Everything You Need to Know About Shaving Your Dog

Shaving Your Dog Tips and Avoid Pet Accidents and Injuries: Dog Grooming

When the temperatures rise and the sun is at its strongest, you’re not the only one feeling the heat—just think about how your dog feels under all that fur and hair!   Many people consider shaving their dog a necessary part of their hot-weather preparations. However, this may not be the best idea for your dog. To Shave or Not to Shave? If summer or hot weather to your dog translates to unlimited time inside with the cool air conditioning, there’s absolutely no reason to shave his coat. Your dog’s coat has been specially adapted for those times he’ll need … Continue reading

Why Do Dogs Chew Shoes?

Dogs Chew Shoes: Know the Reason Why Dogs Just Do It!

Why do dogs chew shoes?  Allow us to misquote, and expand upon, the famous mountain climber George Mallory’s statement: Because they are there, and because they carry their person’s scent. There are actually several other reasons if you think about it. The shape is extremely well fitted to a dog’s mouth, as well. If you Google this, as we did, you will find many opinions… all quite valid. Dogs are alone, bored and anxious… chewing satisfies a need and thus calms the dog. Suggested replacements are rawhide or rope chews, any number of alternatives to the shoe.  If available, however, the shoe … Continue reading

Chiggers on Your Pet: What to Do to Banish These Bugs!

Chiggers and the Pain It Causes Your Pet Dogs

You may never have seen these microscopic bugs in action, but you have probably spotted the inflamed, red and itchy rashes they leave behind on your pet’s body. Chiggers are a species of mites which latch onto and feed off your pet’s body. They feed for about four days before going through an entire life cycle which can last almost two months! They’re hard to spot because it’s actually the larval stage that causes the real pain. And while they really are so tiny at this stage, their formal name is mighty: Trombiculiasis; and the pain they cause on your … Continue reading

How to Be an Earth-Friendly Pet Parent

Earth-Friendly Pet Parent for You, the Environment and Your Pet Dog’s Health

You may be recycling and composting to help save the planet, but did you know that you can help your pet reduce his carbon footprint, too? It’s true. Becoming an eco-friendly pet parent means you care about your pet’s impact on the environment. You not only buy organic produce and meat from sustainable, local farms, but you choose eco-friendly pet products and holistic, natural alternatives to chemicals and additives. If going green has always been your dream, today we’re going to show you how to be an earth-friendly pet parent the easy way. What Does Eco-Friendly Have to Do With … Continue reading

Walking Your Puppy 101: How to Start Your Puppy Off On the Right Foot

Puppy 101: Training Your Puppy to Have Good Behavior While Walking

Do you have a new four-legged best friend living with you? Or are you considering adding an adorable puppy to your family’s life?   As fun and exciting as adopting a puppy can be, training them correctly is not an easy task. But with a little help, you can learn how to start your puppy off on the right foot—well, technically feet, since they have four paws. Trust us, the hard work you put in at the beginning will be well worth the reward of a happy and well-trained pup for life. Practice Leading & Handling the Leash Properly   New … Continue reading

Top 10 Books on Dog Training and Dog Care

Dog Training Resources for a Better Life With Your Pet Dogs

Whether you’re just considering getting a dog, getting started with a new pup, or looking for help with a current pet, it can never hurt to turn to a good book for some advice on how to care for your dog.   5 Essential Dog Books on Dog Care…  Here are some of our picks for the top 5 books on dog care to help you learn about your dog’s physiology and mind: “How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain” by Gregory Berns This professor of cynology and canine neuroscience works with his adopted dog … Continue reading

8 of the Most Dog-Friendly Cities for Active Canines

Dog-Friendly Destinations for Active Pet Dogs

Taking our pets with us when we travel and even to the park for a daily romp is about as American as apple pie. Depending upon where we live in the good ole USA, some cities are simply more pet-friendly than others.   Pet-friendly locales are deemed such based on their number of dog parks, dog-friendly businesses, special animal events, the local cost of pet care, and the area’s “walkability” rankings. Since exercising our dogs offers so many health benefits, you may well want to check out our list of eight of the friendliest cities when it comes to accommodating … Continue reading

Should I Be Giving My Healthy Dog Probiotics?

Probiotics for Your Pet Dog? Should You or Should You Not…

Thanks to the recent explosion of yogurts packed with probiotics on the market, the term ‘probiotic’ is becoming more of a household name, and for good reason.   Probiotics give even the healthiest person a natural immunity boost from the inside out. And, thanks to recent findings, they may also help improve the health of your dog, too. So should you be giving your healthy dog probiotics? Let’s find out what the research says. What Are Probiotics Anyway? Our guts (and our pet’s guts) have a mix of healthy bacteria that’s good for us, and some not so healthy bacteria … Continue reading

How to Bring Your Pet With You on Your Next Vacation

Vacation and Travel: How to Bring Along Your Lovable Pet Dog

Everyone looks forward to vacation, but many pet parents worry about leaving their best friends behind. After all, having fun just isn’t the same without Fido by your side. Pets love vacation time just as much as we do; they get to sniff out new territories and meet new friends so they’re just as excited to tag along on the adventure. But if the thought of bringing Fido along on your next vacation sounds overwhelming, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. After today’s article, you’ll be ready to head out safely with your buddy anywhere. Before You Go 1. Get … Continue reading

5 Do’s and Don’ts for Buying a Pet Online

Pet Online? Things You Need to Consider When Purchasing a Pet Online…

It’s such an exciting time when you decide to adopt a pet for your home and family. Choosing to buy your pet online seems like an easy way to research and meet a cute puppy, kitten, or a lovable adult pet in need of a new home. Unfortunately, online pet scams are a growing problem and you don’t want to be another victim. To be extra cautious when choosing to buy a pet online, check out our list of the top 5 Do’s and Don’ts and be prepared to spot the possible warning signs of a scam: 1. DO Be Alert … Continue reading