How to Choose the Right Dog Trainer

How to Choose the Right Dog TrainerHow did you go about choosing a trainer for your dog? Did you read reviews? Did you choose the trainer a friend recommended? Did you make your decision based on cost? We would love your feedback because choosing a trainer can be such an overwhelming process for new dog owners.

The following are some ideas from two professional trainers to hopefully help you make the best choice for your dog if you need help with training.

Also check out our post on common dog training mistakes.

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13 Dogs That Hate Monday More Than You Do

The first five days after the weekend are always the hardest. On the plus side, you’re probably handling Monday a lot better than these dogs are.

Disclaimer: This post may cause you to smile, even if your attitude is “anti-cheer-because-Monday-is-here.” But that’s okay. These dogs aren’t feeling today, either:


 

1. This dog, who still hasn’t woken up.

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November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes in Pets

Photo by Len Saunders

November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, so I wanted to learn more about the signs of diabetes in pets, what causes it and if there is anything pet owners can do to prevent their pets from becoming diabetic.

Here’s what I found out:

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Senior Dogs Still Have Lots of Love (and Life) to Give

Senior Dogs Still Have a Lot of Love to GiveNovember is Adopt a Senior Dog Month! Because older dogs are often overlooked in shelters in place of a fluffy, energetic puppy, we wanted to highlight some of the amazing things that come with having a pup in your home with more mileage.

There are various reasons people prefer younger dogs, but older dogs have so much to offer as well! Here are some reasons you might want to think twice about the age of your next adopted friend. [Read more…]

Clean Safely: products that do the job without harming your dog

dog via gratisographyThese days it seems like nothing is safe anymore. Artificial ingredients, chemicals and GMOs, report after report caution against the dangers in using many commercial items, from beauty products to food to medicine. While it’s important to be an informed consumer regarding the products we buy for ourselves, how it affects our pets is a whole other animal (no pun intended).

Many cleaning products that you can pick up at the store contain chemicals that are known toxins with a long list of dangerous side effects in both humans and animals. Since our furry friends tend to be curious creatures, they won’t know better to not get into them, so it’s best to store all cleaning products in a safe place away from them. Even then, once they’re put away, fumes can linger. When it comes to the products we use on our floors and carpets, our pets walk on the surfaces after we’ve cleaned them, and when they lick their paws, they’re ingesting that product. [Read more…]

Dog Fans Recycle Cans

River loves to recycle and help a good causeGetting involved with a local shelter or rescue is easier than you might think. While you may be familiar with the idea of volunteering at a shelter or fostering dogs, there’s a new way to give back that requires little to no commitment on your part: recycling cans for a local shelter! Now you can simultaneously help the environment and animals. Talk about a win-win! [Read more…]

Dog Won’t Swallow Pills? Pinterest to the Rescue!

How to Get Your Dog to Take Meds

Taking pills is awful no matter who you are.

Think about it.

Dogs, a species that enjoys eating its own poop, cringe at the thought of swallowing pills. Thankfully, Pinterest offers tips on how to be the [dog pill] Master of Disguise.

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7 Ways to Save Money on Dog Care

7 ways to save money on your dogDog care can get expensive, especially if you have multiple dogs. The following are some tips and tricks from me and fellow dog lovers on how to save money in the long run on food, vet bills, boarding and other expenses. Please share your ideas in the comments.

1. Buy higher-quality items.

If you spend more up front on higher-quality items, you can usually end up saving over the long run because you won’t have to replace the items as often, if at all. A couple examples include high-quality dog beds, durable dog toys and high-end collars and leashes.

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Keep your dog safe in the dark

ScruffTag modelMornings and late afternoons are getting darker and darker for many of us this time of year. With the time change coming up, late afternoon and evening walks are only going to get darker!

You want to make sure you and your dog are visible to drivers when you’re out and about, so the following are a couple of safety tips to keep in mind this fall.

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Graphic Tees. Inspired by Dogs, Created for You.

Hooray! dogIDs has launched a brand new line of graphic tees for the humans! With 40 designs to choose from, our shirts are the perfect fit for you or the dog lover in your life.

THEMES

You’ve got some serious style, so we’ve created a variety of shirts to help you flaunt it and work it wherever you go.

Humor

For the love of dog, these shirts absolutely crack us up! If you like smiling, we highly recommend checking out these t-shirts.

 

Diets Are Hard

“Go on a diet, they said. It will be easy, they said.”


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