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How To Choose Training Treats For Your Dog

Treats are a training tool for a dog owner, just like a leash is a training tool. This means that many dog owners want to weigh the pros and cons of offering their dog treats when they are training them to do a new command or learn a new skill. Owners will wonder if offering a treat means that their dog will be better trained to remember commands and behave themselves. It all depends on who you talk to as to if you should use treats to train your dog. Even trainers are divided on the opinion as to whether…

Things To Remember When Hiking With Your Dog Off Leash

Hiking through mountain trails with your dog can be a leisurely, relaxing trek or a complete nightmare, especially if your dog is off leash. Without knowing the proper etiquette, your dog could become hurt or lost simply by not practicing the right techniques to keep him close by. In order to maintain a well-trained pet, you need to recognize and integrate a few important steps into your daily routine before you begin your first off-leash hike.     Train Your Dog Beforehand Training your dog to be obedient is critical if you want to go hiking with him off leash. Backpacker recommends ensuring that…

Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool in Any Temperature

Owning a dog, regardless of breed, brings a remarkable amount of responsibility to any household. Some of the obvious tasks involved in caring for your new canine include finding the right dog food, providing adequate playtime, securing a reliable pet-sitter, and, of course, potty-training. One thing you may not consider is how extreme temperature can affect your dog. It is important to keep your dog cool, ensure that your pet is comfortable in any weather and know how your dog reacts to temperature changes. We often forget that our pets are just like us … they get cold and hot just like we do. Though some dogs…

How to train your dog out of separation anxiety

Dogs can experience separation anxiety for a number of reasons, but it is most common in young puppies or rescue dogs.  It is defined as: symptoms of anxiety or excessive distress when they are left alone. This can lead to destructive behavior, excessive barking, house soiling, etc. Dogs may show these behaviors when their owners leave the house or even, in extreme cases, when the owner goes into another room and locks them out. In part, this is a natural instinct. The pack has gone somewhere, and the young dog is making sure they can find him again. Wild dogs…

4 Mentally Stimulating Games To Play With Your Dog

A rousing game of fetch is more than just a great way to bond with your dog. Not only does it possess health benefits, it can help change the way your dog thinks. No, really! When you train your dog to catch and return a tennis ball, you’re improving their brain function through stimulating games. Through trial and error, he acquires the cognition to retrieve that ball, and you have a smarter, happier pet on your hands. Without challenging a dog’s brain in this way, you risk your dog becoming bored. That doesn’t sound like such a big deal … at first. But remember, when people are…

Do’s and Don’ts of Household Cleaners

Cleaning your home as a dog owner is a no-brainer. But, are your cleaning methods helping or hurting? Harsh chemicals in household cleaners can affect our senses as humans, and can have an even larger effect on our pets. Keep your pets safe by knowing what products are safe and how they can impact your furry friends. Cleaners can be toxic Dogs are closer to the floor. They sniff and sometimes even lick the floor, and spend all day walking and sleeping very close to it. Even if a human thinks that a small has dissipated, it may not have.…

Sugary Treat Alternatives

There’s no doubt about it, dogs love treats. Whether it’s store-bought or something you’re snacking on, your pooch will happily devour it if given the chance. However, we want them to live long and healthy lives so we may not feed them everything they want. Sugar in dog treats? Did you know that many manufactured dog treats contain sugar? Companies put sugar in their treats mainly for texture but it operates as a preservative too. If you’re searching for a dog treat, be sure to read the labels before you buy. Check to make sure the treats don’t have artificial…

A Homemade Diet May Be The Answer to Your Dog’s Obesity

According to CBS News, more than half of all canine pets in the U.S. are overweight or obese. It’s a sad fact that dogs are gaining too many pounds these days from calorie-laden snacks and treats, causing problems to their digestive health and immune system among a slew of other complications. What’s worse, owners are often unaware of the actual reasons for the obesity and don’t realize they’re the ones responsible for it in the first place. Factors that influence whether or not a dog is or will become overweight Food Clearly the front runner for dog obesity, the amount of food you give your dog is often…

Bones To Clean Your Dog’s Teeth

There is nothing a dog loves more than a good bone to chew on. However, the market is now being flooded with bones that claim to help clean your dog’s teeth. The key is to know which bones actually do what they claim, and which ones just provide empty calories. Why Is Dental Health Important For Dogs? Dental health is vital to the dog’s ability to avoid plaque building up on their teeth, which causes tooth rot and decay and ultimately removal of the infected teeth. Once the teeth are infected it becomes very difficult to stop the infection from…

Choosing A Travel Crate For Your Dog

When you are traveling with your dog, putting them in a travel crate is vital not only to their safety but also to your peace of mind, knowing that they are resting comfortably and are safe. As more and more people travel with their pups, choosing the right dog crate is becoming increasingly important. What Types of Crates Are Available? There are several types of crates available to help transport your dog. You will need to decide what type of crate is best for you depending on your needs. And, you never know, you may need two different kinds. Common…