How to Introduce a New Dog to Your Cat

How to introduce your new dog to your catMany of us live with both dogs and cats and they all get along fine. I have a Lab mix and two cats, and the cats definitely rule the house. Still, whenever a new dog visits I always make sure to consider the safety of my cats during introductions. Even though my cats are used to dogs, I never know exactly how the visiting dog will react and it’s just better to use precaution.

If you already have a cat and you plan on adding a dog to your home this year, the following are some tips to set everyone up for success.

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What Dog Breeds are Best for First-Time Dog Owners?

Best dog breeds for new dog ownersWhich types of dogs are best for first-time dog owners?

Every dog is an individual, regardless of her breed or mix of breeds. When you’re thinking about getting a dog, you’ll receive tons of opinions about which breed of dog is best for you and you’ll have to take that advice in stride. For example, golden retrievers and Labs are often recommended as great family pets, but some retrievers can also be unruly and excitable.

I asked other dog experts for their opinions on the best breeds for first-time dog owners. Their responses are below, but keep in mind it’s all a matter of opinion. The perfect dog for one person may not be the perfect dog for someone else. But that’s a great thing about dogs! They come in a huge variety of sizes, personalities and energy levels.

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How to Stop a Puppy From Biting

iStock_000015214910SmallIf you’ve ever been nipped by a playful puppy, you know how bad those little teeth can hurt. It’s important that we teach our puppies not to bite so they don’t continue to do so when they grow up. The following are some tips to teach your puppy appropriate manners.

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Do Dogs Need Boots in the Cold?

snow-and-go-dog-boots-in-use_1841_310x310You may have wondered whether your dog needs boots to protect her feet from the cold and ice. Really, it depends on the individual dog’s cold tolerance as well as her breed and how long she will be outside. My own dog has sensitive paws, and he tends to lift them up once it dips below 10 degrees Fahrenheit or so. On the other hand, some dogs act like they don’t even notice the cold on their feet.

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Puppies as Christmas Gifts – What to Think About

Puppies as gifts - what to think aboutAdopting a new dog or puppy is an important decision that should involve the entire family. That’s true no matter what time of year it is. Keeping that in mind, the following are some tips to consider if you’re planning to give a family member a dog or puppy this Christmas.

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Should You Allow Your Dog on the Bed?

Dog on the bedI don’t allow my dog to sleep on my bed because he’s a little, um … gross. Ace is one of those big, drooly-types who always has “shoelaces” hanging from his mouth. If I do allow him to sleep in my room on the floor, he’s constantly waking me up by flapping his ears, flinging drool or snoring. Needless to say, my dog does not sleep on my bed.

But what if your dog isn’t as noisy and slobbery as mine? Is there really anything wrong with allowing your dog on your bed? I talked with a veterinarian and an expert in canine behavior to get some tips on this topic, but I’d also love to hear from you in the comments.

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Thanksgiving – Should You Share With Your Dog?

Turkey and dogDo you plan to share some of your turkey with your dog this Thanksgiving? Turkey can be a safe treat for dogs in moderation, but feeding table scraps can also lead to unwanted behavior such as begging. The following are some tips from veterinarians on how to help dog owners decide what’s best for their own unique dogs. [Read more...]

How to Decrease Stress for Dogs During the Holidays

How to decrease stress for your dog during the holidaysThe holidays are stressful for most of us, including our dogs. Think about it – all the extra people coming and going, packages piling up, travel plans, decorations and parties. It’s a lot for some dogs to take in. The following are some tips from professional dog trainers on how to keep your dog safe and relaxed this season whether you’re traveling with your dog or hosting a holiday event.

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How to Keep your Dog Warm this Winter

ProZip dog sweaterHave you wondered whether or not your dog needs a coat or booties in the winter? Every dog is different, so here is a guide to help you choose the right cold-weather gear to protect your dog from the cold, snow and ice.

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What products are OK for dogs with allergies?

Does your dog have allergies?Does your dog have allergies? Unfortunately, allergies are a fairly common problem for dogs, and sometimes finding the right products to help them can be extra challenging. The following are some potential allergy issues dogs could face, as well as some products that could help dogs with allergy relief.

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