Guide to Natural Dogs

By Staff
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From dog breeds to dog feed MOTHER EARTH NEWS has all your dog needs.

Our dogs are more than companions, they’re partners. Laboring before sunup and after sundown, they’re some of the hardest workers on the farm and ranch, and they’re often the most reliable hunting partner you can find. They’re also joyful family members and fierce property protectors.

Whether you’re choosing the best dog breed for your farm, homestead, or ranch, or ensuring that you’re providing the healthiest food and healthcare for your hardest worker in the house or on the “back forty,” MOTHER EARTH NEWS has always been a resource for your stubborn, self-reliant puppy, your strong-willed hiking partner, and your dependable old friend.


Working Dogs for Special Jobs

From herding livestock to assisting people with disabilities, these dogs earn their keep as working dogs.

Before You Buy a Livestock Guardian Dog or Puppy

Choosing a pup or a dog from one of these breeds gives you the very best chance of success.

The Best Guard Dog for Your Homestead

Find the best guard dog for your homestead with these training tips and advice on guard dog breeds.

Considerations Before Adopting A Dog

Check list for anyone who is planning to adopt a dog.

Pick a Perfect Pooch for Your Pastures

Herding dogs, livestock-guardians, and vermin-control dogs all have a special place on the farm.


Let a Veterinarian Treat Dog Hot Spots

Hot spots such as moist dermatitis and moist eczema should be treated by a veterinarian.

First Aid for Your Farm Dog

Learn how to care for poisoning, bleeding wounds, fractures, vomiting, diarrhea and more.

How to Provide Dog Allergy Relief and Soothe Dry Skin

Take care of dog allergies by adding probiotics to meals and avoiding shampoo during baths.


How to Keep your Homestead Dog Healthy

Keep your homestead dog healthy with vaccinations, a pet first aid kit and pet CPR.

Natural Flea Control

Use these natural flea control tactics to rid your dog of those tiny pests.

DIY & Products

Get Skunk Smell off a Dog 

Readers share their best tips for getting rid of skunk odor and more!

The Basics of Making Your Own Dog Food

The story of weaning Samson, the family dog, off of processed foods and onto a healthier diet.

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Whip up delicious, healthy homemade dog treats in no time with these tasty recipes.

Advice on Composting Dog Poop

Killing toxic bacteria by composting dog poop is a necessary first step to fertilize your garden with it.

Dog Packs for Hiking

Instead of a heavy hiking backpack, you might trysharing the load with your canine companion.