Natural Disasters & Your Pets: How You Can Keep Them Safe

When natural disasters strike, many people have plans in place to make sure their families stay safe. Though you may be ready to stay safe, there’s often one family member that can be forgotten in the rush of an emergency: the family pet.

June is National Pet Preparedness Month – a month where pet parents are encouraged to think about their disaster plans.

Dogs, cats, and other pets can easily become disoriented during and after a storm. This means they may try to run away or hide from even the people they trust and love.

In order to help you prepare for your furry family member’s safety in a natural disaster, we’ve put together this handy infographic that provides tips for a few different types of storms.

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Are there other ways of preparing for natural disasters that you’ve found helpful? Share in the comments below. 

5 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog More Active

5 Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog More Active

If you have a senior dog, you might have noticed he’s having a harder time keeping up while walking or running. Or maybe he’s stiff and sore after playing at the park, chasing a ball or doing agility.

My own Lab mix is 9 years old. He used to be my running buddy, but today we stick to short walks because longer exercise sessions are hard on his joints.

Obviously, dog owners want to keep their senior dogs as fit and active as possible, but sometimes it feels like options are limited.

Here are some ideas to consider for keeping your senior dog active. [Read more…]

6 Tips for Introducing a Puppy to Your Adult Dog

So you’re planning on adopting a puppy or younger dog, but how will your current dog react?

Maybe she generally loves other dogs but you’re worried she’ll be jealous or that a puppy will be too playful for her.

How can you help the introduction go as smoothly as possible? The following are some ideas that should help.

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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.

Weimaraner riding in the car

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Dog Bite Prevention – Statistics and What You Can Do

May 17 to 23 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and we put together this infographic with statistics on dog bites in the United States.

You’ll notice that some of the reasons dogs bite include fear or pain, resource guarding or re-directing their aggression.

A couple of things you can do to help prevent dog bites include educating yourself on dog behavior and learning their nonverbal cues for potential aggression. You can also help by teaching children about respecting dogs and how to read their behavior.

Finally, it’s important to support breed-neutral safety laws and to educate dog owners in general about the importance of proper training and exercise for all dogs. For more, see our post on tips for preventing dog bites.

Dog Bite Prevention Infographic

What tips do you have for preventing dog bites?