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What to Do if You Find a Lost Dog

Homeless dogWhat should you do if you find a lost dog?

Hopefully the dog will be friendly and wearing ID tags. That way, you could just contact the owner yourself. But we all know it’s not always that easy. What if the dog is not wearing tags? Some lost dogs may not even be wearing collars. And some dogs may not be very friendly.

The following are some ideas on what you can do to help a dog if you come across one that appears to be lost.

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Buckle Up for Safety: The Dangers of Loose Dogs in the Car

Dog travelling safe in carWe’ve all seen it, and maybe are even guilty of it ourselves: Driving down the road with a dog loose in the car, windows down, head out the window … or worse yet, sitting in the back cab of a pickup truck. It may seem harmless, especially when your dog loves to feel the breeze on his face, but the cost could be more than you’re willing to risk.

There are many dangers to this activity. Debris can strike a pup’s face outside, which can cause serious injury and costly medical bills. Ever been driving down the highway when a truck kicks up a rock on your windshield? Imagine that same rock hitting your dog. Not pretty.

What’s even scarier to me is that when a dog’s head is out the window, his front legs are often propped up on the armrest on that door. Some cars have those automatic window buttons right by his foot, and if he takes the wrong step, he may actually close the window on his neck.

Even worse still, if he tries jump out of the window, he could get stuck, or his leash or collar could get caught on something inside, leaving his body hanging or dragging outside, and at risk of chocking himself and great bodily injury if not death. Or if he makes it out, he is at great risk of getting struck by another car. [Read more…]

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…]

How ID Tags Can Save Your Dog’s Life – Three Examples

How ID tags can save your dogHere at dogIDs we understand the importance of pet ID tags, and we want to encourage all pet owners to put collars and tags on their pets.

The following are just three examples of dogs who were reunited with their owners after getting lost. In all three cases, the fact that the dogs were wearing ID tags made all the difference.

You just never know what can happen, and we hope these stories will remind other dog and cat owners how important ID tags can be.

If you have ever lost dog or cat, please share your story in the comments section.

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5 Commands Every Dog Should Know

5 commands every dog should know

While we’re all aware our dogs should know basic commands, sometimes we need a reminder on why certain commands are so important and how they can even save a dog’s life.

This is my list of the top 5 commands I believe all dogs should know and respond to. If you have additional commands to add to the list, please mention them in the comments.

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4 Reasons to Use a Harness to Walk Your Dog

Reasons to walk your dog on a harnessI’m a dog walker, so I use a variety of available tools for walking different types of dogs. One of those options is a leash and harness.

The following are some reasons why you may want to consider a harness for your dog.

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Tips to Help Prevent Dog Bites

Crossbreed dog sitting, looking intimidated, isolated on whiteMost dogs are friendly, but any dog can potentially bite, especially if the human fails to read the dog’s signals.

This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, according to the American Veterinary Medicine Association. It estimates there are 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, and more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.

To learn more about how to prevent these incidents, I talked with a couple of dog experts to get their tips.

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What to Do When an Off-Leash Dog Charges You

off-leash dogYou’ve probably been out walking your dog, minding your own business, when someone’s off-leash dog charges you. While this is often annoying, it’s usually no big deal as long as both dogs are friendly. But what if your dog isn’t friendly? Or, what if the approaching dog isn’t friendly?

The following are some tips on possible ways to handle an approaching dog, keeping in mind that every situation is different.

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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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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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