David Mead

David Mead is the Vice President, Head of Marketing at PuppySpot. Dogs have been an important part of his life since his early childhood. He has a passion for dog training and believes that dogs make the best companions as long as you treat them right.

85 Articles

Go for the Gold: All about Golden Retrievers!

When looking to add a furry family member to your household, the Golden Retriever is sure to be at the top of the list for most families. With their charming, loyal, and gentle personality, it’s not surprising why they are one of the most beloved breeds in America. Although popular ...

How Exercise Can Improve Your Puppy's Mental Health and Overall Happiness

When we first met our puppy, she was jumping, playing, and rolling around on a trampoline with her brothers and sisters. She was full of energy and thrilled to meet us. Being first time puppy parents, we were not experts on what to do or expect when you first get ...

The Love We Show Our Pups

We recently partnered with OnePoll to conduct research around the various ways Americans show love to their pups, and are thrilled to share our findings with you. Enjoy!

Puppy Names Dominating the Past Few Years

We're thrilled to announce this year's most popular puppy names! On the male side, Max and Charlie tied for the most popular name, while Bella topped the female list. The PuppySpot naming database, which includes more than 55,000 names, also uncovered the increasing influence that pop culture and social media ...

Traveling with your new Puppy

Congratulations on your new puppy! Your new puppy isn’t just entering your life; they will enter your heart and stay there permanently. For the safety and care of the puppy, we have some tips and recommendations to ensure that your travel back home is a safe and happy one. Keep ...

Why Do Virtual Dog Training?

Over the past several years, a growing number of dog owners have turned to one-on-one dog training over video chat and found it to be more convenient, and also more effective. This shift accelerated in 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions took effect and consumers began exploring digital services more broadly.

Possible Salmonella Health Risk in Midwestern Pet Foods

The FDA recently announced a voluntary recall of dog food by Midwestern Pet Foods due to a potential salmonella contamination. The recall includes a large list of brands with specific expiration dates. These brands include: CanineX Earthborn Holistic Venture, Unrefined Sportmix Wholesomes Pro Pac Pro Pac Ultimates Sportstrail Sportmix Meridian ...

Top Dog Spots in Los Angeles

With those numbers, a warm climate, and close proximity to outdoor adventure, Los Angeles is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country. This dog-friendly guide to Los Angeles has everything you need to enjoy Hollywood with your favorite pooch.

What Is a Service Dog And What Do They Do?

For those of us who require extra assistance in our daily lives, a service dog is so much more than man's best friend, they are everything you could ever need them to be.

How to Choose the Perfect Puppy Breed For You

Congratulations on your decision to buy a puppy. Now it's time to choose which puppy is the best fit for your lifestyle. This guide on how to choose a puppy has everything you need to pick the perfect puppy for your family.

Most Popular Puppy Names

If you've picked out your puppy, purchased your pet supplies and puppy-proofed your home, then the only thing left to do is name your furry friend. You could go with something classic, like Max or Daisy, or you could try something funny, like Chewbarka or Bark Twain.

The Dark Truth About Smoking Around Your Dog

We all know smoking around others can be detrimental to even a non-smoker's health, but what about smoking around your dog? You may have seen the recent anti-smoking campaign by Truth which condemns smoking around pets, warning, "Fact: Dogs and cats are twice as likely to get cancer if their ...

What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?

Dogs are a constant companion that we love having in every part of life. However, we often wonder what's okay for them and what is dangerous. While it might be obvious that they can't walk on the pavement when it's very hot outside, what they can eat ...

Puppy Shots and Vaccination Schedule

Every dog lover knows the feeling of having a new puppy in the house: a complicated feeling, puppies need attention, love, and safety. The fact is, while fun to play with, train, and have in the house, puppies can be complicated and hard to take care of. Everything in their ...

The Best Big and Small Dogs For Families With Kids

While the phrase "best family dogs" instantly recalls a couple of popular Retriever breeds, there are fantastic family dogs in all sorts of shapes and sizes. We know that adding a dog to your family is a big decision, and with so many different options out there, deciding on the ...

Your Puppy's Development: 3-6 months

Between three and six months old, your puppy is starting to find his place in the "pack" that is your family. It is important to provide leadership that establishes a healthy balance of power between you and your furry member of the family, while also making him feel loved and ...

Your Puppy's Development: 9-12 Weeks

The period between nine and twelve weeks is the time during which a puppy really hones her social skills, is open to learning and starts acting more and more like a full-fledged canine. She'll begin chasing things, and this is a prime time to begin basic obedience training. Health At ...

What to Do If You Find a Tick on Your Dog

Ticks season is coming up; are you prepared? Ticks are a nuisance, but they also pose a danger to you and your pets when they carry diseases, like Lyme disease. If you suspect your dog has a tick, don't panic. We've got the tips to help you deal with these ...

Cats vs. Dogs: Which Make Better Pets

It is sometimes said that there are two types of people: cat people and dog people. Each will try to argue why their pet is best, yet a consensus is never reached. Here's what we have to say about the two furry creatures--and by the end of this article, you ...

Brachycephalic Dog Breeds: How to Care For Your Brachycephalic Puppy

The first thing you probably notice when you see a pug, boxer, or bulldog is that cute, wrinkly, smooshed-in face (Who can resist those velvety folds?). But underneath those wrinkles is a medical condition to be aware of, which can negatively impact a dog's quality of life. If you have ...

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