Because we know pet-parenting is no walk in the park, Petmate strives to provide solutions for all pet owners, from the pet-parent novice to the seasoned veteran. With our 50 years worth of pet expertise, we take pride in being your go-to for providing the knowledge to keep your furry (and feathered) friends happy and healthy. Check out these articles for tips and tricks to make loving and caring for your pet a little easier.

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  • 6 Dangers of Boredom of Dogs (and how to deal with it)

    6 Dangers of Boredom of Dogs (and how to deal with it)

    Many people value the "intelligence" of the dog as one of the key characteristics in a pet. This is why the most sought-after breeds are also the most intelligent ones? Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Read Article
  • What Type of Dog is the Best Fit for You?

    What Type of Dog is the Best Fit for You?

    Adding a new furry friend to your family is exciting but making sure you pick the right type of pet is an extremely important decision. Do you want a dog with a hypoallergenic coat? Are you interested in a pet with protective tendencies? Read Article
  • A dog sitting in front of a monument

    Five Influential First Dogs from the Last 100 Years

    In the words of President Harry Truman, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." For hundreds of years, dogs have made their presence in the Oval Office and have captured the hearts of their pet parents and of the American people. Let?s take a look at handful of the most influential First Dogs over the last century and the pawprints they have made on American history. Read Article
  • Finding the Perfect Sitter for Your Precious New Pup

    Finding the Perfect Sitter for Your Precious New Pup

    It might be hard to fathom leaving someone else with your new puppy - why would you ever want to leave your sweet new fluff? - but there will come a time in your new pet-parent life, whether that?s a long day at the office or weekend away with your family, that will require you to leave your puppy with a sitter. Here?s how to navigate the process of finding, hiring, and feeling a-ok about a puppy sitter. Read Article
  • A dog and a horse standing together in a field

    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; the 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 the heart; and quite honestly dogs reign supreme when it comes to love, with no strings attached! Read Article
  • Young girl hugging her dog in her backyard

    Pet Proof Your Backyard

    Our furry friends, whether old or young, love the great outdoors. The fresh air and open spaces give them the freedom to be themselves. However, just because our pets are descended from outdoor animals doesn't mean they are still just as well suited for it. As pet parents, we must take steps to ensure their safety always. Despite how natural our little ones seem in the outdoors; our yards aren't quite as natural as they seem. Read Article
  • Type of Service Dogs

    Type of Service Dogs

    We often consider our dogs as another member of our family or our best friends, but to many people with physical or mental disabilities and those who serve in the military or police force they are much more. To these people their dogs serve as a lifeline to safely get through their daily tasks. Read Article
  • Man and dog walking together at sunrise

    Top Five Reasons For You To Walk Your Dog

    As we all know, exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for you and your dog. From keeping off the extra pounds to improving brain function, a good workout regimen comes with a ton of health benefits for both pets and pet parents alike. Daily walks are the perfect way to get in some exercise while also sharing some quality bonding time with your best friend. While there are many more we could call out, here are our top 5 reasons why you should include at least one walk as a part of your dog's daily routine. Read Article
  • Cocker Spaniel lying on a couch with its owner

    Relief for Canine Stress and Anxiety

    Watching a dog suffer from anxiety and stress is no picnic and that's putting it mildly at best. Sources of canine stress and anxiety can come from a variety of different factors. From fireworks to thunderstorms, short-term vacation plans to a long-distance relocation process, millions of dogs suffer every day. Read Article
  • A mutt dog sitting in the grass next to its owners feet

    Mutts: What's Not to Love?

    We think all dogs are pretty awesome, and if you're reading this then there's a good chance you agree. Every dog, no matter what breed, has their own unique personality, and will likely be a great fit for someone out there. Some dog parents like purebreds because you can pick the exact dog you want. Their temperament and behavioral traits, and even their shedding may be more predictable. However, there is a growing trend to adopt or rescue a mutt from a shelter. For many pet families, not knowing exactly what you're going to get is half the fun, but, it basically comes down to preference. So if you're looking to add a new pooch to your family soon, here are some of our top reasons to consider a mutt. Read Article
  •  Dr. Jeff Werber, DVM

    Anxiety, Stress, Fear in Pets - How Bad Can it Be?

    It is a frightening fact that nearly 90% of the 89.7 million dogs in the U.S. will probably experience anxiety, stress, or fear at some point in their lives, and about 1/3 of them (24 million!) suffer these emotions regularly. We don't always understand why this happens to our pets, and we certainly can't ask them, but it is believed that the factors involved include genetics, Read Article
  • A small husky holding its paws up to its owners hands

    A Champion Guide to Naming Your Dog

    If the title of this article has caught your eye, it means one of two things - you either plan on adopting a cute little pet, or you have just done that. But regardless of what stage you're in, you'll sure benefit from reading this article. Read Article
  • The Three Rules to Training

    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... Read Article
  • Dog Waste Disposal

    Dog 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 Article
  • Dog Grooming 101 For Pet Parents

    Dog Grooming 101

    How to Groom a Dog to Be Healthy and Happy. Oh, dog grooming. You don't love doing it. Most dogs sure as heck don't love getting it done. But, along with proper food and water, proper grooming can ensure your dog stays healthy and never has to bear the shame of being the smelly kid at the dog park. Here are some dog grooming tips to help you know the ins and outs of keeping your pup pretty, and sometimes, healthy. Read Article
  • A puppy laying in a wire petmate pet crate

    How to Crate Train Your Dog

    Kennel, carrier, crate. Whatever you call it, it provides key benefits for your dog, from puppy hood through his senior years. Dogs are natural "denning" animals, 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, house training and overall happier pets and pet parents. Read Article
  • Shelter Dogs

    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 Article
  • Launchers, Balls and Ropes! Oh, My!

    Launchers, Balls and Ropes! Oh, My!

    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 Article