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It’s all about play: how to keep your dog entertained this summer

March 21, 2019 By admin

As anyone in the Midwest will tell you, it’s been a long winter, but the good news is that bright and sunny summer months are on the horizon. With that in mind, now’s the time to start savoring the thought of getting out the house with your furry friend. Here are a few great things to do. A day out at the beach If you’re lucky enough to live near the ocean you owe it to yourself – and your dog – to take a trip to the beach. Dogs love to get stuck in to the sand; they’ll be… Read More
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Correcting the behavior of dogs that compulsively chew

March 14, 2019 By admin

Getting home from a long day at work only to find your hard-earned possessions are now dog eared and in a state beyond repair is far from ideal. And more times than not, you don’t have to go far to find the culprit. A wagging tail and a happy face will be waiting to greet you. Dogs love chewing things, for a variety of reasons, which we’ll explore in greater detail below. Stick around as we unpack this decidedly common but vexing part of life with a furry friend. Why do dogs chew? The most obvious answer is they… Read More
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Dog proof your home in a few easy steps

March 7, 2019 By admin

Whether you’re moving to a new home or bringing a pup into your house for the first time, we’ve compiled a few easy tips to “doggy proof” the different areas of your house, leaving you to happily coexist with your furry friend without needing to tear your hair out in frustration. Read on for our breakdown. The bathroom Bathrooms are places that inquisitive dogs inevitably find themselves exploring. Your first step? Close the toilet lid. Dogs are known to use toilets as their very own water bowl. Toothpaste and toothbrushes should be packed on a high shelf out of reach. Read More
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How long are dogs pregnant for – and other common pregnancy questions answered

February 28, 2019 By admin

Suspect your dog is pregnant? Wondering how long the pregnancy lasts, and how many pups are likely to be born at the end of it all? We’ve got you covered in this pregnancy guide. How do I tell if my dog is pregnant? Unlike humans, getting a read on whether your dog is pregnant or not can be tricky. The signs are not as obvious. Things to look out for include: 1. An increase in hunger levels 2. A change in behavior (often, they become keener on affection) 3. An inability or lack of desire to exercise 4. Vomiting or… Read More
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Caring for elderly dogs

February 21, 2019 By admin

With the strides made in the veterinary industry, dogs are living longer than ever. That’s a good thing in one respect: dogs that are middle aged or older tend to be much more mellow than their younger, friskier counterparts. But it also means you’ve got the responsibility of adjusting how you look after the animal. An older dog requires a different kind of care to a young pup or a prime pedigree. Below, we outline some of the things to be aware of as your dog gets older. How do I know if my… Read More
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Canine flu in focus

February 14, 2019 By admin

The winter months can be a breeding ground for viruses as people – and their pets – spend more time indoors, windows shut, heating appliances ramped up. The lack of sun and vitamin D weakens immunity, and though dogs and humans don’t share the same strains of flu, both are at risk of illness in these months. What is canine influenza? Dog flu, to give its more informal name, originated in horses and birds – depending on the strain in question. The former is known as H3N8, the latter H3N2,… Read More
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How to help dogs sleep better, at home and on the road

February 9, 2019 By admin

While cats are notorious sleepers, dogs need slightly fewer hours of rest, though not by much. On average, dogs sleep 12 to 14 hours a day, and that goes up to 18 amongst notoriously “relaxed” breeds.   Great Danes, Bulldogs and Shih Tzus all like to get their forty winks, as do Greyhounds, surprisingly; the latter is a breed known for its electric speed – when it’s awake. So whether you’re traveling away from home or wanting to give your dog the best night’s rest possible, follow our tips to help… Read More
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Body language tells and secrets: how to read what your dog is telling you

February 1, 2019 By admin

Dogs might not share the same language as us, but they regularly communicate how they’re feeling through their bodies. Below, we break down what a happy, alert, aggressive, submissive and stressed dog looks like, including signifiers to be on the lookout for. The mouth Mouths say a lot about how a dog is feeling. Here are some telltale signs that give an insight into how the animal is feeling. – A dog that’s in a good mood and willing to be approached is likely to have its tongue lolling out of its mouth in that typical doggy pose we… Read More
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Identifying “kennel cough” and what to do about it

January 28, 2019 By admin

Canine infectious tracheobronchitis: it’s a disease that affects almost every dog at least once in their lives. As a dog owner, it’s important you understand what it is, how it’s transmitted, and what to do about it if your dog is infected. What is it? The infection attacks the respiratory system and causes dogs to produce a dry, hacking cough that can produce a retching sound or, in severe cases, vomiting. It’s not to be confused with a high-pitched cough (one often accompanied by your dog licking its lips: typically… Read More
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Great dog movies to curl up to this winter

January 17, 2019 By admin

Ever noticed that your dog perks up when other animals are featured on the TV? Yep, dogs can see images as we do, and they’ve got the brainpower to recognize animals as if they’re right in front of them. That’s especially true when dogs are on show and dog noises – like barking – are broadcast through the speakers. So, with that in mind, a dog movie or two on a cold winter’s evening is a great way to get together and give your pup some stimulation. Here are some great picks for 2019, available through Netflix, Amazon,… Read More
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