Summer

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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Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe at the Lake
Surf and Turf life jacket at dogIDs.com

Surf and Turf life jacket at dogIDs.com

As we head into the Fourth of July holiday, lots of dogs will be traveling to various lakes and beaches with their families. While the dogs swim, run, play fetch and chase squirrels, it’s important for dog owners to keep some safety tips in mind. The following are some ideas to help keep your dog safe at the lake this summer.

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Five Tips to Help a Dog That is Afraid of Fireworks

Dog bed at dogIDsThe Fourth of July is a stressful time for a lot of dogs, and their owners. While there is no quick fix for helping a dog overcome his fear of fireworks, these tips are designed as starting blocks for helping a dog deal with fireworks and other stressful noises. Please share any additional tips in the comments section for how to help a dog that is afraid of fireworks.

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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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Five tips for boarding your dog

So your summer travel plans are in place. But who will take care of your dog? Is it best to hire a pet sitter? Should you leave him with “Grandma”? How about taking him to a boarding facility? These are all great options, but this post will focus on how to prepare for leaving your dog at a boarding facility.

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