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How To Train a Dog Not to Bark

It’s no secret that people love their dogs. According to the ASPCA, about 44% of households in the United States have a dog. Our furry friends are such an integral part of our household, they start to become more than just a pet. They become our family. So when our “family” is talking to us, we listen. A dog’s primary form of communication is their bark. Dogs bark for multiple reasons, to warn of strangers, to show excitement, fear, discomfort, or boredom, as well as to defend their territory. This is completely natural and it’s good your dog is letting you know how they’re feeling. But what…

Can Dog Aggression Be Fixed?

Dealing with dog aggression is one of the parts of being a dog owner that most of us would rather avoid. But as a dog behavior consultant, dealing with dog aggression is one of my daily tasks.  The majority of dog aggression comes from fear or discomfort. Undersocialized dogs and dogs who live in chaotic environments are at the highest risk. Many of the dog bites that I see can be traced back to an unfortunate combination of environment, genetics, training and a specific trigger. When people ask me if dog aggression can be fixed, my answer is always that…

Everything Needed When Traveling With a Dog

Gearing up for a pet-friendly getaway? If you’re planning a trip that includes your dog, there are a few key items that will make the journey much more pleasant for you and your fur baby! Traveling with your dog doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, there are many perks to traveling with your pet. By following these easy guidelines, both you and your pet will have a safe, enjoyable adventure. Must-bring items Crate and leash: Not only is a crate the ideal way to keep your dog safe in the car, but it’s also a requirement on airlines. You should choose a…

How to choose the type and size of dog crate

Dog crates are extremely versatile and are useful in many situations, so when choosing the size of dog crate, you may want to consider how and where you will be using it as well as considering the size of your dog. Remember, a crate is not a punishment to your pet. It is his safe place and, with training, it will become somewhere he will happily go to rest, sleep and relax. Choosing the right size When choosing a crate some people think that larger is better. However, dogs don’t view the space in this way. In the wild the…

Dangerous Holiday Items for Pets

The holidays are a busy time of year. We’re often preoccupied with preparations, from decorating to baking. With all the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to forget that the holidays can bring many potential hazards for your pets. Here are a few important dangers to avoid during this hectic holiday season. Foods Grapes – Found in many holiday baked goods, grapes and their dried varieties, currants and raisins, can cause kidney failure and even a very small amount could be toxic to some dogs. Grapes and raisins are also found in many holiday puddings and pies. Chocolate -…

What temperature is safe for a dog outside?

Involving our canine friends in outdoor activities that keep us active is important for bonding and exercise. But, what temperature is safe for a dog outside? Here are some key tips to think about when planning your outdoor adventures, rain or shine. Hot Weather It is always important to bring plenty of water for our furry friends on all our outings, as dogs can become dehydrated very quickly. Breaks in the shade may also be necessary for dogs that are brachycephalic, like pugs and boxers. It is essential to pay attention to the signs of heat stroke, particularly for breeds…

How to train a puppy to be left alone

One of the first things that people worry about when getting a brand-new dog is how to train a puppy to be left alone. With our busy schedules, it’s important that a puppy learns to be alone pretty quickly.  Unfortunately for us, puppies also often have a hard time being left alone. They’ve spent most of their lives with their moms and littermates, and their life has completely changed in a short amount of time. Preventing separation anxiety in puppies and teaching them puppies to be calm while alone are important goals for your new puppy to ensure that they…

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…

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…