Sally Jones

Sally has been a writer and copy editor for Canine Journal for many years. She has 25+ years of professional writing and editing experience. She also has years of experience in public relations, marketing, and fundraising communications, specializing in health care communications. Her past work history and major freelance clients include the UVA Health System, the VCU Health System, the MCV Foundation, and various local and regional publications. Sally holds a BA in English from James Madison University and began her writing career as a graduate student at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism & Mass Communications. She’s been researching and writing about dogs for Canine Journal since 2015, specializing in dog health articles. But she also has written extensively about dog accessories, pet insurance, training, and many other dog subjects. Her work has appeared in several notable media outlets, including The Washington Post, Entrepreneur, People, Forbes, Huffington Post, and more. Sally has never lived in a home without pets. Now, she and her two daughters, who live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, are proud pet parents of all rescued pets (one dog and four cats). If they had room, there would be many more! They can’t imagine life without a home full of their fun and loving furry companions.

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DNA Testing For Dogs: What You Can Learn, Cost, Accuracy, How They Work, & More

We love our dogs regardless of the breed, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to know who Fido’s mom and dad were (and what breed your pup is). With the advent of DNA testing for dogs, finding out your pup’s lineage and breed(s) is now a reality. World DNA Day takes place on April 25 and National DNA Day is an official proclamation in the United States since 2003. A dog DNA test is a fun way to celebrate the holiday while helping to understand your pet better.

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Best Dog DNA Tests 2022: DNA My Dog vs Wisdom Panel vs Embark vs Orivet vs EasyDNA & More

Have you been dying to know what breeds make up your one-of-a-kind pup? Are you concerned about certain hereditary diseases your dog might develop one day? DNA dog tests are a fun and informative way to understand who your pooch is and help you develop a better health plan for their future. According to a survey by Wisdom Panel, the primary reason pet owners decide to do a dog DNA test is out of curiosity (56%), followed by a desire to determine and gain a deeper understanding of possible health outcomes.

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Best Dog Food For Allergies: Skin-Care, Novel-Protein Diets & More

Many dogs with allergies benefit from a diet change to help relieve their symptoms. But with so many dog foods on the market that claim to be good for allergies, how do you know what will work for your dog? We’ve researched dozens of the top dog foods for allergies and give you our top picks.

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Best Dog Beds For Every Breed & Need (Our Top Picks By Category)

Finding decent dog beds is no easy task. Dogs, just like their owners, have different needs when it comes to a comfortable place to catch their zzz’s. The most obvious consideration is the right size, but you also should factor in their personality, agility, health issues, and available space in your house.

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Best Dog Harness: Which Is Ideal For Your Dog’s Needs?

Dog harnesses have certain advantages over using a collar when you take your dog on walks. Is a harness a better alternative for your pup? And which type and brand of harness will be the best fit for your needs? We’ll help you decide.

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Choosing The Best Puppy Playpen: When Crates Won’t Cut It

Do you find yourself crating your puppy too much during the day? As puppy owners, we’ve all been there. You’re in and out of the house running errands or trying to make meals and clean the house. You can’t leave your pup unattended—oh, the trouble they can cause! But too much time cooped up in a crate isn’t ideal for dogs of any age. They need time to play with their toys and move around. Puppy playpens are an excellent alternative to over-crating.

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Best Dog DNA Test Kit For Breed Identification, Health, Budget & More

Whether you want to find out which breeds make up your dog or see if he’s at a higher risk of developing a hereditary condition one day, an at-home dog DNA test can help you learn a lot more about your furry friend. What is the best dog DNA test? Companies and test kits can vary pretty widely in accuracy and the detail of results you get. So our experts have done the research for you to bring you our top picks overall and by category.

Orivet Dog DNA Test (Caption: Orivet Dog DNA Test Review)

Orivet Dog DNA Test Review: Pros, Cons, Pricing, Features & More

While dog DNA testing has come a long way over the last few years to identify mixed breeds and genetic health risks, not all testing kits are created equal. Orivet’s at-home dog DNA tests are some of the most affordable you can find. But do they give you the accuracy and results you want? Find out in our Orivet DNA test review.

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Best Orthopedic Dog Bed Reviews: A Comfy Way To Reduce Joint Pain

Your dog deserves a good night’s sleep. Especially as they get older and more susceptible to aches and pains. An orthopedic dog bed can help your dog sleep comfortably and wake up well-rested. Our recommendations will help you find the best based on your dog’s size, sleeping habits and other needs like waterproofing and cooling features.

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Dog Seizures: Causes, Symptoms, Signs, Treatments & Medication

Your dog seems confused or agitated, falls over on his side and his limbs go stiff or start to make paddling motions. He could likely be having a seizure. Dog seizures are scary and disorienting for both dogs and owners. If you suspect your dog has had a seizure or just want to arm yourself with the knowledge in case it happens to your dog one day, we’re here to help.

dog getting a massage for physical therapy

Physical Therapy For Dogs: How Can Canine Rehabilitation Benefit Your Ill Or Injured Pup?

Physical therapy for dogs, officially called canine rehabilitation therapy, has grown tremendously in the last two decades. This alternative to traditional veterinary treatment is similar to human physical therapy (PT) and other human rehab treatments. Canine rehab involves non-invasive treatments, such as exercises, massage, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, and many other techniques, to rehabilitate injured or post-surgical pups. These alternative treatments help reduce pain, speed recovery time, and improve mobility and fitness. The ultimate goal for many dogs is to restore full functionality. However, dogs with chronic conditions like arthritis can also benefit from rehab therapy to ease pain and help with mobility problems.

A dog trainer teaching a large dog to sit down in the park's green grass

How To Teach A Dog To Sit, Sit And Stay & More

“Sit” is one of the most important skills for dogs to learn. Teaching your pup to sit helps control your dog’s behavior in many different situations, like jumping up on people or running around in public places. “Sit” is also when your dog begins to learn what’s expected of her, and it gives your furry friend a foundation you can build upon when you’re training other skills. Fortunately, for most dogs, “sit” is one of the easiest comands to master. Follow our step-by-step guide to get your pup sitting in no time.

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