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How To Choose the Right Dog Collar for your Dog
Which Custom Collar is Best for Your Dog? If you’re new to the dog world, you might be confused when it comes to choosing the right one for your new canine family member. There are so many options, brands, designs and materials - How could you possibly choose the best one, especially a custom collar for your dog? Every dog is a little bit different in what they need. The best way to pi…
Puppy Training: Tips & Advice to Be Successful
We LOVE puppies!! Who doesn't? But caring for a new dog is big responsibility. Preparing for a puppy means all kinds of things: training, worrying about your home, teaching your pup how to interact with your children, getting dog supplies, keeping your shoes from getting chewed up and so much more! With so many puppy training tips available online, it's stressful to find out what to do with…
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…
Top 6 Reasons for You to Adopt a Mutt
Today is #NationalMuttDay, so it's time to give some love to the mixed breeds in our life! Here are the top six reasons to adopt a mutt:#1: Home for a dog in need You’re more likely to find a mutt in a shelter than in any puppy advertisements. According to the Humane Society, nearly 75% of dogs in shelters are mixed. There are usually 6 to 8 million pets entering shelters each year, bu…
How to Set Your New Dog up for Good Behavior
If you're adopting a new dog, it's so important to set the dog up for good behavior in your home. This post will help you learn how to prevent unwanted behavior like accidents and fights by controlling the dog's options. These tips can also be applied if you plan to foster or pet sit a dog in your home. Prevention goes such a long way! Tips for Good Behavior1. Keep the dog on a leash…
How to Socialize a Puppy Effectively
We hear about the importance of socializing our dogs and puppies to new things, but what exactly does that mean? At what age should we begin exposing our puppies to new places and other dogs, and how can we go about it without scaring them or exposing them to diseases? I reached out to some professionals for their ideas on how to socialize a puppy safely. Here’s what they had to say.Tips fo…
How to Choose the Right Dog Trainer
How 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 i…
What to do when you adopt a dog
So you want to adopt a dog, or you've already adopted a dog - congratulations! Whether you’ve rescued them from a shelter or adopted a dog from a reputable breeder, you have so much to look forward to with your new best friend by your side.You might be feeling a bit overwhelmed in the first few days, and even weeks, after bringing home your pup. That’s totally normal! It’s important to remember th…
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…
Common House Plants That Are Harmful To Your Dog
Hooray! Spring is here! You know what that means. It is finally nice enough to leave the jacket at home, take your dog for long walks until the sun sets and start planting your garden.If you are thinking of testing out your green thumb, it’s important to remember the family pets before you introduce new plants to your yard or home. Adding some green to our living landscape has many benefits to us…
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…
The First Steps to Training your New Dog
Did any of you adopt a dog or puppy over the holidays? Sometimes training a new pup can be overwhelming. Where do you even start? To help you out, I thought I’d go over some of the basics. January is also National Train Your Dog Month, which was selected by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers to raise awareness about the importance of dog training. It’s a good reminder for all of…
National Dog Week: Rescuing, Fostering & Dog-Filled
National Dog Week, the Best Week of the Year! Attention all you party animals, it’s time to celebrate canines! This week is National Dog Week, which runs through the last week in September. This barktastic holiday is said to be started by Captain William Judy in 1928 to educate dog owners about their responsibilities to their pets and communities. Speaking of community, we wanted to honor t…
How to Prepare for Your First Dog
Getting your first dog? Here's a checklist to help. You've decided that you want a dog, but what do you do now? When you get your first dog, it is important to do some research. I do not have any pets but decided that I would like to get a dog. I have been scouring the internet looking for the best breed, training tips and how to puppy proof my apartment. Here is a checklist that I made up that…
What Dog Supplies You Need for a New Dog
Are you bringing a new addition into your family? New year new puppy, right? If you’ve got a new bundle of fur joining your home, you need to stock up on some essentials.You may be asking yourself, “What do I need for my new puppy?” Well, we’ve got the answer: a bunch of stuff. Supplies Your New Pup Will NeedCollar & LeashFor a new puppy, a good first collar to choose is a nylon adjustable collar.…