Summer

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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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...]

10 Ways to Show Your Dog Appreciation

10 Ways to Show Your Dog AppreciationWe’re excited for the fun pet holiday coming up next week! This month, “Pet Appreciation Week” is celebrated and is a great excuse to spend some time with your pup.

Here’s a list of some of our 10 favorite ways you can show your own dog some extra appreciation! [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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Does Your Dog Need a Waterproof Collar?

Does your dog need a waterproof dog collar?My Lab mix Ace is a gross dog.

He drools and sheds more than most, which means there is often crusty hair and drool stuck to his collar. He’s always dirty and loves to dive head first into any source of open mud or water.

Of course, I love my dog anyway, and one of our favorite things to do together is go to the beach so he can retrieve a tennis ball from the lake or ocean. Over the years, we have ruined several nylon collars due to this habit. They just never seem to get clean again after a day at the beach, and that “dog odor” is there for good.

If this sounds familiar, you may want to consider a waterproof collar for your dog.
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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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Cuteness Overload at Local Family-Friendly Dog Show

West Fargo Parks Dog Show HighlightsDozens of dogs and their parents got together at the West Fargo Parks Dog Show on Tuesday, August 13th for a fun night of friendly competition. The family event featured a search and rescue dog agility demonstration, a cutest puppy contest and various small and large dog contests. Pet parents showing their dogs ranged from preschool-aged children to grandparents. Dog breeds in attendance included Labs, Golden Retrievers, a hairless Chinese Crested and a Pub/Lab mix. [Read more...]

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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