Exercise

Is Dog Daycare Right for Your Dog?

Is dog daycare right for your dog

Photo credit: Motley Zoo Animal Rescue

It’s hard not to feel guilty when you’re away at work all day and your dog is home alone.

On the other hand, most dogs just sleep when we’re gone, and they are very adaptable to our schedules, especially if they’re getting plenty of exercise and interaction while we’re home.

 

 

This post will go over how to decide if dog daycare is a good choice for your unique dog. I will also give some tips on how to choose the right daycare and how to prepare your dog for her first day. [Read more…]

The Top 3 Leashes for Everyday Dog Ownership

The Top 3 Leashes for Everyday Dog OwnershipDepending on what activities you like to do with your dog, you may need a variety of different leashes for each situation.

In this post, I’ll go over a couple of popular leash options and give some examples of when each leash could be used. If you have a favorite type of leash, let me know in the comments!

Different types of leashes for dogs

The basic snap leash

Snap leashes are your typical nylon or leather leashes that snap onto your dog’s collar. Most snap leashes are either 4 or 6 feet in length. This type of leash is often the go-to leash for dog owners for everyday use like walks, visiting the vet, going to a pet friendly store, etc. [Read more…]

How to Help a Dog Lose Weight – 5 Tips

How to help a dog lose weight

It’s hard enough for some of us to stick to our own healthy eating and exercise plans, so it’s not surprising so many of our dogs are overweight.

Besides the obvious – eat less and exercise more – this post includes some tips on how to help an overweight dog return to a fit and healthy state. I hope you’ll also share some of your own tips in the comments section.

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November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes in Pets

Photo by Len Saunders

November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, so I wanted to learn more about the signs of diabetes in pets, what causes it and if there is anything pet owners can do to prevent their pets from becoming diabetic.

Here’s what I found out:

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How to Get a Puppy Used to Walking on a Leash

Sheepdog puppy on a leashOct. 1 to 7 is National Walk Your Dog Week, so this week is a great opportunity to encourage other dog lovers to get out and walk more with their dogs.

For this post, I thought I’d focus on puppies and when to start teaching them appropriate leash manners.

If you’ve recently adopted a puppy, you’re probably already teaching her the basics such as “sit.” But at what point should you start teaching your puppy to walk nicely on a leash?

I reached out to a professional dog trainer and asked for her tips on when and how she begins teaching a puppy to walk on a leash. Here’s what she had to say:

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Safety Tips for Dogs During the 4th of July

4th of July Safety for DogsWe want to wish you all a happy Fourth of July!

Many of you will be spending time outdoors this week with friends and family and of course, your dogs. There will be lots of grilling, outdoor sports, parades and fireworks. While we hope you all have tons of fun, we also want to mention some important safety tips for our dogs. [Read more…]

Common Mistakes at the Dog Park

Common dog park mistakesVisiting the dog park is a positive experience for a lot of dogs and their owners. However, it can also be stressful or even dangerous when dog owners aren’t paying attention to their dogs or aren’t picking up on their dogs’ signals.

I asked two professional dog trainers to share some of the most common mistakes dog owners make at dog parks. Hopefully the rest of us can try to avoid these errors and set our dogs up for success.

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Does Your Dog Need a Waterproof Collar?

Does your dog need a waterproof dog collar?My Lab mix Ace is a gross dog.

He drools and sheds more than most, which means there is often crusty hair and drool stuck to his collar. He’s always dirty and loves to dive head first into any source of open mud or water.

Of course, I love my dog anyway, and one of our favorite things to do together is go to the beach so he can retrieve a tennis ball from the lake or ocean. Over the years, we have ruined several nylon collars due to this habit. They just never seem to get clean again after a day at the beach, and that “dog odor” is there for good.

If this sounds familiar, you may want to consider a waterproof collar for your dog.
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Tips for Socializing a Puppy

How to socialize your puppyWe hear about the importance of socializing our dogs and puppies to new things, but what exactly does that mean?

At what age should we begin exposing our puppies to new places and other dogs, and how can we go about it without scaring them or exposing them to diseases?

I reached out to some professionals for their ideas on how to socialize a puppy safely. Here’s what they had to say.
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The Best Leash for Running With Dogs

Mendota slip leads KC Dog Runners

Photo: Jeff Graves

The following is my interview with Jeff Graves, founder of KC Dog Runners in Kansas City.

KC Dog Runners is Kansas City’s first and only dog running company, and Jeff and his team of runners take dogs on running and walking sessions throughout the Kansas City area. They also offer a pet sitting service and a yard cleanup service.

Jeff has been using Mendota Slip Leads from dogIDs to run with his clients’ dogs, so I wanted to ask him a bit about his business and why he prefers this product.

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