Arlo's Daily Tips Articles
Read what's on the mind of Arlo, the Next Day Pets Beagle. These daily tips, fun facts, and information are a great reason to take a short break every day to think about our favorite thing--our pets!

Arlo's Daily Tips Articles
  • Socializing Puppy
    The great big world seems even bigger to brand-new puppies. You can help your pup learn to be brave and friendly by proper socializing him to new people, places, and experiences.

  • Dogs and Water
    Water makes up close to 80% of the dog’s body. It is necessary for almost all vital functions, regulates temperature, and filters waste from the body. If your dog loses even one tenth of the water in his body, he is in serious trouble.

  • Christmas Tree Safety
    Christmas trees are a traditional marker of the holiday season. They are a fun way to make your home festive and get everyone in the holiday spirit. Unfortunately, without the proper precautions, dogs and Christmas trees just don’t mix. Good thing Arlo’s here to help you enjoy your tree and your dog too!

  • Why is Brushing Your Dog Important
    Everyone knows that it is a good idea to brush their dog’s coat. It makes it silky and smooth and helps it stay healthy, shiny, and pleasant to the touch. However, there are plenty more reasons you should be brushing your dog on a regular basis!

  • Dog Flu
    H3N8, also known as the canine influenza virus (CIV), or dog flu, is a respiratory disease that can be contracted by dogs. It is not contagious to humans.

  • Your Dog in Your Wedding
    In honor of the recent nuptials of a member of our Next Day Pets family, and the upcoming wedding of another, here are some tips on how include your dog in your wedding and make sure it goes over without a hitch. This is a fun way to have your best furry friend in on one of the most memorable days of your life.

  • Coprophagia
    Coprophagia is the term for a dog’s tendency to eat their own waste. There are a lot of theories as to why some dogs do this. No one really knows exactly why they do it, but many experts believe that there are several reasons and that different dogs do it for different reasons.

  • Why Quit Smoking for Your Dog?
    The US media thoroughly covers the dangers of cigarettes to human health, not to mention the warning information on the packaging and in antismoking commercials. However, many people don’t realize that smoking is dangerous to their pets as well.

  • Canine Safety on Thanksgiving
    Thanksgiving is a fun and festive holiday, but it can also be extremely stressful or even dangerous for your dog. Remember these tips for a healthy, happy Thanksgiving and keep your dog safe while you celebrate.

  • Ban Bad Breath
    Do your dog’s kisses turn you green? Do flowers wilt when he pants nearby? Does your dog take the term “dog breath” to new levels of gross? The following ideas can help. Keep in mind that Fido’s bad breath is more than an icky inconvenience; his dental health can affect his brain and heart health as well as other vital systems in his body.

  • Surprise Pets Don’t Make Great Gifts
    The holidays are rapidly approaching. In fact, it seems that the holiday hubbub is starting sooner than ever this year. As thoughts turn toward the joy of gift giving and the fun of picking out gifts, far too many people think that the perfect gift idea is a fuzzy puppy. Giving a puppy as a gift is just not a good idea.

  • The Boxer
    My family adopted me a new brother a couple of weeks ago, and he just arrived last Wednesday. He is a year old boxer whom we adopted from the Harford County Humane Society. So, in honor of Sampson the boxer, here's a boxer breed profile.

  • Australian Cattle Dog
    It’s Wednesday, which means it’s Breed Bio Day! We’ve had some technical difficulties with Arlo’s Daily Tips, but we’re back today with the Australian cattle dog, also known as the blue heeler and the queensland heeler. This is a robust, medium sized herding dog developed in Australia.

  • Schipperke
    Today, for my Wednesday Breed Bio I’m writing about the schipperke, a cute little fox-like dog in the non-sporting group. One of my best friends is a schipperke named William Blake. If there’s a breed you would like to read about, feel free to contact me in our forums and let me know!

  • Help Your Dog Be A Good Citizen
    The Canine Good Citizenship Test is administered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and is a prerequisite for most dog therapy programs. It is a certification that your dog is well-behaved and obedient. Once your dog has mastered the requirements for this test you can rest assured that he will behave under normal circumstances.

  • Arf-ritis
    Arthritis is the degradation of joint cartilage resulting in pain and stiffness. Many owners observe their dog’s reluctance to take part in vigorous activity and assume it is just a part of getting older. However, there is much that can be done to ease your dog’s suffering so he can have a vastly improved quality of life well into his later years.

  • I Suspect Animal Abuse. What Do I Do?
    It is extremely difficult for animal lovers to understand why some people don’t have compassion regarding the wellbeing of animals, but nonetheless, animal abuse is an all-too common occurrence. So, what does one do when one witnesses or suspects animal abuse? The short answer is, REPORT IT!

