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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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…