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How to Keep Your Dog Safe In the Summer

Environmentally Friendly Indoor Potty Pads

Most dogs are toilet trained outdoors, but for urban dogs, indoor potty training is an option for small breeds and puppies that are in the process of completing their vaccinations.   Potty pads are also useful for geriatric dogs, dogs in high rise apartments and during the cold winter months.   Although it’s convenient, potty… Continue reading

Canine Oral Care

Dog breath.  It stinks.   Oral hygiene is a much overlooked factor in a dog’s overall health because we’re not raccoons and we’re unable to hold a toothbrush nor turn the faucet on.  If your dog has halitosis, a number of causes may be responsible for this condition– mainly, plaque build up, cavities, or periodontal… Continue reading

How to Keep Your Dog Safe In the Summer

Summer is an awesome season for dogs in NYC, because our human parents are active outdoors.  As much as I love the outdoors, I am always hot because I’m a huge dog with a heavy undercoat.  Summer can be a dangerous season for heavily undercoated dogs, short nosed breeds, overweight or elderly dogs, or dogs… Continue reading

Leashes 101

My name is Yama, and I am a 155lb St Bernard and a proud New Yorker.  I have two St. Bernards brothers, and we are often mistaken for a herd of donkeys.  Our combined weight exceeds 400lbs, so the type of leashes we use is essential.  Leash lengths are particularly important for dogs in urban… Continue reading

How to Be a Pack Leader 101

Dogs are pack animals, which means they require a social, hierarchical structure.  They thrive in an environment that provides stability, predictability, structure and consistency, and the majority of behavioral issues with dogs are a result of this lack of hierarchical framework.  Without it, the dog is confused and feels the need to lead the human… Continue reading

Potty Training 101

My name is Masa the St Bernard.  Some call me Sasquatch, but I’m actually a 165lb canine.  When I was first adopted from Animal Care Centers of Brooklyn, I was a hot mess.  This Yeti was not used to city living.  I was a 120lb monster that placed giant poop track marks all over the… Continue reading

Crate Training 101

My name is Hanzo, and I’m a one year old St Bernard Mutt.  North Shore Animal League shipped me from Tennessee when I was 4 months old, and I was adopted by Dog City to join the resident St Bernards, Papa Yama and Papa Masa. I’m studying as an apprentice helper dog, and my job… Continue reading

Ticks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that the 2017 tick season, which goes from spring through summer and early fall will be the worst we have had in years. The Northeastern part of the United States had a mild winter, which one of the several factors that contribute to 2017 being a… Continue reading

Grieving

The death of our dearest family member– the beloved dog, is something we will all eventually face.   It’s a hard, inevitable reality.  And when it comes, it takes over like a storm.     The stronger the bond, the harder the grief.  Grieving over a dog is tremendously complicated, for it is a process in… Continue reading

When To Say Goodbye

This article is dedicated Maggie Bennett, our beautiful 17 year old Australian Shepherd.  She was laid to rest peacefully in the loving arms of her parents, Michelle and William on Saturday, September 5th, 2015.     The sad reality is that most likely, we will outlive our pets.  In my middle age, I’ve outlived too… Continue reading

Common Dog Myths: Chapter 3

I’m Yama the Bernard, a very opinionated Saint Bernard.  After sliming the editors for months, I got my own column in Dog City Digest to bark my dogma.  I felt it was important to have my own column as spokesdog of Dog City because we are frequently misunderstood.  After all, you are human and we… Continue reading

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