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Common Puppy Potty Training Mistakes
Have you ever heard a puppy owner say something like, "She just doesn't get it! I take her outside and she still pees in the house"? Some puppies are harder to potty train than others, but a big factor is actually how consistent the owner is with the training. It's about rewarding the good behavior, but it's also about preventing the unwanted behavior. Even with all the information out ther…
How to Help Your Dog Adjust to a New Home
Moving into your new home can be a process. You’re probably excited to start this new journey, but it’s important to remember that this new place can be scary for your pet.My dog and I recently moved into a new apartment and it was a big change for him. It’s important to remember that you’re not the only one that has to get used to a new place - your dog does too. Here are some of the things I fou…
Meet Niko from A&E America's Top Dog
Photo courtesy of A&EMeet Allison Case and Top Dog Niko! A local pup to us (Fargo, North Dakota) recently competed on A&E America's Top Dog. Case and her 8-year-old Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd Dog cross went up against six other dog and handler teams to compete in speed, agility, obstacles, scent work and a take down. Case is a professional dog trainer, and they volunteer their time…
Our Spokesdog River's Favorite Dog Products
Our spokesdog, River, is a very active yellow labrador who loves to swim and fetch. River, just like all dogs, always has his favorite toys and treats, so we are making a list of River’s favorite things. He would have liked to type this list himself, but his paws are just too big for the keyboard!River's Favorite ProductsOne of River’s favorite things is our Waterproof ScruffTag Personalized Dog C…
Pet Trusts: Providing for Fido After You Pass
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…
Benefits of Spaying or Neutering your Dog
February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. It's a month where we remind all pet owners that unless you are planning to become a responsible dog breeder, the best option is to spay/neuter your pet. To shed some light on the subject, we created an infographic that shares all of the benefits that come from caring for your pet through a spay or neuter.Spaying or Neutering Your Pet Having…
Planning Ahead for a Dog Adoption
Are you thinking about adopting a dog? Congratulations! While adopting a new dog should be fun, it's still a little overwhelming to bring in a new family member - especially if you're the one doing all the work. It can also be stressful for your existing pets. While some stress is unavoidable, here are a few suggestions to...Help dog adoption go as smoothly as possible.Don't expect the new dog…
Working Dog Breeds And The Work They Do
This just in - dogs were originally bred for more than giving kisses and snuggling their owners! Who knew? From hunting, guarding, herding, and pest control these furry friends have a lot of skills. Does your pup have a hidden talent? Read on to learn about the jobs of some popular breeds.Border CollieJob: Herding cattle and sheepKey characteristics: Agile, energetic, intelligent, and very trainab…
Observations from Intern in a Dog-Friendly Office
Dog-friendly offices are a rare breed (pun intended). Adding dogs to a regular office environment brings a whole new set of challenges and excitement to a 9 to 5.Here are a few observations I’ve had as an intern in a dog-friendly office:9 Things You Learn from a Dog-Friendly OfficeAlways bring a lint roller.I grew up in a household where the dog didn’t shed. I quickly learned, however, that your c…
How to Change Your Dog's Barking Behavior
Teaching a dog not to bark is difficult because we humans are not very consistent with our feedback. Sometimes we reward our dogs for barking. Sometimes we ignore their barking. And sometimes we get really mad about the barking! How are our dogs going to know what we want? Here are six must-know tactics toHow to Change your dog’s barking behavior:Offer the dog an appropriate alternative.You probab…
How To Keep Your Dog's Brass Dog Tags Looking New
Not all dog ID tags are created equal. Depending on what metal you select for your pet's new tag, it may need a bit more care to keep it looking brand new. Brass dog tags are a great option for your pup and are a customer favorite, but they do require additional care to keep them shiny and readable.How Is Brass Different? Brass is a metal that is softer than stainless steel. The beautiful gol…
5 Tips for Bringing Your Dog to Outdoor Restaurants
Do you ever bring your dog along to outdoor coffee shops or restaurants? Or do you wish you could? It’s one of my favorite things to do with my dog Ace, but he’s had lots of training and practice. I know it’s not so easy for some dogs to remain calm when out and about. If you like to bring your dog along out in public, please share your tips in the comments. The following are some sugges…
How to Help Your Dog Get Used to Car Rides
Some of us take it for granted that our dogs are calm and content riding in the car. It is a stressful or scary experience for a lot of dogs, causing them to whine or bark the entire time or to become car sick. The following are some tips to help your dog get used to the car or to make sure riding in the car remains a positive experience for your newly adopted dog or puppy. Tips to help…
What You Need To Know About Dog Skin Care
According to petmd.com there are over 160 different types of skin disorders for dogs. Skin conditions can range from bacterial, fungal, parasitic, hormonal and allergies. With dog skin care issues becoming more common, dogIDs wanted to take a minute to explain some of these conditions and how to treat them.Dog Skin Care 1o1AllergiesWith a variety of new breeds being introduced into the dog world…
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 are7 tips to keep in mind if you plan on taking your dog camping this summer.Practice some shorter outdoor adventures first. If…