Dog Care and Dog Services

There are a lot of options when it comes to dog care and dog services – training, grooming, day-care, spay and neuter services. It can be daunting, especially when you want the best for your pet. PetGuide.com offers information, news and advice so you’ll be able to make a well-informed decision when it comes to dog care and dog services.

Let’s face it; there’s a lot of stuff out there that you need to take proper care of your dog, but what’s essential and what’s optional? He needs neutering… but does he need a new set of neuticals? Find out! You need to board him for a few nights… but must it be a doggy spa? Let’s weigh the pros and cons. We all want to do right by our pet so how to decide when is enough, enough?

PetGuide’s Dog Care and Dog Services section helps sort through the myriad of grooming services available to pet owners and provides tips to help you choose the ones that best suit your needs. Whether you’re a busy, time-strapped professional who is looking for pointers on how to find a great groomer, sitter, trainer… or you’re budget-conscious and want to learn how to clip his nails and teach him basic commands yourself – we have you covered! PetGuide’s even got the lowdown on cool grooming products any non-pro can use. We take an easy-to-follow approach to sharing practical information you can use when making any pet-centric decision.

And because we’re committed to bringing you’re the latest and greatest when it comes to unique pet everything… we share not only trending stories, services and health updates, but product reviews from the biggest pet expos. Like the dog dryer suit (think Michelin man) every wet pooch must have… or must he? We got it covered in our Dog Care and Dog Services section.

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Mama

Meet Mama, our Adoptable Dog of the Week. Mama is an adult female King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise mix from Baton Rouge, LA. She is already spayed, hous…

Teaching Your Dog to Leave It

The "Leave It" command can come in handy in a variety of situations. Follow these tips on properly teaching your dog to leave it.

Adoptable Dog of the Week-Candy

If you are looking for a small-sized pooch that has a lovely, adaptable personality, then this Dachshund and Terrier mix is ideal pet for you.

What is a Double Coated Dog?

Two times the coat, two times the fur? If you've got a double coated dog, here's what you need to know about this type of fur.

Adoptable Pet of the Week – Polly

Meet Polly, our Adoptable Dog of the Week. Polly is a wonderful Spitz mix from Richmond, Virginia and is the happiest little lady ever!

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Leroy

What a smile – would it be great to have that gorgeous grin greeting you every day? You’re in luck, because Leroy, the owner of this happy smile,…

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Tommy

This week’s adoptable dog from Adoptapet.com is Tommy, a male American Pit Bull Terrier Mix from Reisterstown, MD. This pup is 5 months old, neutered,…

Adoptable Dog of the Month – Bessi

We’d like to introduce you to Bessi, our Adoptable Dog of the Week from Adoptapet.com. This lovely lady is a young Pitbull Terrier and Beagle mix from…

How to Teach Heel… on Both Sides!

Teaching your dog to heel, or walk alongside you, is a critical skill. But what's with only teaching it on the left side?

Recall Checklist: Do You Make These Mistakes?

Recall, or "come," is a critical cue for every dog to learn. Set your dog up for success by avoiding these common recall mistakes.

Adoptable Dog of the Week- Penny

This 2 year old Borzoi and Bullmastif mix from Lansing, Michigan, is spayed, up to date on her vaccinations, housetrained, and gets along with other dogs.

Adoptable Dog of the Week - Dean

Energetic, lively, and always ready for an adventure, this pooch could be a perfect companion for active owners! Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Dean, a yea…

Stroller Training: Tips for Teaching Your Dog to Ride in a Stroller

Pet strollers have rolled their way into the lives of dogs and cats. Used to a variety of purposes, make sure your pet stays safe while being pushed around.

Adoptable Dog of the Week- Finn

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Finn, a 3-4 yo Beagle and Australian Shepherd mix from Sprakers, New York. He is neutered, house trained, and vaccinated.

How to Teach a Rock-Solid Stay

The doorbell rings. Lola starts frantically barking and clawing to get the door open. You howl, "Lola, sit... stay. Stay!" to no avail. Sound familiar?

