Spring

What to Do if You See a Dog Left in a Hot Car

What to do if you see a dog in a hot carI leave my dog in the car from time to time.

I live in a coastal town where the mornings are cloudy, and we have a cool sea breeze. My dog waits for me while I run in to pick up a prescription or whatever it might be.

I love my dog very much, but I know some people would find my actions inexcusable.

There are, of course, very serious risks to leaving a dog alone in the car, and anyone who does so has to accept those risks:

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Celebrating Another Kind of Mother

It’s that time of year where we see advertisements for ways to pamper Mom – a bouquet of flowers, an Edible Arrangement, a spa day, some jewelry. But what about the other mothers? The fur moms?

There may not be an official Pet Mother’s Day, but that won’t stop us from recognizing some of the lovely fur moms out there.

To honor the relationship between human and pet, we asked some of our friends, staff, readers and customers to tell us what they think is best about being a pet mom. Here’s what they said! [Read more…]

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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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…]

How to Stop a Dog From Digging in the Yard

Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

Some dogs love to dig, but their owners are not exactly impressed by this behavior.

For example, my parents have a springer spaniel named Sophie who enjoys leaving little “potholes” throughout the yard as she searches for mice and who knows what else. This often means Sophie’s feet and toenails are covered in dirt and she has to have her paws washed before heading back in the house.

So, is there anything dog owners can do to stop this behavior? Or is it a lost cause? I asked some dog experts for their thoughts.
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What products are OK for dogs with allergies?

Does your dog have allergies?Does your dog have allergies? Unfortunately, allergies are a fairly common problem for dogs, and sometimes finding the right products to help them can be extra challenging. The following are some potential allergy issues dogs could face, as well as some products that could help dogs with allergy relief.

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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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7 tips for taking your dog camping

Many of us enjoy including our dogs in all kinds of outdoor activities. That’s one of the reasons dogs are so great. They’re up for anything! What could be better for a dog than going for hikes, hanging out by the fire and curling up in the tent with the humans? Here are 7 tips to keep in mind if you plan on taking your dog camping this summer.

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Playing fetch, with rules

Have you met the dogIDs spokesdog, River? One of his favorite sports is fetch. If there were a professional fetching team, River would be captain.

Playing fetch can be a great form of exercise for a dog, but it can also give the dog a mental workout if there are a few “rules.” Adding rules to a simple game is a great way to build a dog’s self control. While we want our dogs to have fun, it’s also important that they learn not to grab the ball from our hands or to bark at us to throw the ball sooner. Let’s get to some examples:

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