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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How You Can Help Your Dog Be More Social

There are a lot of reasons why your dog may need some extra practice in socialization. Maybe they are naturally an anxious pup, or perhaps past experience has made them uncomfortable around people and dogs they don't know. No matter the reason, there are a few ways that you can help your furry friend improve their social skills, even if it’s your first time owning a dog. Daily...
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How to Safely Interact With a Stranger’s Dog

Dogs are known for being man’s best friend, and for good reason. However, not all dogs may seem as friendly as they appear. Let’s say you and a passerby strike up a conversation, and you notice his or her dog is a little antsy. If the owner allows it, you need to approach the dog with caution. You don’t know what kind of personality he has. Let Them Smell One of the first thi...
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Lazy Cat Owner Gift Ideas – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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It's a myth that all cats just sleep and groom all day.  Even the laziest of cats enjoys some bursts of energy to play, hunt, run and jump.  And, many cats have even more energy...especially, kittens.  They can seemingly play for hours on-end!  And, many times, their owners get worn out before their cats expend all their energy.  So, whether or not you're a lazy cat owner, or y...
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Pet Safe Holiday Plants – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Pet Safe Holiday Plants The holidays are here! Before you begin to decorate your home with the traditional holiday plants, make sure you aren’t putting anything up that could potentially harm your pet.  Here are some wonderful alternatives to the traditional plant and flower options. Replace Mistletoe with Christmas Cactus! Mistletoe can be fatal for dogs and most mamma...
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Keep Them Calm and Drive On — What to Keep in Mind When Driving With Your Dog

Many dogs love nothing more than cruising with their humans with the music up and the window down. Other dogs, however, became anxious about even being near a vehicle much less inside of one. Even if your dog loves riding in the car and has many trips under his or her collar, there are some things to keep in mind while driving with your furry friend in your automobile. Be Safe...
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You Love Animals—Should You Start a Pet Business?

According to the American Pet Products Association in 2018, roughly 68 percent of American households own at least one pet and have spent billions of dollars on pet services, such as grooming, pet daycare and pet sitting along with many others. With the money spent on pets increasing year after year, it would seem that if you have a love for pets, starting a pet business may be...
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Room for One More: What to Keep in Mind When Getting a Puppy

A lot of people adopt pets on a whim, but that doesn’t mean that bringing a new puppy into the home isn’t a big decision. There’s a lot to consider once you decide that you have the room in the family for one more. Not only do you have to make the decision to adopt, but you have to settle on a type of dog breed, a name, the routine you’ll use to care for the dog, training optio...
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Triangle Area Places to Enjoy the Outdoors with Your Dog in Fall

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Triangle Area Places to Enjoy the Outdoors with Your Dog in Fall Check out these places where you can have a good time and pets are welcome. North Carolina Museum of Art Park- 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607 See creative and amazing works of art along side your pup! There are gorgeous lawns and beautiful forested trails that you and your puppy will have hours of f...
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Things to Consider Before Becoming a Pet Owner

Owning a pet is an extremely rewarding experience.  Pets bring so much love, joy, laughter and enrichment to our lives.  However, there are many downsides to pet ownership of which you should be aware, before becoming a pet owner.  It's not all sunshine and roses.  Here are a few things to consider before becoming a pet owner. FINANCIAL BURDEN: MEDICAL:  There are regular...
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3 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe This Halloween

Halloween is a very exciting time of year, but your pet might not be looking forward to this day. In general, Halloween involves a lot of different kids and people coming to your door. The doorbell is ringing continuously, children are laughing and making a lot of noise and there are people in costume. To a pet, this is a very confusing situation to be in. While you might be bu...
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Are You Ready for Your First Horse?

Dogs aren't the only best friend of man. Horses have not only been excellent vehicles of transportation, but they can be quite the pet as well. Horses are beautiful to look at and can help to develop good nurturing skills and a sense of responsibility in a young person. If you love horses and are thinking about getting one, here are a few things you should know. Do Your Resear...
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BEST DOG BREEDS FOR APARTMENT LIVING

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Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living               Dogs are the most popular furry friend for people regardless where they live. Some dogs will thrive and be happy in an apartment sized castle, but some dogs need larger spaces in order to be happy and healthy. Of course, the general size of the dog is taken into consideration, but that’s not the only thing. It depends on how m...
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Eco-Friendly Litter Disposal + Dog Proof Litter Box Setup

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Owning two cats, Midas and Shadow, I've wanted to find an eco-friendly litter removal system.  I wanted to eliminate the wasteful practice of going through tons and tons of plastic bags, in the litter removal process.  I also wanted a way to keep my dog, Sammy Star, out of my litter boxes.  Here is the method I've curated for an eco-friendly litter removal system and dog pr...
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Training Tips for First-Time Dog Owners

Bringing a new dog into your life is an exciting time. Not only will you have someone to share every day with, but he or she will return your affections with unconditional love and loyalty. Even if you've never owned a dog before, training your new pup basic obedience and routines should be easy and fun for both of you. Always use positive reinforcement and praise to encourage ...
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Best Pets for Small Children – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Best Pets for Small Children Hamsters Hamsters are a classic and easy first pet. Hamsters are easy to train to use litter and relatively low maintenance. The small breeds of hamsters, especially the females, can be more aggressive. Experts suggest getting the larger breeds if they are meant to be pets for children. Hamsters should also be kept in a roomy cage with tunnels a...
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How to Protect Your Dog from Storms

Many dogs get frightened when they hear a storm coming. Thunderstorms and other types of inclement weather can cause your dog to feel stressed which can lead to shaking, hiding, excessive panting and even destructive behaviors. If you have a dog that gets nervous when they sense bad weather coming, you can implement some of these ideas to help protect your dog from storms. Mak...
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Do Pit Bulls Deserve Their Bad Rap?

A slang term for the American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire or Staffordshire Bull Terrier breeds, “pit bull” is now used as a catch-all name for any stocky, large-headed dog. Pit bull behavior, like that of any other breed, is a product of training and socialization. The primary reason why pit bulls have received such a bad reputation is that improper training and socializat...
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Dog Accessories: Where the Line between Necessary and Ridiculous?

As a dog owner, you want to provide the best possible accessories for your beloved pooch. Luckily for you, the pet industry is more than willing to answer your needs, and the amount of money that Americans (and pet owners in general) spend on their pets is staggering. However, no matter how much you love your pet and want to spoil them, there is a line between splurging a li...
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