Preparing Your Dog for a New Baby

When you bring a new baby home, your dog will face an overwhelming number of novel sights, sounds and smells. She may find some of them upsetting, especially if she didn’t have opportunities to spend time with children as a puppy. You’ll drastically alter your daily routine, so your dog’s schedule will change, too. And, […]

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De-Bunking the “Alpha Dog” Theory

Why every mention of “alpha dogs” or “dominant” dogs is dangerous to all dogs. By Pat Miller, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, CDBC The alpha myth is everywhere. Google “alpha dog” on the Internet and you get more than 85 million hits. Really. While not all the sites are about dominating your dog, there are literally millions of […]

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The Problem With People, Not Pit Bulls

The president of the American Pit Bull Foundation on why responsible dog ownership matters more than breed A June 20th Time.com piece by Charlotte Alter called “The Problem With Pit Bulls” elicited a flood of protest mail from supporters of the breed. We asked Sara Enos, the Founder and Executive Director of the American Pit Bull […]

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10 Reasons Not to Use a Retractable Leash

A retractable leash is not so much a leash as it is a length of thin cord wound around a spring-loaded device housed inside a plastic handle. The handles of most retractable leashes are designed to fit comfortably in a human hand. A button on the handle controls how much of the cord is extended. […]

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Massage Has Benefits for Your Dog and You

Canine massage? Really. It can benefit a dog in many ways just as it has been proven for helping humans. Massage once was reserved for extra pampered poochies, but now is catching on due to it’s benefits. The benefits it can give “Fido” include, extending flexibility, increasing circulation of blood, relaxation of muscles and can […]

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Turn Your Puppy Into the Ideal Dog

There’s a lot of talk about how to raise the perfect dog. It’s what we all want but the question is … do they exist? I suppose the answer is a bit like … is there a perfect person? Obviously, the answer to that is … No! There are some pretty great people out there, […]

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5 Ways to Celebrate Being the “Mom” of a Fur-Baby

It’s almost Mother’s Day, and just because your child may be furry and walk on four paws doesn’t mean you can’t take part in the fun. After all, pet parents are some of the best, most loving, giving, and deserving moms around. Here are some ideas on fun ways to celebrate Mother’s Day together. With […]

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It’s Not Easy Being Green, but It’s Worth It

It’s not easy being green, but it’s worth it!  Going green takes a little education and preparation, especially if you’re used to using the same products you have always used.  But a little research and some small changes can make a big impact on the health and happiness of both you and your pet…and might […]

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Planting Peacefully with Pets

Gardening can be a joyful, relaxing experience as can having a family pet.  However, when your pet is extremely interested in your garden, it can quickly become frustrating for both of you.  Can your plants and your pet peacefully coexist?  Certainly! The first step in getting your dog to do (or not do) something is […]

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10 Helpful Hints for Spring Cleaning with Canines

Spring cleaning with pets in your home is as much about preventing messes as it is about cleaning them up!  Here are a few simple steps to keep in mind with the warming weather: Find the muddy places in your yard and consider mulching them or planting grass seed and covering them up so your […]

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