January 24, 2018

Basic Dog Training

From basic obedience commands to advanced tricks, dog training is a rewarding and engaging experience for you and your dog. Just as every new human member of a household must be trained to behave properly, so must dogs. Everyone in the household is better off if the dog conforms to the behaviour expected of it. That applies to the dog, too. By nature, your dog wants your approval. It wants to please you (most of the time, anyway!). But it can’t do that without being taught what you expect of it. During your dog’s life you may decide to teach […]
January 24, 2018

How to Find a Good Dog Trainer and Obedience Class

A good dog training class is a worthwhile investment in the future of your life with your dog. The time and money you spend on a class or two are a small fraction of what you will spend over your dog’s lifetime, and they will no doubt save you time, money, and more than a little frustration over the years. A class environment provides for some of the socialization your dog needs and teaches him to respond to you even with exciting distractions all around. A good instructor will help you become a more effective trainer and will point out […]
November 20, 2017

Tips for buying pet presents this Christmas

Mom, Dad, Hubby, Baby Sister, Bestie, Bestie’s Hubby and Fluffy… The festive season can be a mad rush when it comes to gift buying. But pet parents definitely don’t forget their furbabies. A recent survey conducted by Hill’s revealed that almost three-quarters of pet owners will buy presents for their pets – and over half of them will place their gift under the tree for unwrapping on Christmas morning. But what to get the pet that has everything? No playing around The possibilities are endless when it comes to buying a new toy for your pet to play with. Most […]
November 20, 2017

Giving Pets as Gifts: Think Twice

For the holidays or a birthday, it can be tempting to give a cute, cuddly pet as a gift. Yet along with the precious purr that won’t quit or the fluffy tail that never stops wagging, there comes a commitment to another life for the next 10, 15, even 20 years. No one wants to give an unwanted gift — especially a vulnerable one that lives and breathes. If you’re thinking about giving a pet as a gift, the experts offer these tips to help you make sure that that gift is actually a good idea. 1. Give friends and […]
November 20, 2017


Going away on your annual summer holiday? You’ve planned your own holiday but what about your pets? Here’s what to do with pets when you go on holiday. There are three options when it comes to your pets and holidays: Get a pet sitter who pops in daily or stays at your house, Take your pets on holiday with you, or Put them into a kennel. Hiring a pet sitter: what to know and average cost Pet sitters have experience taking care of pets and have a love for animals. They can either come to your house for a few […]
November 20, 2017

8 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

As you prepare for the holidays, it’s easy to forget about the small things that can cause a real danger to dogs and cats. By taking a little time to ensure your home is ready for a pet-friendly holiday, you can evade possible tragedy or large vet bills. Here are 8 tips:   1. Secure the Tree Decorating your home can be one of the best holiday traditions. If you have a Christmas tree, keep this in mind: Dogs and cats can be drawn to the exhilarating outdoor smells that the tree brings inside, so make sure it’s secure in […]
October 23, 2017

10 Symptoms In Older Dogs You Shouldn’t Ignore

Struggling to decide whether the changes in your senior’s are just normal aging or a more serious senior problem? Many dog owners will ignore the warning signs of an an easily treatable disease because they seem like normal aging. It’s an understandable mistake, but when your dog enters “senior-stage” at just six years old, you may want to start to look out for symptoms like lethargy, persistent vomiting or diarrhea, cloudy pupils, frequent urination, weight change, disorientation, slow-healing wounds, and bad breath, as these are often ignored signs of typical age-related diseases. Read on to learn about the symptoms of […]
October 23, 2017

What to Expect When Your Dog Starts Getting Older

What is “old age” for dogs? The old classic “one human year equals seven dog years” is an easy way to calculate and relate to your dog’s age, but isn’t the most accurate. Large breed dogs (i.e. Great Danes) are considered a senior at 6 or 7 years of age, whereas small breeds (i.e. toy poodle) aren’t considered a senior until their teen years. I have seen more than one poodle in the 18 to 20-year range. There are studies to suggest that certain breeds outlive others. As a general rule of thumb, a dog who is 7 years or older […]

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