Exceptional Canine


Exceptional Canine covers the benefits of the dog lifestyle, with tips on how to care for an active pet and attend to its needs. Experts -- including vets, breeders and trainers -- share an insider's perspective on pet-owner relationships and dog care. The content offers essential advice on dog health, training and breeds -- and, of course, the many activities pet parents can enjoy with their canines.


Feature channels:

  • Active Dog: Practical information is offered on dog health, safety and nutrition.
  • Off the Leash: It's everything an owner needs to know about the dog lifestyle, from hot vacation spots to the best new toys.
  • Breeder Buzz: Breeders discuss the personality, temperament, lifestyle, health and special needs of various breeds.
  • Trainer Talk: Dog trainers talk about how owners can train their dogs to be their companions in their everyday lives.
  • Work & Sport: A rotation of dog experts share their knowledge of the many special ways humans and canines interact.

Additional multimedia elements:

  • On the Go Quick: Get tips about the active dog lifestyle, including tidbits on pup products, health, nutrition, exercise and travel.
  • Breed Match: In-depth quizzes help users find their perfect dog breed.
  • Dogs of the Week: This slideshow offers the editor's top five breed picks for various owner lifestyles and needs.
  • Pet Poll: Users can share their opinions on a variety of dog topics with an accompanying poll position based on recent studies and findings.
  • Paw Prints: Users can submit photos of dogs in action, with seasonal themes proposed by the editors.



Kim Boatman is the managing editor of Exceptional Canine. Boatman was an editor for 15 years at the San Jose Mercury News, and her articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, and the Detroit Free Press, among countless other newspapers. She is a lifelong lover of animals.

Colleen Canney is an associate editor at Studio One Networks. She has worked on a variety of programs, ensuring quality in content and style.


Dr. Tracy Dewhirst is a veterinarian and the former host of "Ask the Vet Radio." Dewhirst is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Society for Clinical Pathology, among other veterinary associations.

Jennifer Viegas is a founding member of Discovery News. An award-winning author, Viegas has written more than 20 books. She is a member of the Animal Behavior Society.

Stacy Brauslau-Schneck is a longtime dog trainer and a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She works closely with the Humane Society Silicon Valley.

Linda Goldston, the San Jose Mercury News' award-winning pet columnist, has written about animals for 20 years.

Monique Balas is an award-winning journalist and is  the "Pet Talk" columnist for The Oregonian newspaper. Balas was a staff reporter at several newspapers and has freelanced for a variety of print and online publications.

Todd Wasserman is a journalist with 20 years of experience writing for various publications, including The New York Times. He is the proud owner of a black Labrador named Mura.

Susan Hoffman is a veteran journalist who has written promotional and technical communications for clients ranging from veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturers to breeders to pet care products marketers.