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Reunited and It Feels So Good: Why Your Pet Needs ID

Lisa Napell Dicksteen never thought that her beloved family pet cat Gus would be lost. But one October day, he snuck out the door and didn’t return for months.

It’s most pet lovers’ nightmare. If your pet became lost, how confident are you that he would find his way back home? If Fido is microchipped and/or wears ID tags, his chances are pretty good. But without ID? Chances aren’t so good. Can you even bear to think about losing your furry friend?

Reunited and it feels so good - Why it's important to ID your petsNational Pet ID Week, the third full week of April, is almost here, and so we here at dogIDs want to remind you the importance of ID tagging your pet. It just may be the one hope you have to getting your friend back home. [Read more...]

Meet Buzz: The Old Dog who Learns New Tricks

Buzz, the Old Dog with New TricksThe dogIDs team recently ran across Ann Flower’s photos of her dog, Buzz, posing in a hilarious variety of photos. When we found out that she and Buzz live in nearby Grand Forks, ND, we knew we had to learn more about this talented pooch
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Common Puppy Potty Training Mistakes

Common Puppy Potty Training MistakesHave you ever heard a puppy owner say something like, “She just doesn’t get it! I take her outside and she still pees in the house”?

Some puppies are harder to potty train than others, but a big factor is actually how consistent the owner is with the training. It’s about rewarding the good behavior, but it’s also about preventing the unwanted behavior.

Even with all the information out there about puppy potty training, new dog owners still seem to have problems. I asked three dog trainers to share some of the most common puppy potty training mistakes. Here’s what they said:

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Valentine’s Day: 4 Ways to Show Your Dog You Love Him

What are you doing for Valentine's Day?Are you planning anything special for your dog or cat this Valentine’s Day? Maybe a special treat or toy?

Or maybe your dog is sending a Valentine to someone he loves?

The following are four simple ways to show your dog you love him this Valentine’s Day, but more importantly I’d love to hear what you have planned for your pets!

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Top 10 Tips for Responsible Pet Ownership

family with dogIn honor of February being Responsible Pet Ownership Month, we at dogIDs wanted to remind you of some of the ways you can make sure you’re being a great doggie owner. You love your animal companion, but sometimes we all need reminders on how to give your dog the very best and keep him happy and healthy. Aside from committing to the long haul, here are 10 things you can do to be a responsible pet owner. [Read more...]

Pet Trusts: Providing for Fido After You Pass

Two elderly people with their dog in the park.You may have heard of people in the news who left millions of dollars to their pets after they passed on. While most of us can’t afford quite that much, there are still ways each of us can make sure that our beloved animal companions are cared for if we’re not able to do it anymore.

Whatever your situation, you don’t have to be elderly or ill to set up a trust for your pet, and it’s probably easier and cheaper than you might think. To find out more about how trusts work, we talked to some experts and got a crash course. [Read more...]

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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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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