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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 >


Dog-Friendliest U.S. Cities

Deciding where you want to live is both exciting and stressful. Factors such as the cost of living and climate, among myriad of other things, determine whether or not you’ll experience the best quality of life. For pet parents in the U.S., the decision revolves around our pets. A pet’s quality of life is just as important as our own. Whether you live in the heat of Texas or the cool shores of Maine, there’s a dog-friendly city ready to welcome your furry best friend with open arms! 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Pet Overpopulation

According to the Humane Society of the United States, about 2.4 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs – about one every 13 seconds – are put down in U.S. shelters each year.1 Despite this disheartening fact, pet overpopulation is still prevalent in America as it’s often overlooked by many pet parents. Thousands of precious cats and dogs occupy shelters all across the US, often awaiting their demise. So what is the solution to pet overpopulation? It’s simple – as pet parents we must have our pets spayed or neutered. In this way, we can help to effectively manage the pet population year-round. 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 >


Where Did You Go?!

Dealing with separation anxiety and your pet 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 >


Waste Disposal

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 >


Self-warming & Self-cooling Beds

Whether you reside in California, Texas, Florida, Ohio or New York, being prepared for Mother Nature’s every mood means that you not only dress the part, but you adjust your home and furnishings for the rising and falling temperatures, too. As a pet parent, you also have to look out for your pet’s well-being, and that doesn’t end with mere food and water. Providing your furry pal with warm and cool weather essentials to stay comfortable all year-round is just as important as his food and water resources. 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 >


From Puppy to Senior

Caring for Your Dog Through Every Stage of Life. It’s basically a proven fact: There’s nothing cuter in this world than a puppy. They’re adorable. Floppy. Fuzzy. Warm. And … they’re messy, and a big responsibility. As any seasoned dog owner will tell you, having a 10-week-old puppy is very nearly like having a baby — suddenly you’re waking in the middle of the night for potty breaks, speaking freely about subjects like poop, and fretting over whether your puppy ate that stray red berry on the sidewalk during her walk. Read More >


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 >


Top ten dog and cat illnesses

When we feel under the weather, we know to pay a visit to our doctor. If you’re a pet parent, you have the responsibility to care for your pet and ensure that he’s comfortable at all times. When pets fall ill we have to be extremely observant of their symptoms. It’s wise to observe your pet’s daily interactions and behaviors when he’s feeling well for your point of reference when he’s ill.  Read More >


Reeling It In

How To Properly Use Your Retractable Leash. Retractable leashes offer dogs and their owners more freedom than traditional leaders. Dogs can move at their own pace, stop and sniff, run and check something out, or use the bathroom in a bit of privacy. Owners like them because they can walk without having to stop every three minutes while their canine companion stops to smell the roses. Retractable leashes can make walks more enjoyable by allowing the dog and owner to do exactly what they want. They do, however, require a bit more care and proper usage to ensure the safety of you, your pet and others around you.  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 >


Cat Grooming 101

How to Groom Your Cat for Health and Happiness. No doubt while going about your day, you’ve noticed your cat grooming herself. It’s what cats do, several times a day. That makes some pet owners think their cat doesn’t need grooming — but a little help from a kitty parent can keep your pet looking her best. Just a few simple cat grooming tips can keep your feline in tip-top shape. Read More >


How to Transition into and Keep Your Pet Happy During Warmer Months

Well, it’s that time of the year again – flowers are in full bloom and the aroma lingering from family cookouts fills the air. As pet parents, knowing how to properly transition our pets from the cold winter months into warmer spring and summer settings can seem like a daunting task. If you’re wondering how to make the transition into warmer seasons a more pleasant one, be sure to follow these warm weather transition tips. Read More >


Pet dental health

Caring for our furry four-legged companions is often compared to caring for kids. Our pets require regular checkups and vaccinations throughout the year. But unfortunately pet dental health is often neglected by pet parents as the focus is on vaccines such as Rabies and Distemper, among others. As responsible pet parents we’re accountable for their oral hygiene, too! Read More >