage: Northern working breed.

For more information on Alaskan Malamute rescue in the United States, In Canada, visit

If you like the Alaskan Malamute, you might also consider the Siberian Husky, the Samoyed, or the Canadian Eskimo Dog.

Malamute is hard-wired with a strong pack mentality, so being

have a stronger aversion to new/strange dogs. Extensive, early socialization with other dogs is important for this reason. Caution is also advised with the Malamute and small dog breeds or cats. Can they get along? Absolutely. But prey-drive is strong, and smaller animals can trigger that instinct with potentially sad results.

Exercise for a Dog that Needs a Job

The Alaskan Malamute is a working breed that requires exercise—and a job. A bored and unexercised Malamute won’t thrive and may become destructive. Sledding is his favourite activity, but this versatile breed will enjoy canine sports from agility to skijoring. Malamutes also like to swim! Heading out for a walk or a hike? Place a backpack on your Mal—they love having some work to perform. At home, a fenced-in yard is strongly advised.


That glorious double coat is beautiful but requires effort to look its best. Brushing the coat out daily is important, and it doubles as a nice way to relax and bond with your dog. Twice a year, Malamutes shed their coat and require extra brushing. This is a hearty breed, but as with all purebreds, the Alaskan Malamute is prone to some genetic diseases. It’s important to work with a dedicated and reputable breeder who can provide you with health clearances for puppies.

For more breed profiles, go to READ YOUR BREED

This is a special dog. The Alaskan Malamute is an ancient breed that has endured through centuries in remote, harsh weather, and has been pulled from the brink of extinction more than once. For the experienced dog lover who can provide the time and energy required, the rewards are as large as the Mal itself. 

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Mochi’s Pugpyhood

This hilarious collection of all-new comic strips from Gemma Gené tell the story of how one little Pug found his forever family and grew into the sassy middle-aged diva-Pug the world’s come to love. Mochi’s journey through “pugpyhood” will have dog parents everywhere laughing at his all-too relatable (and very cute) antics.

A Dog’s Perfect Christmas

As the strained Goss family prepares for the holiday season, an emergency and the arrival of a stray puppy threaten to tear the family apart. Could this pup be just what everyone needs to come together? This charming, heartwarming holidayread shows how dogs truly open our hearts.

A Dog’s Devotion

This inside look at what it takes to be a real life K9 Search and Rescue (SAR) team is riveting. Follow Suzanne Elshult, her four-year-old Labrador Retriever, Keb, and her teammate Guy as they brave challenging weather, deep Pacific Northwest forests, treacherous mountain slopes, menacing coyotes, and back-stabbing teammates to find dead bodies, missing hikers, and even the bones of long-ago murder victims.


Editor-in-Chief Connie Wilson’s Winter selection of must-read books for dog lovers

Good Grief: On Loving Pets Here and Hereafter

A poignant exploration of the incredible bonds humans have with companion animals and how we grieve their loss. Sharing stories from veterinarians, archaeologists, ministers, and more, Bartels examines grief rituals around the globe and shows there is no right or wrong way to say goodbye to a beloved companion.

Killer Cupid

In this riveting cozy mystery, Melanie Travis and her husband are ready for a Valentine’s getaway at the White Birch Inn when a murder derails their romantic weekend. Worse yet, Melanie finds herself a suspect! The local sheriff gets involved, but Melanie does some secret investigating of her own. Can she clear her name, solve the case, and protect the other guests from the kiss of death? You’ll have fun finding out.

The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People

Speck is not a good boy. But from the moment he arrives on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg’s property, the malodourous, half-blind, badly behaved stray dog sets about winning Bragg’s heart—and in the process, transforming Bragg’s outlook following his own cancer diagnosis. This warm hearted, hilarious New York Times bestselling memoir is simply wonderful.

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Fascinating dog trivia and little-known canine facts

The Right Paw

Did you know dogs can be right or left pawed? Like us, dogs have a dominant hand—or paw, in their case. To tell which is your dog’s dominant paw, watch them walk. Do they start walking with their right or left leg? Watch several times. Many dogs will lead with the same leg—this is their dominant one!

It’s All in the Name

In 2021, the most common dog names included Bella, Luna, Lucy, Max, and Charlie. But this wasn’t always the case. Popular dog names from Medieval times included Blawnche, Nosewise, Smylfeste, Bragge, Holdfast, Zaphyro, Zalbot, Mopsus, and Mopsulus, reports Mental Floss.

Hot Dogs Named After Wiener Dog

The street-vendor classic was originally known as a Dachshund sausage, named for its resemblance to the short-legged, long-backed dog. There are conflicting stories as to the name’s origin and why it was changed, but one theory is the name was shortened to hot dog when a cartoonist didn’t know how to spell the original moniker and depicted barking Dachshund sausages nestled in rolls, captioning the cartoon “hot dog!”

Descendants of Wolves

Dogs evolved from a now-extinct species of wolf. Dogs were the first animal domesticated by humans over 20,000 years ago. Through the process of domestication, their skulls, teeth, and paw size diminished, and desired traits such as docility and obedience became common.

Puppy Dog Eyes

The eyes have it. A 2017 study found that dogs raise their eyebrows to give “puppy eyes” and make other dramatic facial expressions when they know humans are watching.

Shelter dogs have learned this trick, too, and to great effect—the same study found that shelter pups who deploy “puppy dog eyes” are adopted more quickly than dogs that show other behaviours, like wagging their tails.

How Dogs See the World

Many people mistakenly think dogs are colour blind when in fact, dogs have two colour receptors (cones) in their eyes, allowing them to see blue and yellow. This limited colour perception is called dichromatic vision. Dogs are unable to perceive red or green, nor can they perceive shades of these colours, such as orange, pink, and purple.

Best In Show

Wondering what breed has won the most at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show? Don’t look to the beloved retrievers—terriers are the winningest by far. They’ve taken home nearly a third of all Best in Show prizes awarded since the dog show’s beginnings in 1877. Of all breeds, Wire Fox Terriers sit at the top for Best In Show wins, accounting for 12 in total.

Ancient Accoutrements

Spiked dog collars were invented in ancient Greece to protect dogs’ throats from wolves. The practice of putting a dog’s name on its collar, commonplace today, first appeared in ancient Egypt.

God-Like Dogs

In ancient Egypt, dogs were associated with the jackal-god Anubis, guide to the afterlife. Ancient breeds like the Saluki lived pampered lives in palaces. They had their own servants and wore jeweled collars. Dead rulers were often buried with their canine companions, as they believed their dogs would protect them in the afterlife.

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