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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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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...]

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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When Can a Dog Be Left Loose in the House?

When to give your dog more freedomIf you currently leave your dog in a crate when he’s home alone, you may be wondering when you can trust him to be left loose in the house.

This will depend on the dog, of course. Some dogs may never be able to be left loose in the house. If that’s the case with your dog, don’t feel bad. Crates are great tools to keep dogs safe and out of trouble. Or, you might be leaving your dog in a bedroom or in the kitchen with a pet gate, and that’s fine too.

The question is, when (if ever) should a dog be given more freedom?

The following are some tips to help you decide.

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What to Know About Flying With a Dog

What to know about flying with a dogIf you fly through a commercial airline with your dog, the following are some preparations you’ll want to think about in advance.

Every airline is different, of course. Plus, fees and policies could change at any time. If you plan to fly with your dog, make sure to do your own research and stay up to date with that airline’s specific policies.
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When Should I Replace My Dog’s Collar?

Personalized collars from dogIDsSome dog collars are made better than others. The same is true for dog ID tags. Some collars and tags are designed to last the lifetime of the dog, while others may only last a few months.

I’d like to start a discussion on when a dog’s collar should be replaced for the safety of the dog. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts and let us know how often you have to replace your dog’s collar and tags.
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