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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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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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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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Are Training Collars Good or Bad for Your Dog?

Are Training Collars Good or Bad for Your Dog?

Choosing the right collar for your dog can be a difficult decision. There are many factors to consider before making a final decision.  First of all, whether you opt to use a training collar or not, you will still need a regular collar if you tie your dog outside (not recommended) or are using an aversive collar that cannot be safely left on the dog at all times. Regular Collars So, let’s start with the types of regular collars you…

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