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The Barking Dog-the Message behind the Bark

  A popular adaptation film about Dalmatians has a poignant scene of a community of animated dogs barking in orchestrated concert to alert the pack of danger. This is a real-life scenario that plays out daily in our own neighborhoods and homes.  It’s important to respect the communication of a dog’s bark and discern the…

Is Social Distancing Impacting your Pet?

When is too much of a good thing not a good thing? While many dogs and cats have benefitted by our round-the-clock presence with constant attention and non-stop belly rubs, are they prepared for our eventual return to work and offsite activities? Dogs especially thrive on predictable routines. Your absence while at the office, church,…

Planning a Safe Road Trip with Dogs

  Thinking of taking a road trip with your dog? Driving cross country with your dog(s) can be a fun way to see the sights and include your companion in the fun. Helpful tips to keep in mind: SAFETY Hopefully, your dog is used to riding in the car. If not, start in advance and…

When is a dog considered a Senior? You’ll be surprised at the answer…

  If your dog is rounding the corner at 6 years of age, you may now own a senior (depending on the breed). VCA, with over 750 hospitals and 4700+ Primary Care Veterinarians explains it this way: Pets age at a faster rate than people. It is a popular misconception that one calendar year equates…

Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners – Staying Canine Cool

    Summer is here and as we slowly emerge from indoor hibernation, we can look forward to longer days, warmer temperatures and increased outdoor activities and vacations with friends and family, including our 4-legged companions. The family dog benefited most by increased daily walks and more at-home human companionship in the past few months,…

Managing Separation Anxiety for Dogs & Cats

The Human-Animal Bond has never been stronger! For those of us who enjoy canine and feline companionship, there is no greater joy than their presence in our lives. The human-animal bond is unlike other relationships that come and go as it is rooted in mutual respect and adoration. We’re just happier having them around! This…

Hiking with your Dog

Phoenix’s desert preserves are a great place to spend quality time with your dog, especially with our gorgeous winter, spring and fall weather. See our short list of dog-friendly mountains & natural parks for an outdoor foray with your best buddy! While hiking implies more strenuous activity than your routine dog walks, many mountain trails are…

Daily Dog Walking is Essential for Good Health

  Whether you just acquired a puppy or own a dog presently, dog walking should be a part of your daily diary in the life of dog ownership.  Of course, if you live in an apartment or condo, it’s mandatory that you leash up and get Fido outside for necessary potty breaks.  Hopefully, you incorporate…

Dog Visits Heal Owners in the Hospital

    For those of us who are dutifully committed to our dogs and cats, with a nothing-will-get-between-me-and my-pet devotion, with equal reciprocation, it may not surprise you to learn that many hospitals are now recognizing the therapeutic value of a pet visit when the owner (their patient) is hospitalized. Separate from therapy-trained dog programs,…

Guide to Socializing your Puppy…getting started on the right paw!

  Doolittle’s Doghouse offers pampered pet care, via cage-free dog boarding, to animal owners and lovers in the Greater Phoenix area.  We are often tasked to provide host accommodations that do not include other dogs, due to improper socialization of our furry guest-to-be.  While we recognize some dogs just prefer human-only contact, most dogs and…