Got a Dog? Get a Kong! (Part 2)

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If you read my previous article about having a dog and needing a Kong, then you’ll appreciate the follow up material and tips in this article! As I mentioned in my previous post, Kongs improve life with your canine companion for a variety of reason, but there are few more things you need to know about how to set yourself and your dog up for success! The Many Benefits of Chewing Did you know that your dog needs to chew?  Chewing is a natural stress relief for dogs. Chewing releases calming hormones in your dog and helps them to feel better. … Continue reading

A Personal Story: Trust Your Intuition When It Comes to Your Dog’s Health

Dogs and Dog health: Ares after surgery

Last week was a rough week for 4Knines… We were dog sitting my mom’s Great Dane Riley who is an expert counter surfer.  We know this, therefore, whenever we leave the house we make sure there is no food or tempting items on the counter.  However, we never even thought about putting up a pill bottle that was on the counter. Our Doberman Ana has incontinence issues and is on a medication to help her. We leave it on the counter right next to their food bowls so that we remember to give it to her.  Well, since we have a … Continue reading

Obesity and The Effects It Can Have On Your Dog

Obesity and The Effects It Can Have On Your Dog

An extremely high percent of Americans suffer from obesity. We all know the effects obesity can have on our bodies. From heart disease to cancer, obesity in humans has been linked to a number of deadly diseases. But what does obesity have to do with your dog? Just as your weight and obesity directly affect your overall health, they also directly affect the health of your pup. Many pet owners do not take things seriously when they hear from the vet that their dog is overweight, however, this is something every pet owner should take very seriously as this can … Continue reading

Got a Dog? Get a Kong! (Part 1)

Kong for Dogs to Keep Them Intellectually and Physically Challenged

There are things we want, and there are things we need. If you are a dog owner, dog lover, kennel worker, shelter staffer, or pet sitter, then you need to have Kongs handy.  Lots of them. We use Kongs all the time in our family, and I recommend them to anyone who owns a dog. They are amazing and they make life with a dog much easier and less stressful!  I’ll explain why. Kongs are Enrichment The Kong is a nontoxic, dishwasher-safe rubber toy. When stuffed with food and treats, it provides dogs with a healthy outlet for their natural desire to … Continue reading

How to Introduce Your Dog to Your Home

Home Alone Puppy Dog and How to Train Them

Getting a dog, whether it’s a new puppy or an older dog is an exciting time. To ensure this transition goes well for you and your pet, there are a few things to plan and consider before bringing your furry friend home. Pet proofing If you already have a dog you may be fine on this front. Some dogs can jump pretty high fences, while some will dig under the fence or find even small gaps between fence posts. Some awesome dogs do all three things and it can be tricky to curb that wandering spirit. Desexing male dogs will … Continue reading

15 Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets

Plants? Poisonous Plants , Dangerous Plants, Toxic Plants to Pet Dogs

Plants and flowers around your home may be pretty and relaxing to you, but could you unknowingly be putting your pets at risk by growing certain species? As lifelong pet lovers, we’ve found that the greatest danger for animals is often the most surprising to humans. And frequently, owners won’t even know there’s a problem until it’s too late. If your pet ingests a poisonous plant, symptoms can be noticeable anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple hours after ingestion. Watch out for: excessive drooling diarrhea vomiting labored breathing lethargy unusually slow or fast heartbeat loss of motor coordination (including … Continue reading

How to Make Simple Homemade Dog Treats

Dog Treats Homemade for Puppies

Making your dog treats at home is the only way to 100% know what your feeding your dog. But making everything at home can be time consuming. That’s why we are excited to share this quick and simple doggy treat created by Leanne Ely, best selling author of the cookbook series “Saving Dinner”.  Watch above and be sure to check out SavingDinner.com for the full recipe!

4 Dog Toy Safety Tips

Dog Toy and Safety

Nothing makes me happier than seeing my dog Rooney, run around the house with a toy in his mouth. He loves toys and I love buying him new ones. Although dog toys represent fun and play time, as pet parents we need to consider our dog’s safety when choosing dog toys. For example, Rooney loves squeaky toys. However, his mission is to find and destroy the squeeker inside the toy. Turns out, after living with Rooney for 3 years, I have learned that his mission is to destroy any toy that crosses his path. After realizing how Rooney valued his … Continue reading

How to Deal With Dogs Who Get Carsick

Carsick Issue With Canines

Imagine traveling to the park with your dog and then your pet suddenly starts to drool and looks a bit worse for wear. Before you can do anything, the dog brings all its food back up, all over your car. It is a good thing if you have a front seat cover installed but this is probably not what you were hoping for. Dogs get carsick, probably more often than people do. One of the main problems with this is that dogs who get carsick often start to fear driving, meaning any future trips become increasingly stressful. Luckily, there are … Continue reading

10 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Canines

Canines and Character of Dogs

Dogs are unique, fun animals, and most pet owners will agree that they really brighten our days. We probably know just about everything about our dogs’ personalities, but you might be surprised about just how much you didn’t know about dogs!  Like, dogs have twice as many muscles for moving their ears as humans, and that they use them to make more than 100 facial expressions. Pretty cool, right? Here are some other fun facts you might not know about canines: 1. Some small breed dogs’ stomachs are the size of a walnut! 2. The average dog is as smart … Continue reading