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. Read More >
Pump Up Your Pet
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. Exercise also has other benefits that aren’t tied directly to physical health. Regular exercise can help with your pet’s mood and behavior. It stimulates her mind, which helps her mood and alleviates her tension or anxiety, which can lead to destructive behaviors. In essence, plenty of exercise leads to a happy, healthy pet, which leads to a happy, healthy pet parent. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Housebreaking Your Favorite 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. 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 >
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 >
Choosing the Right Toys for your Dog
Buying fun toys is one of most rewarding aspects of dog ownership. Toys help keep our dogs happy throughout the day and become great bonding tools when it’s time to play. From the soft and squeaky to the rubber and rugged, there is a wide world of toys to explore and choosing the right dog toys is important for the overall health of our dogs. 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 >
Where Did You Go?!
It’s great to know that your pet loves being around you. It’s part of why you adopted him in the first place. Like any relationship, however, there are times when that attachment can go a step too far. When your pet acts out whenever he is left alone, it can damage both your house and your relationship. Here is how you can help your pet become a strong, independent member of your family. Read More >
Cat toys – importance of play for cats
Most house cats sleep around 16 hours a day. Must be nice, right? But during the remaining hours of the day, cats play to stay sharp mentally and physically. Don’t let that cute innocent look fool you. OK, cuteness always wins, but don’t forget that cats are natural hunters and need to be engaged on this instinctual level through play. Playtime helps counteract destructive boredom and provides valuable bonding time for you and your cat. Consider all the ways to play when choosing the right cat toys!
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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 >
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 >
You and Your Dog are More Alike than You Think – Science Explains Why
We’ve all heard the adage – a dog is a man’s best friend. A best friend is someone who loves you unconditionally, understands and adores your idiosyncrasies, and complements your uniquely awesome personality. Read More >
Keeping pets safe during natural disasters
While most of us would enjoy having perfectly sunny weather, with fresh breezes caressing our faces throughout the day, weather takes on many forms. Whether you live in tornado valley, earthquake central or hurricane island, every region of the world can find itself contending with Mother Nature. Inclement weather can strike at any time, without warning so it’s imperative to have a plan in place to ensure that not only you are safe, but that your pets are safe and sound as well.
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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 >
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 >
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.
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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 >
My Pet Destroyed My Stuff!
Why is your pet being destructive and what can you do about it? Bringing home a new pet is always an exciting time. You introduce him to the family, the house, maybe even his new yard. You show him his bed and his toys. And then, the inevitable happens. Your new pet will destroy something. He will destroy something you probably really like. It is what pets do. Why do pets do this and, more importantly, how can you stop them? Read More >