Best Dog Magazines: The Best Print & Digital Content About Dogs

Dog Magazines are a right of passage for almost every dog lover.  If you love dogs, there have been plenty of magazines produced over the years that highlight the love of man’s best friend.

We’ve cataloged a number of our favorite dog related magazines so you can go back in time and take a look at some of the most widely read print publications in the world of dogs.  If you are looking for an exhaustive list of great dog books, check out this article here.

Let’s dive in!

Dog’s Life! (Australia)-June 8, 1998

If you have a child who desperately wants to get a dog, point him or her in the direction of this site: How To Love Your Dog (For Kids Only). Comprehensive and very easy to read, it tells everything there is to know about owning a dog, including all the downsides.

The 27 Reasons Not To Get A Dog include “Dogs need to go for walks”, Dogs drool on you hands and on your clothes”, and “Dogs will die”. There is also a detailed breakdown of how much it cost to look after a dog.

If, after this, children are still keen, the site encourages research into different breeds and gives information on basic training and care, as well as useful advice on staying safe around dogs. On top of this, children can write in about their dogs (they are told not to give surnames or street addresses). Although this site says “for kids only”, there’s plenty here for adults to learn as well.

Yahoo! Internet Life -July, 1998 Teach Kids Pet Care How To Love Your Dog

So you say you’re thinking about possibly getting the kids a dog? Walk them through this site first. Tour the site with any or all of three collie guides – Cody, Kelly, or Trouper – and learn important lessons on how to care for, love, and even grieve for a canine companion.

Safety, responsibility, respect, and even good citizenship come into play here. And a nice touch is all the photo portraits of youngsters with their dogs. It’s a sweet, valuable site that can go a long way toward helping kids grow up right.

Animal Watch (ASPCA)-Fall 1998

How To Love Your Dog, which has received the Top Dog Web Award from Canines of America (http://canines.com) is devoted to promoting responsible care of dogs. Issues addressed include choosing a mixed-breed or purebred dog, committing to life-long care and training and the need for spaying or neutering the dog.

Information on everything from preparing for a new puppy to coping with the loss of a canine companion is provided in a way that keeps children wanting to see what will come next. In addition, poems and stories submitted by children, as well as their responses to a Question of the Month are presented (The question for June 1998: “Why does my dog love me?”)

Twins-January/February 1999 Kids and Dogs

Can we get a puppy? Please, Mom? Please? If you are thinking of adding a canine member to your family circle, there is a new web site that you might want to visit with the kids. Happy music welcomes you to
www.howtoloveyourdog.com. There are wonderful stories about dogs, great sections detailing the cost of having a pet and a discussion of the special needs dogs have.

An ‘I Love My Dog’ contract for kids to sign covers the many responsibilities involved in pet ownership. There are lots of photos including an adorable picture of twins with their golden retriever.

Collie Club of America Bulletin-October, 1998 “Passing The Torch” or “Teach Your Children Well”

Like many young girls I grew up loving animals, especially dogs and horses. By the time I was eight years old I had memorized and could identify all of the AKC recognized breeds. By age ten I was an “authority” on dogs and had read and/or owned just about every dog book available. They were my passion, and now
today, almost 40 years later (oh no!) I am still writing about dogs.

I came of  “dog age” in the 60’s. Think what it would be like to be “dog loving” kid in 1998? . . . the age of technology?! It’s a wondrous thing! Today the World Wide Web is an incredible source of canine information for “canine-possessed kids” of all ages! From the AKC Web pages, to the breed specific chat rooms and on-line e-mail lists, not to mention the incredible personal web pages of knowledgeable fanciers, who are committed to, and are mentors for, the new coming of age fanciers —for those who have a love of dogs, the internet has a full plate of offerings.

One delightful delicacy is a web page that was developed and totally designed by Janet Wall. If you have or know a child who’s “crazy dog” this is the place for them on the(http://www.howtoloveyourdog.com). Jan’s web site is entitled: HOW TO LOVE YOUR DOG . . . A Kid’s Guide To Dog Care.

On this award winning 75 page plus “responsible pet ownership” web site Jan’s own collies, TROUPER, KELLY & CODY, are the hosts for the tour which shares information on all aspects of responsible dog care, including information on care and training from a humane perspective, pet loss and bereavement, as well as all areas of canine activities, lots of photos, jokes, riddles, poems and stories sent in by kids, a reading list, links to other sites, and much much more. There are many inter-active areas on the site and a child does not even have to be a dog owner (just a dog lover) to have fun on these engaging pages.

