Dog Flu – Signs, Symptoms, and What to Watch Out For

Dog Flu – Signs, Symptoms, and What to Watch Out For In December 2017, Northern California saw an outbreak of canine influenza, also known as the dog flu. Since December, the virus has spread across the Bay Area, making it’s way to Nevada and parts of Oregon. Southern California luckily hasn’t seen any cases yet, but it’s always good to be prepared. There are two known strains of dog flu in the United States – H3N8 and H3N2. H3N8 is an older … Read More

Tips on Choosing Nutritionally Balanced Dog Food – A Short Guide

I’ll let you in on a secret – there is no one “right” dog food! In fact, many dog food experts recommend changing up your dog’s food frequently to obtain nutritional balance. If you’ve ever taken one of our obedience classes, you’ve heard some of this before. Your dog’s food might be labeled as “complete and balanced,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the food is formulated to be “complete and balanced” for YOUR dog! Different types of dogs require … Read More

Dog Health Insurance – Having it Can Save Your Dog’s Life

Here at Wags & Wiggles, we highly recommend our Waggers have dog health insurance. Leo’s StoryHaving dog health insurance saved one of our Wagger’s lives. Leo the Golden Doodle has been coming to Wags & Wiggles since he was a puppy and is now 7 years old. During his boarding stay back in April, our team noticed that Leo was not acting like himself at all. He was sitting in a corner in daycare and acting very unusual.We brought him inside … Read More

Dog Noise Anxiety: 10 Tips for Keeping your Dog Safe on July Fourth

Preparation for dog noise anxiety can save you from another holiday in the closet cuddling your fearful dog   While July Fourth is a fun-filled holiday for humans, canines think otherwise! Thinking about dog safety can make or break your holiday. Many dogs show fear during loud or unfamiliar noises but a truly anxious dog can be a danger to themselves. More pets go missing on July 4th than any other time of the year, and July 5th is the … Read More

Dog Health Alert

The health of our pets and families is a priority for all of us. Having social experiences is part of being a healthy dog. Just like humans, whenever dogs come into contact with other members of their own species, there is a risk. You may have read recent news about the dog flu. We have posted before on this subject but this is the latest update. There was a small local outbreak in the LA area last month (approx 35 … Read More

Dog Pack Dynamics and Compatibility Concerns

Adding a new dog to your house is always an exciting idea. Most people think the dogs will be best friends and entertain each other. However, having more than one dog means you are developing a dog pack. There is a lot to consider when pack dynamics are involved. Pack Design should be given serious consideration. First, you want to take a moment to describe your existing dog(s). Are they leaders or followers? Do they guard their food/toys or your … Read More

What to Expect From Your Adolescent Puppy

What to Expect From Your Adolescent Puppy Are you experiencing the adolescent puppy blues? The holidays have come and gone, and many of us were blessed with a fluffy and irresistibly cute addition: a puppy! That adorable little bundle of fur was quickly enrolled in a puppy training class and you thought he was well on his way to being a polite, well-behaved member of the family. But wait… is that a yellow stain part way up the drapes? After … Read More

Dog Food Tips and Recommendations

This post includes dog food tips and information about the different types of dog food available as well as how to transition your dog to a new food where to buy feeding guidelines and suggestions links to helpful websites for more information I am a bit of a health freak when it comes to dog food. It’s actually kind of funny – my friends always joke that my dogs get fed better than I do! I am not a canine … Read More

Making the Choice to Breed or not to Breed?

You love your dog, and so do we! Some of us love our dogs so much that we may even dream about having more “just like him!” However, to breed your dog is a monumental undertaking, and is a decision that should not be made lightly. As we mentioned in an article a few months ago, breeding dogs should not be a hobby or a “one-off” event. Things to Consider before you Breed Making the choice to breed your dog … Read More

Favorite Homemade Tuna Fudge Dog Treat Recipe

  Tuna Fudge is a favorite dog treat recipe of both our dogs and the Wags & Wiggles family in attendance at dog agility trials. It’s nutritious and easy to make. The dogs crowd around us in anticipation of their tasty reward. We have had great success with this dog treat recipe as a training tool for finicky dogs who are not normally inspired by treats. Below is the version we have more-or-less perfected. A 15oz can of Salmon (in … Read More

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