Why Should You Adopt Or Rescue A Pet?
Adding a four-legged member to your family is a wonderful way to bring home some fun and excitement, introduce responsibility to kids and really make a house feel like a home. If you’re thinking about adding a new furry family member, that’s great! But where do you start? There are plenty of options when it comes to picking out a new pet, but there are several reasons why you should consider adopting a pet from a local shelter or rescue organization. Read More >
How to Crate Train Your Dog
Kennel, carrier, crate. Whatever you call it, it provides key benefits for your dog, from puppyhood through his senior years. Dogs are natural “denning” animals,1 and a kennel creates a special, safe place for them to curl up and rest, providing needed security and stress relief. It’s also a comfortable and safe environment for your pet while traveling – either long distances or quick trips to the vet. Proper crate training leads to more effective behavioral training, housetraining and overall happier pets and pet parents. Read More >
The Do’s and Don’ts of Catnip
We all need time to unwind. A little treat after a full day is well deserved, sometimes necessary. Hey, it’s not easy to run a household and find time for yourself. Just ask your cat. While you’re at work, your cat is busy at home, reigning over her kingdom, hunting down pests and marking her territory. She deserves a treat, too. For most cats, it gets no better than a few minutes with some fresh catnip or a favorite catnip-infused toy. Catnip is a plant related to mint and contains an essential oil called nepetalactone that is known to cause euphoric, almost hallucinogenic feelings in cats. Don’t worry, catnip is natural, completely safe and nonaddictive fun for cats. Catnip doesn’t affect all cats the same way. According to acclaimed cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy, “Some cats will sit in a big pile of the dried herb and simply drool, eyes glazed over, while others get completely hyper for a while, running laps throughout the house.” Although not all cats are responsive to catnip, it’s estimated that up to 80 percent of cats do feel the elated effect that lasts between five and 15 minutes. So when introducing your cat to the good stuff, consider these simple do’s and don’ts of catnip and let the good times roll! Read More >
Pump Up Your Pet
Exercise is good for just about everyone. You know who needs quality exercise as much as you do? Your pets! Dogs and cats alike need physical as well as mental exercise for a variety of reasons. Why is pet exercise important? There are many obvious benefits to your pet getting proper exercise. It helps your pet maintain proper muscle tone, proper weight, and it improves heart health. Read More >
Housebreaking Your Dog: Step By Step Process…House Training Triangle
Of all the methods there are to housebreak a dog, one of the ways I find most effective is crate training. Many people complain to me about how their dog simply won’t learn to go outside. Here’s a simple 3 part process I use that can get even the worst dog house trained in 2 weeks or less. I call it the “House Training Triangle.” This method is very easy and effective if followed correctly. The reason I like this system is because it teaches the dog to hold it and understand what they’re doing right when they do go outside. Many people don’t use crates when housebreaking. They just take their dog out every hour which is totally fine if that works for them. I find that the crate training method equals less accidents in the house while training. The more accidents your dog has in the house the more the floor smells and that scent tells the dog that it’s an OK place to go! So more accidents = more accidents! Furthermore when accidents occur they will be corrected or reprimanded and you don’t want to start you and your new dog’s life together off with too much negativity. Read More >
The Kitty Kitchen
Feeding your feline properly is one of the most important things you, as a pet parent, can do to keep your cat happy and healthy. But what does proper feeding mean? It means giving your kitty the right food in the right amount at the right time. Here is how you can answer what that means for your cat to ensure he lives a long, healthy life. Read More >
Safety with Dog Toys
If you’re one of the millions of pet parents in America, you’re probably indulging your furry friends with an assortment of fluffy, plushy and squeaky toys. Whether you have pint-sized human kids or four-legged furry kids, you’re responsible for their overall well-being. Before purchasing a toy for your human kid, you inspect it and ensure that it’s safe and appropriate for their age and style of play. Well, four-legged furry kids deserve the same consideration. Read More >
Get a Little H2O
Water: the most common molecule on Earth. It makes up over 80 percent of our bodies, and dogs and cats are no different. Water is something we rarely think about for our pets, but it is one of the most important ways we can keep them healthy. Digestion, body temperature regulation and other internal processes simply can’t happen properly unless your pet is getting proper hydration. Seems elementary, right? Well, keep reading. Read More >
Outdoor Pet Safety
Once upon a time our pets frolicked freely in their natural habitat – the great outdoors. Nowadays our domesticated pets enjoy the comforts of the great indoors around the clock, only venturing outside for scheduled potty time. With our pets spending the majority of their time indoors, outdoor safety, unfortunately, has lost its importance. In a world where no cars or pesticides could harm our furry friends, we could leave our pets to come and go as they please. However, as reality would have it, this pet utopia doesn’t exist – at least not now, anyways. Read More >
Frisbees, Balls and Ropes … Oh, My!
