Five Tips for Adopting a Dog from the Shelter


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Adopting a Dog

Mike Sagman serves as the president and CEO of Clicks and Traffic, an online media company that operates The Dog Food Advisor, a public service website. Mike Sagman founded the website in 2008 after the loss of his beloved poodle-terrier mix Penny, and he supports efforts to help dogs. Individuals and families thinking about adopting a shelter dog may want to consider the following tips:

1. Focus on temperament over breed. Some people have their hearts set on a certain breed or type of dog before even setting foot in the shelter. However, this does not ensure that the dog will fit your living situation, as some require more exercise, training, and grooming than others. Talk to shelter staff about the dog’s temperament and individual needs before making a decision.

2. Introduce everyone prior to the adoption. Many shelters recommend introducing the entire household to the dog before filing any paperwork. If you already own a dog, it’s important to establish whether it will get along with its new housemate. Ask the shelter about arranging a meet-and-greet between the dogs, and introduce them one at a time if you own more than one.

3. Acquire dog care basics in advance. Essential items include toys, a collar, and a leash. Ask the shelter about the dog’s chewing habits when selecting toys.

4. Pet-proof your home. Pet-proofing your home means stowing items that can pose a health threat and securing those that you don’t want the dog to chew on. Puppies are especially curious and may chew on whatever they find. Items that you should secure include shoes, electrical cords, garbage bins, and household chemicals. Sit on the floor to give yourself a better idea of those items that are within your dog’s reach.

5. Engage the entire family. Ensure that everyone in your household understands their responsibilities for the dog’s care and participates in training. Establish clear rules in advance.


Dog Food Advisor


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Mike Sagman

As president of Michael E. Sagman, D.D.S., Ltd., in Newport News, Virginia, Dr. Mike Sagman operated his private dental practice for nearly 40 years. Dr. Mike Sagman is currently the founder and managing editor of The Dog Food Advisor, a website that provides reviews and ratings of over 950 dog food products.

The Dog Food Advisor at was created as a public service website to help dog owners become more informed about the products they feed their dogs. Led by the founder of Dog Food Advisor, the research team looks at nutritional content and ingredients to help determine an appropriate star rating for each product.

The Dog Food Advisor receives tips and information regarding dog foods from a private network of nutritionists, whistleblowers, and company executives in the pet food industry. Researchers also gather information for their findings from the medical libraries of the United States National Institutes of Health.

What is Melamine?

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Mike Sagman is a former United States Army Captain that has served as a dentist for over four decades. A specialist in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, Mike Sagman is also an avid dog lover and is also the creator and editor of the Dog Food Advisor website.

The Dog Food Advisor, which can be found at, is a public service website designed to help consumers make more informed decisions when purchasing dog food. The website was created in response to the tragic loss of Dr. Sagman’s dog, Penny, to melamine tainted dog food. The affected dog food was later recalled by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

A common industrial ingredient, melamine is a chemical compound that contains nitrogen. The substance, which is not approved for use in any food or consumable products, is often used as a binding agent, as a component of thermosetting plastic, in fertilizer, and in other industrial applications. According to the FDA, melamine is more toxic when combined with other melamine related compounds which include cyanuric acid, ammelide, and ammeline.

Delta Sigma Delta Fraternity

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Delta Sigma Delta

Prior to entering the field of dentistry, Dr. Mike Sagman attended Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, where he studied chemistry while also being active in the Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity. Dr. Mike Sagman also attended the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, where he earned his doctor of dental surgery degree while also a member of the Delta Sigma Delta Fraternity.

Delta Sigma Delta is an international dental fraternity founded in 1882 at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor. As the first dental fraternity, the organization started gaining popularity and chapters were organized at many other colleges within the United States as well as universities around the world.

Delta Sigma Delta hosts an annual meeting along with regional meetings for fraternity members and alumni to keep in contact with one another and share in personal activities and professional experiences. The fraternity also hosts international meetings for members around the world.

Dr. Mike Sagman Appointed Managing Editor of The Dog Food Advisor

After losing his beloved dog, Penny, to the largest recall in United States history, Dr. Mike Sagman founded and was ultimately appointed Managing Editor of The Dog Food Advisor website.

