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How to Keep your Dog Warm this Winter

ProZip dog sweaterHave you wondered whether or not your dog needs a coat or booties in the winter? Every dog is different, so here is a guide to help you choose the right cold-weather gear to protect your dog from the cold, snow and ice.

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Should You Kennel Train Your Dog?

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When you adopt a new dog, everyone you talk to will give you unsolicited training advice. Visit the dog park/don’t visit the dog park. Use a slip collar/don’t use a slip collar. It’s a lot of conflicting information to work through! When it comes to kennel training a dog, you will also hear a variety of opinions, and it’s hard to know what to do.

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How to Treat Your Dog on Halloween

Halloween Treat Recipe and TastingHalloween: a time of costumes, kids and lots of candy. Opportunities abound for spooky sweets to find their way out of kids’ hands and bags and over to family pets. So, are any types of candy actually OK for your dog or cat? Any they need to avoid? We’ve all heard the dangers of chocolate, but what about the other types of treats out there?

Veterinarian Cathy Alinovi of Hoofstock Veterinary Services in Indiana and pet food cookbook author, and Jena Questen, a holistic veterinarian, weigh in to keep your pets safe this Halloween.

“What fun, right? Sharing candy with our pets! But, let’s be safe,” Alinovi says.

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Pet Safety Tips for Halloween

iStock_000005170205Small.psd - CopyIf you have a young pet or if you recently adopted your dog or cat, you may be unsure about how he’ll behave on Halloween. Will he try to get into the candy? Will he be scared of kids in costumes? Will he try to eat the jack-o’-lantern?

The following are some tips to keep in mind for keeping your dog or cat safe on Oct. 31.

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Safety Tips for the Dog Park

Safety tips for the dog parkDogs and their owners often love the dog park! However, sometimes one poor experience at the dog park can make a dog fearful or aggressive during future visits. The following are some tips to help keep the dog park a safe and positive place for you and your dog. Feel free to share your own safety tips in the comments.

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How to Set Your New Dog up for Good Behavior

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Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

If you’re adopting a new dog, it’s so important to set the dog up for good behavior in your home. This post will help you learn how to prevent unwanted behavior like accidents and fights by controlling the dog’s options. These tips can also be applied if you plan to foster or pet sit a dog in your home. Prevention goes such a long way!

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Dangerous Doggy Doo – Why You Need to Clean Up After Your Pet

Doggy-Doo-Free WalkYou take Fluffy out for an evening stroll, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying your sights and surroundings. Winding sidewalks, big trees, green bushes, squirrels scampering, children playing. Then, all of a sudden, you step on a landmine of doggy doo. Worse yet, Fluffy really wants to investigate these leftovers of another dog’s journey on this same path.

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Why Cats Should Wear ID Tags

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Pet ID tags aren’t just for dogs. You never know when your cat could get lost, so be on the safe side and make it easier for your cat to get home. Plenty of small pet ID tags are available here at dogIDs for small dogs, puppies and cats. The following are some reasons why your cat should never go without ID.

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Moving or traveling across the country with pets

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Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

My husband and I recently moved from Fargo, N.D., to Solana Beach, Calif. Moving is stressful enough on its own but worse when you add kids or pets. We don’t have any human children, but we do have our three “fur babies” – a Lab mix and two cats. We’ve moved across town with them a few times, but that’s nothing compared to three 12-hour days of driving in one small car.

Here are some tips for moving or traveling across the country with pets:

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Teach Big Dogs to Play Nicely With Small Dogs

Big dogs and little dogs

Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

We all want our dogs of all sizes to get along, but sometimes the owners of small dogs can get (understandably) a little nervous about inviting bigger dogs to play. Here in Fargo, the dog parks are even divided up with an area for “big dogs” and an area for “small dogs.” The following are some ideas to help your dog (no matter her size) get along with larger and smaller dogs.

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