Puppies as Christmas Gifts – What to Think About

Puppies as gifts - what to think aboutAdopting a new dog or puppy is an important decision that should involve the entire family. That’s true no matter what time of year it is. Keeping that in mind, the following are some tips to consider if you’re planning to give a family member a dog or puppy this Christmas.

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Should You Allow Your Dog on the Bed?

Dog on the bedI don’t allow my dog to sleep on my bed because he’s a little, um … gross. Ace is one of those big, drooly-types who always has “shoelaces” hanging from his mouth. If I do allow him to sleep in my room on the floor, he’s constantly waking me up by flapping his ears, flinging drool or snoring. Needless to say, my dog does not sleep on my bed.

But what if your dog isn’t as noisy and slobbery as mine? Is there really anything wrong with allowing your dog on your bed? I talked with a veterinarian and an expert in canine behavior to get some tips on this topic, but I’d also love to hear from you in the comments.

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Bark the Halls: A Christmas Gift Guide for Pups and People

puppy presentChristmastime is magical. I love everything about it. Well, everything but the cold temperatures. Snow can be so pretty, sweaters are so comfy, hot apple cider is so comforting, and trees, lights and decorations are oh so merry.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday passed, chances are you’ve already begun—or maybe even completed—your holiday shopping. But did you remember the special animal in your life? Whether your own pet, a friend or family’s, an animal rescue or charity in need, or even just the crazy cat lady you know, shopping for animal gifts is so much fun. [Read more...]

Thanksgiving – Should You Share With Your Dog?

Turkey and dogDo you plan to share some of your turkey with your dog this Thanksgiving? Turkey can be a safe treat for dogs in moderation, but feeding table scraps can also lead to unwanted behavior such as begging. The following are some tips from veterinarians on how to help dog owners decide what’s best for their own unique dogs. [Read more...]

How to Decrease Stress for Dogs During the Holidays

How to decrease stress for your dog during the holidaysThe holidays are stressful for most of us, including our dogs. Think about it – all the extra people coming and going, packages piling up, travel plans, decorations and parties. It’s a lot for some dogs to take in. The following are some tips from professional dog trainers on how to keep your dog safe and relaxed this season whether you’re traveling with your dog or hosting a holiday event.

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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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No More Jingling Tags
No More Jingling Tags!

No More Jingling Tags!

It’s the middle of the night, and all is quiet throughout the house. Until … jingle jingle jangle jangle! Your pet got up, and now you’re awake because of that darn noisy tag.

It’s happened to me countless of times. Whether Brick gets out of bed to walk around, stretch or scratch, or even just to resituate, I hear it. I’m a light sleeper, and a lot of things wake me up, but my dog getting up for some water shouldn’t. [Read more...]

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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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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