Teaching Your Dog To Play With Toys. Some dogs are just like kids when it comes to their favorite toy. They take it everywhere with them and love it more than anything else. Getting their paws on their special toy is better than any treat could ever be. Other dogs, however, don’t find toys all that interesting. That doesn’t mean that these dogs can’t be taught to be toy aficionados. It just takes a little time and creativity. Read More >
How to Pick the Right Bowl for Your Pet
As doting pet parents, we make sure that our furry friends have everything they need for optimal quality of life, including food and water, toys, shelters, kennels, crates, collars and leashes and even clothing. However, when it comes to providing our pets with the appropriate bowls for eating and drinking we often don’t think beyond the cutesy packaging and designs. Picking the right bowl for your pet can make your pet’s meal time not only more enjoyable, but also safer and healthier, too. Read More >
Choosing the Right Kennel for Your Dog
For dogs, a kennel is much more than four walls and a roof. A kennel can become a cozy home for dogs to call their own, a personal space where they can relax and feel secure. They also serve as effective training tools for puppies and make car and air travel safer. There are a variety of styles to consider when choosing a kennel for your dog. But before you decide between a plastic kennel or wire crate, it’s important to understand some sizing basics. Read More >
Keeping Your Dog and Your City Clean. Let’s face it: nobody likes dealing with dog poo. It’s simply … gross. But as a pet parent, it becomes a part of your daily life — when did my pet last go? Does she need to go? And, most importantly, how do I clean this up? New ordinances in most cities mean that picking up after your dog is not only recommended, it’s enforced. Read More >
Getting into the Swing of Perches
Watching a group of young parakeets playing in a cage together can be very fascinating as many have very distinctive ways that they like to play. Some like to chew on a rope toy, others may babble to a mirror, two might even be doing a tug a war between them with a plastic chain, and there always seems to be at least one that is a true acrobat, hanging upside down from the cage bars, a toy, or a perch. Read More >
Ready to Travel with Your Pet?
Pets are members of the family. We want them with us on summer road trips and visits to see family over the holidays. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over two million animals travel on commercial flights each year. We just can’t bear to leave them behind! But are you ready to travel with your pet? Before you bring your pet on your next trip, make sure they are ready to travel. These travel tips and products will ensure smooth and safe travels for you and your pet. Read More >
Herding Cats: How to Potty Train a Cat
Did you know owning a cat can lower psychological stress and anxiety, and even lower your risk for a heart attack? There’s a reason they are one of the most popular pets, especially for apartment living — their calm natures and easy trainability make them ideal. Read More >
Traveling with Pet Birds
My budgerigar Tribble traveled quite a bit with me during his nine years as I went back to school, changed schools, got married, got divorced, and went back home to Massachusetts where our journey had begun. Driving in the car for days, or flying across the country, can be stressful enough without worrying about a pet bird, but with some precautions it can be a safe trip for both the owner and the bird. Read More >
Homeless Animals – What Can You Do?
Homelessness in America not only affects people, it affects pets. Did you know that only one out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home?1 Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes.1 Read More >
Do Dinnertime Right
Feeding dogs seems like it would be a simple thing to do, and for the most part, it is. Feeding a dog properly, however, is a bit more complicated. What, when and how to feed a dog are questions every owner must ask. This article will help you sort through all of the opinions and claims and help you keep your pup healthy and happy. Read More >
A quick guide for pet air travel
The purpose of this Quick Guide is to help Owners and their Pets have a positive experience when traveling as
Checked Pets or shipped as Cargo. This guide is not applicable for Pets being taken in cabin with their Owner, nor is it applicable to international travel.
There are regulatory mandates for pets travelling on a plane, both from USDA and the International Air Transportation Association (IATA). In addition to these regulations, each airline also has their own internal pet travel requirements, over and above what USDA and IATA mandate.
Each Airline’s Pet Travel Requirements differ so it is important to do your homework IN ADVANCE of traveling!
How to Choose the Right Pet Sitter
While we adore our pets and often take them with us on errands and the occasional road trip, sometimes we have to leave our furry friends behind. If you’re a parent, you understand the importance of choosing the right babysitter to care for your children. Well, pets are no different – they need the same supervision, love and care as our children do – especially since our pets cannot communicate their specific needs with us or let us know if they’ve been hurt. Read More >
The Three Rules to Training
When people tell me they can’t train their out-of-control dog, I tell them to remember three words in this order: Control, Train, Treat. Let’s break this down step by step…Control: It’s very typical for a puppy or any untrained dog to be wild and out of control. It’s frustrating to most people when they’re trying to train them and the dog is running wild all over the place. Read More >
Why Does My Dog Bury or Hide His Toys?
Have you ever caught your dog frantically digging and scratching a hole or even an imaginary hole – in the bed, blanket or couch – if he’s inside, with a devious look on his face? If so, you’re not alone as pet parents across the nation have probably experienced this phenomena at least once while in their dog’s presence. So, what’s all the fuss about? If you’re like many pet parents, you shower your pets with an abundance of toys and treats, but why would there be any reason for him to try to bury or hide his toys? Read More >
Controlling Litter Odor, Litter Scatter, Where to Keep it & Litter Accessories
As a pet parent of a cat, you love your furry friend, but sometimes you just don’t love the odor that comes with owning a cat. What’s that odor, you ask? The odor from a cat’s litter can be unpleasant to family members and guests alike, so it’s important to understand how to properly maintain your cat’s litter box. Read More >
Dog Grooming 101
How to Groom a Dog to Be Healthy and Happy. Oh, dog grooming. You don’t love doing it. Most dogs sure as heck don’t love getting it done. But, along with proper food and water, proper grooming can ensure your dog stays healthy and never has to bear the shame of being the “smelly kid at the dog park.” Here are some dog grooming tips to help you know the ins and outs of keeping your pup pretty, and sometimes, healthy. Read More >