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Introducing Your Pet to Strangers

As a pet parent, if you’re going to be having guests in the house with your pet present, then this is an essential step.  Ideally, the socialization process should begin as soon as your pup comes home. Invite friends and family over, and have them interact with your pup so that he gets used to the feel of other people outside of yourself.  Pups have different personalities and would naturally react differently when meeting strangers for the first time. So, whether the meeting is outdoors or indoors, here are 5 steps to help you ace pet-human introductions:  Stay On Top …

Planning for an Extended Trip Featuring Your Pet

Going on an extended trip with your pup can be a pretty exciting adventure. The sights going by can be an incredible one for your pup, and you get to enjoy the warm companionship.  Short trips are more typically advised, however, there’s no harm in taking a long one provided you plan and pack all the supplies that you would be needing on the trip.  This piece covers everything 4 need-to-know tips for your upcoming extended human-canine trip:   Help Your Pup Adjust At least 1 or 2 months before your extended trip, start getting your pup familiar with the car. …

Correcting Bad Habits in Your Pup

Pups might be soft and fluffy and loving and represent everything good about the world. However, believe it or not, sometimes, they can be less than perfect.  Sometimes, they exhibit less-than-pleasant behavior and the best move in situations like this is to nip it in the bud.  You don’t want your once-adorable puppy growing up to become a misbehaving adult. So, here’s are 5 tips to help with correcting bad habits in your pup:  Training Well-trained pups seldom exhibit bad behavior, so training is key. Commands like ‘come’, ‘sit’, ‘lie down, are the building blocks for encouraging good behavior.  Using …

How To Encourage Healthy Feeding Habits in Your Pup

Feeding your pet with a healthy diet has many benefits in the short run as well as the distant future. A great diet keeps your pet in top shape and protects them from a range of chronic ailments.  Your pet’s diet extends beyond what you give them at mealtimes. It is a sum total of all the treats, table scraps, random food tosses, and of course, the main meals too.  Proper feeding is essential to ensuring that your pet lives a long, healthy life. This is why encouraging healthy feeding habits is essential. And here are 4 tips to do …

Dog Allergies Detection 101

Dogs experience allergic reactions to various things. While these allergies are typically not life-threatening, they do cause a measure of discomfort.  Allergies in pups are not quite as simple to pinpoint as in humans. It takes strong observation skills, and even afterward, there is a range of allergies that could cause your dog’s symptoms.  Common Symptoms of Allergies  Here are some of the commonly noticed allergy symptoms in pips:  Constant licking Diarrhea Sneezing/ wheezing  Inflamed skin Incessant scratching  Swellings of lips, ear flaps, or other parts of the face Periodic chewing on body parts  Hives  Fur loss/ skin irritation  Allergies …

Top 5 Ways to Help Your Pup Overcome Separation Anxiety

Equipping your pup to deal with your occasional absences is a vital part of the training process. The alternative to this is a pup going berserk once you step inside the house.  Pups with separation anxiety usually need an outlet for their anxiety, and this might not bode well for you. Some of the most common indications are: Howling, barking, and whining.  Destructive chewing.  Scratching and digging at windows and doors in a bid to find their owners.  Defecation and urination; even in house-trained pets.   To help your pup get through this and adjust to the idea of your absence. …

Choosing the Best Toys for Your Pup

There are an incredible number of options when it comes to dog toys. Just like anything that involves a choice, making an educated one is your best bet.An educated choice would ensure that your pup gets a great toy, and derives maximum satisfaction from playing with it. The right toy has a lot of benefits for your pup.Some of these benefits include keeping her active throughout the day, improving bonding between you and your pup (in the case of tug toys and fetch toys), or simply keeping your pup happy.Your local Petland has a wide variety of toys to help …

7 Safe Human Foods that Your Dog Will Absolutely Love

Your pup probably tags along when you go to the kitchen and looks longingly while you eat.Our digestive system differs from theirs, and this makes some food that is perfectly safe for us, bad for them. But not all of it is, matter of fact, some human foods would do them a world of good.So, here are 7 food items that are safe for your dog, and they will absolutely love too: Fish Fish is a great source of protein for dogs; Salmon, tuna, and shrimp are perfectly safe.Omega-3 fatty acids, found in tuna and salmon serve to boost the …

5 Reasons Why Dogs Are Such Great Companions

“Man’s best friend.” Does that ring any bells? It probably would, because that’s just how dogs are regarded.And this isn’t off the mark in any way. You would agree that many-a-time, after a long day, the excitement and intense tail-wagging welcome you get takes the edge off.In addition to this, here are 5 other reasons why dogs are such great companions: They Make Us Happy! Yes, we’re starting out with an essential emotional aspect. There’s no being sad or down when you’re around your pup.If he sees that you’ve been sitting around for too long, he’d probably start antics to …

Top 5 Ways to Show Your Pup Affection

Communication with your dog is mainly done with your facial expression, your voice/tone, and body language.This isn’t any different when you want to show your pet affection. And you have the tail-wagging and loving slurps to confirm that they love you right back.Now, let’s take a look at 5 ways you can show your pup affection: Gaze Into His Eyes Recall that your pup watches your facial expressions closely. Therefore, he would perfectly understand a gentle, loving gaze.While at it, you could use calm words affirming how much you love him. Raising your left eyebrow is also seen as a …

Fun Ways To Celebrate Your Pup’s Birthday (Gotcha Day)!