Adoptable Dog of the Week- Andrew

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Andrew, a 3 years old Pit Bull Terrier mix from Williston, Vermont. He is neutered and up to date on his shots.

How To Tell If You’re An Armchair “Rescuer”

There are countless ways to help animals, but even the best of intentions can have negative impacts - especially if you're a social media armchair rescuer.

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Foxy

Foxy is a young female Whippet mix from Cedartown, Georgia. She is spayed, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, and good with dogs, cats and kids.

Shelter Spotlight: National Service Dogs

With a lofty vision of becoming Canada's premiere service dog provider, National Service Dogs believes in the life-changing power of Certified Service Dogs.

Adoptable Dog of the Week- Booker

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Booker, a 3 to 4 years old Olde English Bulldogge or American Bulldog mix from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Adoptable Dog of the Week- Kenzie

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Kenzie, a one-year-old Catahoula Leopard mix from Salt Lake City, Utah. She is spayed, trained, and vaccinated.

Put a Lid on Bossy Barking

Does your dog thrash and squeal while you prepare his food as if to say, "Hurry up, human"? You may have a Bossy Barker on your hands.

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Greta-Tzu

When you're this cute, you need a hyphenated name! Meet Greta-Tzu, our Adoptable Dog of the Week. She's a 6-year-old Shih Tzu from Holland, Michigan.

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Romulus

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Romulus, a 3 years old German Shepherd from Washoe Valley, Nevada. He is neutered and up to date on his shots.

How Important is Routine in Your Dog’s Life

Routine is important to our lives - so it's no surprise to learn that it's also vital to our dogs' well being. Here's why you should incorporate routine in your dog's life.

Why Do Some Dogs Pee While Doing Handstands?

Have you ever seen a dog mark his territory while balancing on his front legs? Here's why dogs pee while doing a handstand.

8 Age-Related Facts About Senior Dogs Dietary Needs

As your dog ages, his nutritional needs change. Sabine Contreras, Canine Care and Nutrition Consultant, outlines what you need to consider when evaluating yo…

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Danny Boy

Oh, Danny Boy! You’re our Adoptable Dog of the Week from Adoptapet.com. This beautiful Golden Retriever lives in Andover, CT. He is an adult, is alread…

Adoptable Pet of the Week – Suzie

Introducing Suzie, our Adoptable Dog of the Week. Suzie is a fluffy, white and black purebred Shih Tzu from New Jersey with lots of love to give.

4 Alternatives to Dog Boarding

Going away and don't want to board your dog? We've come up with a few alternatives to dog boarding that will help give you peace of mind while you're away.

Fur-Flying Tips for Spring Shedding Season

As the days get longer and the weather warms up, you'll notice more fur bunnies in your home. Here are some tips to keep your life as fur-free as possible.

Engaging Training Gifts for Active Dogs (and Their Humans)

Whether naughty or nice, your energetic pup will love these gift ideas. Keep him busy all year long with ideas and products made for active dogs.

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Waldo

We found him - and he's wearing red and white! Waldo is our Adoptable Dog of the Week, and he is a 5-year-old Poodle mix from Wethersfield, Connecticut.

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Chester

Meet Chester, our Adoptable Dog of the Week. This adorable fellow is 2 years old, lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is a Skye Terrier/Papillon Mix.

6 Life Lessons Your Dog Can Teach You

Think of it as "Human Training." We already know how to "sit" and "stay," but there are valuable lessons your dog can teach you, if you're willing to learn.

Best Dog Grooming Clippers for Home Use

Dog grooming clippers are an indispensable part of a canine beauty routine and the best ones help you get salon results at the comfort of your home.

Adoptable Dog of the Week - Comet

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Comet, a little over 1 year old Labrador Retriever mix from Dayton, Ohio.

