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    Bathing Your Dog

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    When you ask, “Ugh, what’s that smell?!” or, “Who tracked in all this mud?!” – and the answer is your dog, it’s time for a bath! While your pooch may enjoy taking a dip in the lake or even sticking his paws in the pool, chances are water and shampoo[…]

    Puppy Proofing Your Home

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    Every dog owner dreams of having a pooch that will hike, run, play, snuggle, and take the occasional road trip – all while perfectly behaved. Your dog will never chow down on your shoes. Your dog will never confuse your iPad with a chew toy. Well, your dog might not[…]

    Preventing Dog Bites

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    It’s a nightmare for both parents and pet owners: your dog biting your child. Every year, over 4.5 million people receive dog bites, and 800,000 (including 400,000 children) require medical assistance. What’s the best way for parents to prevent these incidents? Reading Dog Body Language Keep an eye on your[…]

    Tick Removal

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    Ah, the carefree days of summer! What do you have to worry about? Having too much fun at the beach? Eating too much juicy barbeque and even juicier watermelon? While the warm weather and relaxed pace is most certainly welcome, there is one aspect of summer that is certainly not:[…]

    All About Fleas

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    No matter how different cats and dogs are, there’s one thing they have in common. One very small, but very bothersome, thing. Ctenocephalides felis. The common cat flea affects both felines and canines – and it can even cause you discomfort. What do you need to know about fleas, and[…]

    Summer Dangers for Pets

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    Summertime, and the living is easy! Warm weather, barbeques, trips to the beach…after a winter cooped up inside, both you and your pets are ready for some fun in the sun. As great as summer is, it does pose some dangers for our furry friends. Before you head to your[…]

    Winter Dangers for Pets

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    When the mercury plunges and the flurries fly, the last thing you want to do is crawl out of your nice warm bed and walk your dog (as much as you love him!). But he still needs exercise, no matter how frightful the weather. At the same time, winter can[…]

    Traveling with Your Pets

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    For many of us, our furry four-legged friends are much more than “pets.” They’re treasured members of the family. So when we pack up the car to go on vacation, visit family and friends, or embark on a new adventure, we naturally want to bring them along. Before you hit[…]

    Tips to Train Your Dog Not to Jump

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    Dominance. Control. Aggression. Is this why your dog jumps up on you? Is he trying to become the “leader of the pack”? No! There’s a simpler – friendlier – explanation. Dogs greet other dogs by sniffing their faces. So, even though you’re a funny-looking two-legged dog with hardly any fur,[…]

    Bringing a New Dog into Your Home

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    What’s better than owning a loving, lovable, playful, snuggly dog? Owning two! Well, dog #1 may not think so – at least at first! Introducing a new pet into the house can be a challenge, but if you follow these steps, you can help forge healthy and strong relationships between[…]

    Bringing Your Dog to the Dog Park

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    Sometimes, dogs just have to be dogs. Many love the opportunity to run, roam, and romp off-leash while playing with their furry friends. Dog parks can provide your pet with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation – but the combination of unleashed dogs, different temperaments, and varying expectations from other[…]

    Walking Your Dog

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    Walking Your Dog – So You Both Enjoy It! A tired dog is a well-behaved dog! Our canine friends need ample exercise for their physical – and mental – wellbeing. Regular walks prevent boredom, which can lead to chewing and other undesirable behaviors, and give them the stimulation they need[…]