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How to Prepare Your Dog for Boarding

Yama’s Watermelon Ice

Dogs love frozen treats because it’s refreshing, delicious and calming.  This easy recipe only requires two nutritious ingredients. Yogurt contains probiotics, which balances our digestive system. Watermelon is a great source of vitamins A, B6, C, lycopene, antioxidants, amino acids and modest levels of potassium.  Frozen treats are great when a dog is nervous for… Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Dog for Boarding

Your dog is a cherished family member, and the thought of sending your dog away can be a scary prospect. You might be worrying about how your dog feels, how much he might miss you, or how stressed he might be in an unfamiliar environment. My name is Yama, the resident helper dog at Dog… Continue reading

Springtime for Dogs

It’s springtime in NYC. Flowers are blossoming, leaves are budding, and your couch and pants are covered in dog fur.  I’m a 150lb St Bernard who lives with two Bernard brothers, so you know it’s spring when my tail fur floats in Mom’s morning coffee.   Here are some springtime tips for urban hounds and… Continue reading

How to Plan a Stress Free Move for Your Dog

Along with the tedium of packing and hauling couches, moving is stressful, but it’s also an exciting ordeal for humans. A new neighborhood– a fabulous new apartment with friendly concierge staff, new restaurants, yoga studio, spin classes or an awesome gym. For a dog, it’s utterly stressful because we have no idea why you’re shoving… Continue reading

Winter Tips for Dogs

I am a St Bernard, and I LOVE winter. Snow, slush and ice rocks my world, but winter is not for every dog as much as warm summers are tough on me. I’ve heard humans say ridiculous things like “dogs do not need coats”, or “dogs do not get cold”. This is preposterous. As much… Continue reading

Funky Ears: How to Care for Your Dog’s Ears

Most dogs will agree that the process of ear cleaning is pure injustice.  Nothing scares me– I’ll sleep through thunder, and toddlers whacking my nose with a toy is quite charming.  I love to be hugged by men in giant Elmo suits at Times Square, and loud speed boats are cool because it takes me… Continue reading

How To Administer Pills To a Dog (And Cats Too!)

Medicating dogs can be precarious, because you can’t reason with us about why we need to take a pill.  I’m a food driven 150lb St Bernard, so I’ll happily take any pill as long as it smells like food.  My 165lb St Bernard brother, Masa is another story.  His mouth is as wide as a… Continue reading

Yama’s Nard Stew

Kibble is convenient, but feeding your dog the same packaged item on a daily basis is akin to humans eating processed foods from a box on a daily basis. Dogs greatly benefit from fresh vegetables and meat, and since I have no thumbs, it needs to be simple. Here’s my basic recipe for an easy… Continue reading

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

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