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. 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.

Take a Hand’s Off Approach to Dog Walks With Hands-Free Walking Syst

Keeping your hands free while walking your dog offers a host of benefits. Kevin Roberts has some tips for going hands free while trekking with your pooches.

10 Best Puppy Potty Training Supplies

Check out or list of best puppy potty training supplies to make the whole process easier and more efficient!

Adoptable Dog of the Week- Reptar

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Reptar, a two years old American Pit Bull Terrier mix from Menands, New York. He is neutered and ready for a new home!

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Garrett

What a happy fellow! Please meet Garrett, our Adoptable Dog of the Week from Garrett is a young male Labrador Retriever Mix from Westport, Con…

Adoptable Pet of the Week – Batman

Please meet Batman, our Adoptable Dog of the Week. This super-dog is a black, brown, and red-orange Chihuahua mix from Evans, Georgia.

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.

Shelter Spotlight: Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue

You can say that this shelter has balls! We love the Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue motto: "Saving badass dogs from idiot humans."

How To Keep Your Senior Dog Active

Before you resign your aging pup to a sedentary retirement, consider these options to keep him physically active and mentally stimulated.

Treat Your Pampered Pooches To A Relaxing Day At The Dog Spa

A dog spa is more than your average boarding kennel - it is a place where your dog can relax in comfort while you are on vacation. Grooming and much more!

7 Reasons Why It’s Important to Properly Socialize Your Dog

Think of it as networking for dogs! Socialization is important - your dog needs to get out there, meet new people, and experience new places.

Cool Ideas For Dog Adoption Events

Looking for innovative ideas to get people out to your next pet adoption event? Find forever homes for pets with outside-of-the-box ideas like these ones.

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Davina

What a sweetie! Davina is a young Catahoula Leopard Dog and Labrador Retriever mix waiting for her forever home in Middletown, Delaware.

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Kris

Cuddle up with adorable Kris, our Adoptable Dog of the Week. He's a 1-year-old male Chihuahua from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Adoptable Dog of the Week - Silvie

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Silvie, a 2 years old Siberian Husky from Cedar Crest, New Mexico. She is spayed, microchipped, and up to date with her vaccinations.

Best Toys and Accessories for Rescue Dogs

You've just adopted a dog and you want to make sure he feels welcome in your home. Before he arrives, make sure you have these toys and accessories.

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- Khloe

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Khloe, a 10 years old Yorkie from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She's spayed and up to date on all of her vaccinations.

My Dog Was Kicked Out of Daycare… Now What?

Just as some people don't thrive at a packed party, a daycare setting isn't right for all dogs. If your dog was asked not to return to a daycare facility, consider these exercise options.

What is an Ovary-Sparing Spay?

If you want to prevent unwanted litters but don't want to put your female dog at risk for health problems, consider a partial spay or an ovary-sparing spay.

Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

You've all heard the adage, but does it hold any weight? Let's see if an old dog really can learn new tricks.

How to Stop Begging at the Table

Can't resist those sad, puppy dog eyes? If your chowhound can't keep his paws off of you while you're eating, try these strategies.

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Max

If you're a fan of floof, become better acquainted with Max, our Adoptable Dog of the Week. Max is an adult male German Shepherd mix from Dallas, Texas.

Adoptable Dog of the Week- Clue

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Clue, a lovely 10 year old Yorkie (or a Yorkshire Terrier mix) from DeSoto, Iowa. She is spayed and is looking for a home!

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Emmy

Please meet Emmy, our Adoptable Dog of the Week from Emmy is a female adult Shepherd mix from Baton Rouge, LA. She is already spayed, housetra…

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Camry

We need to "point" this out - Camry, our Adoptable Dog of the Week, is a great catch... and a great pointer! She's an adult English Pointer from Otis, Maine.

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Muesli

Meet Muesli, our Adoptable Dog of the Week from Muesli is residing in McKinney, TX and can’t wait to to find his forever home. This pure…

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Sophie

What a sweetie! Meet Sophie, our Adoptable Dog of the Week. She's an adult American Pitbull Terrier from Peoria, Illinois.

#WhyILeft: Because Pets Are Now Allowed In More Women’s Shelters

Women may choose to stay in an abusive relationship because they don’t want to leave their dog behind. The good news is an increasing number of women&r…

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Chubby

He’s not fat… he’s just big boned! Just kidding – his name is Chubby, but he’s just a little guy. Chubby is our Adoptable Dog…

6 Bizarre Ways Our Dogs Talk to Us

Will dogs ever learn how to speak human? Until they do, we need to be able to interpret dog. Here are some of the strange ways the dogs communicate.

