Category Archives: Dog

Should You Crate Train Your Puppy?

Mar_2014_1If you’re a new dog or puppy owner, you might think crate training is unkind or unnecessary, but there are many positive benefits for both you and your dog.

With the right training, your dog will view his crate as a shelter or safe haven, similar to a den used by his wild ancestor. It will also serve as your safety net for training and housebreaking. Read on for reasons why and how you should crate train.

Why Crate Training Works
When your pup is trained to love his crate, he will:

Learn bladder and bowel control

Feel safe and secure while you’re away

Have a safe haven to go to during stressful situations

Limit his destructive tendencies to toys, not furniture

Travel with less stress

You’ll also get peace of mind knowing your dog is comfortable and safe while you’re away.

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Keeping Cool on the Dog Days of Summer


Dog parks, beach outings, barbecues and long walks… summer time is for enjoying the outdoors with our pets. It’s also a time to be alert to summer hazards. Keep your pet’s play time fun and safe with these tips:


Lawn and garden products
Do you have a green thumb? Fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides might help your garden grow, but they can be toxic to your pet. Use pet-safe products or keep your dog out of the treated area until it’s safe.

Unlike humans, dogs don’t have sweat glands all over their bodies. They pant to cool down, but can still overheat and have heat stroke if they’re out too long on hot days. Dogs with flat faces, like pugs, boxers and bulldogs are especially vulnerable, because they can’t pant very well. Make sure your dog isn’t overdoing it outdoors, has shade and water, and is never left alone in a car, even with the windows down.

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Jet Set Fido: Traveling with Dogs

Dec_2014_1If you’re planning to take to the skies this summer, consider taking Fido along for a fun family experience.

There will be a few limitations when traveling with him, but our tips will help you prepare.

Check the Airline’s Rules
Traveling by plane isn’t extremely comfortable for humans OR pets. If your pet isn’t small enough to be carried on or taken in the cabin, be prepared for extra steps and concerns. First, check the airline’s rules for bringing your four-legged friend on board. American Airlines, for example, will not accept brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs, due to possible breathing complications.

Book as Early as Possible
Very few pets are accepted on each flight, so book as early as you can. Also, be sure your dog can get on the flight before you book your own tickets.

Get the Vet’s OK
Before taking off, take your pooch to the vet for a checkup. Make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date and be sure to get a health certificate within 10 days of your flight. It’s mandatory for air travel.

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Fighting Fleas Indoors & Out

Mar_2014_1The battle against fleas has begun and this battle can’t be won unless you treat your home and yard as well as your pet.

Here are our top tips for products that fight fleas at home…

Fighting Fleas Indoors

Your best bets for the indoor battle are carpet sprays, upholstery sprays, foggers and good cleaning. Kill adults and flea eggs with indoor sprays. These sprays work to kill fleas in two stages of the flea life cycle. They contain adulticide flea killers, which kill adult fleas shortly after contact. They also use insect growth regulators to target flea eggs and pupae. The adulticide has a residual effect that kills emerging adults for a few weeks as well. For the best results, use sprays on floors, carpets, rugs, and along baseboards and walls, as well as on upholstered furniture, drapes and pet bedding. Once the application is dry, it’s safe for pets to be in the treated area.

For severe home infestations, foggers are best. Foggers also use adulticides and insect growth regulators to kill fleas, flea larvae, and flea eggs (not to mention ants, roaches and other pests), but can last for up to seven months. All people and pets must be out of the home for one hour while the fogger is spraying. Air out your home for two hours afterwards.Don’t forget to clean before and after. While these products are effective, it’s important to clean and vacuum frequently and wash pet bedding as well to remove as many fleas and flea eggs as possible. Repeat the entire spray and clean process again in two weeks to be sure you catch fleas that have hatched since the first spray.

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Tips to Help Your Dog Cope While You’re At Work

Mar_2014_1Tips to Help Your Dog Cope While You’re At Work

If only we could cuddle with our pups all day long. We all have to go to work, but your dog may not understand why you’re leaving and this can lead to separation anxiety and stress.

