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Microchipping your dog – why it’s a good idea

December 26, 2019 By admin

All countries in the European Union and many countries across the world require dogs to be microchipped. The microchip is a unique identifying code that allows any vet to trace the lost animal to a home. In the United States, the practice is still not mandatory, but in the article to follow, we’ll list several reasons why it’s a good idea – and exactly what it entails. What is a microchip?No bigger than a grain of rice, the chip is implanted in your dog’s neck, and costs less than $100. It’s unobtrusive, and your dog won’t notice it at… Read More
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Dogs vs Cats – how to choose which is right for you

December 17, 2019 By admin

Here at Under One Woof, we love our dogs, whether big or small. But we understand that dogs aren’t right for every owner and that certain people are better suited to the other most popular animal in America – the humble cat. In the not-entirely fact-based article to follow, we’ll unpack the differences between the two, with the goal of helping any first-time owner work out which is best for them. Ready? Let’s get started. (Oh, and one other thing. It goes without saying that we’ve indulged the odd sweeping generalization. Exceptions to the norm do of course exist.) Dogs… Read More
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7 Common Mistakes Dog Owners Make

December 10, 2019 By admin

Getting a dog for the first time is one of the most exciting pursuits in life, but many ownersjump in with both feet, neglecting to look at the bigger picture while they’re at it. Here aresome common mistakes to avoid. Mistake #1: Getting the wrong breedDogs come in all shapes and sizes and while one breed might thrive in your home, anothermight be an ill fit entirely. Speaking in general terms, larger breeds tend to live shorter livesbut require a great deal more exercise and food. Because of their size, space is also aconsideration. Having a Rottweiler cooped up in… Read More
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Why should I neuter my dog or spay my dog?

November 12, 2019 By admin

Removing an animal’s sexual organs sounds like a big deal, but in reality, it’s part and parcel of dog ownership. Neutering typically refers to the process of removing a male dog’s testicles, while spaying involves the removal of the ovaries in a female. Today, we’re going to list a few reasons why you should make the investment. CostSpaying your dog might cost as little as $30 to as much as $300. Private vets will be more expensive, and you’ll incur extra costs if your dog is on heat or obese. However, the cost pales in comparison to the price… Read More
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FAQ part 2: What are the risks of letting your dog sleep in bed with you – and more

October 21, 2019 By admin

Question #1: What are the risks of letting your dog sleep in bed with you? Depending on who you ask, this question will elicit a different response, as it all depends on the size of the dog and the circumstances in question. More often than not, it’s a bad idea if you own an unneutered alpha male. You don’t want the dog claiming the bed as his own territory, and if he begins to see himself as your equal, he may even growl when you try to remove him from his spot. Other, more obvious points include: • The… Read More
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Do dogs have a favorite human – and other common questions answered

October 17, 2019 By admin

Question #1: Do dogs have a favorite human/person? We’ve all been there: our favored dog rushes over to our significant other and lavishes them with attention. Hurt, we start to question why it’s happening, or wonder whether we’re imagining things. Well, bad news, because dog behaviorists suggest that dogs can favor one owner over another, especially if your parenting styles differ. For one, dogs’ brains develop hugely from birth to six months. The person that is there for them most often at this time will forge a strong bond with the animal. For another, dogs favor people who give them… Read More
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The ten smartest dog breeds

July 28, 2019 By admin

While there’s no such thing as a doggy IQ, per se, experts do agree that certain breeds are better at learning new commands and adapting to their environment than others. In the market for a furry Einstein? Here are the ten that are top of class (in descending order), based in large part on Stanley Coren’s book, The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions, and Inner Lives of Our Canine Companions.  1: Border collie Experts are almost all in agreement on this one – the Scottish border collie is the smartest breed in the world, bred… Read More
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Top tips for the perfect dog walk

July 2, 2019 By admin

As we’ve stressed many times in the past, exercise is a great way of keeping a dog happy and calm. One of the best ways to do this? Regular walks around your neighborhood, or to your local park. In fact, a dog walk is not only a way of exercising your dog (and by extension, calming them), it’s also a chance for you to show that you’re the leader of the household, as we’ll explain below. Tip #1: Assert yourself as the pack leader By walking ahead of your dog during a walk, you send the message… Read More
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How dogs keep us happy and healthy

May 30, 2019 By admin

Ever wondered what the benefits are of owning a furry friend? In today’s article, we’ll unpack the benefits of dog ownership on both our health and our happiness – two intangibles that are so often intertwined. So, let’s not beat around the bush. Here’s what we can be thankful for…. Dogs lift our spirits after a long day Studies show that animal lovers get a boost of oxytocin when they interact with a treasured animal. Oxytocin is a hormone commonly known to regulate “social bonding”, and it’s the same hormone released after a mother gives birth to a child. Yep,… Read More
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10 things you might not have known about your dog

May 26, 2019 By admin

The doggy kingdom is filled with fascinating did-you-knows, and for today’s blog post, we’re going to lift the veil on some little known facts. Some of these might give you pause and make you think - so that’s why...- while others are cute factoids that you might find yourself passing between friends. So, let’s get down to business. Read More
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