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What are the best toys for dogs?

May 31, 2018 By admin

In prior articles, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of giving your dog room to breathe, of walking him regularly, of giving him the sort of attention he so desperately needs. One thing we haven’t talked about yet is playtime. Dogs love to scamper around and have fun, and no spot of playtime is complete without a set of toys. As you’d expect, there are a lot of great products out there in the market to choose from. To make our picks, we’ve looked at Amazon, the great equalizer and a brand that’s available… Read More
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Small breeds versus large. What are the pros and cons of each?

May 25, 2018 By admin

Each and every variety of dog has its own particular quirks, but it’s always fascinating to compare small breeds against their larger counterparts. What are the pros and cons of each? What are some of the differences? If you’ve ever owned a Miniature Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, Pug or related dog, you’ll recognize the traits outlined directly below. By the same token, if you’ve ever rubbed shoulders with a St. Bernard, a Mastiff, Rottweiler or similar, you’ll be in familiar territory in the latter part of this article. So whether you’re thinking about adding a new breed to your home or… Read More
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5 tips every dog owner needs to know

May 17, 2018 By admin

Simple, practical advice. Isn’t that something every dog owner needs? Well, we’ve put together 5 tips to keep in mind when rearing your dog. From being consistent in your training to setting the rules of the house, these are oft-overlooked methods that can pave the way for a happy and harmonious home. Consistency is key Dogs require a lot of time and effort, but the payoff is worth it. Whether it’s the training they require or the exercise they crave, your dog needs a routine as much as you do. See exercise as a chance to stretch both of… Read More
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How to tell when your dog is sick

May 10, 2018 By admin

No one wants to endure the stress of their animal getting ill, but the unfortunate reality of life as a pet owner is that, from time to time, our beloved animal will come down with something nasty. While cats tend to hide the fact they’re sick from the world, the good news is that dogs make it clear when they’re not feeling 100% and there are several telltale signs you can look out for. So, without further ado, here are a few classic symptoms. Vomiting and/or diarrhea Your dog might throw up once in a blue moon – and… Read More
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Introducing your dog to your home for the first time

May 3, 2018 By admin

Bringing a new animal home is a big deal, and especially when it’s a puppy. In anticipation of its arrival, you’re going to want to set up a “bedroom” for your pup replete with toys, food and bedding. Even then, the best-laid plans can fall by the wayside when you actually bring the pup home. Assuming you’ve got your doggy quarters all set up, we’ve put together some tips to keep in mind as you familiarize your animal with its new home for the first time. From keeping the tour low-key to making doggy introductions outside, there’s… Read More
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Keeping that doggy smell in check: tips and tricks

April 26, 2018 By admin

All dogs have a smell. Breeds with particularly oily skin, like Labradors, more so than others. But if the smell is becoming overpowering you might need some help, and we’ve outlined some tips and tricks below to keep that doggy aroma pleasant. First though, what causes the smell at all? Well, dogs have got oily skin by nature, and bacteria can feed on that oil, giving off an odor in the process. In addition, your dog has glands in its ears and bum that can be particularly smelly if left untreated. Like humans, dogs let off wind, and their… Read More
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Training your dogs and cats to live together

April 19, 2018 By admin

Cats and dogs. They’re a pairing as old as time itself, and yet despite this history, they’re not always the best of friends. Getting our feline friends to put up with their larger doggy counterparts can be hard work, but if you give your dog the necessary training, you can foster a relationship that will take you by surprise. Introduce one another to the smells Smell is huge in the animal kingdom. In fact, it’s the essential tool of communication. To get the animals used to one another faster, rub a towel over your cat and place the… Read More
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Why do our dogs pant: what’s happening in the body, and what does it mean?

April 14, 2018 By admin

Cats and other animals rarely do it, but in the doggy kingdom, panting is common practice. So what’s happening when our four-legged friend has their mouth open with their tongue extended, and they’re letting quick breaths escape? If all’s well, your dog is simply trying to cool down. In humans, we release heat by sweating. But dogs don’t sweat. At least, not really. They do have sweat glands on their paw pads but they mostly release heat through their saliva. Tongue out, mouth open, the saliva evaporates fast – cooling them in the process. Water, water, water A panting… Read More
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Top tips for dealing with excessive barking

April 5, 2018 By admin

All dogs bark, but excessive noise can be wearing for both you, your loved ones and your neighbors. While it’s tempting to do nothing and let the noise wash over you, excessive barking is a sign that a dog is over-excited, bored, or afflicted with a real problem. Here are some tips to heed before you look for professional help. Make exercise a priority There’s a great saying to keep in mind. “Sleeping dogs do not bark.” A dog is a big responsibility and no owner should leave their animal to grow bored or restless. Give them as much exercise… Read More
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Six things we do that dogs hate

March 28, 2018 By admin

Dogs and humans are a match made in heaven, but while you might be the master in the house, that doesn’t mean you can do no wrong. In fact, there are some common things we do that infuriate our furry friends. Here are six faux pas to be aware of. Bear hugs Next time you or a friend or a child pulls your dog in for a tight bear hug, think twice. The vast majority of canines are programmed to read this sort of behavior as an act of dominance on your part, and if they’re anxious, they’ll likely… Read More
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