How Do I Properly Socialize My Dog?

Ideally you socialize your dog when they are a puppy. During their first year, puppies are the most sensitive and receptive to new experiences. If you are working on socializing your puppy it is important to start with the familiar, be cautious with other dogs, and stick to a routine. Start with the Familiar  At first when you are socializing your dog with indiv...
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Are You Wasting Your Money At The Vet? Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Are You Wasting Your Money At The Vet? We all know veterinary care is expensive but did you know that you may be sabotaging your vet visits? Here are some tips to get the most from your veterinary visits. Number one tip is don't make your appointment on a Monday or Friday if you can help it; those are usually the busiest times at any vet's offi...
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Do I Need To Groom My Cat Daily? Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Do I Need To Groom My Cat Daily? You're thinking... "huh, my cat grooms herself all day long, why does she need to be brushed?" That's a good question, and we've got a great answer! If your feline is long-haired, you should brush her at least a few times a week. If you have a short-haired kitty, then once a week should be enough. But with all the grooming most ...
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Why Does My Pet Smell? Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

P.U. - Why Does My Pet Smell? Most of us love to snuggle with our pets, but once in a while, we'll lean in for a kiss - and YUCK! What is that smell!? If you find yourself avoiding your pet, read on! Actually, there are many reasons your pet may smell bad. We'll start with the most obvious - did your buddy roll in something? The first thing to do is examine him for ...
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What To Do About Car Anxiety in Pets – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Car Anxiety In Our Pets The sun is out, the weather is great - this is the time of year many people like to do something! It may be a hike in the woods, a walk on the beach, a trip to the cottage, or even a check-up at the vet's office. If a road trip with your pet is in your future, here are some tips for making it more fun for everyone. Sadly, many people only take their ...
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Is Your Cat Bored? Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Is Your Cat Trying To Tell You She's Bored? Humans have many boredom busters: we can read, watch TV, surf the internet, or talk on the phone. But unfortunately, when our pets get bored, they don't have as many boredom busters at a paw's reach. Often it's the cat that suffers; most people walk their dogs, toss a tennis ball, or take them for a ride in the car for a change of sc...
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Test Your Pet Knowledge With a Quiz!

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Test Your Pet Knowledge With a Quiz! Who has more varied vocalizations, dogs or cats? If you guessed dogs, you're totally and completely wrong! Cats have up to 100 vocal sounds. Dogs, on the other hand, have about 10! Who received more mail, President Clinton or his cat Socks? Ok, this one was easy, of course, it was Socks! We wonder if he wrote back? Dalmatians ar...
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How to Stop Puppy Nipping

For a while, everything your puppy does is adorable. Eventually of course, certain behaviors can become frustrating the longer they continue, and nipping is one of the worst culprits of incurring stress between pet and pet parent. With every puppy, however, there are ways to lessen and discourage this behavior, and these three are some of the most effective. Seek Assistanc...
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What Does Your Dog’s Growling Mean?

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What Does Your Dog's Growling Mean? Grrrrrrrr... often when a dog growls, it's a warning - time for you to step back and assess the situation. Growling can happen for a variety of reasons: when a dog is afraid, in pain, or needs you to back away from its territory or possessions.  However, many dogs growl when they play, so let's not panic when we hear a growl. Just like ba...
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Why You Need to Groom Your Pets More Often

When it comes to grooming your pet, it can seem like something that falls through the cracks easily. It can be such a hassle to get your dog into the bathtub and it’s often easier to just forego the bath. But grooming your pets can do more than just improve your pet’s appearance.  Cleaner Appearance According to Redbarn, one of the most important reasons for grooming your...
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Help! My Cat is Scratching the Furniture!

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Here is the bad news.... cats like to scratch. It's an entirely normal and natural activity. Scratching helps your kitty keep her nails clean and sharp, alleviates stress, exercises her shoulders and neck. Plus, your feline's paws contain scent glands, so scratching releases her unique smell to mark your home. All of these benefits make scratching standard behavior, even if you...
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3 Essential Skills Your Dog Should Know

Dog training is a necessary part of pet ownership, especially when you live in an urban or suburban area. Dogs need to learn to respect you as their pack leader. The good news is that they are eager to understand and do as you ask. Here are three ideas that you should consider when training your furry, four-legged companion and friend. Voice Commands Getting started with ...
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What You Should Know About Fleas as a Pet Owner

Cold winters will kill fleas outdoors, but it only takes one flea to latch itself onto your pet to start an indoor infestation. You will need to treat your pet, your home and your yard to completely get rid of these dangerous pests. Here are some things to know about fleas and your pet. Treating Infestations You need to treat your pets first to keep them comfortable. You can ...
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How to Choose the Best Groomer for Your Dog

Dogs are valuable members of your family, and they deserve the best care possible. Healthy meals, exercise, regular visits to the vet are essential for the well-being. However, grooming is also very valuable. Handling your dog's grooming needs requires careful research and sound decision making. You can either groom your dog by yourself at home or visit a professional dog groom...
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Do’s and Don’ts of Dogs at Daycare

Many people bring their pets to their child's daycare center to mingle with the little ones. Thankfully, most pets do well with children, but they can easily be overly excited by all the bustling about and the noise. If you're contemplating taking your pet to daycare, then here are a few things to consider. Talk to Children About Dog Safety Before you bring a dog into a dayca...
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How to Prepare Your Yard for Your New Puppy

Congratulations on the upcoming arrival of your new furry family member. Dogs are sweet, intelligent, and sociable animals—all excellent characteristics for a pet. However, before you welcome the sweet pup into your home, you'll have to make certain adjustments to your environment. Here are some tips on how to get your yard ready for your new puppy. Fencing First and foremost...
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5 Low Maintenance Pets – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Are you an animal lover with a busy lifestyle?  You'd love to have a pet, but, are fearful you don't have the time available to devote to a beloved pet?  Although, all creatures deserve to have love, attention and care, some animals don't require as much as others.  Here's a list of a few: Budgie Bird Budgie birds are one of the most popular pets after cats and dogs. Th...
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Puppy Proofing Your Yard

Once people adopt a puppy, they become mindful of potential dangers and issues for their new pet. You may want your puppy to enjoy the outdoors in the yard, but you also worry about anything dangerous. Keep these points in mind so that your puppy can stay safe while having fun. Common Yard Hazards While people may not worry about certain things when it's just adults at the ho...
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Tips for Preparing to Bring Home a New Pet

Whether you're into puppies, kittens, hamsters, snakes or pigs, getting a new pet for your household can be a very rewarding experience. Pets bring love, laughter and companionship into a home in a way that few other things can. However, before buying or rescuing a new animal, there are a few things to take care of first. Prepare Animal Housing Your new furry, scaly, or feath...
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Winter Exercise Tips for Dogs – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Winter Exercise Tips For Dogs! Even though the weather outside is frightful, your doggy friends still need to get their daily exercise. Not only is it important for their physical and mental health, but it is an important part of the relationship between you and your pup. Here are some ways to get those exercises in without having to go outside. Think of games to play wit...
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