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 >
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 >
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
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
How to Keep Your Pets Safe in the Summer
Summertime is synonymous with warm weather and refreshing drinks and treats. For most, summer provides a fun and relaxing escape from the cold, dreary winter months. And while beautiful, crystal clear skies paint the perfect backdrop to our summer days, we can’t forget about summer’s hallmark – the heat – and what that means for our beloved pets! 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 >
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! 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 >
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 >
Overcoming Obstacles with a Shelter Dog
Adding a new dog to your family is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences that a person can go through, especially when you know you’ve saved a life rescuing him or her from a shelter. When dogs are kept at a shelter for a period of time, or if they had a negative experience with people before they were taken in, it can understandably have an effect on them. They may have developed “shelter shock” (a form of PTSD), they could have separation anxiety, or other obstacles to overcome. It may not be easy, and it may take time, but this should certainly not discourage you from rescuing a shelter pet. Read More >
Bedding: What Type is Right for My Pet & Why are Beds Important?
After a long day at work we can all agree that the comforts of home help us to relax and escape from the stressful environment. Imagine how well-rested you feel in the morning after sleeping on a comfortable bed. The right bed makes all the difference in how well your body feels, especially your back. As we have humanized our pets to live indoors with us, they, too, require some TLC when it comes to their bedding!
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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 >
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 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!
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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 >
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 >
The Dangers of an Overweight or Obese Pet
“He’s just fluffy.” “Aww, look at her cute little belly!” “He’s just getting older.” These are some of the things we say about our pets to make light of the fact that they might be overweight. As pet parents, we must realize that pet obesity is something we need to take seriously as it could lead to many preventable diseases and ailments. Over the last five years, both dog and cat obesity have been on the rise. In the United States, an estimated 55% of our beloved pets are currently classified as overweight. Pet parents should be concerned! Recent data shows that this elevated number of overweight or obese pets led to over $54 million in pet insurance claims. Read More >