Dog Crating Tips and Tricks

Dog Crating Tips and Tricks

If you own a dog, the idea of crating her probably makes you cringe. It’s especially difficult if your dog fights the idea and takes a lot of coaxing to get into the crate. My own dogs are surprisingly okay with being crated for cross-country trips or weekends at my parents when we are out of town. However, it wasn’t easy in the beginning.  My chocolate lab Jake is a howler and let his feeling be known loudly during crate…

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Why Does my Dog Eat Poop

Why Does my Dog Eat Poop

Well, you made it past the title. So, let’s discuss the medical and behavioral reasons your dog is making poop part of his diet, and how you can break the habit. Medical Reasons Believe it or not, there are medical reasons that can trigger this behavior. Keep reading to learn more. Enzyme deficiency. It the wild, your dog’s ancestor had a diet that matched her surroundings. When wolves and wild dogs eat prey, they consume the entire kill, guts and all. Over…

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8 Things Humans Do That Stresses Dogs Out

8 Things Humans Do That Stresses Dogs Out

Our fur-babies are special in our hearts, not quite children that grow up and create their own lives. These amazing creatures are our companions throughout their lives. Often dogs enter as impressionable puppies, and grow and age with us. Each breed is different; each dog within the breed is different as well. Some breeds are a bit more high strung than others, some more intense and determined, some so easy-going and fluid in their attitudes that you’d swear you could…

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No-Stress Guide for Having Pets Around Babies and Kids Safely

No-Stress Guide for Having Pets Around Babies and Kids Safely

Pets can help children socialize and form memories that last a lifetime. However, it’s important to consider pets a part of the family and to be sure that everyone is comfortable when dynamics change. This could include introducing a new pet to children and other pets, bringing home a new baby, or becoming first-time pet parents when you already have children. Let’s take a look at some ways to plan for these scenarios and make sure that you find the…

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Human Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

Human Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

Dogs make the cutest faces when they want food from your plate. They’ll make you feel guilty, and naturally, you’ll give in. Don’t feel too bad. It’s okay to give in with certain foods. These are human foods your dog should never eat Onions, Garlic, and Chives Almonds Chocolate Raw Meat and Eggs Salty Snack Foods Milk and Dairy Products Onions, Garlic, and Chives Every culinary masterpiece has specific seasonings and cooked with other foods, such as onions, garlic, and…

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Best Outdoor Dog Houses for Large Dogs

Best Outdoor Dog Houses for Large Dogs

Dog houses have certainly evolved from the pens of the past! We’re talking pooch castles with heated floors, decks and windows are on the list of the best houses for large dogs. Yes, we want to make them comfortable but we also want them to stay healthy. There are a variety of dog houses on the market today that are even nicer than their owners’ homes. Dog houses in today’s market are stylishly designed to compliment our outdoor spaces. Many are exclusively created…

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Dog Separation Anxiety Solutions and Cures

Dog Separation Anxiety Solutions and Cures

Jane and Sparky When Jane adopted Sparky from the shelter, all she saw was an adorable mixed breed. Sparky was lively, and charming. Up-to-date on shots and a clean bill of health. A perfect dog companion to a working person and family. They knew it would take Sparky time to adjust to his new home. But they hadn’t anticipated the frantic barking to last more than a few minutes. Worse, when Jane returned home from work, Sparky would crawl into…

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Leaving Dogs Home Alone: 5 Gadgets to Feed, Monitor and Interact with Them

Leaving Dogs Home Alone: 5 Gadgets to Feed, Monitor and Interact with Them

Dogs are often considered part of our family. Unfortunately, we can’t always take them with us as we do what needs to be done during the day. When your dog experiences separation anxiety, this can make things as normal as going to work or running out to do a few errands heart-breaking for both you and your fur baby. Even dogs who don’t experience a great deal of anxiety show sadness when you prepare to leave them alone. After all,…

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Two Ways to Teach Your Dog To Come

Two Ways to Teach Your Dog To Come

If your otherwise awesome dog doesn’t come when called, it can put him at risk. I am the proud owner of two chocolate labs with very different personalities. Luke comes obediently when called, tends to follow at my heels and rarely runs off. Meanwhile, my lovely Jake is a great dog, until a rabbit, squirrel or just about anything else passes by. Fortunately, I was able to figure out how to train my excitable four-legger to come when called. Keep reading to learn…

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Best GPS Collars to Track Your Dog

Best GPS Collars to Track Your Dog

Cover photo courtesy of Tractive If you have ever lost a pet, you know the heart wrenching feeling that doesn’t go away until you track them down. These days, you don’t have to go door-to-door or put up signs in the neighborhood. To keep your pet safe and secure, even if they get lost, you need to buy a GPS collar. Even after you make that decision, there is a lot more you need to know. What is a GPS…

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