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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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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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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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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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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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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