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Can essential oils harm pets?

With the rise in popularity of essential oils, it’s important to know how they can affect not only us, but the others that live in our homes as well. There have been many claims about how oils can have a positive impact on our health. But, will they have the same impact on our pets? According to a user on Twitter, she was diffusing tea tree oil around her place and noticed that her dog and cat started to act strange and lethargic. She later found out that tea tree is toxic to both dogs and cats. She shared her…

Rescue Story: Emily of Pups On Par

Sarah knew that many pups out there needed a home and knew that she could do something to change the life of at least one dog. After being surrendered as a puppy, Emily and her litter mates were in Maryland, in need of loving homes. “Emily has been a handful since day one. She was ten weeks old when we brought her home and she’s still a ball of energy at three years old. Emily is very smart and clever … she learns things very fast and can manipulate her way out of getting in trouble.” Emily wasn’t the only…

Free Feeding v. Scheduled Eating

Bringing home a new puppy can be scary because you’re now responsible for another living thing. Their basic needs now mirror your own and you find yourself wondering when they need to eat, what type of food you should feed, and how much they really need. When I brought home my new puppy, he was not very interested in the food I bought him for the first couple days. He also didn’t want to eat out of his bowl but preferred when I would throw it toward him on the ground. I had planned to free feed, but my vet…

What 4 experts bring when camping with dogs

Packing for a trip can be overwhelming and camping is no exception—especially if you’re bringing the whole family. You never what the weather may do or what accessories will be necessary and before you know it, you’re talking about buying a bigger car just to fit everything in. Although we can’t do the actual packing for you, we can give you an idea of the top items to bring when camping with dogs! We decided to ask four of our favorite Instagram influencers their top items to bring when camping with dogs. Here’s what they had to say! Jessica and…

Rescue story: Kai and Evee Bring the Love

Bringing a rescue dog into your home can fill your heart immensely. Not only are you rescuing them, but they also can rescue you. After her dog passed away, Rae was looking to fill her home again with a furry friend. But, what she didn’t know is that she’d soon have two rescue stories to share! Backyard breeder to shelter to home Kai is our rescue German Shepherd. From what we were told, she wasn’t bought from the breeder, so they brought her to the shelter. We met her and got her the same day she was supposed to be…

4 Tricks for Teaching Your Dog to Enjoy Being Brushed

Every dog needs to be brushed at some point in their life. If you have a long, thick haired dog like me, you may need to do it every single day. Getting those snarls out isn’t an easy process, and if your pup is like mine, they HATE being brushed at home. I’ve been on a year’s journey to find a way to help my dog enjoy being brushed and I’m going to share 4 tips and tricks to teach your dog to enjoy being brushed that have significantly helped me. If your dog is one of those special breeds…

Are Shock Collars Harmful?

If you have a new puppy, chances are you’ve considered or been approached about using a shock collar. These devices are typically used while training a dog to discontinue an unwanted behavior. This can include: leaving the yard, barking or jumping on people or furniture. Although shock collars have proven effective, there is controversy surrounding the method. People wonder, does it hurt my dog? Are shock collars harmful? I’ve asked these same questions, so I decided to look into it further.  Will it hurt them? According to Off Leash K9 Training, old shock collars had very high settings and were…

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,…