Safety

What to Put in a First-Aid Kit For Your Dog

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month. If you don’t have a first-aid kit for your dog at home, now is the perfect time to put one together.

French bulldog with first aid kit

You can either buy a first-aid kit for dogs or put one together yourself. I reached out to a couple of professionals for advice on the best items to include in a first-aid kit specifically for dogs. Here’s what they had to say.

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Pet Poison Prevention – What You Need to Know

March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month, and we want to remind pet owners about some of the most common pet poisons found in and around people’s homes.

Sometimes pet lovers are not aware that certain household items can actually be very toxic to dogs and cats. We created this infographic to help raise awareness about some of the most common causes of pet poisoning.

Pet Poison Prevention Infographic

 

4 Tips to Stop a Dog From Jumping

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Dogs love to greet their dog friends by jumping on one another. It’s a way for them to show affection. However, this is not exactly a polite way for dogs to greet people.

If you have a dog with a jumping habit, the following tips should help teach your dog a more appropriate way to greet his human friends.

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Why Spay or Neuter your Pet?

February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. It’s a month where we remind all pet owners that unless you are planning to become a responsible dog breeder, the best option is to spay/neuter your pet.

To shed some light on the subject, we created an infographic that shares all of the benefits that come from caring for your pet through a spay or neuter.

The Importance of Spaying or Neutering your Pet

Is Tug of War a Safe Game to Play With Your Dog?

Man pulling stick from dogTug of War is a fun game between dogs or between a person and a dog. I play tug with my Lab mix Ace almost every day. He loves it!

But, my dog also growls and shakes the toy and gets overly excited at times, so I can see why some people might think tug encourages a little too much aggression. You may have even heard some people say you should always make sure to “win.”

I asked a few others for their thoughts on tug, and here’s what they had to say.

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4 Reasons to Use a Martingale Collar for your Dog

Sometimes it’s hard to know what kind of collar would be best for your dog, especially if you’ve recently adopted the dog.

The martingale collar is a good choice for a variety of dogs because it gives you a little more control than a regular collar. Plus, it has some safety benefits. It’s my go-to collar for when I’m fostering a dog.

This post goes over some of the details on why I like using martingale collars.

4 Reasons to Use a Martingale Collar For Your Dog

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What You Should Know If You’re Traveling With A Pet During The Holidays

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If your dog is traveling with you this holiday season, here’s a few tips and pointers [thanks, U.S. Humane Society!] to keep in mind before venturing out. [Read more…]

How to care for your dog’s paws in winter weather

Depending on where you live, you may need to consider extra care for your dog’s paws in winter months. For example, winter weather can cause cracked or dry paws. Plus, some dogs are sensitive to the cold, snow and ice on their feet.

For these reasons, I reached out to two veterinarians to get their advice on winter paw care.

Winter paw care
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4 Reasons To Ditch Your Retractable Leash

4 Reasons to Ditch Your Retractable LeashWhile retractable leashes may seem like a way to make dog walks easier, you might want to take a second look. Below is a list of the top 4 reasons why we are absolutely, positively not in love with retractable leashes: [Read more…]

How to Choose the Right Dog Trainer

How to Choose the Right Dog TrainerHow did you go about choosing a trainer for your dog? Did you read reviews? Did you choose the trainer a friend recommended? Did you make your decision based on cost? We would love your feedback because choosing a trainer can be such an overwhelming process for new dog owners.

The following are some ideas from two professional trainers to hopefully help you make the best choice for your dog if you need help with training.

Also check out our post on common dog training mistakes.

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