Category Archives: Advice

How to Give Your Dog the Care He or She Deserves

How to Give Your Dog the Care He or She Deserves

Caring For Your PetIn a perfect world, every dog owner would take great care of their pet dog(s). Chances are, if you’re reading this, you have a dog or you’ll get one, and either way, you sincerely want to be the kind of person who takes great care of your beloved pet. That’s good; here are some basics to help you clarify your mental list of what it takes to be a great caretaker…

The Right Shelter

First, you’ll want to make sure the place you keep your dog is clean and protected. That means your dog has shelter from storms and isn’t living in filth. Your dog needs to be kept somewhere where other animals won’t bother him or her. The living quarters should be safe, secure and habitable.

Clean Water and the Right Snacks

Next, and this is paramount, your dog always needs clean water available. Just like humans, dogs get thirsty and need water to live. You don’t want a dehydrated dog. As for food, make sure your dog gets a quality diet and doesn’t become obese. Healthy treats are better than table scraps. Just like you’d watch your intake/weight, keep tabs on your dog’s, too.

Easy-to-Follow Commands

With dogs, it’s good to train them with simple commands. Ideally, you’ll want to develop a relationship with your dog and communicate with him or her often. Furthermore, playful interaction is important to your dog’s social well-being, and it’s always good to provide opportunities for your dog to exercise. If you live near a dog park, utilize it.

Grooming and Vet Sessions

Make sure your dog gets examined by a vet on a regular basis.

Finally, it’s a good idea for regular grooming sessions, which can help with their hair, nails and teeth. Your dog can benefit from a bath and massage, complete with skin and coat conditioner. Ears can be cleaned, nails clipped and filed, teeth brushed, and, even though it sounds funny, anal glands can be expressed. Best to have a professional do that one, right?!

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New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners

New Year’s Resolutions for Dog Owners

As the calendar passed from 2017 to 2018, it’s time for new year’s resolutions, right? What are some resolutions dog owners can make? Resolutions to Consider Well, almost everyone decides they’re going to eat healthier and exercise more, and that can go for dogs, too! Better yet, it should be a resolution for both dog…

When Should You Not Bring Your Dog on Vacation?

When Should You Not Bring Your Dog on Vacation?

For some people, pets are extensions of their families, and life without them can seem unimaginable. Deciding whether to travel with your pet is always a hard decision to make, but it’s important to remember to make one with your pet’s safety in mind. Below are some reasons why you may want to consider leaving…

Why Dogs Need Playtime

Why Dogs Need Playtime

Dogs are a beloved part of the family in millions of American homes. While dogs make great companions for humans, they also need play time in order to be as healthy and happy as possible. These are a few of the reasons why dogs need play time. Exercise Hanging around the house all day without…

The Importance of Dogs Interactions

The Importance of Dogs Interactions

Imagine what would happen to you if you spent all day cooped up inside of your house with almost no interaction with the outside world. It probably wouldn’t be long before you started driving yourself crazy! You might even turn into a mean and nasty person due to lack of interaction. Well, guess what? The…

Easter and Your Pet

Easter and Your Pet

The Easter holidays are a special time to share with your family, eat good food and enjoy the spring weather. But when you’re having a bunch of family members come to your home for Easter dinner, there are a few things you may not have realized can be a hazard to your pet. Here are…

June is Pet Microchipping Month

It can be horrible when pets get out and run away from home. To prepare for this, pet owners typically make sure that their cat or dog wears an identification collar or tags in the hope that when someone finds them, they will be contacted. The problem with those is that they can slip off…

Planning a Summer Vacation? Let Us House Your Pup

With summer arriving soon, many families are gearing up and planning ahead for their vacations. Unfortunately, sometimes our four-legged friends can’t come along for the trip, though. While we could leave them with a family member or neighbor, often times their own busy schedules could end up leaving our pets by themselves more than we…

Holiday Safety Tips for Dogs and Cats

Holiday Safety Tips for Dogs and Cats

A time of happiness and cheer for us humans, the busy holiday season involves a few safety hazards for our four-legged friends. Follow these tips when including your dogs and cats in the holiday festivities to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday season! Decorations Whether your Christmas tree is real or artificial,…