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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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 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 >

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 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Where Did You Go?!

Dealing with separation anxiety and your pet 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Pets Improve Your Health & Reduce Anxiety and Depression

In decades past, pet parents only looked to dogs for basic companionship for their kids, security and guard watch over their homes or occasional strolls in the park on a beautiful sunny day. Now, however, many pet parents have included these furry four-legged friends into their homes for overall health and wellness and to reduce anxiety and mood disorders. Yes, a pet a day will keep the doctor away! Pets are proving to be just the medicine we need to combat those ailments that could once only be healed through traditional medicine. 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 >