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What is a Raw Diet for Dogs?

There is an overwhelming number of dog food options at the pet store. Whether you are considering switching to a homemade or a raw-fed diet, you probably have a lot of questions. It’s important to keep in mind that a balanced diet is really important when feeding your dog any type of homemade dog food. If you’ve been curious about a raw diet for dogs, read on as we dig into the risks, benefits and rules. We will also provide you with a 5 day menu to get your dog started if you choose to go the raw route. What…

How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need?

When getting a dog, we know they will need daily exercise. Your dog may even be your daily motivator and workout buddy. But, depending on their size, breed and health restrictions, their daily exercise needs may vary. You may have asked yourself the question, “How much exercise does my dog need?” Here’s what we’ve found: Benefits of exercising Have you heard the phrase, a tired dog is a good dog? When your dog burns off extra energy, they will be much less likely to find their own entertainment and stimulation – which could include destroying your house. Preventing anxiety and…

Do I Need Pet Insurance?

At some point in your pet-owning journey, a professional is sure to bring up the topic of pet insurance with you. Insurance for humans is often tricky to navigate, and many (myself included) have been confused about the topic of insurance for a pet. We all want our pets to be happy and healthy, but does that equation include purchasing pet insurance? We’re diving-in to provide answers to all of the questions we had when determining if we needed pet insurance. Where do I get it? Since pet insurance isn’t regulated like human insurance, it’s not always as prevalent. However,…

Rescue Story: Siblings for Life

Rescuing a dog from an uncertain fate is admirable. Cassie, did this for both her dogs. The more rescue pups the more reward and love, right? Right. Bear and Koda are two mild tempered rescue pups who not only found forever homes, but found a best friend in each other. We talked to Bear and Koda’s mom about her choice to rescue not one, but two sweet pups. What do you know about their pasts? Bear was one of an unwanted litter of puppies in South Carolina. The owners gave some dogs away for free, and the ones that weren’t taken were…

Toys to Keep Dogs Busy

We would love to spend all day entertaining our dogs, but that isn’t always the reality. Dogs crave stimulation and at times require more energy than we have available. Luckily, there are toys to keep dogs busy, so they don’t miss out on the mental stimulation they need. Keeping your dog busy can keep them out of trouble. Many toys also have learning properties that can teach your dog patterns and activities. Bored dogs turn into naughty dogs and when you’re not available to provide their needed entertainment, they’ll keep themselves busy doing something you’ve definitely told them not to…

Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to show those close to you how much you love them. That could include making them dinner, taking them on a fancy trip or buying them the perfect gift. You may have everything already planned for your human companions, but do you have the perfect treat for your furry friend? Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered with this no-bake treat recipe! Your pup will feel the love with ingredients that are good for them and delicious. Valentine's Day Treats silicon heart molds1 pint greek yogurt1 cup creamy peanut butter1 banana Mix together the…

Rescue Story: Sweet Like Sugar

Anyone who knows pit bulls, understands they can be the sweetest breed of dogs. This fact makes “Sugar” a fitting name for this rescue pit. After their first meeting, Sugar’s mom, Maria, knew that she could give her a better future and ensure that she’d live up to her name. Sugar’s past Sugar was in a questionable living situation when I adopted her at six-weeks-old. In the hands of backyard breeders, she was already taken away from her mother. Sugar was living outside, in boxes during cold Colorado Fall nights. I responded to a post from the “breeders” on a local Facebook…

DIY Salmon Dog Treats for Training

Our dogs show us love with sweet kisses, and we often show it back by giving them one of their favorite treats. In the case of training, however, our dog does something good and we reward with a treat to enforce the behavior. In recent studies, using food as a motivator has been proven to increase response time in dogs. This particular study found that food shortened the length of time taken to complete the response to the command. However, this difference occurred only in the early training phase and not later in the process. So, once your dog learns…