Try these tips to help your pup cope while you’re at work:

Tire Him

While some breeds are perfectly content with sleeping all day (the greyhound is famous for being a couch potato) others are not. High-energy breeds, like border collies, West Highland Terriers and others like to be active. If yours is active, keep him out of mischief by tiring him before you head out the door.

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What Your Dog’s Tail Can Tell You

Mar_2014_1Do you ever wonder what your dog is thinking? Is he happy? Is he sad? Is he feeling unsure about himself?

 Even though your pup can’t speak, he gives you cues to how he’s feeling, especially with his tail. Dogs use their tails for more than just balance. They also use them to communicate.
When you come home from work, your pooch’s tail might be wagging quickly. When you go to the vet, however, his tail might hang low and move slowly. The difference in position and movement will let you know his reaction, but keep in mind these positions may vary for breeds with curly tails or naturally low tails. Read on to discover what your dog’s tail can tell you.

Happy Pup
Is your dog’s tail perched up high and wagging quickly? If so, he’s feeling very happy! You’ll most likely see this reaction when you arrive home, when you’re getting ready to go for a walk or when you’re about to throw his favorite ball. Continue reading

Cold Weather Safety Tips for Dogs

Mar_2014_1The cold winds of Old Man Winter are blowing in and you aren’t the only one who will feel the chill. Just because your dog is covered in fur doesn’t mean he won’t get cold as well.

Keep your pooch warm, cozy and safe this winter with these helpful tips for cold weather safety.
Keep him inside
Though your dog may enjoy spending time outdoors, limit his time outside when the weather turns frightful. The longer he’s exposed to cold temperatures, ice and snow, the greater the chance he will suffer from the effects of the cold.

Adjust his diet
Offer him a premium pet food diet, that is high in protein and consider a supplement with essential fatty acids. This will help thicken his coat and keep him warmer when the temperatures drop.

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Holiday Doggy Dinner Dangers

Mar_2014_1As you enjoy your holiday meal with family and friends, it may be natural to want to share the holiday feast with your furry family.

While your pets certainly wouldn’t mind some extra holiday treats, there are a few foods that can pose a danger to your pets.

Holiday dangers:

Fatty food can lead to stomach upset and even pancreatitis in dogs. Don’t overindulge Fido with turkey skin, ham fat or other fatty foods, which could cause problems.

Beware of offering your dog meat bones. Turkey bones can puncture intestines and should be avoided.

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Why You Should Get Your Dog a Bed

Mar_2014_1Whether your pooch loves curling up on the furniture or in your bed, you should consider getting him his own place to rest.

It may seem like your dog is getting the royal treatment by sleeping in your bed, but the truth is, he may not be getting everything he needs from this sleeping spot. A bed made for dogs is a much better idea. Here’s why:
Your bed signifies comfort and security to you, but your pup may actually feel a bit vulnerable in it. A human bed is big and dogs feel most secure when they’re in close quarters.

A dog bed that is just the right size for your pup will make him feel more secure. Plus, he won’t have to contend with you accidentally kicking him in the night and you won’t have to deal with him stealing the covers.

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Common Issues for Aging Dogs

Mar_2014_1Aging can take its toll on dogs, just as it does with humans. As dogs age, they can start to exhibit a number of issues, both physical and behavioral.

Don’t get frustrated when your senior dog starts acting out of sorts or doing things he doesn’t normally do. These behaviors are natural and this is the time when he will need your help most.
Here are a few common issues for senior dogs:

Accidents at Home
As your dog gets older, he might not hold his bladder as well. This could lead to incontinence, and as a result, may cause him to have accidents before he can let you know he has to go. To help prevent this, monitor your dog’s drinking. Only put down water at certain times of the day and take him out soon after he drinks. Also, consider products such as Senior Bladder Support or dog diapers.

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