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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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Catching Some ZZZ’s

Your pet’s sleeping patterns and how you can both get some rest. Getting a new pet is a leap of faith, especially for first-time owners. You’ve picked out an adorable puppy, kitten or bird, shopped for the necessary supplies, got him home … and now what? What do you expect? Well, when it comes to sleeping, you can expect a lot. Read More >


Where Did You Go?!

Dealing with separation anxiety and your pet Read More >


How to Properly Fit Prong & Chain Collars

Whether you’re a man or woman, you probably tote a wallet or handbag to fit all of your belongings from day to day. If your wallet or handbag is too bulky or too small, it makes for an uncomfortable fit. Now, we haven’t seen any pets toting around a wallet or handbag these days, but we have seen our share of ill-fitting collars and leashes, especially ones of the prong or chain variety. Read More >


Supervised Containment – Best Practices for Tie Outs

If you’re like most pet parents, you probably hate to leave your pet behind when you travel or go on short road trips. Our pets are like our children, and we care for them in many unique ways. Well, with Petmate® containment products, including our comfortable and durable tie outs and our best-seller – the Aspen Pet® Dome Stake – we help make those picnics and camping trips more fun as you can rest assured that your pet will be safely and securely contained!  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 >


Dogs & Their Unusual Best Friends

True friendships are a rarity and if you’re one of the lucky ones who’ve stumbled upon at least one special friend, that friendship is destined to last a lifetime. Now, it’s no secret that man and dog have shared an enchanting bond since the beginning of time. In fact, you know the adage – dog is a man’s best friend. What makes the bond between man and dog so beautiful is the unconditional love that dogs shower their pet parent with – rain or shine! Dogs will adore you on your bad hair days and when your bank account is on the verge of flat lining. It’s a matter of heart – and quite honestly – dogs reign supreme when it comes to love, with no strings attached! Read More >


How to pick the right shelter for your dog

Enhancing your pet’s quality of life starts with his home. At Petmate we offer a diverse selection of shelters, including the Aspen Pet® line, to ensure that your precious pooch is protected from the elements. And guess what? Our shelters never need painting, and are rot and mold resistant! What more could you ask for?  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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


From Kitten to Cat

Caring for Your Feline Throughout His 9 Lives. Bringing home a new pet is one of the most exciting things you can do. It’s so thrilling to have a precious, cuddly new pet to bring joy to your home. And kittens? They’re pretty much the best. But getting a kitten isn’t just for a week or a month. It is a lifelong commitment, and cats can live up to 18 years when well cared for at home. Cats are famously easy pets, but there’s still much to know about caring for your new cat through his life. Here are some of the highlights you need to know to keep your cat happy for life. Read More >