Don’t Worry, He’s Friendly! Training for Off-Leash Dog Encounters

Whether you're taking a short stroll or hiking the trails, there's a good chance you've met up with an off-leash dog. How do you control the situation?

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Rylee

We’re suckers for a lady with looks and smarts – and Rylee, our Adoptable Dog of the Week, has both in spades! Rylee is a 1.5-year-old female Ger…

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Tommy

What a stunning fella! Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Tommy, a 2 to 3 years old Husky mix from Cedar Crest, New Mexico.

Tails From A Pet Sitter: Puppy, It’s Cold Outside

Pet Sitting Pro Rachel Leavy shares her experiences and has some tips on what to expect from your “watchdog” this holiday season While most peopl…

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Kaycee

Meet Kaycee, an adorable little girl with a face you can’t help but fall in love with, and our Adoptable Dog of the Week. Kaycee is a young female Brus…

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Mr. Big

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Mr. Big, a year old Labrador Retriever mix from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is neutered, vaccinated, and housetrained.

Adoptable Dog of the Week- Moon

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Moon, a 6 years old American Pit Bull Terrier and Pug mix from Phoenix, Arizona. He is neutered and vaccinated.

What to Do When You Dog Doesn’t Like to Go for Walks

As hard as it is to believe, some dogs don't like to go for a daily stroll. Here's what to do when your dog doesn't like to go for walks.

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Spunky-Sprout

Meet Spunky-Sprout, our Adoptable Dog of the Week from Adoptapet.com. This young lady is a Whippet and Hound mix from Miami, FL. She’s already spayed,…

How To Spot True Separation Anxiety in Your Dog

True separation anxiety can be a difficult issue to deal with. The good news is that many people who think their dogs have separation anxiety are mistaken.

8 Tips for Welcoming an Abused Dog Into Your Family

Adopting an abused dog is no easy feat. If you think you're up for the challenge, be sure to read our 8 tips for welcoming an abused dog into your family.

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Chipper

Chipper is a chip off the old block – which makes him a perfect pooch to spotlight as our Adoptable Dog of the Week! He is an adult male Silky Terrier…

Adoptable Dog of the Week-Sugar

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Sugar, 7 years old Hound mix from Columbia, South Carolina. She is housetrained, spayed, microchipped and vaccinated.

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Quinn

Quinn, our Adoptable Dog of the Week, has a big smile for you. The gorgeous girl is an adult Retriever and Rhodesian Ridgeback mix from Atlanta, Georgia.

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Gabby

Meet Gabby, our Adoptable Dog of the Week. Gabby is an adult Shih Tzu that lives in Lexington, KY. She is spayed, housetrained, and up to date with shots.

Teach Your Dog to Have an Off Switch

Dogs can be extremely persistent when they want a toy, food, or attention. Teach them to cool their jets in a few simple steps.

Adoptable Dog of the Week- Daisy

Pure 70 lbs of puppy love, Daisy loves stuffed toys, snuggles, playing with other pups, camp, going on walks, and life in general.

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Oliver

This handsome pooch will be your loyal companion and partner in crime for your life’s adventures! Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Oliver, a 3 years ol…

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Tyson

You have to wonder how can you pack so much cute into a small package. We don’t know how, but Tyson, our Adoptable Dog of the Week, is proof that you c…

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Piper

A loveable girl, Piper is our Adoptable Dog of the Week. She an adult Boxer and Pitbull Terrier mix from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Pros of Bringing Home a Rescue Dog

We’re Pro Adoption – so here are a few pros for why you should adopt a dog Although bringing home a dog from a shelter is becoming more and more…

Shelter Spotlight: Foster Dogs NYC Fospice Program

Homeless dogs deserve to spend their last days surrounded by people who care. That's the idea behind Foster Dogs NYC's Fospice Program.

New Jersey Shelter Starts ‘Rent-A-Dog’ Program for the Best Reason

Camden County Animal Shelter came up with an original way to get adoptable dogs out of their cages for a few hours- by 'renting' them to volunteers.