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How to make bath time easier

Your adventurous pup is no stranger to water. He’ll play in puddles, dive in the lake and snap at the garden hose. But, when it comes to bath time, forget about it! Your once-fearless fido avoids the tub like the plague. New owners and doggy experts alike often face this problem, but don’t worry! We’re here to help with some simple tricks to make bath time easier for both of you. Where to start Before you do anything, choose where you’re going to bathe your dog and stick to that location. Teaching your dog to like baths relies on conditioning.…

What to put in homemade dog food

Making homemade dog food can be time-consuming, but it’s a great way to give them a variety of fresh foods and it can be especially helpful if your pet suffers from any gastrointestinal conditions or allergies. Feeding homemade meals may take a little bit of research and work to find exactly what to include. Your dog has vastly different nutritional needs than you do, so it’s worthwhile to research nutrition guidelines for dogs before embarking on creating homemade food. Just following guidelines for healthy eating for humans won’t cut it. Generally, you will want to make sure your recipe includes…

7 Pet-Friendly Destinations

Our dogs are a part of our family, and when we’d otherwise travel solo, they make great road trip buddies. When it comes time to plan your next vacation, why not bring your pup with you? Pet friendly destinations encourage us to seek out and experience the fuzzy side of these destinations. Rather than throw a dart at a map to pick your next vacation town, why not follow your nose? Portland, Oregon Portland, Oregon is a great base for exploring the Columbia River Gorge and the dramatically-beautiful Oregon coast. Among the city’s best dog parks is Sellwood Riverfront Park,…

Tips and Tricks To Cut Your Dog’s Nails

It’s time to cut your dog’s nails, but he runs when the nail clippers come out. No amount of pleading can get him to sit still, so you give up! You’re not alone; most dog owners are familiar with that scenario. But you can’t just let your dog’s nails grow, and trips to the groomer are expensive. So, what’s a dog lover to do? Before we jump into our tips for painless nail cutting, let’s take a look at why it’s important to keep your dog’s nails trimmed – and why he might be afraid of it. Why It’s Important…

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.…