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5 Dog Puzzle Toys to Keep Your Dog Busy

If you have a dog with a short attention span, dog puzzle toys are a great options to keep them busy. No one wants to come home to a mess, so invest a little time and money in something for both you and your pet! Enrichment is key to keeping all dogs busy and happy. Puzzle toys come in all shapes and sizes, but they do not necessarily have to be about finding food. You can purchase most of these dog puzzle toys for an affordable price online or even make them yourself at home! If you have a dog…

Tips on How to Feed Multiple Dogs at The Same Time

When you see a family with a lot of dogs, you may think to yourself: how do they feed multiple dogs at the same time? Many dogs struggle with food guarding or steal their siblings’ food. It’s common behavior, but can cause chaos and fear in a household. Here are some tips and tricks to share with your canines so mealtime goes more smoothly. Barriers There are many different types of barriers used to separate dogs during feeding time. Barriers are the safest and most effective way to make sure every dog gets their meal. When each dog has their own room,…

When Should I Spay/Neuter My Dog?

Many dog owners decide to pursue alterations, which are often routine surgeries. There’s a lot of information out there meant to sway pet owners in both directions. Breeders and adoption coordinators at shelters often have rules in order to adopt or purchase a dog. Up until recently, many people believed that all dogs should be altered before six months. But, according to new research, this is not the case. Here we take a look at health risks and behaviors for small/large female and male dogs . Then we ask the important question – when should you spay/neuter your dog? Spay: An ovariohysterectomy is the…

What medicines does your dog need throughout the year?

Here are the vaccines, medicines, and vitamins recommended for your dog throughout the year. Below is a vaccine schedule and a list of important things to purchase at the annual vet visit so you know what medicines your dog needs throughout the year. Your dog will need shots, preventatives, and potentially supplements throughout the year so remember to stick to the schedule. Please remember that all dogs are different and talking to a vet about your dog’s health is one of the most important things a dog owner can do. These vaccine’s are based on the most common vaccines ordered by vets and…

How much exercise does a dog need?

And when is it too much exercise? Exercise is an extremely important aspect of a dog’s life. It is a way to bond with your dog and it can enrich their lives, but sometimes we can overdue it! There are many dogs that do not show signs of being in pain, and continue to be active even when they are hurting. So, it is important for you to recognize the signs, and to notice when it is time to stop and take a break. Read on to learn more about how much exercise a dog needs and when can it…

Feeding a Dog in Their Crate – Yes or No?

Some households choose to crate train their dogs for multiple reasons. Dogs have a natural instinct to nestle into dens and areas that make them feel safe. But, should we feed our dogs in the very areas meant to be safe spaces? There are many factors that could contribute to this decision, so let’s explore them all! Here are some of the pros and cons to feeding your dog in a crate. ~ One reason why feeding your dog in the crate might be beneficial is to create a happy place. At first the crate can look scary and intimidating, so feeding…

Make the Most Out of Dog Walks

The same old walk around the block can get boring not just for us, but also for our dogs. There are a few different things you can do to make a walk more exciting for your dog, and more productive for you. First things first, leave your phone at home and make sure you bring plenty of treats and bags. Dog walks can be mindless, but it should be a time that you use to connect and bond with your dog. Change Your Routine Up 1. The easiest way to make dog walks more exciting is to change up the…

The Signs of Kennel Cough

There are many different places that your dog can contract Kennel Cough, also known as Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis. That is why it is important to keep the Bordetella shot up to date (every six months to a year). Even with the vaccine, dogs can still pick up this cough through other strains of bacteria, just like people can still get the flu even if they are vaccinated. Dogs can get these bacteria through shared surfaces like bowls, touching noses or exchanging kisses, or simply through the air. If you are suspicious that your pup may have Kennel Cough, check out…

Should I declaw a cat?

To declaw, or not to declaw a cat, that is the question. This is a topic many new cat owners inquire about at the vet’s office. People are often confused about the procedure and unaware of the behavioral and physical issues that may arise after the procedure. Before we talk about declawing, we must first understand why cats scratch, and what they gain from using their claws. Why do cats scratch? Just like sneezing, scratching is a very natural behavior in cats. As the nails grow longer and thicker, cats need to scratch to remove the dead outer layer and…

Bucket List: Best Dog-Friendly Trails in the U.S.

When dog owners go hiking, our first instinct is to bring our dogs along on the journey. It is great exercise and socialization for dogs to interact with others on the trail. Some trails are off limits to dogs because governmental parks share the land with cattle ranchers. Others realize that off-leash dogs can damage vegetation, harass or kill wildlife, and leave urine or feces on the trail. Even if you are a responsible dog owner, unfortunately, some people are not. In order to keep our ecosystem safe, it is best to take your dogs on dog-friendly trails like the…