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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…