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DIY Pet Mom Gifts For Mother’s Day

We love a good DIY project! Anyone else? You don’t have to be the most creative person in the room to make these cute DIY pet mom gifts for Mother’s Day! These simple and easy gifts will work for any fur mom and won’t break the bank either. They’re guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face and you can even make more than one! They’re that easy! DIY Pet Mom Beaded Garland Supplies: Wood bead (color of your choice – you can also paint them the color you want)TwineWooden end piece or tag end pieceLetter tilesHot glue, Tacky glue, or…

Why are some dogs more hyper than others?

Plus, tips to help calm a hyper dog Just like people, not all dogs have the same energy level. Some dogs are much more hyper than others. Some dogs are more hyper than others because we bred them for different purposes. Genetics can absolutely influence your dog’s baseline energy level. It makes sense that a border collie is more hyper than a pug, because a border collie’s job (or at least her great-grandparent’s job) is to spend all day watching and herding sheep. A border collie’s hypervigilance, speed, stamina, drive to control movement, and endless energy is all part of…

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…

Tips to Get Back to Exercising Your Dog After Surgery

Sterilization surgery (spay or neuter) is a part of almost every American dog’s life. Spaying or neutering your pet is a foolproof way to avoid unwanted puppies, but it’s also a significant surgery for your dog! Maintaining your dog’s quality of life during these tough periods can be a challenge. One of the hardest parts of recovering from surgery? Exercise. Physical activity helps keep dogs fit and healthy, both in body and mind. That’s why it’s so important to get back to exercising your dog after surgery! In fact, light activity after spay or neuter surgeries can actually help recovery.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Toys to Keep Dogs Busy

We would love to spend all day entertaining our dogs, but that isn’t always the reality. Dogs crave stimulation and at times require more energy than we have available. Luckily, there are toys to keep dogs busy, so they don’t miss out on the mental stimulation they need. Keeping your dog busy can keep them out of trouble. Many toys also have learning properties that can teach your dog patterns and activities. Bored dogs turn into naughty dogs and when you’re not available to provide their needed entertainment, they’ll keep themselves busy doing something you’ve definitely told them not to…

What You Need to Know About Hiking with Your Dog: From A Puppy to a Senior

If you happen to be both a dog owner and a hiker, you understand the desire to take your furry friend on the trails with you. Before you pack up to go hiking with your dog, it’s important to consider their age, their abilities, and items needed along the trail. Hiking with your dog changes drastically from puppy, to adult, and then senior. Heading out on a hike that is just right for your dog’s development and ability is crucial. Here are a couple tips to make sure both you and your dog have a safe, fun time when you…