Nancy Carlson

"Happy Tails:" Tales of the bond between humans and animals.

Carlson: Canned food: Worth the higher price tag?

I am very often tempted to spend money on things my dogs absolutely do not need. I mean, to my knowledge, no dog has ever died for lack of a scrumptious (and expensive) Red Barn chew. Ditto for yet another ...

Carlson: Dogs are smart in their own way

This is the first time my inspiration for a column topic has come from Women’s Day magazine. In fact, I don’t ever read Women’s Day magazine, probably because I assume that the people ...

Carlson: Strategies for dealing with a ‘reactive’ dog

I wrote about reactivity in dogs relatively recently, but the subject seems to keep popping up, both from exasperated dog-owning friends and, most recently, in the December/January issue of Dogster magazine. ...

Carlson: What’s gender got to do with it?

If you follow this column regularly, you know that we have acquired a 7-month-old Basset Hound puppy we’ve named Beau Dacious. Happy Tails Nancy Carlson has an enduring interest in the ...

Carlson: Spay/neuter question is complicated

I’ve actually been considering writing a column about this topic for a few years now, but I had serious doubts about whether it would be helpful. The question: Should we be spaying and neutering ...

Carlson: Life with dogs brings joy and loss

If you love dogs, and you live with dogs, you need to accept loss. Dogs don’t live as long as we do. If you have a toy breed dog, you may get more years to enjoy your companion. Those of you who ...

Carlson: Is it unconditional love, or just a ploy for treats

While the political scene in our nation’s capital leaves a little to be desired, the actual city is gorgeous. We spent a few days there in September and I was enthralled by the lovely parks, the ...

Carlson: Making vet visits less frightening

This week, I am going to write about a problem with dogs that I’m blessed not to have. But if I did, I would be delighted to learn about a solution described in an article in the August edition of ...

Ideas for dog lovers with allergies

It has been a long time since I devoted a column to dog allergies —and by this I mean people being allergic to dogs, not dogs being allergic to things, although that could be the topic for another ...

Carlson: Destructive chewing is a gnawing problem

I was more than a little shamefaced, standing at the library front desk holding Exhibit A: a badly damaged library book that I hadn’t even had a chance to start reading before it met its inglorious ...

Carlson: Is your dog a chow hound? Here’s how to slow him down

Let’s face it — our beloved canine companions are probably bored out of their gourds a lot of the time. Happy Tails Nancy Carlson has an enduring interest in the bond between humans ...

Carlson: Answers to a bunch of questions you never even thought to ask

My husband, John, who most nights surfs the Web long after I go to sleep, is very considerate in sending me links he believes, usually correctly, will interest me. Happy Tails Nancy Carlson ...

Carlson: Focus on the basics; ignore the ‘foodie’ fads

Last time, I started but did not finish my report to you on Whole Dog Journal’s most recent list of approved dry dog foods. Happy Tails Nancy Carlson has an enduring interest in the bond ...

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Carlson: Where human food trends go, dog food soon follows

Most years, shortly after February, I write a column on Whole Dog Journal’s annual roundup of approved dry dog foods, but this year I didn’t. Just wasn’t in the mood, I guess. I mean, ...

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