How to Manage Leash Reactivity in Your Dog

Is taking your dog for a walk a battle? He may be leash reactive. Let's talk about what causes this and how to manage it.

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.

What to Do If Your Newly Adopted Dog Isn’t a Good Fit

Even when you have the best intentions, sometimes things don't work out. So what do you do if you adopt a dog, but it turns out you're not a good match?

The ABCs On How To Extend Your Senior Dog’s Lifespan

There’s no reason why senior dogs can’t shine in their golden years – we’ve got some tips to extend and improve your pooch’s li…

Adoptable Dog of the Week- Watson

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Watson, an adorable 3 year old Daschund with tri-colored coat from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Quill

A golden vision, Quill is our Adoptable Dog of the Week. Quill is a female Goldendoodle from Chesapeake City, MD. She is housetrained, good with kids, good w…

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Spankee

Meet Spankee, our Adoptable Dog of the Week. Spankee is an adult English Pointer and Dalmatian Mix from Newcastle, Oklahoma. He’s already neutered, hou…

Puppy Bad Behavior (and How to Correct It)

Puppies can't help but get into trouble - it's part of the process. Here are some common puppy bad behaviors and how you can correct it.

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- Lollie

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Lollie, a little over 2.5 years old American Pitbull Terrier Mix from Dayton, Ohio.

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- Luna

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Luna, a 2 and a half years old Chihuahua and Dachshund mix from Pittsboro, North Carolina.

Shelter Spotlight: Luvable Dog Rescue

A shelter that lets dogs commune with nature, Luvable Dog Rescue houses its residents in quaint little cottages! Where do we sign up?

Things To Consider Before Surrendering Your Dog To A Shelter

Stop in the name of love! You have plenty of options rather than surrendering your dog to a shelter. Keep these points in mind before making a decision.

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Gelsey

We bet you're all ears to hear about Gelsey, our Adoptable Dog of the Week! She's an American Staffordshire Terrier mix from Burlington, New Jersey.

How to Find a Reliable Dog Walker

Need a little help to get your dog off the couch and moving when you're not around? Here are some tips on finding a reliable dog walker.

Top 10 Products To Buy For Your Local Shelter

We all want to help our local shelters if we can, and sometimes, it can be as simple as ordering some much-needed products to be sent to them.

Adoptable Dog of the Week – Cain Big Poppa

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Cain Big Poppa, a little over 2 years old American Bulldog mix from Boston, Massachusetts.

How to Teach Your Dog to Speak

One of the cutest, and easiest, tricks to teach your dog is to speak (or woof) on command. We've broken down the steps for you to follow.

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Angela

This week’s adoptable dog from is Angela from San Diego, CA. Just look into those eyes and tell us that you don’t melt! This sweet…

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Berlynn

What a beautiful girl! We’d like you to meet Berlynn, our Adoptable Dog of the Week. She’s a young female Rottweiler from Billings, MT. Berlynn i…

Adoptable Dog of the Week-Nala

This ginger beauty is the dog for you! Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Nala, 4.5-year-old Labrador Retriever Mix from Jerseyville, Illinois.

How to Relieve Your Dog’s Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is a common ailment in older dogs, especially in larger breeds. Although you can't cure it, there are ways to relieve your dog's arthritis pain.

Adoptable Dog of the Week-Baxter

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Baxter, a 9 years old long-haired Chihuahua mix from Denver, Colorado. This cutie pie is neutered and housebroken.

Adoptable Dog of the Week- Huck

Do you want a furry best friend that will think you're the center of his universe? Meet Huck, an adorable 4 year old mutt from Portland, Oregon.

Adoptable Dog of the Week- Batman

Our Adoptable Dog of the Week is Batman, a 6 years old American Staffordshire Terrier and/or Pit Bull Terrier mix from Blacklick, Ohio.

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Chief

Don’t blink or you may miss Chief, our Adoptable Dog of the Week! Living in Cottonwood, Arizona, Chief is an adult male Greyhound who has retired from…

SpotOn GPS Dog Fence Review

Got a dog who likes to roam? We've tested the SpotOn GPS Dog Fence, and it might bet the solution for you.

Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Rita

Young at heart, Rita doesn't let anything slow her down! Hailing from Houston, Texas, she's a sprightly 6-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback and Shepherd mix

Bringing A Dog Home From the Shelter – What To Expect The First Day

There are a few things you can do when bringing a dog home from the shelter that will make the first few days in your dogs new home happy and calming.