Health & Safety

The ASPCA has a Poison Control Center (go to along with an online page discussing common dog diseases.


Muzzle Up Project is a great resource for anyone considering a muzzle for their dog. The site includes info on how to train your dog to be comfortable in a muzzle. Some good reasons for muzzles are:

  • Dogs who eat rocks, socks, or other non-food items that can be toxic or cause expensive and life-threatening surgeries.
  • Dogs who are nervous of other dogs, and the muzzle is a great visual cue letting people know your dog needs space.

Body Harness I always recommend a body harness with a double attachment, front and back. My favorite brand is the Balance Harness from One of the reasons for my recommendation is that it provides the best fit for the most dogs. No bulky padded front, lots of adjustment options, and they offer a “buckle neck” style for dogs who are uncomfortable with an over-the-head design. Their web site tells the story even better

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