    Starting today, Wednesdays are Breed Bio Days! Each Wednesday, I’m going to write about a different breed. So, what better way to start than with my breed, the beloved Beagle.

  • Rabies
    Rabies is a viral disease of the nervous system. All mammals are susceptible to rabies, but in the United States, those affected are most often raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats. Cases of rabies have been reported in every state except for Hawaii. This virus is passed through the saliva of affected animals, most often through bites.

  • Going Green with Your Dog
    Support for the green movement is spreading world-wide and more and more people are jumping on board with recycling bins in the home and overall greener lifestyles. Isn’t it time that dogs go green too? There are so many ways to lessen your dog’s negative impact on the planet!

  • Dog Chaining
    Dog chaining, as defined by the Humane Society of the United States, is “fastening a dog to a stationary object or stake, usually in the owner's backyard, as a means of keeping the animal under control.” This is an all-too overused method of dog containment in the United States. It is unhealthy, unsafe, inhumane, and outlawed in many states.

  • Dogs and Wildfire Smoke Inhalation
    If you live in Southern California, or ever turn on or read the news anywhere else in the country, you are probably familiar with the wildfires that are raging right now in Los Angeles County. But, did you know that smoke inhalation as a result of wildfires can be a health risk for pets as well?

  • 5 Puppy Training Musts
    When you first get a new puppy it’s all fuzz and snuggles, but after a few days puppies start to seem like destructive little monsters that’ll never be so much as house broken, let alone well-behaved, mellow dogs. These five musts of puppy training will help to ease those wild puppy days and help you raise a pooch of whom you can be proud.

  • If You Must Give Up Your Dog
    I understand that sometimes it just isn’t a possibility to keep your beloved family friend, no matter how much you wish you could. So, today I’m going to tell you about the best ways to find a new home for your pooch.

  • Why Dogs Shouldn't Roam
    A member of our Next Day Pets community was recently made aware that a puppy she bred and put into the care of a family member lost her life because she was allowed to roam free. In the spirit of this dearly departed dog, I decided to use today’s Daily Tips to talk about why companion dogs shouldn’t be allowed to roam free.

  • Dangers of Dog Waste
    Pooper scooper duty--nobody wants to do it, but it must be done. Dog waste isn’t just a pain in your shoe treads, an unappealing smell in your yard, and an organic means to prank a nasty neighbor. It is unhealthy for you, your family, your dog, your community, and our ecosystem. Picking up after your dog isn’t a choice, it is a responsibility.

  • Top 15 Dog-Owner Mistakes
    If you are at the end of your rope with your dog, or maybe just want to read up on how you can be an even better dog owner than you already are, read up on these 15 common dog-owner mistakes. Sometimes it just takes changing your own behavior to make your dog a little angel.

  • Your Dog's Allergies
    One of the most common health concerns among dogs is allergies. Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to foreign substances. Allergies can be difficult to recognize and frustrating to handle. I hope the following information will help if your dog is experiencing allergy symptoms.

  • Can My Dog Be a Therapy Dog?
    You can take this wonderful quality dogs possess to a whole new level by using your dog to bring joy to others. Therapy dogs brighten the days of the sick, the injured, the elderly, and the home-bound. If you are interested in contributing to the quality of life of others by making your dog a therapy dog, here’s what you need to know.

  • Finding the Perfect Pet Sitter
    Whenever dog owners find out they have to leave town, there is always the looming question: What do I do with my dog? You can board your dog at the kennel, you can hire a pet sitter, or you can take the pooch with you. The best alternative is to take the dog with you, that is not always possible. The next best alternative is to hire a pet sitter.

  • Don't Get Rid of Your Dog!
    It brings tears to my big brown hound dog eyes every time I hear about a dog lover who has to give up his or her beloved pooch. I understand that sometimes situations seem to have no solution except to give up, but please read through these ideas first. Maybe you’ll find the answer that will help you keep your furry friend.

  • 10 Tips for a Better Dog Bath
    Bathing your dog can be a huge, soggy hassle, especially if your dog has had a bad experience or is afraid of water. Keep these tips in mind and your dog’s bathing experience will be easier than ever.

  • 10 Tips for a Healthier Dog
    One of the only faults we dogs have is that we just don’t live long enough. The best way to make sure you can keep your furry, four-legged friend around for as long as possible is to keep him healthy for his entire life. Don’t start worrying about his health when he starts to show signs of age, think about keeping your dog healthy now.

  • The HAPPY Act—Tax Relief for Pet Owners
    So often pet news is wrought with tales of gruesome dog fights, horrific puppy mills, and unfair breed-specific legislation; but it seems there may be some extremely promising news on the horizon. Pet owners may soon feel relief in the form of tax deductions for pet care expenses.

