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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 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 >


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

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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Top Household Hazards for Your Pet

If you’re reading this article, there’s no doubt you love your pet. You want to protect them from any harm, and since they spend the majority of their time in your home, it should be a safe haven. However, there are many dangers within your home that you should be mindful of. Many of these potential hazards are fairly obvious, and are similar to what you would be concerned about if you had a small child in the house. Many common domestic items are specifically dangerous to your furry friends. Whether it’s food, pharmaceuticals, or chemicals, keep an eye out for these top household hazards for your pets. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Bird Toys with an Edge

The pet industry has certainly seen a lot of changes with pet toys in the last few years. Certainly no one ever thought about guinea pig or rabbit or even hamster toys over a decade ago (except for the basics like the hamster wheel and exercise ball) and yet more and more toys are now being offered by manufacturers today. Of course, dog toys have been around for a very long time, and certainly rubber rings and balls along with the in-famous ones like the vinyl pickle, rolled newspaper and porcupine that I played with in my father’s store in the seventies are still being offered today. But some dog toys are now much more sophisticated with moving parts that make interesting sounds or will dispense a treat if moved in a certain way. Bird toys were actually the first to become more complicated because birds, especially those in the parrot group, including parakeets and cockatiels, are extremely intelligent and need a lot of mental stimulation to keep them healthy and active. 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 >