In 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.
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.
I’m taking my 11-year-old cat Beamer to the vet on Friday to have his mouth examined. The poor guy has some gross-looking teeth that might be causing him pain. Had I taken his dental care more seriously while he was younger, I could’ve prevented some of his current discomfort.
February is National Pet Dental Month, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, and I’m writing this to encourage other pet owners to do what they can to keep their pets’ teeth and gums clean and healthy.
Not surprisingly, one of the most common behavioral questions dog owners have is how do I stop my dog from barking?
Of course, it all depends on the exact situation and the exact dog. For this post, I’m focusing on one of the most common problems with barking: Barking in the yard.
I’ll share some of my own tips on how to stop this behavior, along with some ideas from a professional dog trainer who focuses on positive reinforcement training.
Many of us live with both dogs and cats and they all get along fine. I have a Lab mix and two cats, and the cats definitely rule the house. Still, whenever a new dog visits I always make sure to consider the safety of my cats during introductions. Even though my cats are used to dogs, I never know exactly how the visiting dog will react and it’s just better to use precaution.
If you already have a cat and you plan on adding a dog to your home this year, the following are some tips to set everyone up for success.
You may have heard of people in the news who left millions of dollars to their pets after they passed on. While most of us can’t afford quite that much, there are still ways each of us can make sure that our beloved animal companions are cared for if we’re not able to do it anymore.
Whatever your situation, you don’t have to be elderly or ill to set up a trust for your pet, and it’s probably easier and cheaper than you might think. To find out more about how trusts work, we talked to some experts and got a crash course.
Every dog is an individual, regardless of her breed or mix of breeds. When you’re thinking about getting a dog, you’ll receive tons of opinions about which breed of dog is best for you and you’ll have to take that advice in stride. For example, golden retrievers and Labs are often recommended as great family pets, but some retrievers can also be unruly and excitable.
I asked other dog experts for their opinions on the best breeds for first-time dog owners. Their responses are below, but keep in mind it’s all a matter of opinion. The perfect dog for one person may not be the perfect dog for someone else. But that’s a great thing about dogs! They come in a huge variety of sizes, personalities and energy levels.
Zucchini believes she is a cat. Do we need any more proof?