  • How to Pack a Hurricane Kit
    It is definitely time to think about your hurricane plans. One thing you must consider when preparing for the possibility of evacuation is how you will care for your pets. The following is a list of supplies you should have at the ready this time of year.

  • Dog Park Rules and Etiquette
    The dog park provides a great place for dogs to play, be social, and burn off excess energy. It is my favorite place to meet up with my friends, but sometimes one bad dog can ruin the park for everyone. Remember these rules of dog park etiquette, help others learn them as well, and you'll have a wonderful dog park experience.

  • Dealing with Dog Allergies in People
    Many people are allergic to dog dander, a combination of dead skin cells and hair. Others are allergic to dust mites who are too small to see without a microscope and feed on dead skin cells. The following advice will help allergy sufferers feel better and still be able to keep their pets.

  • Benefits of Dog Ownership
    Dog owners know that owning a dog makes them happy. But did you know that owning a dog is hugely beneficial in other ways as well? Reducing stress is one of the most overreaching ways to improve your health. Owning a dog reduces your stress and generally improves your physical and mental health in many ways.

  • Online Pet Meds--Purchase With Care
    According to “FDA has found companies that sell unapproved pet drugs and counterfeit pet products, make fraudulent claims, dispense prescription drugs without requiring a prescription, and sell expired drugs.” Your best choice is to get a prescription from your vet and buy from an American company that works with a licensed pharmacy.

  • Dogs and Cats Living Together
    How do you get a fastidious feline and a curious canine to live in harmony? There’s a reason people use the expression “fighting like cats and dogs.” I, for one, love cats, but they don’t seem to like me very much. These tips will help you introduce your new dog to your cat, or your new cat to your dog with minimal stress for all involved.

  • Avoiding the Dangers of Herbicides and Pesticides
    There’s not much we dogs love more than a nice romp and roll in a grassy yard in the summertime; except maybe sticking our noses all around the house looking for things to get into. That’s why dog owners must be extremely vigilant to avoid dog poisonings. The following tips and information will help you keep your dog safe.

  • What To Do When You Find A Stray Dog
    Dog lovers tend to be the most likely to notice and care when they see a stray dog wandering about. So, what do you do if you run across a stray?

  • The Dangers of Fleas
    If you have a dog, than you are probably at least somewhat familiar with fleas. This is the time of year they seem to come at your dog from every corner of the yard, the house, and the dog park. Did you know that the dreaded flea is not just an irritating, itchy hassle, but also a health threat to your dog and your family?

  • Protect Your Dog from Wild Animals
    We dogs are curious creatures. It is no secret that we often stick our snouts were they don’t belong. This errant snout-sticking can sometimes get us more than we’ve reckoned for in the form of bites, stings, scratches and spines.

  • Plan a Dog Picnic
    This is the perfect time of year to have a picnic. It is a great excuse to get some friends together and enjoy the summer sunshine. I love picnics, they give me an opportunity to roll in the grass, nap in the shade, and be outside with my favorite humans. The only thing that could make every picnic better is more dogs!

  • Save Dollars with Your Dog
    Americans, on average, spend around $2000 dollars a year on their dogs. In today’s economy it has become more and more necessary to find every way to stretch your pennies. Even if you haven’t been affected by the economic downturn, it’s always a good idea to make every dollar count.

  • Dog Rules for Kids
    Dogs make fantastic companions for children. They will protect them and love them unconditionally. They are also a fantastic way to teach children responsibility, caring, and the positive effects of a gentle nature. This set of basic rules will help children understand how to behave around your dog, and keep them both safe.

  • Mosquitoes Pose Major Health Risks to Your Dog
    Mosquitoes aren’t just a biting, buzzing annoyance; they are carriers of a dangerous parasite that has claimed the life of many an unwary dog lover’s pet. Mosquitoes play host to the larval stage of the heartworm--a parasite that can, when transmitted by mosquito via bite, infest your dog. This can lead to intensive, costly treatment or even death.

  • Dogs Onboard
    Any dog-owning sailor or power boater will tell you that taking your dogs out with you is half the fun. Whether you live aboard, go cruising, or just take day trips, you will have endless hours of joy ahead of you if you take the time to get your dog comfortable with his sea legs. I just love going out on the boat.

  • Dog Friendly Gardening Tips
    You all know what a pleasure it is to have a dog in your life. However, sometimes it takes a little thought and planning to make every aspect of your life dog friendly. This definitely applies to those who love to garden. An untrained dog and poorly planned garden can mean endless frustration for you and your dog.