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Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe at Night
Whether it's a long summer evening or a brisk winter walk after work, you and your dog like to spend time outside when it's dark out. 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, no matter the season.Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe at NightKeep your dog close Last October I was driving home…
How to Stop Your Dog From Barking When Home Alone
When I first adopted my dog Ace, he would bark for 20 minutes every time I left for work (those high-pitched, annoying yips!). This was stressful for me, because I lived in an apartment at the time and didn’t want my new dog to cause problems with my neighbors. I remember asking a friend what I should do, and she said not to worry. She believed my dog would adjust just fine to my routine in a fe…
Is Dog Daycare Right for Your Dog?
It’s hard not to feel guilty when you’re away at work all day and your dog is home alone.On the other hand, most dogs just sleep when we’re gone, and they are very adaptable to our schedules, especially if they’re getting plenty of exercise and interaction while we’re home.This post will go over how to decide if dog daycare is a good choice for your unique dog. I will also give some tips on how to…
Which Leash is Best for Your Pup?
Choosing the Right Leash for Your PupChoosing the best leash for your pup can be trickier than you might think. There are a variety of styles, materials, and lengths, all of which can affect the walking experience of your pet.Here’s your guide to getting the best leash for your dog.Retractable LeashRetractable leashes are great for casual walks with your pet. I love using the retractable leashes w…
What to Know About Dog Daycare Best Practices
If you’re considering sending your dog to daycare, there are some things you should consider.Dog daycare is a place for your pup to socialize with other dogs and it gives them ample opportunity to exercise throughout the day, which is especially great if they’re left alone at home for most of the day. However, there can be problems with dog daycares: if your dog is anxious or aggressive around oth…
How to Help a Dog Lose Weight – 5 Tips
It’s hard enough for some of us to stick to our own healthy eating and exercise plans, so it’s not surprising so many of our dogs are overweight.Besides the obvious - eat less and exercise more - this post includes some tips on how to help an overweight dog return to a fit and healthy state. I hope you’ll also share some of your own tips in the comments section.How to help a dog lose weight1. Feed…
What Are Your Unspoken Rules While Dog Walking?
Each dog owner has her own set of “rules” she follows while out and about with her pup.For example, I’m pretty firm with my two dogs and don’t let them get away with much. (Tough love.) I’m sure you have your own dog walking “rules” as well, whether as a fellow dog owner or when using a dog walking service.And have you ever come across another dog on a walk and thought to yourself, “My dog would n…
Where to Buy the Best Dog Products
Finding the best products for your dog can be ruff. There are so many companies, stores, boutiques, and online websites dedicated to dog products. It can be overwhelming.We're here to make the process a little easier for you. Here are our Top 5 places Where to Buy the Best Dog Products:BarkBoxBarkBox is a monthly subscription service that sends you toys, treats and other fun products through the m…
How to Exercise Your Dog And Stay Active in the Winter
I lived in Fargo, N.D., for 10 years, so I get it. When it’s cold – I mean really cold! – you aren’t as motivated to walk your dog! Heck, your dog might not even want to be outside. Still, it’s difficult to live with a rambunctious pup who’s not getting the exercise he needs when the temperature doesn’t get above zero all month. Anyone dealing with that right now? :) Here are some ideas to h…
Can Dogs Eat Peas?
Raise Your Paw If You Love Peas!If you look at the ingredients on the back of your dog’s dry food bag or are looking for homemade dog food recipes to make your dog, you might notice a popular ingredient is peas. We have to be careful what ingredients we give our dogs, so you are probably wondering, can dogs eat peas? The short answer is yes. They typically are good for humans and pups! We’ll walk…
Paw-Mazing Ideas for Summer with your Dog
Summer is winding down, but that doesn't mean the fun with our dogs doesn't stop! We've built a list of ideas for summer with your dog, just in case you're running low on things to do. What better way to spend the lazy days of summer than to enjoy quality time with our canine companions? Here are a few ways to include your furry friend in your summer plans.Have some splashing fun in the waterDogs…
How to Exercise Your Dog When It’s Too Hot To Go Outside
Sometimes it’s just too dang hot out to do any serious exercising with your dog.I normally recommend a walk every single day for most dogs, but I live in an area where it rarely gets above 85 degrees (that’s nothing for some of you!).For unbearably hot days, I still try to walk at 5 a.m. or in the evening, but I know that’s not always possible and some pups really need a mid-day activity.Here is m…
7 Ways to Keep Your Dog Walks Interesting
Walking your dog is not only a form of exercise; it is also an opportunity for him to explore the world around him and learn some good behaviors. And, of course, there’s the chance to pee and poop. However, having the same dog walking basics everyday is dull and boring. While your dog may be always excited for the walk, some people may grow less and less optimistic each day that they would wish…
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 ke…
5 Puppy Exercise Tips: How to Get Your Puppy Tired
If you have a puppy, you’re probably looking for some ideas on how to safely tire him out, especially if he’s in that naughty, “teenage” stage. Taking your puppy for walks is a good idea, but you may be wondering how far you can walk him without putting too much stress on his joints. And, is it safe to take him running? I asked two dog trainers to share some of their ideas for exercising…