Hurrah! Your pup’s gotcha day is just around the corner, and you’re probably looking to do something special.They are a big part of our families, so with all the excitement around, you can be certain that he would enjoy every single moment. Thankfully, there are several ways to give your pup an incredible birthday. So, here are some ideas you can explore in making your pup’s special day super memorable: A Doggo Birthday Party! What better way to celebrate your dog’s special day than by throwing them a party. To make the party more like it, you could invite some …

Preparing Your Pup for His First Vet Appointment

So you’re the parent of that preppy new pup? Congratulations! You’ve gotten his crate, a couple of matching leashes, favorite chew toys, and stocked up on the best foods you could find. Great! Now that you’ve found your perfect pup, it’s time to schedule a vet appointment. Because, as cute and energetic as Boomer can be, he can feel less-than-awesome sometimes. Hence, your cute Boomer is going to need a team to keep him healthy.  Say hello to the Vet Clinic! However, the first trip to the vet can be stressful for your little fluff ball if he isn’t prepared …

Teaching Your Pup to Answer Commands: Tips on Training Your Dog

Since you absolutely adore your bundle of fluff, you would want to keep her safe by ensuring she learns basic obedience to commands.Dogs easily fall prey to distractions. One moment Betsy is chewing on her favorite toy in the park, the next, she’s running fast ahead, chasing a butterfly.  Teaching your Betsy basic commands will prove useful to keep her away from potential danger and of course, skunk attack!  Another upside is the fact that you can take the leash off of her and have a successful outing. To help you make that dream come true, here are basic tips …

Top 5 Best Dog Movies

What’s better than cuddling your dog in your home or walking them in the park? It’s seeing their furry cuteness on the big screen. These movies that depict dogs’ amazing qualities and their connection with humans are sure to make you laugh, cry and tug all your heartstrings. Here are the top five best movies that will guarantee your viewing pleasure.  Old Yeller (1957) Although released in 1957, this movie is sure to tug at your heart with the powerful depiction of a loving relationship between a young boy and a stray dog. The movie displays the fierce loyalty of …

Dog Behavior And What It May Imply

If you own one of these fluffy angels, it’s only natural for you to want to know what they are thinking. Sometimes, you might catch them doing something weird or comical that makes you go, ‘Why on earth would you do that?’ Now, no two dogs are exactly the same. They each have their own defining personality. But all dogs share similar behavior patterns that give us an inkling of what they are feeling. In this article, we discuss the different behaviors your pup can exhibit, in basic dog language, and what they mean. Head Tilting Cocking their head to …

Food Items You Should Never Feed Your Dog

You love your pup dearly and want to give her the best in the world; from the best toys to the tastiest treats.As a dog parent, it’s important to feed your pup healthy foods and it is crucial to know what foods NOT to give them. In this article, we’ll be talking about  5 food items that you should never feed your dog.  Avocado Avocado is healthy for humans because of the omega fatty acids it has. But avocado also contains a toxin called persin that is dangerous for your pet. Dogs can develop breathing difficulties, stomach pains, and fluid …

Appropriate Dog Park Behavior

Visiting the dog park for your dog is like going to a party where you get to meet cool people and hang out. Dog parks offer a super nice environment where your pup can go off-leash and finally experience a measure of reckless freedom for a while.  However, dog parks also feature the presence of other dogs, hence, the need to behave right, respecting other dogs and dog parents present. So, here are a couple of appropriate dog park behavior tips that you should know about:  Always Be In Control You need to exert your authority as the alpha animal …

Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

Dogs provide us with unconditional love, companionship, comfort, and a whole lot of wet licking too. Your dog’s exciting welcome at the end of a long day does a great deal of cheering you up, and having a pup who relies on you gives you a sense of parenthood.  In addition to these, did you know that owning a dog also does wonders for your health? Studies have shown that owning a dog improves your physical and mental health significantly. Here are some of the most common health benefits of owning a dog: They are Great for Your Heart Perhaps …

Must-know Tips for Pet Parents

If you talk to any pet parent, they would definitely have something to say about what they did to get their pups where they are now. Some would give you general tips that work, and also mention some that are specific to their pet which they discovered along the line.  However, the fact remains that certain tips are bound to make your journey as a pet parent an extra pleasurable one. And this is exactly what this piece seeks to cover, so, here are some vital ones: Knowledge is Key Before bringing your pet home, it is essential to find …

Getting Your Pup Used To a New Environment

Needing some time to adjust to a new location also applies to your pet. Matter of fact, it might take a bigger toll on Cecil because she thrives on the familiar; familiar places, intimate knowledge of room locations, all of that stuff.  So, uprooting her from the familiar and taking her to an all-new location might have her acting up; it can even be downright traumatic. This is why you need to make sure that she gets used to the new conditions as quickly as possible. Here are some tips that can help:  Create Familiar Feelings If you’re moving to …

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