In addition to his management duties at The Advisor, Dr. Sagman is currently president and CEO of Clicks and Traffic, LLC, an online publishing company founded and incorporated in Virginia in 2008. is a reference website that’s ranked #1 in its niche by, an Amazon company.

Mike Sagman is mentioned and frequently quoted in numerous print and online media, especially those associated with dogs and the pet food industry.

The Dog Food Advisor was granted a registered trademark from the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2015.

Distinguished Dental Professional

Dr. Sagman began his Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry practice in Newport News, Virginia, in 1975. And he retired from his practice in June 2014.

He graduated in 1973 from the Medical College of Virginia with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. His academic training at Roanoke College included a major in chemistry and a minor in biology.

Dr. Sagman is a life member of the Peninsula Dental Society, Virginia Dental Association, American Dental Association as well as the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics.

He has received numerous accolades and for excellence by his profession.

Dr. Sagman is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Dental Honor Society.

He is a 1975 recipient of the United States Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service to his country.

Dr. Mike Sagman was also chosen by his peers to be honored by Hampton Roads magazine in its list of the area’s “Top Dentists” from 2010 through 2014.

He was repeatedly recognized as one of “Virginia’s Top Dentists” every year from 2009 through 2014 by Virginia Living magazine.

Dr. Mike Sagman and his wife, Patti Loughran Sagman, have been recognized by the Hunter B. Andrews Society for their longtime support of National Public Radio.

Dr. Mike Sagman Awarded U.S. Army Commendation Medal

Captain Mike Sagman was awarded the U.S. Army Medal for Meritorious Service by the Secretary of the Army in Washington, D.C. on September 4, 1975.

Captain Sagman received the award “for meritorious service as a General Dentistry Officer, Dental Company, United States Army Medical Activity, Fort Knox, Kentucky, from 21 August 1973 through 4 September 4 1975”.

According to the citation…

“Captain Sagman’s interest in the successful application of the TEAM dentistry concept and efforts on behalf of the Dental Therapy Assistant Training Programs exemplified the highest ideals of the health care professions.

“Through his dedication and devotion to duty, he contributed immeasurably to the overall successful mission of the Dental Company.

“Captain Sagman’s exemplary performance of duty reflects great credit upon himself, the Army Medical Department and the United States Army.”

The Meritorious Service Medal is a military award presented to members of the United States Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or acts of heroism in the line of duty.

The Meritorious Service Medal was previously awarded as a decoration for achievement during peacetime.

However, since September 2001, this decoration may also be bestowed in lieu of the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in a designated combat theater.

Captain Mike Sagman received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Dental Corps on September 5, 1975. He remained a member of the U.S. Army Reserve until he had completed 6 years of combined active and inactive duty.

How to Spot and Avoid Puppy Mill Breeders

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Mike Sagman

Recipient of the US Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service, Captain Mike Sagman previously served as a dentist for the army while based in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He has since founded The Dog Food Advisor, an online publisher of independent ratings and reviews of dog food brands. Passionate about animal welfare, Mike Sagman is a longtime supporter of organizations such as Best Friends Animal Society, which encourages pet lovers to steer clear of puppy mills.

Puppy mills are basically puppy factories. They are commercial centers for dog breeding where profits are made from the sale of puppies. In these centers, dogs live in extra small enclosures, are fed substandard food, have no access to decent medical care, and are deprived of human contact, all in a bid to cut costs and maximize profits. By buying a puppy from a puppy mill, you are supporting the operations of these inhumane centers.

Puppy mill breeders often sell puppies on the Internet. All they have to do is make a website, take adorable photos of puppies, and wait for orders from unsuspecting pet lovers.

Regardless of how convincing the site looks, it could be a puppy mill affiliate. There is no guarantee that a “We are not a puppy mill” proclamation is genuine. Be especially cautious of sites that offer to ship puppies to you.

Puppy mill breeders also use newspaper classified ads to sell puppies. Be cautious of ads that list numerous breeds available. Also be cautious when the breeder opts to meet you away from where the puppies are actually raised.

A good option to own a pet is adoption. You can do this through local pet shelters or through genuine websites such as and