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Owners and their dogs meet on a fall day at the dog park. This article teaches tips on how to socialize your pup and the importance of this essential part of dog training.
Dog Care

4 Ways To Socialize Your Dog

Meeting people is never easy, but it’s even more complicated when trying to find friends for you and your dog. It’s good for your four-legged pal to interact with members of their species, but everyone has to get along.If it’s love at first sight for the canines, but you don’t get along with the owner, that will be a boring playdate for the humans. And it’s just as bad if you’re friends with someone, but the dogs spend the entire time barking and growling — or just have very different energy levels. Still, just like dating, you can’t give up

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A dog walker takes a break to work on obedience training with his three clients. He carried a dog walking bag that holds necessary equipment and emergency information.
All About Dogs

Safety Essentials for Dog Walkers

As a conscientious dog owner, you work hard to fit their daily walks into your schedule. It doesn’t matter if you have to get up early or do it after the sun has gone down because it’s about what’s best for your dogs. This attitude is to be applauded, but don’t forget about safety! A Reliable Leash and Dog Collar You want to ensure the leash and collar are appropriate for the size and strength of your dog. The last thing you want is for him to break free and try to run across a busy street or go after

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A small dog pulls his owner after seeing something that caught his attention. Leash pulling is not a fun experience for pet owners. Read how to stop it here.
Dog Training

How to Stop Dog From Pulling

Prevention Tips for Both Types of Pests Dogs who pull on their leashes can be a significant annoyance, not to mention a danger to both the dog and the people around them. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to stop your dog from pulling. In this post, we’ll go over some of the best techniques for breaking your dog of this bad habit. Ready to learn how to stop your dog from pulling?Stopping your dog from pulling requires making sure you have good foundational behaviors in place, obedience training, and plenty of positive reinforcement.While it is frustrating to

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A veterinarian safely removes a tick from a dog. Know how to remove, treat, and prevent ticks in this blog post. Also, understand the difference between fleas and ticks.
Dog Care

The Differences Between Fleas And Ticks

Do you know the difference between fleas and ticks? If not, you’re not alone. Many people cannot identify the differences. Fleas are tiny black bugs that jump and feed on blood, while ticks are brown or black and do not jump. So what’s the big deal? Well, both of these pests can transmit diseases to your pets, so it’s crucial to be able to identify them and take steps to prevent them from infesting your home. Keep reading for more information on fleas vs. ticks. What Are Fleas? Fleas are tiny insects that feed on the blood of mammals and

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How to Care for a Dog’s Broken Toenail

If your dog has a broken toenail, there’s no need to panic. It’s a fairly common injury that can happen for various reasons. The most important thing is to determine if your dog needs to see a vet. If the broken nail is causing your dog pain or bleeding excessively, then it’s best to err on the side of caution and make an appointment with your veterinarian. However, if the break is minor and your dog isn’t uncomfortable, you can likely treat it at home.  What are Broken Nails in Dogs? While most dog owners have likely seen their pet

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As a dog becomes older, it is essential to understand how to care for them in this unique stage of life. Read here for ways you can best help your aging pet.
Dog Care

Caring For A Senior Dog

Senior dogs are often overlooked at rescues and shelters in favor of the next generation of bouncy, yappy puppies. But if you’re a pack leader to a pup in his golden years, you know that’s a shame because older dogs still have a lot of love to give — and they can still have lots of personality and spunk even if they don’t have as much energy as they did in their younger years. Senior dogs typically require less exercise, suffer from fewer behavioral issues, and come to you potty trained. They are an excellent choice for those adopting their

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A dog receives medical treatment from the veterinarian after having a seizure that lasts longer than five minutes. Read here to learn more about episodes.
Dog Care

Seizures in Dogs

Seizures in Dogs Convulsions, or seizures, are very troubling to witness. If your pet has an episode, call the veterinarian about handling the immediate situation. Keep the animal safe by removing it from stairways or dangerous objects. A blanket for padding and protection is usually not required unless the animal is actively pacing or thrashing. Swallowing the tongue is not often an issue with an animal amid a seizure, so don’t think you must pull the tongue out to prevent swallowing if you can. Time the attack and note the severity. If the episode lasts more than 3 minutes or

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A man gives their pet fresh water on a hot day. Summertime is dangerous for pups if they do not have proper shade and fresh water. Learn how to protect your dog here.
Dog Care

Heatstroke in Dogs

Summertime means hot weather and fun in the sun, but it can also be a dangerous time for dogs. Dogs can suffer from heatstroke if they’re not accustomed to the heat or are left in a hot environment for too long. Heatstroke can cause organ failure and even death, so it’s essential to know the symptoms and take steps to prevent it. In this article, we’ll explain what heatstroke is, how to spot the signs, and how to keep your dog safe during the summer months. What is Heatstroke in Dogs, and What Are the Symptoms? Heatstroke is a condition

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A dog has its paw wrapped due to an injury from walking on hot pavement. Learn how to administer first aid at home if this should happen to your pup.
Dog Care

Treating Blisters On Paws

I recently saw an episode that said dogs need about a 45-minute walk per day. Well, I started walking my miniature dachshund this week, but we have only walked about 20 minutes each day so far. I noticed today after our walk that she was licking her paws a lot, and I was concerned. I just looked at them again, and she now has a couple of blister-looking sores on her pads. What should I do to help her with the pain and make sure her paws heal properly? Thanks, Tamara Richardson Boiling Springs, SC Dear Tamara, We see this

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Volunteers at a rescue shelter take time to play with the puppies to ensure they get enough exercise and attention. Read how to choose the right puppy for your lifestyle.
Choosing A Compatible Breed/Dog

How To Pick A Healthy Puppy

Picking a dog is a huge decision. Since you’ll be spending the next decade or more together, you need as close to a perfect fit as you can get. So much has been written about the energy and temperament aspects of this decision, but the question I’m most often asked is, “What is the healthiest breed?” And my answer to that question is always the same: It isn’t a breed but simply a 30-pound brown mutt. Do Your Research When you’re thinking about bringing a new puppy into your home, it’s essential to do your research and learn about the

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