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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3 Tips for Spoiling Your Dog with a Pet-Friendly Yard

Are you looking for more ways to treat your pet to a happy, fun-filled life? There are a number of ways to accomplish that, and a major one is creating a pet-friendly yard. Here are the top three tips for designing the perfect yard for your canine friend. Provide a State-of-the-Art Dog House Building a dog house for your pooch can prove to be a great DIY project. The ideal do...
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How to Train Your Dog Out of Food Aggression

While dogs might be man's best friend, they can sometimes become very aggressive over things like food. This is why it's incredibly important to work to train your dog out of food aggression before something bad happens. Luckily, there are a few easy steps you can take to do so.  What is Food Aggression? Dogs are often cute and cuddly, well deserving of a moniker like man's b...
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3 Tips for Teaching Children How to Interact with Dogs

Help Them To Be Patient Dogs are territorial by nature. They guard their personal space, and they use it to control the pace of interactions with humans. Children, especially those under the age of six, have a minimal sense of physical boundaries. They don’t think twice about rushing toward a dog, putting their hands in its face or grabbing at it, and that’s a recipe for a n...
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