Teach Your Dog to Talk – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Can Your Dog Learn to Talk to You? A new study in Scientific Reports found that gifted dogs learn new words after hearing them only 4 times. Wow! They found that more learning took place in social playtime rather than in task-based learning. This means that if you are trying to teach your dog the names of a few of their toys, you'll have better luck if you repeat the toy's nam...
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Playing or Fighting – That Is The Question

Playing or Fighting - That Is The Question Meow, Hiss, Bam, Bop, Pow! If you have two or more cats, you may have seen this happen. One minute they are just lounging around; the next minute, they are on the floor biting and kicking. How can you tell if this is all just for fun or if they are seriously fighting? Cats love to engage in play fighting (just like dogs), and of...
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Surviving Your Dog’s First Year!

Surviving Your Dog's First Year! Welcoming a new puppy is such an exciting love-filled time! There is nothing quite like a tiny canine furball. However, they are not without their challenges. There will be times when you stop and think: "Was this a mistake?" Relax, most people who get a new puppy have those thoughts now and then, especially when your fur baby chews your favori...
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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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Create More Living Space For Your Cat – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Create More Living Space For Your Cat It's easy to create more space for your feline, even if you live in a small home. Think outside of the box... you can create space that's interesting for your kitty. Make the most of window space... most cats love to sit and watch the world go by (including birds and chipmunks). Put a bed on the window sill if it's large enough, or buy ...
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Cat and Dog House Rules – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Cat and Dog House Rules Before bringing a new pet into your household, it's a great idea to sit down with your family and decide on the "house rules" for the pets and people. If the rules change after you get a pet, it's confusing for your pet and the people in your household. If you have a pet that currently "rules" your home, you can still teach your dog or cat new house rul...
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2021 New Year’s Pet Resolutions – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Time for New Year's Resolutions Who isn't ready for a brand new start on things in 2021? Even though our lives are not yet back to "normal," there are still many things we can do with our pets to start the new year with a bang. Why not bake more? If you make your own pet treats, you'll know exactly what is in them and won't have...
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Ewww, My Cat Keeps Using My Bed As a Potty!

Ewww, My Cat Keeps Using My Bed As a Potty! Our bedroom is supposed to be a relaxing sanctuary, but when your kitty has repeated "accidents" on the bed, it doesn't seem like much of a haven. Sadly, inappropriate bathroom behavior is NOT unheard of among cat owners. As always, the first order of business is to try and figure out why this is happening. Here are some possib...
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5 Reasons Your Dog Won’t Stop Licking You – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

5 Reasons Your Dog Won't Stop Licking You There isn't much in this world that tops a kiss from your best friend. Most people attribute licking as a way to show affection; dogs love licking. They lick themselves, lick you, lick other dogs, so is that all about affection, or could there be other reasons for licking? Here are some reasons your dog enjoys licking you. Taste. Yo...
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Calico Cat Facts You Didn’t Know!

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Calico Cat Facts You Didn't Know! We just love calico cats - they have such beautiful markings (tri-color)! But did you know that calicoes are individual in many other ways too? Almost all calico cats are female. The orange and black markings are located on the X-chromosome and female cats, just like people, have 2 X-chromosomes. So, they have a greater chance than males to...
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My Pet Hates the Crate. Now What?

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Last month we wrote about Crate Expectations and the benefits of having your dog or cat enjoy their crate. But what if you've tried and tried and your buddy still hates their crate? Our first recommendation is to try again. It may be worthwhile to work with a trainer who can put a different spin on their crate because, as we mentioned last month, there may come a time when y...
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Thinking About Getting a Cat?

Cats are such great company. They are adaptable, fun, a bit mysterious, and they love to cuddle. However, before you take the final leap and adopt a cat or kitten, there are a few secrets you should know. Cats are not as independent as some people think. While they can be a bit more independent than dogs, most cats like to hang out with their people. To thrive, they need goo...
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National Disaster Preparedness Month: How To Create an Emergency Plan for Your Pets!

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National Disaster Preparedness Month: How To Create an Emergency Plan for Your Pets! Fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, violent storms, and other natural disasters are some of the more common things that we prepare for. It may be beneficial to include parameters around how to handle our pets during those times. Pets being left behind during a disaster are lik...
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How Long Should a Dog Walk Be?

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We all know that our pets need adequate exercise, but how do you determine how much is enough? To figure out what your pooch needs in the way of activity, you'll have to consider several factors: your dog's age, size, breed, and health. If you have a healthy adult dog, they will need a minimum of 30 - 60 minutes of walking or other activity (chasing a ball, agility, hiking, ...
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Crate Training 101 – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

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Crate training your pet is widely recommended by dog trainers and veterinarians. Yet many people resist using a crate because they feel confinement is cruel or unfair. These same people happily put their child in a playpen to keep them safe, so why not your dog or cat? If a crate is used correctly - not as punishment - your best friend will be easier to manage, and most pets wi...
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Did You Get A New Quarantine Pet?

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How exciting! We hope your new pet has had some time to relax and feel secure in your home. The first article about how to get pets ready for a new schedule will help your new best friend too. However, puppies and kittens have some special requirements for being alone at home. First, of course, is safety. If you're going out or are going back to work, you'll need a safe plac...
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How To Help Your Cat Lose Weight – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

Healthy cats are happier and tend to live longer.  Here are some tips to get your cat down to a healthy weight: First, you should consult your cat’s vet. Every cat is different, and every breed has their own uniqueness. Your vet can help you get started. The average cat only needs 20-30 calories per pound a day. See what is the calorie count on your cat’s food and h...
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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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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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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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