Jan has loads of pictures of all types of dogs, and of course she has some great Golden pictures, including ones of our son, Matthew with ABBY and SYLVIE (Poling), along with others of our Collies past and present. If you have access to the internet you definitely NEED to check out this site. I know you and any child you share it with will love it!

Of course we all probably can agree that dogs and kids just seem to go together, but even more importantly beyond the love they have for one another we know, and I quote from Jan’s web introduction page for parents and teachers,”The benefit of children learning about dogs goes beyond care and training of our canine friends. The lessons on respect, responsibility, love and compassion toward animals transfer to all areas of a child’s life. Kids who learn to be kind, gentle, and generous with dogs are likely to act that way toward people as well. The information in How To Love Your Dog is a thematic unit on humane education that I developed and taught in the classroom for grades two through six. The teaching of humane education gives kids the chance to be kind, gentle and generous and practice those qualities.”

If you have any suggestions for topics, ideas for improvements, Jan would love to hear your ideas! Enjoy!

The Herald Leader (Fitzgerald, Georgia)-February, 1998

A great site for dog lovers of all ages, but designed just for kids, friendly dogs provide guided tours through the steps to getting and caring for a new dog, training a dog, special needs, older dogs and suffering the loss of a dog. Be sure to check out the responses to the question of the month. This month’s
question is “What’s the smartest thing your dog does?” There are some children out there with pretty smart dogs.

Scholastic Network-December 1998

Don’t miss this “just for kids” site on how to be a good dog owner. How To Love Your Dog covers all the bases from basic pet-owner responsibilities – such as feeding and walking your dog – to making the life-long commitment to love, care-for, protect and respect your dog. A wealth of dog resources, activities, and anecdotes.

The Record(New Jersey)-August, 1998

Dogs and children are a natural match — if the child is prepared for the realities of pet care. How To Love Your Dog is a terrific site aimed at teaching children about the responsibilities of owning a dog.

The topics, addressed in simple language on colorful pages, include what the dogs cost, basic training, learning tricks, keeping safe, dealing with the loss of a dog, and 27 reasons not to get a dog. Kids can also brag about their dogs; read and submit dog stories, poems, and jokes; celebrate their dog’s birthday on line, and print out and sign a contract promising to care for their dog at all times.

KMGH Web Site of the Day (Denver, Colorado)-August, 1998

What is there about the magic of a child and their dog? It’s one of the most meaningful and treasured relationships a kid will ever experience. The love felt for a dog is natural for children, and the love returned by the animal is just as innocent and beautiful.

What may not be quite as natural is learning how to care for the animal. Well, along comes a website with all the answers. One of the best qualities of this web site is its simplicity…which begins with its name, ‘How To Love Your Dog’. This page is for kids only (it’s okay for big kids, too). The opening page sets up the journey: If you love dogs, you’re in the right place! Join us, as three very special collies take you on some very exciting tours. If you’re ready to embark on a great adventure, then choose your tour and let’s begin. Kids can pick tours from Cody, Kelly, or Trouper. These collies help introduce a wealth of fun information that children need about their pets.

Cody starts off by telling kids what they need to know before they even decide to get an animal. Things like:

  • Read everything in this web site, especially “I’ll Love Your Forever”.
  • Decide what kind of dog you want; Do some research. Read books about the kind of dog you are going to get.
  • Decide how much money your family is willing to spend.
  • Decide if you are willing to spend 10 to 15 years with your dog.

The last on in that list talks about the commitment a child must make to his or her dog. The story urges children to say the following statements and mean them.

  • I am making a commitment to take care of my dog forever.
  • I will love him and treat him with kindness and respect.
  • I will give him food, water, shelter, health care and lots of time.
  • I promise to be a good citizen and neighbor.

There’s even a silly link full of dog jokes and riddles. What do you call a dog detective? Sherlock Bones. At the end of the whole process, kids are then asked to read, print, and sign an I Love My Dog Contract.

It is truly one of the most charming web sites I’ve seen lately. I don’t even own a dog, and I enjoyed it. I highly recommend you take a look at How To Love Your Dog. You’ll come away smiling about just about everything.