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How to Trim Dog Nails
When clipping your dog’s nails, It can be tough to know how long to leave them. While you never want to clip to the quick (which hurts them), a typical rule for small dogs and large breed dogs alike is that their nails should not have to touch the floor when they walk. Listen for a “clicking” of claws as your dog walks across a hard floor — it’s a good indication that there is still room to trim.
How to Clean Dog Ears
Ear cleaning is an aspect of dog grooming that shouldn't be neglected. Without regular cleaning, wax and oils build up inside the ear, increasing the risk of ear infection and hearing damage. With this in mind, it's a good idea for any pet owner to know how to clean dog ears. Check out this article for a complete how-to.
Common Reasons Your Dog Looks Sad
Your pet brings you joy, comfort, and companionship and somehow always knows when you're feeling sad or sick. As a loving dog parent, you want to bring that same intuition, safety, and comfort to your beloved pet. That's why it's so heart-wrenching when your dog looks up at you, wide-eyed, with their head between their paws. So why do dogs look sad? Check out this article to find out.
Tips for Leaving Your New Dog Home Alone
Jobs and school could force you to leave your dog at home for a few hours (unless you're among the fortunate few that get to bring your dog to work with you). So, how can you make sure your dog stays safe and happy while you're away?
The Ultimate Guide to Dog Impulse Training
The same uninhibited excitement that makes your dog so endearing can also be a recipe for trouble. Dogs are simply used to acting on their instincts, hence their barking at the mail carrier (or anyone who comes to the door), bothering you for scraps, or jumping on you when you get home. It's important to give your dog impulse control training to help them be a calmer, more well-behaved companion.
What You Need to Know About Leaving Dogs in Cars
If your pup is like most dogs, he probably loves car rides — the breeze in his face, sun on their fur, new smells. You love to indulge them whenever possible, but it inevitably means leaving them alone in the car for at least a few minutes. Is leaving your dog in the car ever safe? And what should you do when you see a dog left in a car on a sweltering day? Here's what you need to know to keep your pooch safe.
Treat Your Dog Right this Summer
As the dog days of summer start to heat up, many pet parents look for ways to keep their dogs cool. Why not try making some frozen dog treats for summer fun with your pup? Frozen treats not only let you experiment in the kitchen, but they may help prevent dehydration and keep your pooch entertained.
5 Things to Consider Before Leaving Your Dog Alone
Bringing home a new dog is a big adjustment, and hopefully, your furry new addition is content as can be. They’re surrounded by the nonstop love and attention of his new family. But, as Monday morning approaches, anxiety creeps in. Jobs and school could force you to leave your dog at home for a few hours. So, how can you make sure your dog stays safe and happy while you're away? Check out this article to find out.
11 Tips to Keep Your Dog Comfortable on Vacation
If you're like most dog parents, you're bound to take him on a dog-friendly vacation with you at some point. Whether it's a fully planned outing or a trip to visit family, bringing your pup is one of the best parts of getting away for a while. Dog-boarding facilities can be uncomfortable, in-home pet sitters expensive, and some dogs just can't be away from you. Whatever the reason, taking your dog on vacation can be one of the most rewarding experiences you ever have together.
Teach Your Dog to Swim
As the temperature climbs, you're probably on the hunt for ways to keep yourself and your four-legged friend cool. You know nothing refreshes you quite like a dip in the water, but you've never gone swimming with your dog before — you're not even sure whether they know how to swim! Luckily, teaching a dog to swim isn't too difficult. Here's everything you need to know to be your dog's summer swim coach.
10 Summer Activities for Kids, Dogs and Cats
Your kids might take a break from studying facts and figures during their summer breaks, but that doesn't mean they can't continue to learn. Playing with pets teaches kids important life skills they can't learn in a book. Studies show spending time with a family pet gives children a greater sense of empathy and teaches children responsibility. Last, but certainly not least, it also gives your kids and your cat or dog much-needed exercise.
The Beginner's Guide to Bringing Your Dog to Work
Before you initiate your own office bring your dog to work day, consider your workplace. A quiet dog in a library or office might be welcome, but a frenzied pup running around a busy machine shop could get into mischief or even injure himself. Think your job would benefit from a furry friend for a day? Read on to find out how to make him Employee of the Year.
How to Achieve Your Puppy Obedience Training Goals
Congratulations — It's time to bring home your new puppy! You know how important socialization and good behavior is for a family pet, and you're invested in starting a puppy obedience training program in your home right from the start. Plus, puppy training builds a bond between a dog and his new human family. But where do you start? Check out this article for tips.
Dog Park Etiquette Explained
Dog park trips offer dog parents and their pets a great opportunity to bond, socialize, and run off some pent-up energy, but with all that fun comes responsibility. Dog park rules and regulations are there to ensure the safety and fun of all its visitors. No matter what type of dog park you go to, knowing and following its rules will help keep you and your dog safe.
Take Your Dog to the Beach: What You Need to Know
Are you planning to take your new pup to the beach for the first time? As the weather starts to heat up, you may be excited to take them — but you may not be sure what to expect. Chances are you've heard of dog-friendly beaches, but do you know what this means?
5 Steps to Stop Dog Barking
Ding-dong! For some dogs, the sound of a doorbell can trigger a barrage of barking like no other, creating havoc for both you and the visitor at your door. Let’s learn the reasons why your doorbell gets your dog so excited and how you can keep this situation from getting so chaotic.
The Nauseating Truth About Feeding Pets Raw Food
When you look at your pet’s sharp teeth, raw food can seem like a logical answer for their dietary needs — just like wolves, right? But your dog is not a wolf, and what we know from science is that raw food does not offer a demonstrated nutritional advantage of overcooked foods. Whether that chicken is cooked or raw, your pet’s body will respond to it the same — however, raw meat is not always perfectly safe.
Food & Environmental Allergies In Dogs
Are you scratching your head over your scratching dog? Identifying the causes of your dog’s itchy skin can be difficult, so we’ve made a resource that can help you better understand the causes of derm issues, and what you can do to manage them.
Odd Sleep Behaviors In Dogs
If you're a dog parent, chances are pretty good that you've observed your dog running in their sleep and wondered what on earth is causing those sleeping legs to move so much. Well, wonder no more! We've got the low-down on what causes dog sleep running and other quirky canine sleep behaviors.
Why You Should Learn To Take Your Pet's Temperature
Whenever pets are lethargic, quieter than normal, or exhibit a change in appetite or other normal behaviors, temperature-taking can be helpful. As in humans, dogs' and cats' body temperatures can tell us a lot about their overall health. While these species' temperatures are higher than ours (around 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit), it's easy enough to tell what's too high or too low. Learn the steps to effectively take your pet’s temp here.